Active User Status?

Mistress Mandy Mistress Mandy
I really wasn't very sure where I should post this, but I figured that "Suggestions" was probably the most relevant area.

I was wondering if it would be possible to implement some sort of "Active Status" icon (or something to that effect) for reviewers/contributors on EF. It sometimes gets confusing when you read someones review or post in a forum from months/years ago but you can't tell if that person is still active on the site. Especially since some of the users I see that I'm fairly certain are no longer involved in the site are gathering new followers. I wouldn't go so far as to do a "Last Logged In..." like MySpace has, but I personally think it would be helpful to know if someone is still a part of the community before attempting to contact/follow them.

I'm also kind of wondering if anyone else would be interested in having a feature like this or if it's just me.
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wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
Actually, considering the unpredictability of people's online usage, I think this would be a great idea!
js250 js250
That is a great idea! I have read so many threads and discussions about reviews,etc. from the not here anymore contributors, it gets a bit daunting!!
Mistress Mandy Mistress Mandy
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that would find this type of feature helpful!
Illumin8 Illumin8
I'm in favor of this idea!
mandiegk mandiegk
I think this is a great idea. This would be really helpful for when someone has a question about an older review.
Coralbell Coralbell
Would this be an automatic thing (ie. the user hasn't logged in for a certain period of time) or something that people set themselves? Because if they're inactive, few people would set it themselves. And if it's automatic it's not a whole lot different than the Last Logged In thing.

I'm not saying it's a bad idea. I actually agree that it's a good idea. I'm just curious about how it would work.
Antipova Antipova
I think we actually have one, but nobody uses it really. On your profile page (center tab, where you see your 'about me' section) there's a place where you can write a 50-character status, and mark yourself 'active' or 'inactive.'

Seems like when people stop being active, though, it's not really an active choice, the just stop logging in. So maybe the voluntary way isn't very useful.
Mistress Mandy Mistress Mandy
That's the thing, I'm really not sure what would be the best way to implement something like this. I have noticed the "Active" option on the About Me page, but I haven't been able to figure out where/how this is reflected on a contributor's profile. Plus you're totally right that when people go inactive it's usually not an active choice. I myself had been away from EF for about 2 years up until just a month or so ago; I never planned on being away for as long as I was. So definitely not everyone who becomes inactive is going to set themselves as inactive. Perhaps it could be set up so that if a user doesn't log in for a certain amount of time it'll show them as inactive or even "Inactive Since -X Month-" or something to that effect? But then the question is, how much time before someone is considered inactive? Definitely something to think about, just wanted to get a feel for whether or not anyone else would be interested in a feature like this as well as find out if it would even be possible.
Wildchild Wildchild
Originally posted by Mistress Mandy
I really wasn't very sure where I should post this, but I figured that "Suggestions" was probably the most relevant area.

I was wondering if it would be possible to implement some sort of "Active Status" icon (or ...
This would be a wickedly awesome idea.
Mistress Mandy Mistress Mandy
Alright, I finally figured out what the "Active" and "Not Active" options actually do when you change them (next to your status). Although, again, it won't help unless someone goes in and changes it. I changed it on my profile to see what would happen, and the little green text bubble next to your status will turn gray to show you as not active. I'd still be very interested in some sort of system that reflects a users active status when a user becomes inactive after a while. Especially users that have been gone for quite some time, since before the status and "Active"/"Not Active" options were implemented.
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