possible bug in computing.net

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November 19, 2012 at 15:48:17
Specs: irrelevant, irrelevant
OK, so I don't know where to post this really, but I created this account (apparently) February of 2008. in my list of posts that I have posted in, stuff like these come up: http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
if you notice the date on that, it is 2004. I guess this is a bug in the site somewhere, because that is not me. in fact, I am not sure what happened to allow me to get this username. I guess the previous user must have closed the account or something. anyway, just wanted to bring that up. I also don't know if any of those posts are affecting other aspects of my account or not.

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#1
November 19, 2012 at 18:08:38
"I created this account (apparently) February of 2008"

I think that's the "default-date" for everyone who was here before Feb '08. I've been here since around '04 and it still shows Feb 9, 2008 on my account. I think it has something to do with either a major site-change, or the merge of Computing.net with Tom's Guide. Justin could probably explain the specifics...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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November 19, 2012 at 18:26:07
you know, the funny thing is that I don't know where that list was that I found that post in. all I know is that it came up in a list that was supposed to be of my posts. I also know that there are 4 posts on it that definitely aren't mine. this was my first post here: http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
I am sure of that. all I am saying is computing.net somewhere thought those posts were from me just because of the name. I can't seem to find WHERE I saw that though now :(

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#3
November 19, 2012 at 18:30:46
Aha! found it. it's on the user info page: http://www.computing.net/userinfo/7...
under 'posts jz participated in' the earliest 4 posts are definitely from someones previous account on here.

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#4
November 19, 2012 at 23:20:14
Check Justin's # 5 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/th...

I'm not sure but I think some established user names that weren't being used at the time were unintentionally allowed to be taken over by new users. When I first got here I tried to use the username Dave but of course it was already taken, although I'd never seen any postings by that user. Then after the system upgrade I noticed what seemed to be an obvious first-timer posting under that name.

I can't figure out how to do a site search by username or I'd look up this elusive Dave fellow.

Edit Finally found both a 'dave' and 'david' as user names but neither have posted since 2003 according to their userinfo pages. I don't know. Maybe the posting I'm thinking about was removed because I know it was more recent than 2003.


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#5
November 20, 2012 at 08:52:30
Yes, all the original helpers did get updated to 2008 when there were website changes.

Could be worth you sending a PM to Justin Weber (the webmaster) to draw his attention to your "name" issue. He should be the best one to throw some light on it and might be able to suggest a way forward.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
November 20, 2012 at 13:12:10
Hey,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I read this this morning, but everyone else's answer was pretty much correct.

To further elaborate, all accounts created before February 9, 2008 will have that date as their signup date. This is simply because we weren't tracking this information before then. When we began tracking this information, the other accounts needed to be grandfathered. This was the most obvious way to do it.

Secondly, a long time ago, we used to delete accounts after a certain period of inactivity. What this meant was that a situation could arise where someone creates an account and posts with a username. That account is then deleted. Someone else creates an account with that username (as it is now available). All the previous posts would get associated with that username as well.

We no longer do this, for obvious reasons.

Hopefully this, combined with the great responses of other members, answered your questions.

Thanks!
Justin


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#7
November 20, 2012 at 13:22:32
yeah it did Justin, but I didn't really mean for it to be question, I was just posting my observations thinking it could possibly be a bug somewhere...

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#8
November 20, 2012 at 15:12:35
jz,

Thanks for the heads up... No, no bug... but let me know if you see any other strange things that may be bugs :)

Justin


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