I think this is wrong. In fact for the disloyalty that they have shown by letting their subscription lapse they should suffer additional degradations of service.
For a start their usernames should be replaced with random character strings and their IDs be up for grabs. This could lead to some amusing misunderstandings when someone latches onto a former nutcase’s ID and starts posting.
This, and variants thereof, has been rehashed many times. I know nothing can be done, but I’m an old sentimentalist, and I do think it’s sad that the characteristics of long time posters aren’t readily visible - even if it’s their fault for either choosing not to re-up, or missing the deadline.
Yep. Having your info displayed to everyone if you pay is apparently a bigger perk than if they did it so that paying members see everyone’s info and non-paying members don’t see the info. I don’t see the logic in that, but apparently Ed does.
That’s really not the reason. Remember that previously the distinction between guests and members was that guests could post for only thirty days, while members could post as long as their membership was current. Now, that both guests and members can post indefinitely, what is the incentive to become a paid member? One of the few tangible ones is the display of one’s location and post count in one’s post.
KlondikeGeoff was suggesting that we extend that benefit to former members whose membership lapsed (the “old-timers” as he put it). That would result in two tiers of guests; those who are former members and get this information displayed and those who are not. Imagine trying to police that system. Who wants to decide who qualifies as an old-timer? Hence TubaDiva’s response of no to the request.
Yookeroo’s point is that it’s the paid members, just as much as the guests, who benefit from being able to see guests’ join date, location and post count. In other words, why should I pay for a membership if I still won’t be able to see the join date, location and post count of all the guests?
If only there was some other way for guests to show their join date, location and post count, this wouldn’t even be an issue.
You’re right. It’s free. It’s a PITA, but I can click on your name, see your profile, how many posts you have, location, stuff you have added in your profile. So, you CAN actually see these things. Not easily.
Right. Being able to display the info isn’t much incentive to pay up. Displaying my info doesn’t really do me much good. I don’t need to see it. The incentive is ass backward. It would be much better to only let paying members see this info.