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Old 2012-08-22, 00:04   #1
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While perusing several user profiles today, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to examine the profiles of a cohort of forum early adopters which I shall cryptically refer to as the First 300. (I went out to #303 in order to capture at least one user with a 3-prefix). Here is the list of those, culled to only the "active" ones, defined as "some activity in the past year". I use IOC-style 3-letter country codes when the location is given and appears genuine (at least down to the country):
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User#	User ID		Join Date	Location		#Posts	Last Activity
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#3	Xyzzy		?		?			  oo	21 Aug 12
#4	Prime95		15 Aug 02	Yeehaw, FL USA		3581	21 Aug 12
#7	Joe O		15 Aug 02	-			 494	30 Sep 11
#10	akruppa		15 Aug 02	Munich, GER		2354	20 Aug 12
#12	Maybeso		15 Aug 02	Portland, OR USA	 274	30 May 12
#18	garo		15 Aug 02	Termonfeckin, IRL	2332	19 Aug 12
#20	willmore	15 Aug 02	-			  39	19 Oct 11
#24	DigitalConcepts	15 Aug 02	-			  53	20 Jul 12
#27	rak		15 Aug 02	-			   1	27 Jul 12
#33	xtreme2k	15 Aug 02	-			 149	26 Jan 12
#35	bayanne		16 Aug 02	-			 126	26 Jun 12
#54	cheesehead	16 Aug 02	Wisconsin USA		6432	21 Aug 12
#55	ColdFury	16 Aug 02	Boston, MA USA		 320	20 Aug 12
#62	Kevin		16 Aug 02	Ann Arbor, MI USA	 426	31 Mar 12
#83	patrik		19 Aug 02	Uppsala, SWE		 363	19 Aug 12
#92	richs		22 Aug 02	Benicia, CA USA		 130	21 Aug 12
#93	PageFault	23 Aug 02	-			 201	20 Aug 12
#103	alpertron	27 Aug 02	Buenos Aires, ARG	 882	16 Aug 12
#108	ET_		28 Aug 02	Team Italia		2663	21 Aug 12
#117	Paulie		29 Aug 02	-			 214	21 Aug 12
#118	sbardwick	29 Aug 02	San Diego, CA USA	 331	21 Aug 12
#134	crash893	03 Sep 02	-			 296	29 Mar 12
#137	Roy_Sirl	05 Sep 02	Cornwall, GBR		   4	20 Aug 12
#140	Lycorn		07 Sep 02	Oeiras, POR		 807	19 Aug 12
#144	chalsall	08 Sep 02	Barbados		1456	21 Aug 12
#145	only_human	08 Sep 02	-			 891	21 Aug 12
#156	paulunderwood	15 Sep 02	-			 855	21 Aug 12
#160	wpolly		17 Sep 02	Lanzhou, CHN		 156	23 Oct 11
#164	philmoore	18 Sep 02	Tracktown OR USA	 934	18 Aug 12
#170	ewmayer		23 Sep 02	Cupertino, CA USA	5315	21 Aug 12
#178	E_tron		24 Sep 02	Lafayette, LA USA	 544	12 Aug 12
#193	Aillas		04 Oct 02	FRA			  89	17 Aug 12
#202	smh		12 Oct 02	Zeewolde, NED		1188	21 Aug 12
#232	Ethan (EO)	28 Oct 02	-			  69	26 Apr 12
#239	call_apple	07 Nov 02	Ashburn, VA USA		  21	21 Aug 12
#242	koal		08 Nov 02	Vienna, AUT		  41	20 Apr 12
#252	delta_t		18 Nov 02	Anchorage, AK USA	 357	20 Aug 12
#259	andi314		21 Nov 02	-			  74	23 Dec 11
#265	koekie		02 Dec 02	-			  21	20 Aug 12
#288	ixfd64		17 Dec 02	CA USA			1282	21 Aug 12
#293	Mr. P-1		03 Jun 03	-			 884	12 Feb 12
#303	Beyond		26 Dec 02	-			 342	03 Jun 12
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o The lowest-numbered valid user account is #3, for forum creator Xyzzy; I wonder if slots #1 and #2 are reserved for the Head Gerbil's lost parents from planet Krypton?

o User #27, "rak", is a strange case - joined 15 Aug 02, just 1 post a year-and-a-half later in a thread on Pythoragean Triples, apparently the recent activity was strictly account/profile-related. Roy_Sirl is similar: 2 quick posts after joining, then over a decade of posting-silence, then a pair of GPU-related posts in May 2011 and July 2012.

o User #192, Tony Reix, is listed as having just 30 posts, last activity March 2003. Tony used to be quite an active poster, and I know for a fact he was posting more recently that that. Did he delete all of his more-recent stuff?

o #293, Mr. P-1, is the only one of the First 300 whose Join Date is anomalous. I have no explanation - perhaps there was some account-merger or other funny business which occurred. I have filed an appropriate Suspicious Incident Report with Homeland Security. Such non-monotonicity should simply not be tolerated in polite society.
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Old 2012-08-22, 00:53   #2
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Interesting. Why only 300? Why not 500 (I'm 448)?
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Old 2012-08-22, 01:05   #3
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Interesting. Why only 300? Why not 500 (I'm 448)?
Really just to piss you off. :)
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Partially homage to a recent popular movie; partially because I already spent way too much time on the above. You are welcome to extend as desired.
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Old 2012-08-22, 01:55   #4
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o User #192, Tony Reix, is listed as having just 30 posts, last activity March 2003. Tony used to be quite an active poster, and I know for a fact he was posting more recently that that. Did he delete all of his more-recent stuff?
http://www.mersenneforum.org/member.php?u=898
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Old 2012-08-22, 02:02   #5
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RDS is also a similar case, I've seen a different account of his that appears to be before the current one; that first account has a few hundred posts.
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Old 2012-08-22, 02:53   #6
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Mike, is it possible to merge 2-accounts-for-same-person? If so, we should ask folks like Tony if they wouldn't like to merge their split personalities.
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Old 2012-08-22, 03:08   #7
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Tomorrow's headlines:
"Mersenneforum - another Facebook - was inflating its alleged subscription base by giving separate pages to fish, gerbils, cats, and multiple personalities"
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Old 2012-08-22, 08:35   #8
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…is it possible to merge 2-accounts-for-same-person? If so, we should ask folks like Tony if they wouldn't like to merge their split personalities.
The manual lists a function to delete merge two accounts.

https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html?...rsion=30807603

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Old 2012-08-22, 10:59   #9
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Interesting. Why only 300? Why not 500 (I'm 448)?
Yes. We demand that you go as far as 500.

Free the Indianapolis MersenneForum 500!
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Old 2012-08-22, 16:21   #10
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Yes. We demand that you go as far as 500.

Free the Indianapolis MersenneForum 500!
No! We must have the GEOMersenneForum600!
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Old 2012-08-22, 18:56   #11
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Does #144 chalsall hold the record for the most non-uniform currently active poster over the 10 years under reasonable definitions of that concept? Nearly all his 1456 posts must have been made during the last year. Does anyone else compare with this?
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