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Discussion in 'The Hummy Arms' started by 4291, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    I see the membership is creeping up but do we know the average age?

    Looking down the members list I noted that the youngest is 17 and the oldest is 111? And I only got down to the Ks. There where several in their mid-seventies.

    Not everybody chooses to disclose their age but I thought it was a condition that the correct birthdate needed to be entered on registration. Gender and age can be disabled after all.

    Does the database, that holds the records of members, give out statistics other than the total?
    With 800+ members it's too big a job to do manually. I am not volunteering!!
  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Knwon Member

    I'd take 111 with a pinch of salt.

    The drop down menu starts at 1900. Someone like Bill Comptom of Bon Temps, Louisiana, would have to select 1900 instead of 1840.
  3. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    That was the point of the question mark after 111. Some people are not playing the game!

    March 13th 1835.
  4. Wallace

    Wallace Slightly Pickled

    Old sod. Bet they smell of TCP, all old folk do! :)
  5. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    I see that you hide your age. I hid mine when I registered, as a subterfuge but I think my cover is blown, and I don't seem to be able to reverse my decision.
  6. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    How much cover do you think I blew?? I hide everything on all my forums as a matter of policy (anything I do reveal is either by accident or because it is specifically relevant). Somebody who actually picks their way through these threads and discovers the anonymous you have some kind of familial relationship with the anonymous me is going to get where exactly? That's if they pick their way through the threads at all (let's face it - despite all the information we make available, we still get basic questions because people can't be bothered to read the headlines even).

    I may have been honest about my DoB when I signed up (can't remember), but it's one of the things I don't consider relevant and therefore don't make public as a matter of policy. I think the reason it is asked at the outset might be to do with child protection (but savvy minors generally lie about such things in any case). Of course, if you needed to go through password recovery and you were asked to confirm your DoB and you couldn't remember what you put...

    'Course, if you want to go under cover again, you could re-register as another user (but use a different email address when signing up).
  7. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    You didn't, but you have now!!

    Too many 'n's, not enough 'r's and 'y's. ;)
  8. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    It's early! I can hardly see the keyboard first thing in the morning, never mind spell.
  9. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    That was a quick edit! :D
  10. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    (memory must be going)
  11. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    Which forum was this post meant for?
  12. talos

    talos Super Moderator Staff Member

    Is this relevent ? What use is this information to any other Humax owner ?
  13. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    I thought the Hummy Arms was a free-for-all! Doesn't have to be relevant.

    As it happens I think it is relevant to forum users (particularly newcomers) in general - discussion of the ins and outs of maintaining privacy on-line.
  14. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    None whatsoever. Just a bit of banter.
  15. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    If I quote the earlier postings, I will be putting up a sign-post!

    (now people might actually go and use the search facilities!)
  16. grumpy jim

    grumpy jim New Member

    Hi, Personally I don't think any forum or non financial site should ask for a persons actual date of birth. It is a vital part of a persons identity and should remain secure and confidential, especially with id theft being so common and on the rise. A simple year of birth would be sufficient to indicate if the member is young or old.
    These kind of questions really make me grumpy and I sometimes just cancel my progress in whatever it is I am trying to join. To me, alarm bells ring as soon as I see the question "whis is your date of birth?
  17. 4291

    4291 Well-Known Member

    From one grumpy old man to another. ;)

    If you are that nervous about revealing your birthdate just enter Jan 1st. Your age would then increase in common with thoroughbred racehorses. It would make no difference to the average age as long as the correct year was entered.

    I have just had an afterthought. What if your birthday is Jan 1st...

    Is the demographic profile of this forum being used by anybody? I doubt it.

    Also you could use a throwaway email address.
  18. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    The Members count is fast approaching 2k (hmm...), not sure if that includes banned spam posters (I don't think it does - the member index is now 2340!).

    Out of 299 users on-line a few minutes ago, only 4 were listed as members, and I was the only one named! I guess we must be pretty highly ranked to gt all this (some of it unwanted) attention.
  19. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    The figures are HERE