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Ooolongftangftangbank User Scheme

If you type it, they will come (and occasionally receive shit newsletters)
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The question has been asked here before, 'Why can't I create a view that allows me to see a list of halfbakery users?'

Why in <deity>'s name anyone would actually want to do this is beyond me - but, apparently some do. Remember it's all about the ideas guys.

Anyway, in order to facilitate this, I propose an opt-in scheme whereby a user chooses to insert an arbitrarily unique string of text into their profile, a string of text that is unlikely to appear anywhere else on the bakery or the internet, that will allow the inquisitive user to successfully perform a search that only returns user profiles.

The text? I went for:

As in
'Participating member of the Ooolongftangftangbank profile scheme.'

Simply copy and paste into your profile.

zen_tom, Sep 06 2005

Opt-in member list http://www.halfbake...ngftangbank&ok=+OK+
[zen_tom, Sep 06 2005]

Non-opt-in list http://www.google.c...lfbakery.com%2Fuser
38,000 entries, though not in alphanumeric order, and none that have been added since the Googlebot last cruised through. [DrCurry, Sep 06 2005]

refined non-opt-in-list http://www.google.c...fied%22&btnG=Search
Down to around 900 users, only those who have modified their account since the crash, and removed the crash text. [zen_tom, Sep 06 2005]

For wagster http://www.halfbake...:n=users:i=:t=Users
[For those who haven't seen this view before, it is all HB users who have posted an idea.] [DrCurry, Sep 06 2005]

Refined Baker List http://www.halfbake...3At=Recent_20Bakers
A list of bakers who have posted a survivng idea in the past two months. [hidden truths, Sep 06 2005]

1 U http://linuxtoday.c...-01-16-001-05-NW-LF
1-U-4-U-2 [normzone, Oct 28 2005]

Users who posted halfbakery ideas http://www.halfbake...olongftangftangbank
[jutta, Sep 24 2007]


       [egnor yuck boring]
DrCurry, Sep 06 2005

       By which I mean to say that I am opposed to opt-in anything. If you can do it with "Ooolongftangftangbank," why can't you simply use the text that already appears on every account page to compile a full list of users?
DrCurry, Sep 06 2005

       Because there isn't any uniform text that is on every profile. Before posting this idea, I tried using 'last modified' but it doesn't work, plus it's plastered all over the bakery in other places.   

       You could try, 'This account was destroyed in a disk crash...' or something similar, but if anything, this will provide you with a list of less active bakers (which may be a good thing) rather than more active ones.
zen_tom, Sep 06 2005

       See link, doubting Tom. Though given that Google will only return a thousand results, you'll need another way to get them all.
DrCurry, Sep 06 2005

       Ahh yes, good idea DrC - Google may be the way forward for the true Halfbakery obsessive - opt-in is of course a pain in the neck, but it allows the existing system to perform jobs it wasn't previously able to do.   

       Of course it's open to abuse (as per egnor-yuck-boringisms) but, society operates this way without too many issues.
zen_tom, Sep 06 2005

       I would simply propose adding "/user" or somesuch as a Halfbakery search option to only search user pages. Although I hesitate to add more work for the Webmistress, so in reality, I woudln't.
DrCurry, Sep 06 2005

       Quick question - somewhere here someone has posted instructions for creating a view that is accessible to everyone and can be posted as a link but I can't find them. Anyone know where they are or how to do it?
wagster, Sep 06 2005

       Create the view, then edit it, then click "Okay." The full description of the view remains in the link, so you can post it as a link for someone else to use.
DrCurry, Sep 06 2005

       You have to clear the name of the view, then click OK.   

       Isnt' the premise of this idea incorrect, as DrCurry's latest link demonstrates?
krelnik, Sep 06 2005

       [krelnik] I think you're probably right. I am temped to delete this, and will do soon unless I hear any calls for its retention on grounds of helpful information providence [edit:Or if I just don't feel like it].
zen_tom, Sep 06 2005

       OK I think that I may as well throw in my chip to this. See link.
hidden truths, Sep 06 2005

       Interestingly, (for some) if you edit the view posted by [DrC] by changing 'sort by author' to 'sort by votes' you get a total for each category of croissant/fishbone level.   

       There are 373 cCC ideas and 136 fFF ideas. The neutral vote is the most frequent category (as expected, not least because of the loss of votes to many ideas during the great crash of Oct'04).
Jinbish, Sep 07 2005

       Thanks [DrC].   

       [Jinbish] - Oddly enough, if you add up all the questions returned under the view you describe, you find out that there are 25672 ideas here at the current time, which is a lot less than there should be.   

       [EDIT] - No, that's about right in fact, probably exactly correct.
wagster, Sep 07 2005

       My name is Zeno.
zeno, Sep 07 2005

       No your name is zeno.   

       I wonder how large the halfbakery really is. (in megabytes? gigabytes?)
DesertFox, Sep 13 2005

jutta, Oct 28 2005

....1U = -------
zen_tom, Oct 28 2005

       Hardware humor ! (see link)
normzone, Oct 28 2005

MikeOxbig, Mar 05 2006

       Not so ingenious.
Dub, Jul 08 2006

       There are still only 18 people on this scheme.
dbmag9, Jul 09 2006

       I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
nuclear hobo, May 12 2007

       Thanks [jutta] - how come none of us thought of that before?   

       [21Q] I just counted, and from [-----] to [zyada], I count 5457.   

       [nuclear_hobo], you're barred!
zen_tom, Sep 24 2007

       // how come none of us thought of that before?
It's possible someone did and I flamed them behind the scenes for stressing halfbakery server resources.
jutta, Sep 24 2007

       By DrCurry's Google reckoning, the total number of users is down by 2/3. Halfbaking is the only probiotic which eats itself.
4and20, Aug 30 2014

       Well, I see one old alias on there, so it`s whatever the total is, minus 1.   

       Seeing my name on that list, I now know how an insect feels when the stone they are hiding under is raised.   

       Anyway, why not just ask the NSA/GCHQ?
not_morrison_rm, Aug 30 2014


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