Hey, David. There's not a way to be notified every time someone leaves, but you can get messages that people leave for you as they are stepping out the door.
Hi Eric. Thanks for your prompt reply!
Although this wasn't the answer I was hoping for, it was helpful. Having a list of everyone who has left is great! Thanks for telling me how to access this.
Back to my original question, being able to be notified when someone leaves your network seems like something that a lot of network administrators would like. Do you know if this is a feature that is in the pipeline?
Well, many networks grow to many thousands of people, so being notified every time one leave might become more of a burden than an insight. We don't have any plans to change this. Can I ask maybe a bit more about motivations behind knowing whenever someone leaves? Did you want to email someone who leaves your network? Is that the plan?
What I would like to see is "the option" of being notified, which would allow folks with many thousands of followers NOT to be notified. What do I need this for? One of the networks I run is for people who have had near-death experiences (and other spiritually transformative experiences). I have lists up that include members according to what kind of experience they have have. Being notified when members leave would allow me to remove them from these lists. And that's important because when a person has left, and I don't know it, their name remains on these lists. New members click on the name of someone who has left and the link goes nowhere instead of going to a member's profile page..
Okay, that's great to know. We love details like this. Appreciate the extra info.
So, you have a regular newsletter or mailing list that you communicate to, and you want to sync that list? One thing you can do is download the CSV info of your site, which has all of that information filtered. So, you could hopefully solve that issue by simply using the CSV list of current members as your official list.
Just out of curiosity, are you using member categories for near-death-types?
OK, let me clarify my comments. The list I am speaking about is located here. A part from this list, I also have a list of names and email addresses that I have collected from our members, which is not available publicly, but which I use to contact, directly, all the people on a given list. For example, when I am contacted by researchers who only want to reach people who have near-death experiences and invite them to participate in an NDE survey, I can email all my NDE people about that survey.
I wasn't aware of member categories. That sounds great and could be very helpful to me. Where can I find out more about this?
The categories are kind of new, so check them out here. Not totally sure, but it would probably be a much easier way of identifying people, and it can sort them into lists on the member page. Also, you can send Broadcast Messages to specific categories. So, you should definitely check it out.
It would help me immensely because if a writer leaves and I have no way of knowing that, then that will affect my indexes. If they delete their content, I need to remove their stories from both indexes (author and story index. These are Google Spreadsheets which I manually maintain). Having a reader find a dead link in the index because someone left and I didn't know it, reflects badly on me, and also frustrates members.
There is a list of members who have left.
Eric, your suggestion to use Categories to help organize the folks on my NDE network is a great one. However, I am having trouble getting it to work correctly. I went in and established the five categories I need. I gave them a name and selected the "Create a submenu item on Member Page" option. Then clicked "Save". Next I went and selected a couple members and added them to a Category. But when I check the Members page, and click on the appropriate Category link, no one shows up. I double-checked to see if the names were listed in the appropriate Category and they were. But they still do not show up when I click on their Category link. Any idea what I am doing wrong? Thanks for your help. This will be a fantastic feature if I can get it to work!
Hmmm. Is it a page like this?
Weird. Now it's working! Myself and another administrator both had troubles with this. When we added members, you could see that they had been added, but they didn't show up -- at first anyway. Then many hours later they did. Do you think this could be some kind of caching issue?