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Accounts have associated content and games. All that data references the account. Not really viable to remove them. And accounts with little data probably have minimal site impact as would dormant accounts
Nail on the head.
I think it would be interesting to see how large this community is without the inactive/spam accounts.
Very valid point. However, it is not necessary to close or inactivate such accounts; they are easily counted with a one-line SQL query...
Its not hard to do even as basic member... look at the various leaderboards. They only count people who have activity in last 90 days.
As far as I know, they stay on leaderboard for a full year after the last activity. Consider the presence of @jeremijalesina on the https://www.chess.com/leaderboard/daily leaderboard -- that account last logged in on Jan 30, 2017.
interesting... will look into that. Should only be 90.
1 year? 90 days? I see, that's why I came to conclude that banned players gets to stay in the ladder. I was able track down two cheats and when they were banned, I check out there leaderboard standing at once to my disappointment .