icosahedron152
 member, 874 posts
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 14:49
Is a Login Always a Login?
An inactive player is showing up as logging into my game. Does this mean they are actually logging in and taking a look around the game, or can a ‘login’ be generated if they hit the ‘-’ sign to hide my game on their sticky list, or by some other means?
steelsmiter
 member, 1902 posts
 BESM, Fate, Indies, PBTA
 NO FREEFORM! NO d20!
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 15:03
Is a Login Always a Login?
If I'm inactive and I show up in someone's game it's because I clicked the wrong game.
pdboddy
 member, 626 posts
 EST/EDT [GMT-5/GMT-4]
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 15:47
Is a Login Always a Login?
In reply to icosahedron152 (msg # 1):

It means that they are clicking on your game and at least looking at the main part of it.
NowhereMan
 member, 223 posts
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 17:05
Is a Login Always a Login?
Mobile can sometimes cause a false-alarm, if they've got a browser that auto-refreshes when they open it. The player might have a tab they haven't looked at in a month, but it keeps "logging them in".
icosahedron152
 member, 875 posts
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 10:35
Is a Login Always a Login?
Hmm, so the answer is ‘inconclusive’. There is no way to tell whether the person is there, but not communicating, whether they've momentarily 'dialled a wrong number', or whether some system link is ghosting. :(

Not the answer I was hoping for, but thanks for your responses, folks. :)
bigbadron
 moderator, 15601 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 10:54
Is a Login Always a Login?
Yeah... unfortunately the server can't read minds, so it can't tell the difference between a deliberate log-in, an accidental click on the wrong link, or a device automatically reopening the last page it was on when it is turned on again.

The only thing you can be sure of is that at least one page in your game was open.
icosahedron152
 member, 876 posts
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 13:23
Is a Login Always a Login?
Thanks Ron.
Well, I'll try offering the hand of friendship to the ghostly presence again. If there's nobody there, there's nobody to see me talking to myself, right? :)
JohnB
 member, 2069 posts
 Demigod of the Stunties
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 14:04
Is a Login Always a Login?
Personally, I tend to RMail after a while -  and if there is no response to that (in a couple of weeks)  assume they have left, drop the player from the game and start recruiting for a new players.
icosahedron152
 member, 877 posts
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 08:05
Is a Login Always a Login?
Update.
I tried talking again, and I’ve got my friend back. :) She’d been lurking, but hadn’t summoned up the necessary to reply to me. I’m not sure whether I persuaded her to converse by means of my winning personality, or whether she’s been here and John B’s advice had a salutary effect. We haven’t chatted in that much depth yet. The important thing is that we’re talking again, and that feels good. Thanks again, guys. :)