One day while I was reading the Whyville Times (when I couldn't get into
Whyville), I came across an interesting article. The Whyvillian writer had
expressed a concern that she thought some people were staying logged on to
Whyville for a very long time. She thought they most likely were staying
logged on but weren't actually at their computers -- they were doing this to ensure that they could get back on when they returned to their computers.
City Management responded to her article by informing her and others
that, after a period of time, about three hours more or less, a person who
has been idle will be kicked off of Whyville by the Whyville servers.
A thought popped into my head after reading the article. When I leave
Whyville, I have found that it has been faster -- instead of clicking log
out -- to exit Whyville by just closing all the windows that involve Whyville.
I wrote to City Management asking if closing these windows accomplished the
same task as clicking log out. This was their response:
"Usually, no, closing the window does not mean you are logged out, not
until our computers decide you've been idle long enough and do it
automatically, which usually takes a few hours."
I interviewed a few fellow Whyvillians to see what they do to log out.
Luvhope: When you guys log out of Whyville, do you press the log out
button or do you just close the windows?
DramaQen4: Just close the windows.
ExCiTiNg: Just close the windows.
Funnybug: Log out.
Roxygirl: I just exit the internet.
Roxygirl: I do file then quit.
Quinnci: Log out button.
Pinkivy: The log out button.
I know how much it annoys fellow Whyvillians when, instead of getting to
the bus screen, we get to the lounge and are told there are too many people
on Whyville at the moment. And from City Management's response, I gather that
when citizens do not press log out to exit Whyville, then the servers believe
they are still on Whyville, which means more of us see the waiting room than have to.
Half of the people that I interviewed say that they don't press the log
out button. So it is likely that almost half of the total population of
Whyville don't press it either. I would like to encourage Whyvillians from
now on to press the log out button when exiting Whyville, so more people can
log on and enjoy our wonderful city.
I would also like to thank the citizens that I interviewed for their
cooperation and participation. Thanx so much. 0 : )