Here’s a question straight from our comments from Addicts reader poisonshift:
“What is the most effective way to discern from users who are viable and stink accounts? I know ‘things’ happen and maybe a person won’t play for a day or two and it is someone bothersome to keep a tally of 100 neighbors…”
First of all, thank you for the great question Poisonshift! I thought it was such a great question that it was worthy of it’s own post, since it’s a question that’s not covered nearly enough in the TSTO World. Typically we discuss how to delete neighbor-eenos, but not how to tell if they should be deleted. Here’s my take on it…
The best way I can think of to monitor lazy neighbors is to check your neighbor’s level status after a couple of updates come out. If it seems as though they’re still sitting at level 34 and we’re now on level 36, well then you know they’re probably inactive.
Another way to check to see if they’re inactive is to see if they’re building anything new in their town. Usually you can always see if someone is in process of building something because of the “dirt” square or rectangle in their town. If you see one in process you know they may be active, however if you see one in a town in the same spot for well over a week (with the exception of the 5day tooth chipper) you should be able to determine that their probably inactive.
Be cautions when deleting friends though. Just because they’re on Level 34 and we’re now on level 36 doesn’t mean they’re inactive. It could just mean they’re on vacation or just caught up in “real life” temporarily. What I would suggest is monitoring that neighbor. See if their level changes over the course of a couple of weeks, if not then you should be safe to delete them.
However, just because they’re inactive doesn’t mean you need to delete them. Just by visiting your neighbors (inactive or not) you will still earn points towards your social conform-o-meter ranking & you’ll still earn cash & XP.
Usually the only case I can make for deleting friends is if you have 100 already and you want to add more friends, that you know are active.