[wp-edu] Process for pruning/retiring inactive sites?

Joseph Ugoretz joseph.ugoretz at mhc.cuny.edu
Thu Jun 25 00:10:02 UTC 2015

We've found that students will sometimes return to a site and pick it up again even after several years of inactivity. We want to make sure never to preclude that possibility, so we don't prune old or inactive sites at all.

I don't think I could trust any automated system, and I certainly don't want that manual drudgery. And I don't want a student to ever find that her work, no matter how preliminary and initial, has disappeared--or even give her the impression that she needs to tidy it up or make it disappear.

Is it really that big a drag on the system to have some inactive sites? (We are up to over 4,000 sites now, and probably only 50-60% are "active"--depending on your definition). Enough to justify the time consuming drudgery? Why not just let them remain?


Joseph Ugoretz, PhD
Associate Dean
Teaching, Learning and Technology
Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
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On Jun 24, 2015, at 7:29 PM, Grogan, David <David.Grogan at tufts.edu<mailto:David.Grogan at tufts.edu>> wrote:

Hello all,

What process do you have in place to clean up your WP instance of old and inactive sites? Every summer we look at this and go through a process of manual identification (e.g. sites not updated in past 6 months) and go about trying to contact site admins for permission to delete. It’s time consuming  and drudgery.



David Grogan
Senior Solutions Specialist
Educational Technology Services (ETS) Tufts Technology Services (TTS) Tufts University
108 Bromfield Rd
Somerville, MA  02144

Phone: 617.627.2859
Fax: 617.627.3082

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