Now, if everybody behaves like they just saw the absent person the day before, that person may think to himself “wow, they didn’t even notice I wasn’t there for 4 months. So, if I participate or not, they don’t see any difference. WTH am I loosing my time here ?”
@Tracey I see it exactly the other way around: “Down the pub” or in a very small group, they will probably have noticed the person’s absence. On a big forum, let’s be honest, there are so many people, so many messages, and so many nicknames (or names) to remember, that any individual poster is forgotten pretty quickly. With this blue banner, you exactly “prevent” what I just described above to Jim.
And there’s the “cruel” way: You don’t want a blue banner after a long absence: Keep posting regularly (joke)