Welcome, 32768th member!

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Unless you're a techie programmer this is not a particularly significant number, however today when the 32768th member joined the site they were unable to use it properly because of a coding error which couldn't handle numbers bigger than 32767, which if you are a geek you'll know is the highest number a datatype of int16 can hold.

Anyway, I'd like to apologise to all of today's new members: hopefully now the site is working properly for you. Welcome to Brickset!

45 comments on this article

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By in United States,

So, we might expect problems again with the 2147483648th member... ;)

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By in United States,

lol

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By in Germany,

Ha, nice! Hey, new feature suggestion: Under the "Did you know?" section, you should add how many members there are! Oh, and who was the "lucky" member?...

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By in Ireland,

@Alemas,good idea. Yeah,I would like to know who the 32768th member is.

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By in United Kingdom,

wow 32768 members

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By in United States,

I took an introductory Java programming class, so I understand the significance of this article. May I recommend the use of the int64 (Java long) datatype instead? :P Even if everyone on Earth joined Brickset, I don't think you would encounter any coding errors with that datatype!

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By in United States,

Java eh? I wanted to throw my computer out the window when I took programming.... I'll never forget my favorite (sarcasm!) java line: public static void main(String args[])

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By in Norway,

I know the number 32767 from Duke Nukem. In the level editor, when we code an secret area or room, it is 32767. I bet there is some meaning in '65535' as well, i dont know what.

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By in United States,

Who was the 'lucky member?!

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By in United Kingdom,

65536 is 2 to the power 16 so it's a very significant figure in programming. A 16 bit integer can hold numbers in the range -32767 to +32767

Yes, izanette, the site will break again when the 2147483648th member joins :-)

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By in United States,

^ That's about 1/3 of the world's population, so I think we'll be okay for a while:)

Being a computer science major, I was aware of the size limits, but had never memorized them. I've never written anything that uses that big of a number, anyway!

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By in United States,

Wow... Huw, youve created quite a popular website! I can't help but wonder how many LEGO.com members are Brickset members as well. I know I am one of them! Oh, and who is the lucky member? Thanks for creating such a great site!

@ Alemas: Great idea! I hope Huw uses it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Lucky member number 32768 is 'golfmeleon'

@Alemas, unfortunately around 15,000 members haven't used the site since 2009 (when I started recording dates people log in) so it's not a particularly meaningful number.

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By in United States,

AHHHHHH, TOO MUCH GEEKNESS!
Ha, I'm just kidding. I know a lot about computers, but I'm definitely no programmer.

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Oh, I see... anyway, do you know how many Brickset members there have been SO FAR? Including inactive members?

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By in United States,

@Alemas - How can there be an inactive members, it's impossible to delete your account (or at least I thought so). The only way your account could get deleted was if you were expelled from Brickset.

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By in Germany,

@Jarod: In fact! Members just leave their accounts, they do not delete them, they just abandon Brickset!

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By in United States,

@Alemas - I know, but they're still technically on Brickset.

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By in United States,

ha Huw I'd like to see a feature that tells you what member you are example Huw: member 1

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By in United States,

I'd like the search bar to be able to search members!

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By in United States,

Nice!!!! That's a lot of members!

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By in United States,

OK, now you've got me curious. What is the site written in? asp.net?

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By in United States,

How could anyone abandon this lovely site? I hope it wasn't that they lost the love of Lego!

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By in United States,

@legobo: me too! I wonder what member i was...

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By in United States,

@ShatteredGnome7675 lets both contact Huw and see if he can do that

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By in United States,

Wow as a PC nerd I never knew this lol You learn new things even if its from a LEGO website :D

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By in United States,

Not a computer nerd, but huw, 20,000 active members is still quite an accomplishment. I dont really post much, but you do a great service for all of us full out LEGO fans and all of us closet LEGO junkies that wish we had more money for LEGO's... but then again, dont we all wish we had more money for LEGO's?

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By in Australia,

looks like your own Y2K issue - that brings back the memories

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, didn't know there where so many ppl!

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By in Australia,

this just makes me wonder: Why would you use a signed integer for a membership counter? Did you expect members to leave before having signed up?

;-p

congrats on the amount of members!

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By in United Kingdom,

wot no GUID's?

Unfortunately the 'Lucky' member number 32768 was turned away due to an error! golfmeleon got there first after the fix!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Parax, it would accept them as members (the database key is an integer) but one of the stored procedure calls was passing a int16 which caused an overflow error when they attempted to view the home page.

It's all fixed now. I may add your member number to your profile, although it's fairly meaningless, being only the unique ID in the database table.

@Bodyguards17, you can search for members in the 'My Friends' area: http://www.brickset.com/myFriends/

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By in United States,

lol.. the last time i seen a problem like this was back in the bbs days. ahhh the good ol days of playin l.o.r.d. and getting too many forest fights and boom.... suddenly i have -32768.. stupid computers.

i coulda sworn errors like these were taken into account a long time ago. but i guess not.

and EdwinJackson.... nice reference to duke nukem. i miss the simple games like that. or blood or the original quake...

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By in United States,

Wow that's a lot of members!

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By in Ireland,

I was looking at brickset for a year until I joined, but I though it only had 2000 member. I am amazed

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By in United States,

yeah i was here for two years i think before i joined. and that is a lot of members.
Huw- how long has Brickset been running?

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By in United Kingdom,

well, i'm one of the few people here that doesn't understand a word of this, but it sounds very exciting! :) well done on having so many members... so when do we start matching up singles? I'm male, 30's, GSOH, WLTM... :P

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By in {Unknown country},

My life's build around the powers of 2... I hate when I can't stop myself from saying 1024 GBytes instead of 1000 GBytes as everyone else. everything is either 1 or 0...

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By in United States,

@legomatt, Are you serious? The name of the website is brickset, not brickdating!

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By in United Kingdom,

Jonbuddy... Jonbuddy... Jonbuddy... I would be both surprised and a little disappointed with humankind in general, should somebody interpret that comment as being anything other than light humour. I'm sure you knew I was joking... Of course, don't let that stop any single ladies out there... LOL ;o>

...and just imagine the first ever brickset wedding, we could all make Lego hats!

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By in United States,

I made a Lego hat for class day at my college graduation. It was awesome.

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By in United States,

@brickmatt, I don't know, a lot of people like Lego. We can take a third of the world! Ready your computer Huw!

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By in United States,

This site just keeps growing and growing huh?

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By in N/A,

32,768: Meaning of life.
Better than that one movie where the meaning of life is 42.

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