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June 17, 2011, 05:33:43 PM
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How is "spending 4 hours online" actually measured? With a counter that stops ticking x seconds after your last http access to the forum server? I mean the server can't know whether I'm still reading that long page or whether I've started looking at porn in the other window (just kidding).

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June 17, 2011, 06:01:31 PM
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it would have been nice to have this explained earlier in the registration process.. it really gives a very bad impression to newbies thanks
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June 17, 2011, 06:04:04 PM
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Hey all, new member here.

Just want to say I'm happy to be party of the community and look forward to being a contributing force to the free world.

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June 17, 2011, 06:10:38 PM
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i spam you not and await my full membership with relish.......
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June 17, 2011, 06:14:50 PM
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not much to offer, just racking up 5 here... have a good day Tongue
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June 17, 2011, 06:24:15 PM
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Don't like it. What defines "Online". I've been signed in for a long time, but the forum can't detect that. What if I spend hours reading a single post? I assume that counts for a few minutes. Especially when I now can't get help outside of the non-newbie forum (0.3.22 simply does NOT work). All this forces people to do is make spam posts that look as little like spam as possible and use some page refreshing service to stay "online". Do you think a bot can't do this?

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June 17, 2011, 08:13:16 PM
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0.3.23 has been out for some days now, no idea why the forum pages still say 0.3.22. Try 0.3.23 it fixed some big problems for me on Linux. And the transaction fees are lower too.

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June 17, 2011, 09:06:24 PM
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I've run extremely high traffic forums before (1 million + posts / month) and silly restrictions like this don't help in the long run.

The best solution I came up with was to allow volunteers to moderate the forum, and try to be as permissive as possible to new users.

If there is a lot of spam then a crowdsourced solution is usually superior (i.e. allowing users to vote on messages as spam or helpful).

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June 17, 2011, 09:06:41 PM
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First content free post...
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June 17, 2011, 09:27:34 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up, was wondering how long I would be a 'Newbie' for Wink
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June 17, 2011, 09:33:26 PM
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I was wondering where by post ability went...
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June 17, 2011, 11:11:40 PM
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Sounds reasonable.

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June 17, 2011, 11:29:17 PM
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And here I was thinking the forums were broken!
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June 18, 2011, 01:29:24 AM
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Due to a mass of trolling, only established posters are able to post in non-newbie sections. You are considered "established" if you have spent 4 hours online and have made 5 posts.

If you have really good posts, you can post a request for preemptive whitelisting in the appropriate topic.

Also, you must have made 1 post to send PMs.


Sorry to be so stupid (I can't help it  Grin)

What does "1 post to send PMs" mean !

Do you simply mean before being allowed out of this section I must make 5 posts and also send 1 Personal Message to someone ?

Again, sorry if this is a stupid question.




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P.P.S (!!) Surely with the 4 hour online requirment people just have to log in and leave themselves logged in until that requirement is met ? What I mean by that is that it is hardly a challenging requirement . . . ?

(I get the feeling all my questions here are stupid and/or are questions asked and answered a millions times before - go easy on me!!  Wink)
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June 18, 2011, 01:33:03 AM
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serves me right for picking and choosing to read things from the twitter feed... should have read the rules when i signed up!
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June 18, 2011, 01:38:45 AM
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Except now I have to make empty messages of content to get those 5 posts created so i can really post where i want hah...

Actually I found you post highly stimulating, as existentially profound as it is nuanced in it's post modern zeitgeistian leanings.

(right, that's my third post, I think I will go to bed now).

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June 18, 2011, 01:56:56 AM
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What does "1 post to send PMs" mean !

Do you simply mean before being allowed out of this section I must make 5 posts and also send 1 Personal Message to someone ?

No. In order to send a personal message, you must have made one post on the forum.

The "online time" is time actively browsing the forum.

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June 18, 2011, 04:19:03 AM
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What is defined as 'active'. I mean, how much inactivity on a page before the forum logs you out?

15 minutes.

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June 18, 2011, 06:26:23 AM
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Well these restrictions are not egregious.  I have seen forums where you must make 25 posts and be a member for a week before being allowed access to the main forums.
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June 18, 2011, 09:47:59 AM
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4 hour and 12 on my clock and over 10 posts???
restriction still on??
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