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July 04, 2011, 12:33:37 AM
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Seems to me like the great influx has died down and that the situation is more or less stable.
The Newbie posting rules are quite harsh. Is it time to make them less so if not eliminate them altogether?

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July 04, 2011, 01:20:20 AM
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I find this pretty annoying. I've looked at most of the other threads and I can actually help quite a few people regarding their hardware posts, but I can't reply :/
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July 04, 2011, 08:46:43 AM
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How many posts does one need to be accepted in the rest of the forum?
sorry if it's a stupid question

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July 04, 2011, 08:50:10 AM
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I think it's 5 posts and 4 hours signed in or something along that lines, I thought I read 10 posts but I could be wrong.

Trust me, restrictions like these are great when it comes to trying to compete with spammers/influx of new users only signing up to either a) look for free money/services or b) be a great annoyance to others.

I ran a medium size message board a few years ago on some ancient software, and if you turned your head for a fraction of a second things would get out of hand.

What else could I say?
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July 04, 2011, 08:58:48 AM
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thanks, and I totally get the need for this restrictions. I've been on small boards, and when the moderators seem to doze off, boom there is a flame war.

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July 04, 2011, 12:07:00 PM
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I hope we keep them. This is the first forum I have been on that had this and it set the tone from the start.
Can only be a good thing and will ease the pain of our Mods.

Also makes you consider your posting a little more thus adding credibility to the community (in my eyes anyway).
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July 04, 2011, 01:57:02 PM
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The restrictions seem pretty reasonable but I suppose 2 or 3 posts would just as sufficient.
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July 04, 2011, 02:02:08 PM
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I don't really the point in having newbie limits, there are pretty much only newbies on the forums these days anyway Smiley

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July 04, 2011, 03:56:19 PM
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I find the restrictions a little aggravating, but if anything I'd say increase them.   The noise:signal on the main forum is pretty high already, even with the restrictions in place.   


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July 11, 2011, 04:48:16 AM
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I haven't seen the main boards as much, but I personally find it quite annoying. It may be worthwhile, but perhaps there's a way to improve the process and thus quality of the content posted.

Hope I can post up there one of these days :-P.

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July 11, 2011, 05:12:52 AM
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It's definitely annoying, but the forum benefits with these. I agree with the restrictions.
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July 11, 2011, 05:22:13 AM
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Maybe at least a bigger warning regarding the newbie restriction.  I was trekking around for a while trying to work out why I couldn't post anywhere.
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July 12, 2011, 03:17:50 AM
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I can understand making people read for a few hours but there is no point in forcing 5 posts.

This very post would not be needed if it wasn't for the post restriction.

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July 12, 2011, 04:09:08 AM
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smf and vbulletin get a lot of spammers because the boards are so popular.  so a lot of scripts have been created already to spam them.

i had a lot of spam on my smf board.  it was about 10x as much on vbulletin.

the spam policies are annoying, but mods are working for free (usually) and it takes a lot of time to nuke the spam.
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July 12, 2011, 04:12:29 AM
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The biggest flaw I see is for pool operators.  What does a newbie want to do when he first finds out about bitcoin?  They want to get bitcoins of course!  Either buy or mine, doesn't matter.  If they have a question or comment about a pool or exchange, they cannot post in the main thread.  This has forced some pool operators to create two threads, one in the main forum and one in newbies.  As if the barriers of entry into bitcoin weren't already complex enough??
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