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DonnaKat
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PostSubject: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:25 pm

Everyone,

I am in the process of implementing a change to registered members access to the "Members Only" section of the forum. In the past, access has been granted to every registered member of the forum. However, there are several registered members who either have posted very little or have never posted at all, and in fairness to the ones that are, I think we need to make some changes.

Once the new rule is implemented, only members with 300 or more posts will be allowed access to the restricted area of the forum. This will prevent "lurkers" from simply registering so they can peek and see what's going on....not that we have anything to hide, but I think it's only fair that active members have a place to go that's a bit more private. I believe the Members Only section should be a bit more exclusive, sort of like a VIP section. If anyone wants to have access to it, they will need to take an active part and "work" for it. Wink


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sami_stardust
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:29 pm

i like it! kinda gives the "chatters" a little perk!
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DonnaKat
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:47 pm

It's done now. Smile
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greyeyegoddess
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:00 pm

Hope this will bring out more members to the fun areas.
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LegoJulie
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:47 am

Sounds very reasonable.
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:03 am

I fully endorse this idea. The guest numbers have increased lately and "new" members can prove their intentions through their constancy.

But I must admit I would have raised the number higher. Very Happy
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LegoJulie
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:02 am

Making the number higher would encourage spamming, and posts that are only there to increase post counts. I've seen those elsewheres. They are very irritating, waste site space, and make the forum worse than boring.
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:18 am

If that's the definition of spamming, we've already seen it in action here, Julie. There was a poster here once whose idea of an intelligent response was to type 'LOL' or 'LMFAO'. I know I simply skimmed those posts when I saw the name in the Latest Topics box. If someone wants to be taken as a serious member, surely they can write more than a few words.
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LegoJulie
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:21 am

It's not been taken to epidemic level here yet.

I don't want to be taken as a serious member. I don't want to be taken at all. Razz
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pamelajane
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:38 am

Like the idea, DK.


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kayanne
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:59 pm

I hope to see more people get involved here!
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Geranimal
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:47 pm

I think this is a great idea and I suggested it on another site and was fiercely thrashed about the head and neck for the suggestion. Whew!

Also, this will mean no more lookie lu for Gerry. He'll have to post in order to read what we say about him, just like the rest of us. Smile

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DonnaKat
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:48 pm

The Members Only section has never been accessible to guests, only registered members. I just tightened the belt, so to speak, and made it accessible to members with over 300 posts.

I'm glad you all like the idea.
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LegoJulie
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:56 pm

The lookieloos can still see everything that aren't in the Members Only section.
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PostSubject: Re: Limiting access to Members Only section of forum   Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:38 pm

i like that it's GLOBAL! lol!!! Wink
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