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Old 07-23-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
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As part of a system to stop spammers from spreading their evil messages, we have instigated a promotions-based user system. That means that if you're a brand new user, who just registered, or has only posted a few times, you will not have access to features such as:
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  • Signatures (of any description)

You will also be subject to upload restrictions on how much you can upload and a few other things. For all intents and purposes however, you should be able to use the forums without issue to post questions (including uploading attachments) for help.

Once you've been registered a while, and have enough posts, you will automatically be promoted to a Proven User, and will get access to the items in the above list.

If you experience issues as a new user and find these limitations stop you using the forums as a functional source of help, let us know, however we won't be changing this just because people like to have a personalized avatar from day one -- the damage spammers can do over-rules that I'm afraid.

Hopefully these new improvements will make things better for everyone, and save the moderators a whole heap of time.

Comments welcome.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:10 AM   #2
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Makes perfect sense! Well done!

PS: Atomic sent me an email commenting what I said above. I just want to make clear here that I never asked actionscript.org staff for favors, titles, or anything else and will never do so whatsoever. The above comment just reflect what I think and has no other purpose.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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Oh, now this is an interesting feature. Glad you wrote this up.
Does this have anything to do with the fact that there are only 18 people on the Member's List? Because 95% of the people on there are mods anyway.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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So I've been member since two years or so and got 3000+ posts (down to 2600 now) and I'm still not allowed html signature. What are the requirements?
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I was joking!
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #7
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Haha just to clarify, HTML is disabled for everyone... even me
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:56 AM   #8
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Good point. I changed it so that new members don't show up in the member-list because spammers have offensive names. I've fixed it up so that proven members show up

http://www.actionscript.org/forums/memberlist.php3

Let me know if there's any reason why we need to see other members...


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Oh, now this is an interesting feature. Glad you wrote this up.
Does this have anything to do with the fact that there are only 18 people on the Member's List? Because 95% of the people on there are mods anyway.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:32 AM   #9
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My my Jesse you have been busy, was this all hand coded into the forum?
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Oh no, not hand coded. The forum supports this sort of promotion mechanism -- in fact, the way we have it set up now is the recommended best practice means of stopping as much spam as possible.

BB code is allowed for all members but the base level
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