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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 03:35 PM

For the last few years, BZPower has had a policy in place requiring the first five posts (originally ten) of all new members to be approved before they are able to utilize all the features BZPower has to offer. Today it brings me great pleasure to announce that we will no longer be requiring new user to go through this process. New accounts will still be approved by the Administration, but once activated they will be free to post as they see fit. I appreciate the patience of all our new members in the past few years and hope that this change will help encourage more discussion on the forums.View the full article
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#2 Offline Project Nightfall

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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 05:46 PM

I can't help but feel that, while being a good choice, it might bring about more spammers.

 

But whatever, that's just what I think.


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#3 Offline Makuta_of_Oz

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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 05:47 PM

Nek minnit, mass adbot posts. :annoyed:


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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 06:18 PM

I haven't run into many spambots lately while approving accounts.

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I really don't think we will have to worry about adbots and the like. The New Member policy was not even instated to fight against them. Besides, I think the possibility of a couple of spam posts, which can be hidden and dealt with quite quickly, is a small price to pay for making BZPower a less restrictive and more welcoming website for new members.


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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 06:30 PM

I don't think it will change the number of spambots.

 

But maybe we can get some more traffic on here for once!


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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 08:58 PM

Do new members still need to make a certain number of posts before they can PM other members?

 

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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 09:10 PM

Do new members still need to make a certain number of posts before they can PM other members?

 

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Once a new account is approved, it will be in the Members group and will have the full privileges of the group, including access to the PM system.

This applies to accounts created after the removal today, though; accounts in the New Members group prior will (I believe) still have to make the five posts before they are put in the Members group.


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Posted Jul 24 2013 - 09:15 PM

Well I'm glad this finally happened. It's long overdue, IMO. But definitely better late than never. I'm really liking the changes around here so far. (Good job admins! :D ) It seems like Windrider's Tracker topic has been getting through to people. 


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 02:18 AM

Well, this'll be nice.

 

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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 03:17 AM

Well, this could turn out being a vital choice for the survival of BZP. It definitely looks more welcoming. I personally didn't care much about the ten post requirement at the time I joined this site, but I suppose some people could find it restricting. It may not look a good thing to someone, generally speaking, however I feel like it will be just an overall improvement. Nice job!


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 07:00 AM

[color=#990000;]You may be proud of the decision and honestly, it's a good and logical choice. However, now I'll have even less to do as a Forum Mentor. :( Oh well, change requires some sacrifices I guess, and I do believe this is a change for the better. ^_^[color=#000080;]-Gata Posted Image[/color][/color]
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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 10:05 AM

ah, I like this. I made an account in 2011, I think. forgot all about it, until march 2013. I found the new post system a bit annoying, as I couldn't see my posts and I thought something was wrong with them, or the had gotten deleted.


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 10:32 AM

Nice, I think we are heading in the right direction.


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 03:28 PM

[color=#990000;]However, now I'll have even less to do as a Forum Mentor.  [/color][color=#990000;] :([/color]

I was gonna say something about putting the Forum Mentors out of work.

 

As restrictive as people think BZP is with some of its regulations, such as this, I have seen other forums that have about the same restrictions or more, and I don't know that they caused any more or less problems. (I think purpose and relevancy of a forum will make or break it more than anything else.) I recently wanted to download a specific file on a site I frequent (or infrequent) yet had never previously joined, but I had to join the forum to do so, and even then to access that file, I still had to contribute at least 5 posts to the site. It might've been a deterrent had I not really wanted that file or found some places I wished to add something.

 

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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 03:33 PM

Though it really doesn't affect me, awesome.


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 03:42 PM

So, I've just joined, and posted once (not counting this one). Will my remaining four (three) posts need to be approved?


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 04:04 PM

So, I've just joined, and posted once (not counting this one). Will my remaining four (three) posts need to be approved?

Because you joined before the policy was repealed, your posts will need to be approved still.

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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 05:17 PM

I'm glad that this policy was removed. It was quite unnecessary and turned people away from BZP because it was a very frustrating process.


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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 07:29 PM

It's a small change and a policy I never thought hurt anything (especially after the post count was reduced), but if there's a hope it will entice others to join, I can't say it's such a bad thing to be removed.~|ET|~
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Posted Jul 25 2013 - 08:53 PM

[font="Palatino;"]Our esteemed Forum Mentors now have even less to do. In any event, this is a step in the right direction for revitalizing BZPower. In my time on the staff I've never run across a suspicious New Member post to approve, so this is a definite improvement.[/font]


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Posted Jul 26 2013 - 01:41 PM

 

So, I've just joined, and posted once (not counting this one). Will my remaining four (three) posts need to be approved?

Because you joined before the policy was repealed, your posts will need to be approved still.

 

Oh well. I can wait, I suppose. Thanks for the quick response! BZPower moderators are the quickest, most on-the-ball moderators I've yet seen on the Internet. 


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Posted Jul 28 2013 - 11:37 AM

[font="'times new roman', times, serif;"][color=#000080;]I think this was a great choice--hopefully this will make the forums more inviting to new members. Hopefully we can find something else for the FM team to do, though. [/color][/font]


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