All new members start in the probationary group and cannot create threads until they reach 50 posts. It's standard.
I see. Well I wasn't ware of that (the information was not disclosed to me when I signend-up for these forums). Thanks again!
As it is, i'm pretty much ready to give up on this place completely. Shame as i'm a longtime Sega fan from the Genesis(w/Sega CD) and Saturn era, that has started collecting again(recently scored a Model 1 Genesis in great working condition & cosmetic shape! Sqee!).
Was hoping i could discuss classic Sega titles with the community. Guess that won't happen as this forum is just too buggy and strict with whatever spam filters or in place.
So in the event a mod one day excavates this post from the bowels of moderation hell, i pose this question: Whats the point of a spam/security filter if it clearly does much more harm than good, and results in so many headaches among the community?
Just disable it....
Perhaps the pm issue will resolve after reaching 50 posts, but it makes it hard to participate when you get errors and warnings all over the place. I don't want to give up on these forums just yet!
I used to be a little more active here awhile ago, I haven't logged into my account in a LONG time... probably over a year ago. I don't think I've logged in since the site got updated.
I don't seem to be able to create new threads anymore. Can that be fixed?
I've had some more people come to me asking for help with the registration problem. One guy (dballin') says his account has been waiting for approval since July 2nd. That's totally unacceptable. Seriously, this problem is turning people away from joining the site. We need this problem fixed. Can anybody look into this? Melf? Redifier? Someone??
The amount of people who have contacted me about registration problems has been very, very small - nowhere near enough to affect new membership. The last time we "fixed" the problem by removing the filters, we got 110 spam threads in Insert Coin within 3 hours. With the filters in place, we get no spam threads at all. I prefer a clean forum with tight registration to an open one filled with spam.
I've fixed his problem, and I'll continue to add people individually as needed.
Even if the number is small, they seem to be vocal enough to speak badly of Sega-16. If they say Sega-16 is difficult to register on, that will (and does) discourage others from joining. I think that's reason enough to try to find a better way to address this problem. Maybe it should be written down somewhere that new users need to PM the staff to get their accounts approved. Most of the time, people say they waited to be approved and it never happened, they don't know about having to PM the staff about the problem.
I don't mind helping people get signed up on the forum, I'm just concerned this problem will turn people away.
Just to confirm what Guntz is saying, some users on AtariAge were saying they'd had no luck getting registered despite multiple attempts to join the site. It's definitely discouraging people from signing on, though obviously better that than a deluge of spambots!
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wouldn't a captcha, combined with a Security question during registration (like "What's the name of Sega's last home console?") do the trick of keeping spambots from registring?
Question #1: "People who annoy you?"
I had no problem registering to the forum and posting. I will say it seemed to take longer than usually to get the confirmation email, and then a day or so to activate account. Other than that it was flawless. The 50 post requirement is kind of bad as I'm still not at fifty after almost a month as I try not to make pointless posts to get to 50. (btw one post closer to 50!). I think 20 would be more reasonable but I'm sure the site admins know what they are doing from experience so it's not too bad. I mean if you didn't have any scruples you could just find 50 old game review posts and chime in a comment on each one. And really if you loved you sixteen bit Sega games that shouldn't be hard to find 50 games with interesting things to say.
50 posts is nothing to me. I make that many in a few days, just from chatting, helping people out and asking about stuff. No, I don't post in the time waster threads. Sega-16 is a pretty lively place, as long as you like talking with hardware nerds.
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