Should we require a certain number of posts to reply in specific forums? (1 Viewer)

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So something I've heard brought up several times throughout the years is that maybe we should require new users to have a certain amount of posts before being able to create threads or reply to threads in certain parts of the forum, mostly the train hopping section and the ride board. The idea has been that this would reduce the number of 'fly in, fly out' posts/profiles/accounts, since services like the ride board and getting questions answered in the train hopping section would require some amount of prior participation.

I haven't implemented this yet mostly because there was not a good addon available that actually worked properly; but I've come across a new one here:


That seems like it will do the job (check the link for details), but before spending money on it, I wanted to see if this is something the community still wants. So vote in the poll!
 
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So another user's post gave me the idea that maybe the train hopping forum restriction should be eased up a little bit. Their account is from January but they had never posted before and expressed wanting to do so. I think it should not be exclusively based upon how many posts you have. I think if your account is older than 30 days, you should be able to bypass the 10 post minimum requirement. Perhaps less than 30 days could also be acceptable, but I think 30 should be the absolute maximum. Anything beyond 30 days, like 90 days, is just fucking ridiculous.
 
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So another user's post gave me the idea that maybe the train hopping forum restriction should be eased up a little bit. Their account is from January but they had never posted before and expressed wanting to do so. I think it should not be exclusively based upon how many posts you have. I think if your account is older than 30 days, you should be able to bypass the 10 post minimum requirement. Perhaps less than 30 days could also be acceptable, but I think 30 should be the absolute maximum. Anything beyond 30 days, like 90 days, is just fucking ridiculous.

haha that last part is funny cause i was honestly thinking like 6 months! whoops, okay, lets say it's 30 days, i think that is a decent compromise. im curious if anyone else has any input on this? objections?
 

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Oh I see... if your talking about the amount of time an account has been ON STP... I don't think that is a bad idea.

After-all they say Patience is a Virtue...in the Virtual and the problem in trains you have mentioned is these quick drop posts looking for quick info instead of taking the subject seriously.
 

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I think access to the trainhopping forum should continue to be based solely on displaying an effort to engage with the community, and that the length of time for which an account has been active be disregarded in the matter.
 

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In what way could the effort to make ten posts be considered insurmountable when compared to the effort one must make to chuggachuggachoochoo?
 

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The requirements for viewing certain forums sections have been updated.

As per user suggestion, I have now added users with accounts that are at least 30 days old.

So, just to recap:
  • Users that make 10 posts or more and have completed their profile will be able to view the train hopping section.

  • Users with accounts older than 30 days and a completed profile will be able to view the train hopping section.
The #1 reason you don't have access to a forum section is because you forgot to fill out the 'about me' field on your profile. Double check this before sending a message to the staff.
 
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Fill out your profile.

That includes the bio section.

Tell us about yourself.

edit: you’re profile pic is creepy as fuck!

I bet you’re real versatile.

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How do I gain access to this section? I thought I've met the requirements.

it can take up to an hour for the update to your account to happen. i checked it and you're good, you should be able to see it now.

also, might consider a change to your avatar, don't know if you're aware, but ron jeremy recently got indicted on a mess of rape charges.
 

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haha that last part is funny cause i was honestly thinking like 6 months! whoops, okay, lets say it's 30 days, i think that is a decent compromise. im curious if anyone else has any input on this? objections?
I cant even figure out how to use this 4 year old account to look inside the train section :\

edit to further say, I think this is a bad change. What benefit does having a completed profile have for accessing the area? Especially if the advice is to "just put anything", why cant nothing be my something @Matt Derrick but anyway I do have an about me can you let me into the hop out
 
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I cant even figure out how to use this 4 year old account to look inside the train section :\

edit to further say, I think this is a bad change. What benefit does having a completed profile have for accessing the area? Especially if the advice is to "just put anything", why cant nothing be my something @Matt Derrick but anyway I do have an about me can you let me into the hop out
we have explained this ad nauseum, so i'm not going to explain it again because you couldn't be bothered to read the full thread.

edit: looking at your account, i see you spam posted a few times and filled your profile with nonsense to get around the limit, which is specifically against the rules, so your account has been banned.
 

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