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    February 22, 2018:
    • Guests and users with unconfirmed emails have had their privileges expanded to allow replying to threads, but cannot post new threads except in the Suggestions & Feedback Forum.
    • Inactive staff have been removed.
    • Some framework has been put in place in the back end in a new attempt to combat spammers and encourage forum participation. If you see yourself or someone else as part of "Registered Users +" this is part of it. Currently this has not been fully activated, but is being tested to make sure it is working correctly.
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    March 6, 2018:

    After testing, the framework designed to help reduce spam in the forums is in place. This means the following changes:
    • By default, users will be considered a "Registered User." After making five posts in the forums, they will be promoted to "Registered User +". (Those who have already made 5+ posts must log in and post once to receive this promotion).
    • "Registered Users" have most of the privileges as they always have, with a few new restrictions.
      1. Cannot make a new thread
      2. Cannot make a new poll
      3. Cannot use Signatures
      4. Cannot use Albums
    • "Registered Users +" lose these restrictions, meaning they can make their own threads and polls, use albums, and use signatures.
    • Guests and users who have not verified their emails can also participate in the forums by posting in existing threads.
    • The Suggestions & Feedback forum bypasses these restrictions: any user may make a new thread here.


    The primary purpose of these changes is to help reduce spam in the forums, based on current spambot trends (we actually prevent hundreds of spambots a day, but there will always be a few that get through). However, it's my secondary hope that this will also help encourage forum participation from new members without restricting them unfairly.

    As always, if you encounter any errors, please post in this forum or send me a private message.
    Last edited by MissyS; 03-12-2018 at 11:13 PM.
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