Thanks for the heads up. I think this is a good idea so the forum won't get clogged with unwanted spam.
fair enough, though I think it will deter the participation of some new users and might encourage posting for the sake of it...to get to the magic 50 :)
Yes, it's probably a good measure for preventing spam but for (apparently not that many) lurkers that me that have been hanging around for a while I find it a bit problematic that there is some information in my profile that is shown, that I can't edit or keep up to date any more? I wouldn't bother disrupt an admin with too much work to update e.g. my distribuion. I am really happy that I didn't enter more information.
Did you ever consider just hiding the settings that a user can't edit?
For me, the forums are an invaluable resource, especially when doing updates. Practically speaking all questions are already answered and I see no point in adding 'Mee too' posts. It will be a long path towards 50 posts...
I tried making useless posts to increase my count and was warned against "bean harvesting".
If they really want to fight spam why don't they disable signatures, private messaging and the ability to insert links in posts. Instead they pick on newbies and make it harder to find useful results in a search becuase of the increased number of posts you will have to go through.
This method is working against spam so i am for it.
How does not editing your profile make it harder for you to find an answer ?
The ability to insert links in posts is important support feature, the ability to do it is prevented in less than 50 posts to help support the spam feature however.
Why not make some "useful" posts and actually help out and that way you wont be a newbie getting picked on then will you
Does this thread even need to be an ongoing discussion thread anymore ? shouldnt it be closed by now ?
It is a sticky for the people with queries to view, any issues are for resolution centre or FF&H isnt it ?
This whole thread is mainly people complaining about what seems to be a useful and welcomed feature by the majority.
It is repeat question after question, and all the answers are already in the thread anyways and no one seems to be reading them
IMHO of course ;-)