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    Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Hello

    We will be taking away profile customization from users having less than 50 beans (beans are posts in the support sections). We are quite sorry about that, but currently it takes at least one hour from 2-3 persons, each day, to clean profile spam. New users register only to fill the account with spam links, pics and things.

    We have waited for a long time before deciding we would be less friendly to genuine new users, but we are quite tired of spending so much human resources on so little interesting tasks.

    Once an account has 50 beans, all profile customization (including avatar and signature) will be available.

    If you have an account < 50 beans, your customization will not be lost and you'll have access again to all the info once you hit 50 beans.

    A script is running every hour on the active (logged in) accounts to adjust the permissions (the usergroups more precisely).

    If an account > 50 beans has not been active over the last month, it will take at most an hour for it to be bumped in the proper usergroup and have all the shiny and sparkling personal touch back.
    For people who have logged in at least once over the last month, it should be all transparent.

    Any admin can manually adjust the profile settings, so if you get quite anxious or nervous, please ask in the Resolution Center and understand it will not be treated as an emergency call


    We will change the permissions this week-end (Sept 2nd-3rd).

    Thanks for your understanding.
    Last edited by coffeecat; July 28th, 2012 at 05:16 PM. Reason: clarification
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Sounds like a great idea.

    Guess i will have to look for my shoes and handbags elsewhere now, oh well

    Is there anyway you can make this as a greeting for new users so you dont get bogged down with issues relatiing to the changes ?
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by haqking View Post
    Sounds like a great idea.

    Guess i will have to look for my shoes and handbags elsewhere now, oh well

    Is there anyway you can make this as a greeting for new users so you dont get bogged down with issues relatiing to the changes ?
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    I have a few links handy before we purge our spam forum as we do every month or so ^^

    We'll adjust the greeting PM accordingly, but I know it wont stop the flood of recurring questions until the new setting blends in minds over the next few months.
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by bapoumba View Post
    Do not forget the watches
    I have a few links handy before we purge our spam forum as we do every month or so ^^

    We'll adjust the greeting PM accordingly, but I know it wont stop the flood of recurring questions until the new setting blends in minds over the next few months.
    ha ha yeah i bookmark most of them LOL

    fair one, sounds like a good plan anyways.
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by haqking View Post
    ha ha yeah i bookmark most of them LOL

    fair one, sounds like a good plan anyways.
    We'll see

    I expect some adjustments from spammers. Either they will post links in posts, which can be found easily or they will go posts hunting to get to the limit. 50 should be enough to allow finding them out without being too annoying to genuine users. Keep your eyes open.
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    The new users could consider it discrimination and they could be upset.
    Plus that, indeed, true spammers could simply go bean hunting in the support sections-for example by posting support requests for problems they don't have. This way they could quickly hit 50 posts.
    But it's still a useful measure to handle spam. Newcomers will have to suffer, but that's it.
    Last edited by PCaddicted; August 31st, 2011 at 10:58 PM.

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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by bapoumba View Post
    I expect some adjustments from spammers. Either they will post links in posts, which can be found easily or they will go posts hunting to get to the limit. 50 should be enough to allow finding them out without being too annoying to genuine users. Keep your eyes open.
    Speaking of which... I mod & admin several sites.

    When you start pushing back at spammers in the forums, they usually switch to spamming active members via PM - which is even harder to detect/fix. LoL!

    Have you made any provisions for this?!?!?

    Just curious...
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    Re: Accounts <50 posts permissions changes : dealing with spam.

    Quote Originally Posted by bapoumba View Post
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    For some reason I can't access any options and my pic and signature have disappeared. I have NO idea why?

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    I'm suffering from the same problems. I'm glad it's not just me as I was really starting to panic.

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