10 post rule

Discussion in 'HouseRepairTalk Website Help' started by mattinthebox, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Feb 5, 2009 #1

    mattinthebox

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    In addition to the "private message or create a signature" privileges outlined in the 10 post rule, I think it would be a good idea to tell users that they must also make 10 posts before pics can be posted.

    "At least that's what another member said about why my pics couldn't be seen."

    I have till saturday, which is when I'm gunna get soaked with rain, to get an answer otherwise my project will get flooded. :eek:

    Thanks bunches n bunches...
     
  2. Apr 15, 2009 #2

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    Seems kinda dumb that a new member can join and try to get help with a project but cannot post pictures of what they are working on so they can be helped...

    Likewise I'm trying to help some one find the tool they need to pull a moen cartridge that the center of the stem pulled out of and I can't post a link to the product...

    Well no matter I got past the 10 posts in probably the first hour...
    I guess I'm a blabber mouth thats why I probably have about 25,000 posts on forums....

    None spam....
     
  3. Apr 15, 2009 #3

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    The reason for the rule is to eliminate people joining to post pictures that no one wants to see. Trust me, sometimes the stuff that people/trolls can come up with to post is not something anyone should ever see.

    I will look into the 10 posts before pictures and adjust that announcement accordingly.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2009 #4

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    That's easy, just head to the joke section and start tellen em.:)
    Or wish everyone a nice day...or just share some info....we all get through it.
    That keeps out the spam to a certain degree. It was really bad here at one point, I had all the connections to the blue pills anyone needed...not to mention the way out of country salesmen.:D No... not the Canadians.
    The guys who answer the phone for your telemarket'eres.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2009 #5

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    That explains why one post I made did not show up
    I didn't know about the picture 10 post requirement
    I would have waited if I had known

    I have seen some bad pics from spammers
     
  6. Apr 15, 2009 #6

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    I've been on several other forums for a couple of years..
    A heavy hitter on at least 4 or 5 of them with probably 25k + posts, and mod/admin on one for a while.
    The thing I see is filtering on the sign up page with the recognize these letters and numbers tends to weed out quite a few spammers...
    At least the bots...
    Careful moderation does the rest...

    I'm just saying it may be something that is holding your forum back from being really useful...

    Delete user is a fairly quick and easy thing with this software...

    Also the language filter can be set so a lot of the words pertaining to blue pills and movies associated with them get turned to http://www.*****.com rendering their links useless.

    I'm new here and don't want to be a bull in a china closet...
    But at least when dealling with a plumbing issue which is what I do...
    Please post a picture of that tub valve and post a picture of the drain pipe you installed go a long way in problem solving...

    Vs. I have a shower valve that is chrome and has a metal (chrome) knob on it. What parts do I need to fix the drip coming out of the thingy....:eek:
     
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  7. Apr 15, 2009 #7

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    Having been a member of many DIY Forums, I agree with the 10 post rule. Any site can be used for spamming the members when the rule is not in effect. Some sites do not allow Private Messages to be sent until this number is achieved. One website I was a moderator on, had new members sending PM's and e-mails to members trying to sell products.
     
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    There is also the little red triangle with the ! in it.
    This allows users to report any inappropriate message or, posts...

    It can quickly put any spammer on the moderation radar very quickly...

    Use it...
     
  9. Apr 15, 2009 #9

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    CAPTCHA, those distorted/colored letters that you have to read and copy, can be cracked. So, they are only marginally effective.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2009 #10

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    That along with a question or 2 usually cuts out most of the bots.
    The filter will render at least the P*O*R*N, and M*E*D*S links ineffective for there is no point in continuing to post.
    Active moderation and reporting does well with the rest...

    Trust me some of the forums I'm talking about are very big and very active...
     
  11. Apr 16, 2009 #11

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    I am approving the posts as people make them w/pictures if it is legit. There may be a couple hour delay at the moment, but the posts are occuring.
     
  12. Apr 17, 2009 #12

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    I still have one post with a picture that didn't show up from when I st signed up
     
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    That should be fixed now.

    Give me a little bit of time and I will see if I can think of a workaround that reduces the spam while still allowing useful photos. No guarantees, but I will see what I can think of.

    Edit: I made a few tweaks to the overall system. Let's see how they pan out for now.
     
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    You Da Man!
    Thanks for looking at the options....:D
     
  15. Apr 28, 2009 #15

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    This is another problem
    Especially when spammers hit a site

     
  16. May 2, 2009 #16

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    I been reading the rules and such. Does this mean a newb like me can post pictures now - before having 10 posts? I know that the software offers several options to control what gets posted. I think you already use automatic usergroup promotion to allow PMs after 10 posts. But as someone else said, a new member can benefit greatly by being able to post a picture of their project or problem. And as you know, some drive-by DIYers only post a few messages until their issues are solved.

    So, that pretty much leaves the moderator approval method. I'm guessing that's what you're doing, according to the quote above.

    As far as the 60 second wait between reporting posts, that's another variable in the admin CP. But 60 seconds isn't that bad, unless you are trying to report every single post a spammer made since they joined. It's usually not necessary to do that. The mod or admin will prob'ly check other posts a spammer made and deal with the culprit after their investigation. Letting them know about one of the spammer's posts should be sufficient.

    Oh gee, too bad the 10 post rule isn't based on word count instead. I'd be well past the limit already. :eek:

    R'gards,

    Jim
     
  17. Aug 6, 2009 #17

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    I understand why you have the 10-post rule, but I still want to let you know why it frustrates me.

    When a person has already spent time looking for a forum, and then registered, but suddenly can't do everything (post pictures, PM the admin, etc.) until a magic number of posts has been made, it just makes it take so much more time than they thought it would.

    It seems to me that pictures would be particularly helpful for this forum especially, but first a newcomer must go to the "Shop" forum and make 10 posts before they can get on with what they came here for.

    I am not familiar with this vBulletin, but there must be another way to deal with it.

    Just a suggestion, can it be set so that members with fewer than 10 posts have their posts/pictures reviewed by the mods online before they are posted? Or would that make it take even longer?

    oh well, just a thought. I've already been online for half an hour and haven't gotten around to posting my question (I'm still looking for a list of rules other than the "Ten Commandments"). I have 5 more posts to make and then it won't matter. :)

    Cheers,
    BantyMom
     
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    Ahh, that's why I can't figure out how to post a picture!!!
     
  19. Feb 11, 2011 #19

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    You are more than welcome to post a picture. Simply upload from your computer. On the reply screen, scroll down to where you see manage attachments and you can add up to 4 at a time.
     
  20. Feb 11, 2011 #20

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    Hey, I did it! Thanks:banana:

    exterior pic.jpg
     

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