I'm new, I was invited by the lovely simplylovely, and I just wanted to say thanks for having me.
One the topic of opening registrations, I'm very conflicted. One one hand, I was in the position of all the people who would like to join to actually contribute, and I read this thread daily, but on the other hand, there would probably be an overflow of spammers and people who really have no idea. I honestly cannot choose.
I said yes because I remember waiting and waiting for regestraitions to open up on some other sight, and how happy I was when they finaly did and I was able to join. I think only for a short while though because it is nice to have it more personal here and have members who you can recognize and have conversations in threads rather than a buch of pointless posts and threads.
Maybe they could make it so that guests could regester but be unable to post anything until they have been on for a certain amount of time? Or is it possible to do that
Do the mods have any intention of removing the zero post members that have been a member for years? A couple of forums I've been on have done a cleanout of zero post members and then after that they opened up registration for a little bit.
Although this is a huge undertaking, it does help with the clutter.
Andy does 'prune' out accounts once or twice a year. The accounts being removed are accounts that have not been used (eg accounts with no posts and no visits to tFS for a very long time).. I'm not certain of the lenght of inactivity but I imagine it's something like 2 years or so..
I think it's been stated multiple times here and in other threads that they have no plans to remove people who have zero posts. I believe it's the number of accounts, not the number of posting members, that counts for advertising and such, correct?
I don't know if this has been suggested already - but what about loosening up the invite system, so that existing posters who have achieved X amount of posts automatically get some invites to pass on to suitable people that they know.
If someone has been active enough to post a considerable amount of entries, chances are they've proved they're a decent contributor with genuine enthusiasm for whatever threads they hang out at. If they can bring like-minded people into the circle, so much the better for tfs.
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^But that still doesn't help people without any existing connections here. If I'm 'person A' from 'important store B' and I stumble upon tFS after searching google for places to divulge industry secrets, I still can't get an account unless I know someone on the inside.