Proposal to restrict New thread creation before reaching a certain number of posts

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Bernard SG, Nov 29, 2011.

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    Bernard SG

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    Is this something the Admins would consider? There are too many folks creating a new account to start a troll-ish thread, often associated with a barely masked advertisement for an Apple's competitor product.
     
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    Macman45

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    That Is Actually

    A very good idea! Say 50 post's maybe? It might well help to keep the spam and troll's down.
     
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    Yumunum

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    I think this is a bad idea. A lot of people make accounts on here in the first place, just to ask questions. It's a forum - you come here to learn and teach. There are learners and teachers. Don't hinder the learners.

    Trolling is an unstoppable thing
     
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    dukebound85

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    Bad idea

    Another forum I joined has this. I signed up specifically because I have a question but I need to spam my way to 5 posts first there....
     
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    Pink∆Floyd

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    I agree with you, this is a bad idea

    If you think somebody started a troll thread, use the Report icon [​IMG]

    The mods will take care of it, that's what they are here for
     
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    miles01110

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    This has been brought up numerous times before; it's not going to happen.
     
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    Bernard SG

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    Yes, I knew that was the flip-side of my proposal, however it's quite rare that a newbie's question has not already been asked in an existing thread and in the case it hasn't, it's always possible to bump a thread with a similar issue and ask the question.

    Yes, trolling is unstoppable but it can be at least limited with this kind of rule which is also advantageous for the mods by reducing the necessity for their intervention.
     
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    iBlue

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    I don't think it will help. Spammers and trolls will find a way and meanwhile it's punishing legitimate newbies with questions or something of use. Depending on how MR is set up, having new thread creation restricted to ___ + posts may make the one-touch ban and clean more complicated for the mods as well. Just report the offending tossers. Mods don't mind post reports.
     
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    blueroom

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    Why not limit it to one post per hour for the first week.
     
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    miles01110

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    It's also quite rare for a veteran member's question to not already be answered. For example,

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=209946
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1000224
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=679871
     
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    Won't work. According to you, I was being a troll with this thread and I have over 500 posts
     
  12. Scepticalscribe, Nov 29, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011

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    Scepticalscribe

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    Agree with those who think this is a bad idea.

    Most who post here actually set up an account because they have a question to ask - usually about something tech or Apple related - and hope that someone who is already a member may be able to supply an answer. Indeed, while many have lurked for quite a while before that (as I did), the simple fact that they needed a question answered was the very reason they actually joined - granted, they may have stayed for the ambience, chat, repartee, comments etc, but that is a different matter. The "How did you end up in MR?" thread is quite informative and revealing on this.

    Personally, I'd be very sorry to see a situation where people are discouraged from asking questions from the minute they join, as this defeats the purpose of a site such as this.

    Yes, of course there are trolls and trouble makers who create accounts simply to make noise and generate controversy or perhaps, sales. We have the choice of responding to them, ignoring them, or reporting them, depending on how the mood takes us.

    Cheers
     
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    jabbawok

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    Just a bit.
     

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