A user comes here via a search in google, for whatever concern they have: usually due to a problem with something system or software based, that they seek information for. Specifically, things that exclusively run on Apple Macintosh computers. Now, the user registers a membership (with details required), validates the membership via the E-mail notification, and eventually submits a new thread to inquire about the appropriate subject. The subject gets a response from a more experienced and informed user, who supplies some information, that could potentially sustain a solution. However, there are problems encountered within the proposed method and process. This then is ratified with a counter response, to the member who sent the reply. This response then awaits an imminent action upon a reply. But the reply won't come. So, to rectify this, a subscription is made upon the thread. The user whom responded to the thread, is added to the thread starter's buddy list. The thread starter has 2 posts, and sees that the user is active and logged in. An attempt to study the replying user's statistics is made, to view the public profile of the user. No contact details are found. The thread starter now checks his buddy list. He attempts a personal message, but finds there is an inconvenience and a denial of service for that particular means of communication. The first reason given for the refusal of permission for the ability to send a personal message, is that the user has not made a successful expression of E-mail ratification. The thread starter considers this: and immediately finds the information negligible, as there is a reasonable level of certainty that there are no more validations to be made, to confirm the account. The other two do not apply, at least that can be ascertained by the user, as of the present moment they are read. Checks the Forum Rules: there is no mention of this. Checks the FAQ of the forum: after reading the entire thing, a small clause indicates to him that the requirement is 5 posts. Evaluation: -The individual does not seek to make 3 new posts for no other reason, than to further his means of communication, as this goes against the Forum Rules. -The individual has been censored from the purpose expressed and required. -The individual has to make time, effort, work and potentially a financial waste (factoring time management into the equation), in order to fulfill the demands of the requirements. Conclusion: The forum is a parasitic and leeching representation of whatever the individuals responsible, "contribute" to. An inconvenience at best, and infuriating with dangerous provocations at worst. Its subliminal intentions are now clear: it wants more resources than the individual is willing to be satisfied with, and the individual has to tolerate and devote the means to fulfill the requirements, under protest, condemnation and indemnity. This means of communication should come to an end. It is a social form of malware.