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  1. Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Dec 25, 2006, 10:02 PM - Probational Period Testing #1

    Over the next few days, we will be testing a system that automatically requires users to wait 1 day before being allowed to post. This may cause some instability as it requires a massive number of permission changes. Please bear with us as we implement this new procedure.

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  2. TeamFett's Avatar
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    Dec 25, 2006, 10:15 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #2

    I think this is a great idea

    Did you get a new avatar, D?
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    Dec 25, 2006, 10:37 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #3

    I did! Thanks for noticing!
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    Dec 25, 2006, 10:59 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #4

    The initial setup is now in place. We will be watching closely over the next few days to see if this process is effective in stopping spammers.
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    Dec 26, 2006, 12:24 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #5

    GOOD!!! Seems to have been alot of em lately...(and some pretty bad ones too!!)
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    Dec 26, 2006, 12:53 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #6

    Dent, I think this may work. The Southern Outpost forums are like that too. it requires users to wait while a registration email is sent to them. and kristianps.. or whatever, whom asok banned, has also joined the Southern Outpost forums yet there has been no spam there. The mods there don't like users joining and no posting, because we get it a lot, so they just delete the accounts. TDH will probably go back to a little peace now.
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    Dec 26, 2006, 7:56 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #7

    Sounds like a good idea. Hope it works.
  8. I helped at SDCC '08 Jimmy BufFETT's Avatar
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    Dec 26, 2006, 10:22 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #8

    Thanks a bunch for doin' this, D! I gotta say the amount of spam on here was getting outta hand, but y'all were quick on the kill!
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    Dec 26, 2006, 9:48 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #9

    i am happy this finally happened. a one day wait isn't going to kill anyone. a lot better than weeks on other boards or requiring 30-50 posts before you can make a thread
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    Dec 26, 2006, 10:28 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #10

    I know many boards impose a lot of rules and regulations in regard to newbies. We hope to never discriminate against new members because we realize that they may be new to TDH but most are not new to online forums. We have only enabled the one day wait in hopes of cutting down on the tremendous amount of spam this board has received. As much as possible, we want to enable new users to become contributing members immediately. You never know what newbie might drop the next huge discovery in our laps!
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    Dec 26, 2006, 10:36 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #11

    I'm glad you guys took my idea into consideration! I hope that it really does stop spammers, because even one spammer is too much.
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    Dec 26, 2006, 10:52 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #12

    I think this idea makes sense.

    On the 501st NEG forum we require all new members to engage in email dialog with the GML before activating them. But, our garrison forum gets a lot fewer new people than this one does, so that's more managable.

    In the absence of these resources, it seems like this is a good way to go.
  13. Dec 28, 2006, 10:08 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #13

    I've just receive a message in my personnal e-mail adress:

    This is a message from ********* at The Dented Helmet (
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/index.php ). The The Dented Helmet
    owners cannot accept any responsibility for the contents of the email.

    This is the message:

    Greetings and blessed be,
    Sorry to be contacting you directly but I just registered and it
    won't let me post yet. I had some thought on your unusal but intreging
    idea. Since I'm thinking of a custon mando suit myself I have beeen
    think of variation for a bit now.
    ....................

    So the testing period is efficient, but when new members want to post, they use any methods if necessary!
  14. Dec 28, 2006, 11:13 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #14

    ha, thats interesting
  15. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Dec 28, 2006, 5:07 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #15

    That e-mail is strange... I don't quite understand.
  16. Dec 28, 2006, 5:34 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #16

    I've just cut some unnecessary parts and replace member's name by ****, but this guy is very ingenious: he really wanted to post a reply, and he was in the probational period, so he have sent an e-mail to the starter of the thread.

    So when a newbie really wants to add his 2 cents, the probationnal period is not an obstacle!
  17. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Dec 28, 2006, 5:44 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #17

    Haha, well 24 hours is a short time!! Let's hope it weeds out spam and strengthens the community!
  18. Dec 29, 2006, 12:18 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #18

    He starts to post and I can told you that he doesn't looks like as a spammer.
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    Jan 2, 2007, 7:17 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #19

    Either our testing has been a success or all the spammers of the world took Christmas through New Years off. Until further notice we will leave the 24 hour gap between signing up and posting in place.
  20. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Jan 2, 2007, 9:28 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #20

    Nice!! Thank you The Dent for pretty much eliminating spam as we know it!!
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    Jan 2, 2007, 11:28 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #21

    Quote GCNgamer128 said: View Post
    Nice!! Thank you The Dent for pretty much eliminating spam as we know it!!
    Good thinking Andy. The mods don't need kill stripes after all.



    -=QuinN!
  22. I helped at SDCC '08 MandalorFett's Avatar
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    Jan 3, 2007, 4:40 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #22

    Well done one and all, and thank you.


  23. Jan 7, 2007, 12:25 PM - Re: Probational Period Testing #23

    Quote CombatBaby said: View Post
    Good thinking Andy. The mods don't need kill stripes after all.



    -=QuinN!
    Yeah, It's better without kill stripes.
    Congratulations.
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    Jan 8, 2007, 7:55 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #24

    well, as a noob, but a user of other forums, i must say that i really like this idea. its a little difficult for newbies to interact, but its a brilliant idea

    thats a LOOOONNNGG 24 hours though
    :P
  25. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Jan 8, 2007, 7:58 AM - Re: Probational Period Testing #25

    Quote cbstudios said: View Post
    well, as a noob, but a user of other forums, i must say that i really like this idea. its a little difficult for newbies to interact, but its a brilliant idea

    thats a LOOOONNNGG 24 hours though
    :P
    Yeah, that was one of the drawbacks to the probational period, but as for the community as a whole, it was for the best

    I haven't seen a single SPAM thread since it has started!!

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