MEMBERSHIP CHANGES AS OF NOV 1, 2008


Rich D

Active Hunter
I just come on here to read, view pics, and purchase on the Cargo Hold. I never post because I don't feel like I have anything to contribute. Been on here since 04 with multiple accounts, I forget my PW. Now I'm blocked from the Cargo Hold :cry "Oh the humanity!!!"
In fact I just purchased something from the CargoHold lastnight.

The changes in policy are not intended to punish existing users. I support the changes because I think the community will benefit in the long term.

You can contribute by posting pics of what you've got so far. People can ask about the parts and paint jobs, etc. You can also contribute by posting questions or comments about someone's latest build-up thread. There's some really phenomenal craftsmanship on display at TDH. If you're interested in somebody's hard work here and want to learn more, then click Reply and ask a question, answer a question, give constructive feedback, etc. In other words, join the family!
 
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Huntman

Active Hunter
This will be awesome! Maybe we will see more scratch build threads like there used to be. I used to love seeing people scratch build stuff out of just parts in the garage. I feel this might help go back to that a little.
 

Art Andrews

Community Founder
Community Staff
I have received several messages from frustrated members who have been here a long time but have not posted and who now don't have access to all the areas they once had access to.

We know this is not a perfect solution and we apologize to those of you who have been inconvenienced, but we believe this is a move that is good for the overall community and we believe the concept is sound. We feel that requiring 2 weeks and 10 posts isn't that much of an investment to ask for to have access to the full site. We knew in advance that some people would create "atta-boy" posts to reach their quoto but we are willing to accept that as, again, we believe the net gain will be worth these small inconveniences.

While we understand a few of you are annoyed, we appreciate the overwhelming approval and acceptance of this policy by the majority of our members.
 

MarkG

Hunter
1st off, I'd like to say hello. Been a lurker here for a few years, and finally got round to registering today...

Secondly, I think this new system is a great idea. I've been contemplating a Boba Fett costume for a while now, due to a lack of them in my immediate area.

As Boba is such a hard costume to get right, I want to spend many hours reading through the tips, tricks and pictures of other costumes before I even contemplate putting any hard eaned cash down. keeping me out of the cargo hold for a bit will defo help me thats for sure...lol.

Hope to be a regular on here, and hopefully start the slow progess of a costume in the new year. Once I feel confident that is..
 

Bubba Fett

Active Hunter
While we understand a few of you are annoyed

Hey, try the RPF sometime... ;)

Frankly, if it were me I would have been even stricter, but I am a jerky, hard nosed kind of guy.

I don't really mind people buying things from the CH or posting in the Pit, but I think that the stricter rules protect people (at least a little bit) in the Cargo Hold. There have been some instances where new people come on and their first post is to sell a lot of things that they don't actually own or intend to ship.
 
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rdhawk

Jr Hunter
As a new guy on the forum, I understand the reasoning behind it, and don't mind the fact I can't see some things until a time/post count is reached, because the prop makers should definitely be protected by any means necessary.
 

Drago Lordist

New Hunter
I understand the reasoning, and the time limit, but part of me feels that members over 6 months old or something should have been grandfathered in. I hate spamming threads with 2 word responses, and if I have nothing to add I don't feel it's my place to try. I do appreciate making it a low post count though. will you frown on digging up old threads? :p
 

Art Andrews

Community Founder
Community Staff
I understand the reasoning, and the time limit, but part of me feels that members over 6 months old or something should have been grandfathered in. I hate spamming threads with 2 word responses, and if I have nothing to add I don't feel it's my place to try. I do appreciate making it a low post count though. will you frown on digging up old threads? :p

I can certainly understand your POV. We struggled with whether or not to grandfather members in who have been here a long time, but felt that we would only be setting ourselves up for trouble if a new member discovered that an old member who had less than the stated # of posts could access the full board. We also felt this would be a good way to encourage lurkers to become more actively contributing members of the board. We anticipated that some would make spam posts, just to get their post count up but we also felt confident that most would make meaningful posts as the required post count is very low and it wouldn't take anyone long to reach the requirements.

We have no problem with the resurrection of old threads as long as they are brought back for a good reason.
 

DP74

Hunter
As someone who's ran more than his share of community sites and forums over the years for various subjects, it's the best way to not only deal with bots that love to stop by and spam, but it's the best way to get people used to the community you have long-time set up and established and lessens the chance of having to ban / remove undesirables which, no matter how deserved, does effect overall morale.

I'll do my best to contribute to gain the full access I would need to check out sections like the Cargo Hold for possible future purchases. In the meantime, I'll just read and throw out some kind of feedback if I can! ;)
 
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