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Topic # 68409 21-Sep-2010 14:03
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During the Moderators' Meetup in Wellington last weekend we came up with a list of features to add to Geekzone. Geekzone Live was one of them.

I have added now a minimum number of posts requirement to some forums. This means new users will not be able to create new topics, or reply to ongoing topics in some forums.

Initially we are bringing this to "Offers/Wanted" and "Geekzone".

We have always removed posts from Offers/Wanted when the user is new - most of the times we see Trade Me sellers trying to link to their auctions, without have ever participated on Geekzone. To help us keep Geekzone free of those we now require a certain number of posts before new users can create or respond to topics in that section.

A different situation happens on "Geekzone", which was created to discuss topics related to our site. A lot of new users post new topics on Geekzone, when they should really create those in appropriate forums. Because I am tired of moving those topics I decided to implement a minimum number of posts before new users can create new discussions or reply on that section.

Moderators, Administrators and Trusted users are not affected by these limits.





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  Reply # 382714 21-Sep-2010 15:01
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Sounds like a fair enough solution to me.




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  Reply # 382726 21-Sep-2010 15:23
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Perhaps you could just have a page in the geekzone forum before allowing low post count users telling them what the forum is for, since there may be legit reasons that someone new wants to post in there?




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  Reply # 382727 21-Sep-2010 15:26
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so what are the limits that have been implemented on the sections mentioned and what limits are being considered for other forums?

 

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  Reply # 382728 21-Sep-2010 15:27
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Fair dues. Are you going to publish the post limits or leave them private?

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  Reply # 382760 21-Sep-2010 16:24
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Sounds fair, how many posts does a new user need to post in those sections now?




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  Reply # 382800 21-Sep-2010 17:20
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i like it, you get 1 too many people coming on here for a quick rant without ever wanting help or even coming back




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  Reply # 382804 21-Sep-2010 17:30
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Good move freitasm, and I like how Geekzone has really implemented a lot of new useful features over the past 6-12 months.


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  Reply # 382807 21-Sep-2010 17:33
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the site is definitely maturing and improving in quality.   <thumbs up>
 

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  Reply # 382836 21-Sep-2010 18:53
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Great to see. Good idea. Thumbs up aswell :)

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  Reply # 382850 21-Sep-2010 19:34
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I was wondering if you can tell how many times users actually visit Geekzone? Wouldn't that be a good indication of their interest?

Users may come to read many postings without responding but just to find information on a particular topic of interest to them. If they don't post it doesn't mean they're not interested.

I have visited You Tube many times but never registered or signed on and posted a comment. The same applies to Geekzone, I read much more than I comment on.



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  Reply # 382860 21-Sep-2010 19:59
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Yes, we see this and a lot more. It's not a question of "interest". First, the "Offers/Wanted" charter is explicit "only users who participate can post". What we see is a lot of first recently registered time posters trying to link to their own Trade Me auctions or company's websites.

This is not allowed. We are just automating the process to help us get these spammers out of the way.





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  Reply # 382958 22-Sep-2010 00:18
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freitasm: Moderators, Administrators and Trusted users are not affected by these limits.


i'd be worried if moderators and administrators hadnt met the thresholds ... :)




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  Reply # 383121 22-Sep-2010 12:09
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Good ideas.

What's the deal with the "Trusted" moniker?  How does that get allocated?

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  Reply # 383138 22-Sep-2010 12:53
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Geekzone users can be "Trusted" by our moderators. When you see a post with the "Trusted" icon you know we either met that user in person, or consider that user to have special skills and knowledge.

As per this post - have a nice day :)




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