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    Posted: October 26 2011 at 1:17pm
Was wondering if it is possible to have new members have a certain amount of post in the forum in order to start posting in the classifieds?
 
It seems as we have a lot of people lately just coming in to post there..
 
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you are better to request that new member need to have X number post inorder to start a post in there.  Because you also have alot of new member offering to buy things in there.  Unless you dont want new members buying from here also.
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Great suggestion! Give new members access to the classified section but require them to have "X" meaningful posts before selling something of their own. Even as little as 5 meaningful posts(not "nice,""+1,""I agree,""cool," etc.) will probably help control this problem.

Reasons to do this are:
1. It can be frustrating when you are an active member trying to sell an item only to have it pushed back to another page because someone who joined 5 minutes ago decided to post a link to their KSL ad. 
2. The classifieds are probably the most popular forum on UtahReefs.com and it should be a privilege to sell something on here to a specialized audience. 
3. Continued usage of the classifieds by "5-minute members" drowns out posts from the very active WMAS members. 
4. Implementing a new post-count rule on the classifieds MAY help spark more discussion and activity in the forum as a whole.

Just my 2cents... Smile


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Originally posted by lskurys lskurys wrote:

you are better to request that new member need to have X number post inorder to start a post in there.テつ Because you also have alot of new member offering to buy things in there.テつ Unless you dont want new members buying from here also.


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This has been discussed in the past and we have considered it.  I will tell you why we chose not to implement this feature before.
 
The presidency felt that it may be a disadvantage to our members and MB users should a hobbyist who doesn't frequent the board or the internet decided to sale their entire set up, fish, coral, whatever.   If we required them to accumulate posts before they listed their items for sale, they would simply go elsewhere (ksl classified) and our users would potentially miss the advertisement.
 
I have posted things for sale in the member's only section first to provide first "dibs" to members. Should there be no interest, I re-post in the general forum.  This is a way to provide active members a Buy/Sale/Trade benefit that is not available to everyone - including the 5-minute members. (BTW - love this term)
 
I will make sure this is discussed at the next presidency meeting.  Any other opinions?
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I agree with will.

I would not have got into this hobby without the classified section here. I bought and sold stuff like crazy when I first started. That's how I could afford to build the nice system that I currently have.

Like will said, post in the paid members section first then in the general classified section when you are selling things.

What we do need really bad is a feedback score for members so people don't get burned on here or taken advantage of.
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Originally posted by Laird Laird wrote:

I agree with will.

I would not have got into this hobby without the classified section here. I bought and sold stuff like crazy when I first started. That's how I could afford to build the nice system that I currently have.

Like will said, post in the paid members section first then in the general classified section when you are selling things.

What we do need really bad is a feedback score for members so people don't get burned on here or taken advantage of.


Laird and Shane have it right I think. My first post EVER on this forum almost three years ago was a post putting an offer on a tank (the one I still have!), if I hadn't been allowed to post I would probably have just gone to KSL and who knows if I would have returned. Classifieds are what drew me in but everything else kept me coming and a member. I have long been an advocate for a rating system of some sort for buyers/sellers to help alleviate some issues that you could potentially run into. IMO this has worked well on other larger forums and could work well on utahreefs.com.
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I think it would do more harm then good if we made a bunch of little rules regarding our forum. I'm actively on 6 forums and I always get pissed when I get on a new one and find out they limit you based on reputation, post count, or whatever.

We'd scare off new members for sure and we don't really benefit from it to start.


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I agree with will.
 
I hope you agree with me as well.  Smile
 
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Fair enough. :) was just a suggestion. It is a tad frustrating like stated above to have your post shuffled by people that are just logging on to sale something.

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Originally posted by Shane H Shane H wrote:

I agree with will.
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I hope you agree with me as well.テつ Smile

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Fair enough. :) was just a suggestion.
 
Jared - suggestions and recommendations are always welcome.  It is encouraging to see MB users who care enough to note a concern and suggest a solution. 

THANKS!
 
BTW - I'm sure the presidency will review your suggestion regardless of this thread.  It could be that other feel differently than me and changes may be made.
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I actually was going to post pretty much what Shane posted, but I wanted to see what others had to say before I jumped in.

The presidency would actually like to know how other members feel about these issues so we can make a decision based on what the members want rather than what we think the members want.

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I do like the idea of a BST rating system though. That would be cool.

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If it was me, I would pull a report to see where most of the members make there first post.  After you know where new people are getting there start in the forums.  You might need to find a way to make changes that will not only helped the members that post all of the time and the member that like to read everything but never need to post, because it had already been addressed. 

 

Another thing that might help is to set up ranks for your members.  And set up another page that people that have to have x # post or rank, before they can see the post in that rank.   I would say the paid member rank is a good way to do that but it does seem that some very active people step in an out of that rank depending on how there life is going. 

 

Just some Ideas that may or may not help.   I must say the people in Utahreefs are great and they are the main reason that I picked this site as my main place to get information for my tank.  I know a lot of people have other reasons but this is worked for me. 

 

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