||04-11-2019 09:46 PM
Re: New Member Requirements
Other specialty forums have shut down entirely due to scammer overload (localityrosys.com, likely more I don't know about).
I don't think that the requirements "makes the forum inaccessible to newcomers who genuinely want to participate in the forum". Newcomers can't post classified ads, and I think that is good. This is a discussion forum first, not a classified site.
If you search the site for "new member requirements" you'll get a taste of the discussion that has gone on in the past on this topic. That's another good reason to rein in newcomers for a little bit: to get them to use the search function lest every single newcomer asks the same twelve questions over and over and over and over again.
The "hey, you can search here for that" comment comes up a lot in these new introduction threads, and I think that is good. If not for this opportunity to explain to folks that there is in fact a way to search the archives, this forum would be nothing but fifteen thousand postings of "how many X's can I put in a viv X big?", and if we wanted that, we could just go over to Facebook.
And: Welcome!! :)