You should be required to have X posts before you can post in off topic or marketplace

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spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
7,835
It used to be you needed X posts before being able to post in marketplace. From what I have seen this rule seems to have gone away. The reasons for the original rule were obvious and should be reinstated.

The Off Topic forum is a lot of fun. It lets us get to know one another but that is not the purpose of this forum in general. We have had a rash of new users that are coming here just to discuss trivial social media issues. That is not the purpose of this forum and should be discouraged.

Posting in Off Topic (and market place) should be a privilege that is earned be discussing relevant subjects of the forum and that is electronics. I think, you should be required to have X number of posts before being able to post in these forums. Perhaps that number should be low, say 5 or 10 posts but there should still be at least some limit.
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
3,566
Posting in Off Topic (and market place) should be a privilege that is earned be discussing relevant subjects of the forum and that is electronics.
I agree with this, 1000%; I think of the Off Topic forum as a courtesy provided to the regular members of AAC who stick around here to discuss matters related to electronics, to learn or to teach (or both)-- NOT as a place where any old dork can wander in off the Interwebz and try to start a conversation about his pet non-electronic subject.
 

Reloadron

Joined Jan 15, 2015
6,114
I also have to agree with both subjects. Posting in the Off Topic section should require a number of post in any of the regular sections, additionally I like the addition of an ignore or unsubscribe button. I agree for the reasons already mentioned.

Although we can click More Options and uncheck the notification boxes.

Ron
 

ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
13,819
hi,
The problem of new members posting only to the Off Topic Forum is currently under consideration by the Administrators.
Hopefully a minimum number of posts to the Technical Forums will be required before a member can start posting to Off Topic.
E
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
3,566
The problem of new members posting only to the Off Topic Forum is currently under consideration by the Administrators.
Hopefully a minimum number of posts to the Technical Forums will be required before a member can start posting to Off Topic.
Were it up to me, I wouldn't even allow then to view the Off Topic forum until they'd reached the required number of postings in the technical forums. That would likely reduce the amount of dross even further.
 

ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
13,819
hi OBW,
A number of suggestions from the Mods are on the table for Admin to decide, they include a minimum tech post count.
Eric
 
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