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    Exclamation Change of User Permissions ("Why can't I edit my profile/choose an avatar?")

    One of the things that takes up a lot of Moderator time is cleaning up spam on the forums. No one likes it. It's annoying. Spammer tactics are becoming increasingly complex and aggravating to deal with.

    To help combat the perpetual assault of spam messages/spammers/spambots I'm working on a new way that Usergroups are used here at CBR. To cut a long story short;

    New users will not be allowed to do the following:
    • Use signatures in their posts
    • Send private messages
    • Post profile messages
    • Possibly be unable to post links at all.


    Upon reaching a certain number of posts (20), that user's account will automatically be 'promoted' so all those options become available. The change isn't instantaneous, the system needs time to update itself. So don't expect to have access the second you reach 20 posts, just be patient. It'll happen.

    This step should drastically reduce the amount of Private Message spam people receive (I'm looking at you people who PM invites to a pathetic RP game) as well as SEO spammers and so forth.

    I'm in the admin controls right now setting this up. It will take some time to move the existing users (that's all you wonderful folk) around so the system works, maybe a little more than an hour. If you find Private Messages not working or any other glitches, it's probable this is the cause. Wait an hour and see if it's still broken.

    It's actually a tricky system to set up as I have to be careful not to screw any existing permissions up. It may be some time before it becomes active. I just hope I don't have to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow...
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    Maybe you should up the baseline of posts to 30 or 40, since a persistent spammer could bang out 20 posts pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake V View Post
    Maybe you should up the baseline of posts to 30 or 40, since a persistent spammer could bang out 20 posts pretty easily.
    That's something we'll be keeping an eye on. Once the system is in place, that limit is very easy to change.

    We don't want the benchmark too high as it might be annoying to genuine new forum members, who we want to encourage to stick around.
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    The system is now in place. For the next hour or so, normal forum members may not have Private Messages, Profile Messages, or Signatures available - there's 61,000 or so users the system needs to check and move if applicable.

    Please keep an eye out for glitches. I've set this up after a soup bowl full of coffee and so the chance of a goof-up is present.
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    So just because of a few spammers our private messaging privilages got to be taken away?
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    I think PMs should be coming back soon. Something got a bit screwed up.

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    I fear you misunderstand what is happening.

    Private Messaging will only be unavailable to forum member who has less than a certain number of posts. At the moment that number is 20.
    Anyone who has more than 20 posts will have full features enabled, including Private Messages.


    Private Messages are unavailable to everyone only while the VBulletin system works out the new system, which should take approximately an hour. After that, anyone with more than 20 posts should be able to Private Message away like they always have.
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    Awesome. I was just about to message someone about the PMs. Thanks for clearing everything up.
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    A-HA! I was wondering what was going on.
    Good luck with the system changes Matt.
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    Makes sense now. Hope things work out man
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    Umm....I've over 30,000 posts and I can't use my PM anymore.

    Please help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Brown View Post
    Awesome. I was just about to message someone about the PMs.
    And how were you planning to do that?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Umm....I've over 30,000 posts and I can't use my PM anymore.

    Please help.
    *headdesk*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Umm....I've over 30,000 posts and I can't use my PM anymore.

    Please help.
    Just wait about an hour.

    Until then -- if it's that urgent -- maybe try IM? Or email?
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    I think we will survive(I hope).
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