Originally Posted by von Rothbart
Great idea in theory but lurkers can register to be members just to view the threads and continue to be lurkers without making any contributions to the forum.
Statistically, people who sign up an account but have nothing to contribute immediately are much more likely to later contribute information or become a part of the community than if they had to sign up just to post a simple question. Once the hassle of signing up is done, people will usually, at some point, start talking. And that could mean... more shoe deals posted!Either way, it also looks good to potential sponsors.
We should take it one step further, make the thread viewable to approved members only.
I wouldn't want to do the approval (nor would any of the mods, well... maybe Fok
) and making it based on something like post count would encourage post spamming just to get to the necessary level.
Anyway, I'll look into it.