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Post Minimum / Waiting Period Required for New Members to Start a New Thread

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by marblehouse, Apr 23, 2012.

In Order to Start a Thread, New Members Should Have

  1. A Post Minimum

    11 vote(s)
    28.2%
  2. A Waiting Period

    21 vote(s)
    53.8%
  3. No Requirements (USA! USA! USA! USA!)

    7 vote(s)
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  1. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Well-Known Member

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    I tend to agree that there are plenty of existing threads to answer most noob questions. A waiting period before being allowed to start a new thread would help, but I think a series of sticky threads on the most common questions might do more. We've all seen countless new threads like "What suit to wear for my job interview", "What to wear to my summer internship", "What to wear to prom" etc. I was told on a different thread that some FAQs were in development to address these common questions. I think that will help especially if new members are forced to read through an Introduction to SF thread, which highlights the FAQs to these common questions, before being allowed to post. It may cut off some of the repetitive questions.

    I joined SF to research shoes. Before posting, I surfed through the entire AE Appreciation thread and the entire Official Alden Thread as well as the Suede Shoes Post'em Here thread. It took me several days, but I wanted to review the content first. Most new members aren't going to do that.
     
  2. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Well-Known Member

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    Yeah people ignore those stickies. That's the point. A new member either thinks that his situation/perspective/limited wardrobe is specific enough to warrant a thread, or he just thinks (knows?) that he'll get more attention that way. We don't need more stickies.
     
  3. NotoriousMarquis

    NotoriousMarquis Well-Known Member

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    I think that we should allow new posters to start threads, but they shouldn't be allowed to post links to sites until they've reached a certain number of posts. This would allow people to get their questions answered, and it would prevent trolls and spammers from asking us to check out the amazing shoes on AlphaMale.

    IF the noob wants fit suggestions, let him upload the images to the tread instead of posting a link to them—until he reaches X number of posts—if he's too lazy to upload, then the question wasn't all that important.
     
  4. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Well-Known Member

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    I agree mostly. Once a structure of "Intro" threads are established, noobs may bypass them, but I expect SF members will put them in their place. I mean at that point, you can't say you didn't know. So flame on, post snarky replies ad nauseam.
     
  5. ter1413

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    I seem to remember several threads on this topic already posted....:eh:
     
  6. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Well-Known Member

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    I plead ignorance
     
  7. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    Terrific idea! I vote for a 3 year waiting period, which means this thread should have never happened.
     
  8. marblehouse

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    You are so clever you make me want to slit your wrists :laugh:.

    Fok just shot the idea down, so it's a no-go. Thank you for all the opinions.
     
  9. NAMOR

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    por que?
     
  10. marblehouse

    marblehouse Well-Known Member

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  11. in stitches

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    i think i started a new thread before hitting 5 posts. on my first day. i got a lot of genuine help. it made me want to stay. now you are stuck with me.

    there should definitely be a waiting period. :)
     
  12. marblehouse

    marblehouse Well-Known Member

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    Think of all the pain we would have been spared.

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    #3. This is when you really started coming into your own.
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  13. Cardigan Brah

    Cardigan Brah Active Member

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    When can I quote posts and post images, videos, etc without waiting for a mod to approve them?
     
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    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    i thought right away?
     
  16. ter1413

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    March 2032
     
  17. IRKSM

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    I hate to revive a dead thread with silly questions but I have waited a couple of days for some of my posts to be approved, is this typical? I realize styleforum is probably understaffed and overworked but what is an average turnover time I can expect?
     
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  18. InHocSignio

    InHocSignio Well-Known Member

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    This policy has become incredibly annoying to me. I have been perfectly on topic but in fact cannot ask new questions in the "Ask a Question, Get an Answer" thread because by the time my post has already been approved, people have moved on 3 posts down. I imagine that thread is supposed to collate all the newbish and amateurish questions that get asked over and over again, but if they cannot actually get answered because moderation takes far too long to approve them, how does that dissuade a new poster from becoming new thread happy? And I think I'm fairly persistent as someone familiar with major forum etiquette, but for others new to online social participation, I imagine there is a pretty significant loss of conversions from those who are "lurkers" to getting involved as a result of this policy as well..
     
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