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    GarryB
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:42 am

    A while back there were a lot of spambots and also zombies.... ie banned members returning with new usernames... which kinda defeats the purpose of banning members.

    The decision was made to block new members for a bit.

    It is something that can be turned off and on.

    I haven't had a reason to turn it back on.

    What do members think?
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    Post  PapaDragon on Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:16 am


    Last new member was months ago so I assume it would have cooled off

    You can switch it back on now (or periodically allow new members to keep it manageable for mods)

    If noobs misbehave then ban them (you can set up stricter rules for members below certain post count or time on forum)

    It may be messy but if nobody new comes entire forum will die off gradually






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    Post  franco on Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:24 am

    GarryB wrote:A while back there were a lot of spambots and also zombies.... ie banned members returning with new usernames... which kinda defeats the purpose of banning members.

    The decision was made to block new members for a bit.

    It is something that can be turned off and on.

    I haven't had a reason to turn it back on.

    What do members think?

    Back on... noticed that google doesn't seem to have us on their fav settings the past couple of years, so we don't get the exposure we used to get. Was actually thinking of bringing this up Papadragon thumbsup thumbsup
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:59 pm

    I think we should allow again for a while and see what happens. We do need to attract new views and expertise, even if we don't agree with some of it.

    Also is it possible to give the banned members names? Sometimes wonder if when posters vanish it is enforced or they just find something else to do.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:10 am

    So we have had a few members say yes to opening up new members... even if for a specific period...

    I am happy with that... I will give you guys a couple of days to say no or just put your opinion and then I will open the forum for a period and see how we go.

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    Post  Werewolf on Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:37 am

    Considering the political sphere in Europe I am against "Open Borders" policies, but fortunately this is a forum and we should open it to see who wants to enter.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:40 am

    Unlike the European borders I can open and close them at the push of a button, and those already in can be denied access just as easily if necessary.

    I will try to not let the power go to my head... Embarassed

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:41 am

    OK, it has been a couple of days and all the responses so far are positive, so I am going to open the forum to new members.

    To start with it will be open for two weeks, if it is abused it will be closed again.

    If it is not abused, then I will simply keep it open.

    If we do have problems there is an alternative... I think I read in the Admin forum that general membership can be closed as it is now, but new members can be created via invitation, which could be plan B where if anyone approaches a current member wanting to join their details can be forwarded to me and I invite them.

    Obviously definitely plan B as it would just be more work for us and assumes a few things as well...

    Give me a little time to get it open properly, but it shouldn't take too long opening up as of now.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:58 am

    Should be working now.

    There is an approval component that allows the admin to approve new users to activate new accounts.

    At the moment I have used user activation and we will see how it goes.

    If we have problems I can change it to activate approved by me accounts only, but it sounds like a lot of messing around because I doubt I will recognise the usernames anyway.

    Play nice to new members and remember you need to introduce yourself in your own new thread in the Members rules and introductions thread.

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