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Petition To Have Post Count Removed From Intro Forum

Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by Skinny, Jan 17, 2006.

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Be It Resolved That Post Counts Won't Increase When A Member Posts In the Intro Forum

  1. For (Yes)

    35 vote(s)
    61.4%
  2. Against (No)

    22 vote(s)
    38.6%
  1. wrmineo

    wrmineo Peon

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    #21
    I rarely post in the Introductions. Hell, I don't think I introduced myself when I joined ... I just assumed that the rap sheet and psych profile was on record. However, I do see a useful function of the Intro in that new members can say hi and other members can put out the welcome mat. However, I am objective enough to realize that this is likely a hugely abused area; but, as I stated I go in there rarely, others have a better grasp.

    One thing would be to allow people to do an Introduction and then have an "auto-lock" on the threads. New members can do a write up about themselves, how they found DP, whatever, but then it would be locked.

    Another option might be to have a thread "auto-generate" based on the information from their profile upon completion, but again should be locked IMO.

    Also, is there a way to up the minimum character post from 10 to 50? If you can't post more than two or three words ... ah, never mind, they'd probably just add .... or spaces or dashes.

    This isn't the first time this has been brought up I don't think Skinny, but glad to see it being tossed out again and getting some attention.
    SEMrush
     
    wrmineo, Jan 18, 2006 IP
    SEMrush
  2. DomainMagnate

    DomainMagnate Illustrious Member

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    #22
    There's a need for introduction any way.

    Newbies come to the forum all the time and they love to see some attention, it's always good if someone welcomes you :)

    and again, what do you think about this 2 measures:

    :)
     
    DomainMagnate, Jan 19, 2006 IP
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  3. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #23
    Automate it with a welcome PM.
     
    minstrel, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  4. BILZ

    BILZ Peon

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    #24
    Where's Shawn? He gonna tell us what his idea is or what?
     
    BILZ, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  5. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    #25
    If you feel you need some attention and have a bunch of strangers welcome you at a forum you really need to go see a shrink
     
    fryman, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  6. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #26
    Read, people, read.

    It has already been said that he's on the road. It's also already been said that he needs to work on coding his idea.
     
    minstrel, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  7. wrmineo

    wrmineo Peon

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    #27
    Yes, and when he's done, he'll post a message for all to awe at :)

    He never ceases to amaze ... what would seem impossible to most is but a mere exercise in spatial thinking to him that he becomes determined to put into a linear fix.
     
    wrmineo, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  8. DomainMagnate

    DomainMagnate Illustrious Member

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    #28
    Do you manage any forum?
    I don't mean moderate, but own.

    If you don't welcome people when they register they can be very upset and leave the forum without posting or even become wackos, ask nintendo if you don't believe me :D :D :D
     
    DomainMagnate, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  9. Skinny

    Skinny Peon

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    #29
    Haha Nintendo. . .what a guy.

    Anyway . . .yes I think they should be introduced. The PM was a good idea. (that requires some coding . . . don't think it's Shawn's though).

    I think I posted in the intro forums like two times in all my posts.

    It's true that people will try everything to artificially spike their post count.

    It's kinda sad because it defeats the whole point of a forum in the first place.

    Judging by the results so far . . . we can't all be wrong.

    Skinny
     
    Skinny, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  10. Nintendo

    Nintendo ♬ King of da Wackos ♬

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    #30
    :( My heart was crushed, not geting a reply way back in October 2004. I was so crushed that I left and planed to never came back... until April 2005, when minstrel and fryman spent a month driving me insane trying to get me here so there could be just one wacko here to entertain them!! :D:D:D
     
    Nintendo, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  11. Skinny

    Skinny Peon

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    #31
    So THAT's the whole scheme. And fryman and minstrel were in this together *gasp*?

    Skinny
     
    Skinny, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  12. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    #32
    What the heck was I thinking...
    :D
     
    fryman, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  13. ihatebeans

    ihatebeans Peon

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    #33
    I said no because What I honestly like to do is post in the welcome thread WELCOME TO (SITE NAME) because I feel everyone is welcome and if that is damn i may have a craploada unfair posts then id be banned probly
     
    ihatebeans, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  14. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #34
    Yes. I own one and co-own another and moderate on 3 or 4 others beyond those.

    Nonsense. First, I'm not against the notion of welcoming people - like the OP I'm (1) against having the same "welcome to DP" message posted for three pages and (2) having these inane threads pop up in the "New Posts" listings. Second, many new forum members never post in the Intro threads and don't need the ego strokes of three pages of "welcome to DP" to remain as members and post.
     
    minstrel, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  15. javadrinkernotwriter

    javadrinkernotwriter Peon

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    #35
    As a brand new member with all of 3 posts, if this counts as my third, I think negative post counts for newbies is a really mean way of introducing them. If you want to start knocking off points to people who are hanging out in the introductions you might as well get rid of introductions as a thread option. No one will want to go there at all, and the newbies will get penalized for even trying to voice a "hello." If this is such an irratant for people with post counts upwards of a thousand, why not just make introduction threads worth 0 points so that people who are new can go to introductions and figure out what kind of people are on this forum and those people who are sincere in welcoming the newbies will do so because the genuinly want to not because it's an easy way to make a $ with adsense.

    P.S. what does it take to get rid of the peon tag under my user name?
     
    javadrinkernotwriter, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  16. minstrel

    minstrel Illustrious Member

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    #36
    I don't think anyone was suggesting punishing people who start introduction threads to say "hi - this is who I am". The people who would be "penalized" are those 60 people who all say "welcome to DP" when one or two would be plenty.

    That is exactly what is being suggested. Well, except for the AdSense part.

    More posts. You should go to the Introductions thread and dig up threads dating back to 2004 and say, "Hi! Welcome to DP!".
     
    minstrel, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  17. debunked

    debunked Prominent Member

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    #37
    wow - this thread seems to be hitting a nerve with a bunch of new people.

    I have barely posted anything in intro threads, but that is my personality. I don't go and give hellos, just because. I feel it is sort of fake and not sincere. (that is just personally, for me to do it, not saying anyone else is not sincere.) So when I give a welcome I mean it
     
    debunked, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  18. wrmineo

    wrmineo Peon

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    #38
    Minstrel ... aka Instigator :D

    Too funny doc ... need some more gasoline? The fire's getting dim.
     
    wrmineo, Jan 19, 2006 IP
  19. RectangleMan

    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    #39
    How many of you guys run successful forums? You want to encourage discussion not hamper it. It's easy to get annoyed at spammers but still...you can't discourage people from posting.
     
    RectangleMan, Jan 22, 2006 IP
  20. Roze

    Roze Guest

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    #40
    Yah, a huge boost to my forum occurred recently with the addition of an intro forum! People are having fun "meeting" each other. In my opnion, it's ok to encourage people to chat in GC or intro type forums, as long as there aren't THAT many priveledges that solely come from post count.
     
    Roze, Jan 22, 2006 IP