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Title: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on November 02, 2006, 12:33:25 PM
Due to a recent surge in people spamming MANY (not just ours) different forums with porn through the private message system, we have made a change effective immediately. From now on new members on the forum will not have the ability to send private messages, or view the sites member list, until they reach an undisclosed number of posts. This will hopefully take care of any problems. We are a PG forum and have to think about protecting our younger members. Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Terra_s Mom on April 21, 2008, 01:30:51 AM
That would explain it.  I thought someone forgot to give me the 'secret handshake'! :newbie:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: taku on April 21, 2008, 09:09:20 AM
  There are companies and individuals that pay people (work at home/freelancing) to register at forums/chat rooms/dating services/etc  simply to spam private messages as well as the message boards with their propaganda. Some are legitimate (meaning not pornography, but not welcome), but annoying, much is geared to whichever subject matter they believe the forum population would be interested.
   We've had this policy at a forum I mod, and a few I visit frequently (with much more stringent rules due to the heady subjects discussed) for a couple or so years now.
   
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on April 21, 2008, 09:52:04 AM
I *wish* our "incident" had been just advertising...  ::)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: taku on April 21, 2008, 10:10:34 AM
I *wish* our "incident" had been just advertising...  ::)

 I'm glad I was left out of the mass spam!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on April 21, 2008, 04:03:00 PM
Yes.  Yes you are...

Things that are seen cannot be unseen...  *shudder*
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Dela on May 18, 2008, 02:39:08 PM
Not sure if this is right place to post this or not.. but what about replying to a PM? I rec'd a PM about a possible adoption, and am unable to even reply.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on May 18, 2008, 03:14:50 PM
Yup, replying is the same.  Once you've reached the threshold, you can then send and reply to PM's.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: diamond_wings on September 19, 2008, 02:37:15 PM
Oh, haha, I thought I was crazy. I couldn't view anyone's profile. Well, better get posting!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Shadowboxer on October 22, 2008, 06:27:20 PM
Have you thought about just leaving moderators pm's available? I'm new here and I am having the hardest time getting help. I don't want to clutter up the forums with my questions that aren't exactly related to the subject areas that are already up, but I can't pm anyone either so I have to say I'm a bit frustrated. I understand the reasoning behind your decision, I'm just frustrated, pure and simple.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on October 23, 2008, 09:02:20 AM
We'll need to see if the forum technology makes that possible. I like the idea!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Chaosbadgerling on October 25, 2008, 12:24:11 AM
Its a great idea :) 

I didn't get spammed here however I have had it happen at other sites.  *is kinda glad that she has oodles of posts*

Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: andie3131 on December 07, 2008, 09:12:45 PM
Ok I am glad I read these posts today, I was wondering why I could see any of the member profiles.  Also couldn't figure out how the pm thing worked lol.  I guess I will continue reading here for awhile  :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on December 07, 2008, 10:17:56 PM
Not just reading, posting as well.   :wink5:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: rathappy on December 22, 2008, 08:16:26 AM
 :wave2:  Hi, my name is Mary and I'm very new at this whole posting thing.  I currently have 4 adorable rat girls and am just having the greatest time with them!!  I saw this group and have joined but I know NOTHING and don't half understand all the RULES and REGS!!  I just want to connect with other "Rat People" and continue to learn and enjoy my existing Rats!!  Thank You  :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on December 22, 2008, 11:32:10 AM
Basically, just start reading and posting!  So long as you behave yourself, you shouldn't have to worry about too many of the rules and regs.  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: AnimalHobby on January 19, 2009, 03:49:29 PM
This is good to know! :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Roosalii on March 18, 2009, 09:25:23 PM
Oooooh... Everything makes so much more sense now.    :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: ratspaw on October 02, 2009, 02:26:17 PM
ahh, okay, and here i thought it was my laptop giving me problems (apologizes to comp for fussing it out) lol
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: sevenfourteen87 on October 07, 2009, 08:05:30 PM
Is this still the case? I've sent (or at least I thought I sent!) two messages to an individual regarding a possible adoption and it looked as though they went though, but then when I checked my outbox and there was nothing in it.  :doh: Confused! Haha
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: DazzleMe on October 07, 2009, 08:12:23 PM
Yes it is :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: sevenfourteen87 on October 07, 2009, 08:26:46 PM
Thank you for your timely response!  :D My most recent PM appears to have gone through after all, so I think I've crossed the threshold!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on October 08, 2009, 08:08:57 AM
...but then when I checked my outbox and there was nothing in it.  :doh: Confused! Haha

Actually, for some unknown reason, the default setting is to NOT save outgoing messages. You can change that setting in your profile, under Personal Message Settings. :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Teletha on April 27, 2010, 09:18:35 PM
Ohhh ok, I was confused because I thought my account was screwed up or something. Hopefully I'll meet that threshhold without too much posting because I tend to get too addicted if I post too much, but I want to be able to send messages.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: erbusbee on June 03, 2010, 12:02:40 AM
Two thoughts: 
First could someone bookmark or sticky this topic?  There are several different rules/regs threads and it can be a new confusing.  Might help keep them from getting lost in the shuffle. 
Second, it took me a while to find the place to save outgoing messages.  For other newbies:  click the "profile" tab up top, then "modify profile" on the lefthand toolbar, then "personal message options" on the lefthand toolbar, then click the box next to "Save a copy...."
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: IrishTaz82 on September 27, 2010, 05:11:45 PM
Is there any way I can respond to a PM about possible adoption for my rats? I know I can't send one directly back because I don't have enough posts, but I have no way to get ahold of the person that sent me the PM. Any help would be appreciated.  :help:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on September 27, 2010, 05:59:32 PM
I'm not sure if this limits your ability to email them, but if they have an email link (it looks like an envelope) under their name, you can send them an email.

Otherwise, post in your adoption thread to have them PM you an email address where you can contact them.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on September 28, 2010, 10:47:52 AM
I don't think you can look at profile details, either, until you reach the minimum amount of posts.  :puppy_dog_eyes:

But the person who you are trying to contact should be able to see YOUR info, and e-mail you. I think.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: EvaLouise on October 29, 2010, 07:01:36 PM
This is a really good idea!

Subee the rat in your picture is very cute ^^
I've always wanted a cinnamon (if it is that!)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: WhiskeryKisses on November 30, 2010, 06:04:02 PM
Ah haaa it all makes sense now..  :doh: i shall endevour to make "at least" one post a day until i reach the required level :D and to those that have PM'd me i'll get to you asap :D
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on December 01, 2010, 08:14:40 AM
This is a really good idea!

Subee the rat in your picture is very cute ^^
I've always wanted a cinnamon (if it is that!)

That was Rimmer... he was Fawn Hooded. I actually have a Fawn Berkshire now... Dalton. I love the Fawn color. But this isn't the place for chit-chat.  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Yikes on December 30, 2010, 08:31:04 AM
Can we post in any of the animal forums and have it count?  I don't know a lot about rats since this is my first time owning them, so I don't feel like I have much to contribute in Rats Rule! yet.  I know a lot more about cats, dogs and guinea pigs :-)  If I posted on the dog or cat forums, will that count towards my minimum, or do only rat posts count?
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on December 30, 2010, 10:40:52 AM
Posts anywhere on the board count toward your total (even the one you just posted!)  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Arielphf on February 18, 2011, 01:22:24 PM
Ah, that explains it.  I got a PM and wanted to reply to it but the sender told me I was new and so couldn't.  Is it alright if I post another response in the thread she responded to?  Some places frown on multiple replies in threads, but the 'edit' window for responses isn't very long here either (is there a way to edit that?  I am constantly thinking better of what I just posted!).
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on February 18, 2011, 02:07:54 PM
Go ahead and post in the thread.  That's fine.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Arielphf on February 18, 2011, 02:09:46 PM
Thank you.  She gave me some good advice and I wanted to thank her for it.   :rattysmiley:

 ;D Me likes the ratty smilies!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Arielphf on February 19, 2011, 08:48:19 PM
Suggestion, if it's possible -

I've gotten several PMs that I'd like to reply to.  I understand the reasons for limiting replying to new posters. Is there some way to let new posters reply to PMs even if they can't generate their own? 
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on February 20, 2011, 08:25:43 AM
I'm not sure, but we'll look into it!  :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Suebee on February 20, 2011, 12:21:34 PM
Unfortunately, no, there's no way to customize the setting like that. It's all or nothing.

Rest assured, the minimum number of posts is quite low, and should be attainable in a short period of time. It's low enough to accomplish, but high enough so we can tell if someone is legitimate or not.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Arielphf on February 20, 2011, 01:14:28 PM
Aw well.  In an effort to add to that total, may I thank you for checking on that for me?  :rattysmiley:
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Alyndra on March 11, 2011, 07:46:16 PM
I can see that being a good idea.  I'd love to adopt a couple of ratties, but I'm unable to contact the person who posted them via pm.  And the adopt rules say that if you want to adopt you need to contact the advertiser by pm. :-[
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on March 11, 2011, 08:43:31 PM
No, if you want to adopt, you can post in the thread where they offered the adoption.  It's all other discussion that's not allowed.  :)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Alyndra on March 11, 2011, 10:06:06 PM
Really?  Well, cool!  I'll take your word for it as I could never refute a Magic Wizard of Everything
Global Moderator.  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 12, 2011, 08:32:04 PM
So i'm new and after I had some posts and I tried to send a pm and I THINK it sent it but i'm not sure. If you don't have enough posts to send a PM will it say something like "you're not able to send messages" ETC or will it not say anything at all and just act like it went through? Because mine said it was sent but i'm not sure if it really sent or not.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on August 12, 2011, 09:03:31 PM
It would tell you you can't send them.  So, if it told you it sent, it went.  You have more than enough posts to send one, that's for sure.  ;)
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 12, 2011, 09:14:18 PM
It would tell you you can't send them.  So, if it told you it sent, it went.  You have more than enough posts to send one, that's for sure.  ;)

 Thank you!
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: kitsu on December 04, 2012, 12:56:12 PM
Ah, this is why I can't reply to the person who PM'd me.
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: lovemypayne on May 07, 2013, 09:11:09 AM
Oookay, it's a good thing I found this thread. I also wondered why I couldn't look at member profiles etc. I do have another question though. I keep seeing stuff about "Chat" but I don't see the "Chat Room" anywhere on the forum. Is this something else that requires a certain number of posts before you gain access?
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: Marybelle on May 07, 2013, 12:53:32 PM
No, it's currently busted.  You can get into it by going to everywherechat.com and putting in the room name as #rfc
Title: Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
Post by: lovemypayne on May 07, 2013, 06:25:27 PM
Okay, thanks! I'll check it out sometime.  :)