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Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« 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.

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008, 01:30:51 AM »
That would explain it.  I thought someone forgot to give me the 'secret handshake'! :newbie:

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #2 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.
   
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008, 09:52:04 AM »
I *wish* our "incident" had been just advertising...  ::)

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #4 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!
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008, 04:03:00 PM »
Yes.  Yes you are...

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #8 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!

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2008, 09:02:20 AM »
We'll need to see if the forum technology makes that possible. I like the idea!

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #11 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*


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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #12 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  :)

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2008, 10:17:56 PM »
Not just reading, posting as well.   :wink5:

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #14 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:

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #15 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.  ;)

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2009, 03:49:29 PM »
This is good to know! :)
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2009, 09:25:23 PM »
Oooooh... Everything makes so much more sense now.    :yelcutelaugh:

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #18 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
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #19 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
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2009, 08:12:23 PM »
Yes it is :)
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #21 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!
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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #22 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. :)

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #23 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.

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Re: Forum Policy Change Regarding Private Messages
« Reply #24 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...."