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Discussion in 'Forum Operations' started by RTF, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    It probably has been brought before and probably sounds like a broken record, but why in the heck allow it ? I just came upon a post filled with links to adult sites, posted by a guest. Yes it was reported, but keep the forums clean and prevent this type of posting. Just my .02
  2. honda

    honda New Member

    my son was standing behind me one day when that happen to me. thank GOD he had his back turned for just a second

  3. Cliff, yes this has been brought up before but nothing was changed. Even a poll was taken with the majority of members agreeing we should not allow guests to post. I visit other forums on occasion to see how they run their site and they do not allow guests to post. I don't think we should either. A guest should be able to read all they want, but if they want to post, they should sign up as a member. JMO. :)
  4. HunterTax


    I've been coming across smart A$$ answers or comments from GUEST..SALE..RE: X Large Timber Wolf ...Another one a GUEST was jumping on a beginner..You should be a member to do anything on this forum..I like to have fun sometime posting but nothing over the top....I was going to start a topic on Guest and saw this one up....
  5. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Well I guess until Ken changes things around, we will have to deal with it. I remember the old forums when those s.o.b's spammed the board big time, attacking Ken personally. I thought when they went to this set up, that would end those days.
  6. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    I want to thank everyone for offering their opinions. I take members suggestions and requests very seriously when considering Forum policies.

    When I originally set up the new format for the Forum earlier this year, I allowed guests to have posting privileges in order to "soften" the transition and keep some of the aspects of the old Forums in place until users had a chance to adjust to the new system. I actually thought that I would have to eliminate guest posting very quickly, but I decided to see how everything played out before making that change.

    After six months of operation, I still do not see an immediate need for eliminating the guest posting feature. Yes, we have had some innappropriate material posted, and I have blocked many guests as well as many members for offensive content, but there have been just as many reported posts form members as there have been from guests. Also, when I look at the usage, most of the time there are twice as many guests visiting the Forum as there are members.

    The only way to prevent spammers from registering as members before posting would be to eliminate the automatic membership function. If we changed this, and someone found this site and wanted to ask a question, they would have to submit an application for membership by email and wait for a manual response from administrators after reviewing their application. If they made their request on a Friday night, it could take days before they were granted access. If I am not yet prepared to go to this method of control, there is little benefit to blocking guest posts, since they can easily and automatically become a member if their posts are not allowed.

    The "Report to Moderator" link, which is located at the bottom of every posting, has proven to be a highly successful feature. With members reporting problem posts in a timely manner, we are able to remove objectionable content in a much faster time frame than we can by monitoring the Forum alone. And due to the fact that problematic guests' or members' ISPs are blocked from access to the Forum, the number of offensive posts has been going down dramatically, from over a dozen each day a few months ago, to just a few per week now.

    Of course, if the situation changes, or problems escalate dramatically, it will be very easy to implement a members-only posting feature. For instance, if we became the target of a mass cyber-attack by an anti-hunting faction, this is something we could start right away. Rest assured that I am monitoring the problems created by both members and guests and am willing to take action if I feel it is warranted. But right now, the problem posts are actually getting much better instead of worse.

    Removing objectionable content is a manual process, so offensive material may remain in place for several hours at times. If you come across a post which should be removed, do not reply to it (then I will have to remove your reply as well), simply click on the "Report to Moderator" link in the lower right corner of the post. You don't even have to leave a comment if you don't want to. Your diligence will help to keep the Forum clean, professional and user-friendly.

    Ken Edwards
    Taxidermy Net Forum Administrator
  7. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Thanks for the info Ken.
  8. well said Ken,
  9. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    I just had to report another porn post,..posted by a "Guest" .
  10. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

    Remember who's website this is :eek: Let them run it the way they want.... after all........ We are all Guests anyway.

    thats my 2 c worth!
  11. Teclo

    Teclo New Member

    I would like to thank WASCO, Ken, and the Moderators for this forum and the work they do here.