Replying to a Classified ad as a newbie...

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wombleman

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Hi

As someone quite new to this site, I am actually looking to buy a car and thought this would be a good starting point to look for cared for examples...

However, I have just found that I am unable to reply to any classified ad unless I have a posting of 30 or more...! :wallbash:

Nightmare!

Do I just post lots of irrelevent tosh and get myself worthy of enquiring about vehicles for sale...!

I am a serious and geting desperate buyer (my 1996 Escort may not last much longer!!:eek:)
 

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I'm a newbie too trying to get to the magic number. Whats the weather like up your way?
 

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You can't post a reply to classified ads, you have to contact the seller via PM which you can only do after 30 posts.
 

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I think that it might be considered bad form to just spam to reach 30 posts.:mad:
 

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I think that it might be considered bad form to just spam to reach 30 posts.:mad:

The guy does have a point though. Having to make 30 posts before being able to contact anyone is as bit overly cautious. The number of posts someone makes has no bearing on the type of person behind the keyboard :dk: When I get to 30 i'm going to spam everyone with useless PM's :D:devil::ban:

Mike;)
 

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The guy does have a point though. Having to make 30 posts before being able to contact anyone is as bit overly cautious. The number of posts someone makes has no bearing on the type of person behind the keyboard :dk: When I get to 30 i'm going to spam everyone with useless PM's :D:devil::ban:

Mike;)


Hmm, not sure that admin will be happy to read this.

There are rules on this site and for very good reason. I, as a newbie am more than happy to abide by them. I have joined a club,and I will abide by THEIR rules.

Thats just me of course.



Mike.
 
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erm... I think you need to consider why we have this rule in place before assuming you know better.

If the spammers can PM immediately after registration then they will do just that and spam everyone via PM's. These PM's will generate auomatically email and spam your email mailbox as well as the forum. (This has happened to the forum in the past).

By creating a 30 post target it allows staff to guage whether newbies are worthy of having PM priveledges or not.

If someone just joins to buy or sell something then they can go elsewhere and spamming the forum to reach 30 posts may well mean that the moderators will manually revoke PM status.

The correct course of action is to contribute.
 

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erm... I think you need to consider why we have this rule in place before assuming you know better.

As you have also assumed that I have no experience of such phenomenon or running internet forums. Been there and done it and I have no wish to get into the politics of the site, it's run how it's run but my tongue in cheek reply has obviously hit a nerve, so I'll leave it at that :)
 

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Other forums don't seem to have the same restrictions so I wonder how they get on with PM spam etc. Interesting point - that's all :)
 

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Other forums don't seem to have the same restrictions so I wonder how they get on with PM spam etc. Interesting point - that's all :)

The answer to that is in most cases we are ahead of other forums on the spam front.

MJH, You've just kissed your PM status goodbye. We dont take threats like that lightly.

Closing thread.
 
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