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Old 04/23/2009   #1
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Default New policy on welcome threads

We discussed this issue in staff earlier, and in an attempt to cut down on spam / off-topic discussions in welcome threads, we've decided to close them after they've been open for five days - which should be plenty of time to say 'o hai' to new members.

We'll be closing these threads manually, so the five days should be taken with a wide measure - although we might add a hack that automagically closes threads after that period.

We're not entirely sure on the five day limit yet though - any comments on that?

And it's still at our discretion to close threads before the limit, if they contain too much spam, off-topic posts and/or discussion.
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Old 04/23/2009   #2
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Yeah this is probably a good idea. Even though I know I've been part of the problem myself. lol
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Old 04/23/2009   #3
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I'm indifferent since I very rarely post in them anyway But yeah. makes sense.
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Old 04/23/2009   #4
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I only post to say hi, thats about it, good idea.
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Old 04/23/2009   #5
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I think five days is more than fair. I support any policy that encourages new members to post in other topics, but cuts down on the opportunity to spam. If there is anything else that needs to be said after five days, then that's what PM and visitor messages are for.
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Old 04/24/2009   #6
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Yeah, five days is more than enough.
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Old 04/24/2009   #7
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Welcome an' shit

...I mean, wait...
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Old 05/13/2009   #8
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whats gonna happen if i get banzord again and i miss the five day period to say hello to fellow uber ff fans?
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Old 05/13/2009   #9
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Then don't get banzored?
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Old 05/13/2009   #10
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Be sneakier
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Old 05/13/2009   #11
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Vicarious wrote: whats gonna happen if i get banzord again and i miss the five day period to say hello to fellow uber ff fans?
You can try not get banned, then PM them, .
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Old 05/13/2009   #12
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Cthulhu wrote: You can try not get banned, then PM them, .
dont be stupid
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Old 05/13/2009   #13
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Just stating the obvious. There's more ways to say 'welcome to the forums' than in a welcome thread, if you really feel the urge.
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Old 05/13/2009   #14
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When hve i ever said "welcome to the forum"





Anyway give it a week then baleet em.
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Old 05/16/2009   #15
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You could always just not have an intro thread. Unless they have somethign OTHER than the "Hi guys. I'm here now" to post.

Welcome threads always end up decreasing syllables as time passes. From "Welcome to the forums, so and so" to *glomp*
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