De-Lurking the Forum ???

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St0ney
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:17 pm

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I'm "Toying" with the Idea, to De-Lurk this Board.

What this means:

Is folks would need to either Log In / or Register to view the Post on the board.

The Forum will remain Absolutely FREE (No Special Paid Members Section)
But Forum Members would need to Log In to View ALL the Post on the Forum.

My thought is, if folks have to log in, to View, they may Jump in and Post Something?

Your thoughts ?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:39 pm

I don't know about that St0ney. My very first post was in the introduction section of the Forum on Sept. 31st 2010. It read "I looked --- I lurked --- I lusted" I lurked here until you offered cut-out patterns --- then I joined the site and the forum. But I would have never known if I hadn't been a lurker.

I so agree with everything Liz said in her post.

There's an old saying ---- "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater".

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Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:15 pm

Im known to lurk , mostly when Im on my phone. Too much of a pain in the ass to reply on there. Im not sure if signing in is going to make people post...maybe they are just shy???

OR I think its people who work for lets say.....Martha Stewart, getting ideas from us and then selling them as her own.... :roll:

For example she is promoting using the speedball for a carving tool....hmmmmm Im pretty sure that came from one of our boards..... Just my 2 cents......
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Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:40 pm

I admit it...I'm a bit of a lurker.

I like to read EVERYTHING, but don't post all that often..Just dont know how to word things, dont know what to say, just to lazy to type....whatever the reason. I personally dont think de-lurking the forum will produce the desired results.

Just my opinion.

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Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:22 pm

I get that....I log in and "lurk" ALL the time too.

I just think that if you had to register before you could just get on and snoop a bit and find out what the scoop is and the vibe of the board and such, some interest in the site might be lost.

Just sayin'

That being said...the spammers do really SUCK!

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Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:18 pm

Actually - to make it a bit more clear,

Lurkers or Guest, Can-Not POST or SPAM.
One needs to be registered / Logged in to Post or Spam.

I did place a few Measures in place to Stop SPAM Bots.
But the Human Spammers, can still Register/Spam.
Then We Ban and Delete those Post.
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Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:43 am

I Gave this a lot more thought.


Tomorrow - I will be adding a Mod that Forces Log In.

Guest will be able to see the Index Page, But Must Register or Log in to View Post.

I'm sorry if anyone disagrees with me doing this.

But this is supposed to be a Carving Community , Where Members take part in.
Create Post, Comment on Post etc....

Not just Read Post as a Guest. This is not "wikipedia" where one goes to read.

The Mod is not permanent, It can be enabled or disabled with a click of the button.
So Lets try it out and see if it gets more folks involved in the Forum.

I Belong to a few forums that have this in place and it's not a problem.

We had More Action when Folks had to Log In, when I first started this forum, it was Members Only, and was in the members section of my Site.
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Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:22 am

As you can Now See the Mod is in place.

To View the Boards Post you have to Log in, and not hide in the shadows. :)
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Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:31 pm

Good idea I like it.

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Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:50 pm

Binki17 wrote:Good idea I like it.

I like it to so far, It's so much better to see names here, than 15 Guest.
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