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New Member Over Haul
Topic Started: Sep 1 2017, 09:02 PM (193 Views)
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Kami-sama Admin
Recently I've closed off validation from e-ml to Admin Only. That means in essence that if you join, you have to wait for one of the admins to accept your acct and turn you into a member. This was to stop a sudden bot/spammer problem.

Technically this solves a problem temporarily and isn't great for new people who wanted to join and talk about anime lately...

I've talked with Don Mariachi and IF support over this and we've decided to overhaul the member system. We're going to restore standard E-ml validation, but new accts will go into a group for new people that will be limited to one sub forum until they get upgraded to a real member. This new member group will not only be limited to the one subforum, but will also be unable to see member profiles, send e-mls, or send pm's. That way no one will ever get harassed by bots, spammers, or general jerks again, and the entire forum can't get flooded.

- If you're legitimately new here, don't think we're elitist or hate newbies. Just strike up a conversation about an anime, game, or manga you like, or alternatively start up an rp intro (with or without a character profile at the beginning of it). Once you're promoted to the full forum your threads will be moved to their rightful places.

- If you're a friend that was invited from facebook, DA, FA, Twitter, an rp guild, or from a group elsewhere, make an introduction thread telling everyone who you are and how you found AR, and the person that invited you will cross check. Then you'll get auto-promoted.

-If you're an existing member and making a new character for yourself, this means you'll end up in the sandbox newbie group, too. Don't worry, once we know if you're an existing member or not you'll be promoted fast. Otherwise you can make an intro rp thread in the sandbox forum, talk about anime, w/e, and once we're sure you're good the thread will get moved to its rightful area of the forum like everyone else.

I'll post further updates when and after the process is complete.
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El Guitar Admin
Here's a shorter rundown of the system we're moving to:

-All new members will be be limited to the one subforum, and unable to see member profiles, send e-mls, or send pm's. They will also be prevented from posting more than once every ~4 minutes.

-Once a new member hits 50 posts (a number we might reduce later), they are automatically promoted to 'AR Patron'. At this point they will be able to post in all forums, see member profiles, send pm's, etc, without the 4 minute flood control restriction.

-We admins can promote new members to AR Patron earlier than 50 posts on a case-by-case basis (see above post for exact cases).
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