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Anyone know why they require 50 posts to be able to PM someone?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Better question: anyone know a legitimate reason for someone with under 50 posts to need to send PMs?
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    • Profile picture of the author SuperDJ
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      Better question: anyone know a legitimate reason for someone with under 50 posts to need to send PMs?
      Yes, if we want to ask another member something like in most forums?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by SuperDJ View Post

        Yes, if we want to ask another member something like in most forums?
        Your inability to do that, here, is effectively the price you pay for not having your own inbox full of p.m. spam all the time (which is what used to happen, I'm told, before the 50-message rule was introduced).

        In any case, you can start sending private messages as soon as you like, regardless of post count, if you join the War Room.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by SuperDJ View Post

        Yes, if we want to ask another member something like in most forums?
        If they want to be contacted, their profile will offer options like Skype and email. If it is concerning a product like a WSO, they're required to provide alternative contact. The hypothetical is moot.
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      • Profile picture of the author JimDucharme
        Originally Posted by SuperDJ View Post

        Yes, if we want to ask another member something like in most forums?
        Most popular forums have the same kind of limit for the same reasons WF imposes it as has been explained.

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    • Profile picture of the author daveyace
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      Better question: anyone know a legitimate reason for someone with under 50 posts to need to send PMs?
      to contact someone you want to contact. duh
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by daveyace View Post

        to contact someone you want to contact. duh
        That awkward moment where you quoted a post pointing out there is no need and try to respond with a want.

        Duh.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanFaggella
    I think its understandable - they want new folks to search the content on here rather than just hunt people down - probably getting a lot of complaints
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    Because over the years PM spam has become a problem - someone creates an account and starts PM'ing other members with unsolicited offers. While the current system isn't foolproof, it contributes to lessening the problem.

    In the bigger scheme of things, it shouldn't present a major obstacle for anyone serious about becoming a member. In time you'll reach the 50 posts and have the ability to PM others for the rest of your life.

    Meanwhile, grin and bear and if you feel frustrated, blame it on the spammers, who caused the problem to begin with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Branson
    You can also buy the war room membership and then you will be able to PM as you wish
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    So that new users can't sign up and spam forum users with PMs. Especially bots that could come here and automatically sign up and then just start sending mass PM's advertising products or services.

    Also, its just 50 posts, and even then if you sign up for the War Room I do believe that rule no longer applies to you.

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  • Profile picture of the author HansDavid
    50 posts is too lenient. Too many members with over 100+ posts are ****ting in my inbox with spam. I propose for 100 thanks received before anyone can send a PM. This is to make sure people concentrating to give out values and to help others.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Originally Posted by webmind View Post

    Anyone know why they require 50 posts to be able to PM someone?
    To demonstrate that you are willing to give before you receive?

    Just as in many communities you need to contribute before you
    are given additional privileges.

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  • Profile picture of the author TopicSpan
    This isn't a particularly unusual thing. I know plenty of forums that have restrictions like this. Let's face it: beating a captcha is non-trivial nowadays, so the chances of forum spam increase if you relax the rules that a "human" would have to follow. I also like the point John Taylor made - 50 posts isn't a lot, and it means that you're giving to the community and not just lurking
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  • Profile picture of the author go4glory
    This is a very good rule to stop the spammers. Moreover, its beneficial for you too. You can browse through various threads, read a lot and post your views on something interesting. Benefit for both the parties.
    I agree, should also include 'x' number of thanks as well before someone can do a PM so as to maintain the sanity of this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author groho
    Just to reduce the potentially spam message to existing member.
    Give what you have on the forum then you can receive what you should have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Originally Posted by webmind View Post

    Anyone know why they require 50 posts to be able to PM someone?
    If it is too difficult for you to make 50 posts in the 32 months you have been here, then that's on you my friend, not the forum. That's slightly more than 1 1/2 posts per month.

    Not exactly a high barrier to entry, is it?

    Yep! I like the rule even more now.

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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    The forum does not want people to come here, post 1 post, and then email others just to spam them. Plus, don't just email people to get into your opportunity. The forum moderators will find that out and will delete your account.

    This forum is not for spamming. That is why a lot of people are being deleted. They just want to spam others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    A limit had to be put in place to reduce spam.

    Now why is it 50 posts? ...well if it was 40 people will still ask why 40?

    It's just a number. 50 is pretty fast to have bty. That's 10 posts per day for 5 days.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisalmaximus
    Only the 50+ posts senior warriors get the chance, because pm is valuable and the newbies have possibility to spam it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mekanism
    50 is a very high number. you've got to admit
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by Mekanism View Post

      50 is a very high number. you've got to admit
      Given recent events, it seems it's not quite high enough.

      We've had an unusual run of accounts lately for which 50 quick posts have been made, and activity then stopped. Many of these are spotted and reported, but I have no doubt others slip by without being noticed.

      I could come up with any number of possible reasons for this, but they'd all be speculation at this point. The one thing I'm sure of is that it's not benign.

      I would personally like to see the threshold raised to 100.

      Also, a small correction: Sellers are required to have off-forum contact systems for paying customers. They are not required to provide channels for pre-sales questions. It's a good idea, but not mandatory.


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  • Profile picture of the author Mekanism
    i say this because i'm already getting PMs that i can't respond to
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  • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
    So we all don't get spammed with junks. Be thankful with the 50 posts rule for PM.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mekanism
      Originally Posted by nasuryono View Post

      So we all don't get spammed with junks. Be thankful with the 50 posts rule for PM.
      fair enough but at the very least i should be allowed to RESPOND to PMs that members send to me
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    50 is NOT a high number. If you're on this forum to share quality info and learn about IM then getting to 50 posts shouldn't be an issue.

    And again it's put in place to prevent spam like other Warriors have stated.

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  • Profile picture of the author ramsfir
    Well I think its a good question, i would like to know myself. It was 20 and then 30 and now its 50, if memory serves my right.
    Well, I think its probably to limit spam and other important reasons.
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  • Profile picture of the author dkla27
    You can thank the spammers for limits like that.
    I totally understand but it really sucks if you 're not a spammer.
    Yet another reason to consider the war room
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  • Profile picture of the author Imogene
    50 posts is basic requirements if the user is spammer then he or she can be recognized by the quality of posts...... some spammers join forums for selling stuffs via pm without posting any content.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by JimDucharme View Post

      Most popular forums have the same kind of limit for the same reasons WF imposes it as has been explained.

      Regards,
      jim
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  • I was surprised at how simple it is to get to 50 when you have something to share, I am no master of all this but just simply choose topics you enjoy and join in, before long you have 50+ posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by leadsuccess View Post

      I was surprised at how simple it is to get to 50 when you have something to share, I am no master of all this but just simply choose topics you enjoy and join in, before long you have 50+ posts.
      This. Find some good conversations that you can contribute to an 50 posts comes in no time. As I stated at the beginning though, I'm wary of any that feels the need to reach that milestone.
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  • Profile picture of the author teemoney
    I don't have 50 posts YET but you don't see my complaining, ha.

    Posts add up if you're active on here, I've just been away making MONEY.
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  • Profile picture of the author murphyslaw
    I've joined forums with higher requirements. The 50 post requirement is pretty lenient. Besides your question may have already been answered. Back read a thread first or read a thread with a similar topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author happy2deal
    I think 50 posts is a legitimate number as the number of all those spammers would lessened with this move which would be quite a reprieve.
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