For New Forum Members and Registrants:

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For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby dmac » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:54 pm

This site, like most forums, gets spammers whose sole intent is to barrage the board with links to ads and porn. Being a true crime site, it naturally draws a ton of scumbags and trolls whose sole intent is to disrupt things or 'get off' on info about the case, or case images. As such, there's a few things implemented to make it much harder for any of the above to succeed. Here's a short list, including how they effect normal registrants and new members:

1> New registrants are approved manually. We weed out registrants from known spam sources. When you are approved, you should receive an email confirming your registration. Please check your SPAM folder, as our forum emails also often get filtered out by your email system of choice. New registrants will be manually confirmed as soon as possible. Try logging on every few hours, in case you don't receive a confirmation email. If you register but don't log on and/or post for an extended period, your account will be automatically deleted.

2> Many images are loaded directly onto the server. This means the images aren't dependent on outside photo storage sites that often go out of business, stop working. It also allows us more control over who can see case images and files. It also means you MUST BE A LOGGED-IN MEMBER OF THIS FORUM TO VIEW THEM, otherwise you see a message in red, "You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post."

3> To further weed out trolls, many sensitive threads and images are relocated to special sections of the forum only accessible to FULL MEMBERS of the forum. Currently, when a NEW MEMBER makes 15 valid posts, they will become a full member. PM dmac when you've reached 15 posts to have your acct upgraded.

4> Because we also want the CHAT feature to be safe and trustworthy, it is embedded in the forum itself. This means you must be a logged-in, full member to access or join chat. The 15-post hurdle is also in place to keep trolls from joining chat, but contact admin if you are interested in chat privileges but haven't made the required 15 posts. You may also respond to this thread to request chat privileges.

That's all the hurdles in place, and they are pretty simple but effective. They aren't meant to keep people away from the forum, just trolls, scammers, and scum.
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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby dmac » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:50 pm

I have split the IMAGES forum into two:

    keddie images i:
      Guests cannot read this forum. New members can read and post on this forum, but cannot see most images until they have become full members (15 approved posts)

    keddie images ii
      Only full members, with 15 approved posts, can read this forum or see images.

This will allow better control over letting new members see much of the content in the image areas of the site, while also allowing more delicate info to remain off-limits to all but dedicated posters.

As time allows, I will be transferring more threads from images ii to images i, but it takes a lot of work to recode and reload the images in those threads, so please be patient. As of today's launch of this new feature, about 25% of the threads once blocked to newbies are now available.
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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby dmac » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:33 pm

Every few months, I delete accounts by users who haven't posted and/or logged in for some time. The general rule was anyone who hasn't signed on in six months and also has never posted automatically gets deleted. I'm changing that rule to four months. I will also begin phasing out accounts of people who have posted in the past, but have not participated in some time. If their posts are infrequent and not beneficial to the case, the posts will also be deleted.

I deleted 80 accounts today, out of 320+, and many more are on the block.
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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby meankitty » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:06 pm

I have hit WELL over 15 posts, have the chat privileges------------so how about being able to see the pics that have been posted?!?
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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby dmac » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:32 pm

Are you not able to access the "Full Members Only" sections, such as this one?

viewforum.php?f=46

I deleted the majority of images long ago, when the newspapers started picking up the hammer story.
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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby meankitty » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:46 am

I can, but the newer pics you put up I can't get to. I just see the pink strip at the bottom of the post. The posts you deleted don't have that. I can see the reports, though such as Stoy's report.

Here's a link to one of them. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1561&p=19512&hilit=justin#p19512 I have the screen shot if you click on the access.png button

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Re: For New Forum Members and Registrants:

Postby dmac » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:36 pm

Bizarre. I'm guessing it has to do with "downloading attachments", which has happened with a couple other full members. I'll look into it.
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