View Full Version : Should the guest access be limited?
19 January 2002, 21:17
Recently, I've seen some insulting, odd, stupid. unnecessary posts by unregistered people. I'm not in position to judge the content of anyone's posts so I'm posting a poll. I think it's pointless to let unregistered people post something because all they need is to fill and submit a form in order to get registered and if their questions and/or ideas are so important and to be given value by the others, they should not hesitate to identify themselves. I also suspect existing members may be deciding to hide under the cover of the guest account and post messages that they would not do with their casual nicknames.
However, I am aware of the fact that forcing people to register before they post will increase the number of zero-posters significantly.
19 January 2002, 22:18
It's a good idea, but most (if not all) guest that throw about insults are actually registered members.
Some member's take the easy option when they want to insult people and log out before doing so. You can make your own mind up why they do this (I have my own idea;))
So restricting guest's posting messages will only force these chickens to register another name and drive away the genuine unregistered people who either need our help or have a request, which I don't think anyone really wants.
Forcing people to register, just to find out how to load Xenon 2 or something else is not a good idea.
Good call on bringing this subject to a head though:D
19 January 2002, 22:56
I have no doubt about it, people can freely read posts, find out about the board etc. But if they want to post a message then they should register.
How many times have we seen some "guest" login, ask a stupid question somewhere and then people take the time to answer it and the "guest" never comes back to read it (or if they do, they don't acknowledge it). If they did return, they would be unlikely to find their original message anyway due to not being able to see updated posts since their last visit.
If someone is too lazy to register then they don't deserve to be able to post. Plus by registering then they will hopefully see the end of newbies questions like "where do i find the latest romz for my Amiga emu" (and signing with a stupid signature in the message) which cannot be a bad thing.
19 January 2002, 23:01
IPs may be partially visible like (216.195.175.xxx) to prevent registered users become anonymous easily. Most of us may have dynamic ips but at least people will be forced to log off and reconnect to internet in order to post under a different ip and as a guest. Even that way, their ip won't be a much different one so they can be identified.
19 January 2002, 23:42
Ian does have a point about the fact that there could be really nice and decent guests coming to this board to say something. I believe I've seen people like that here.
But really, I don't know which side I should take. Hard choice.
20 January 2002, 05:53
We can also restrict the guest power, in order to let them post only in the real important sections where "real guest" needs help. (» Problems area IMO)
20 January 2002, 08:26
I like this discussion, Burseg and everyone that has replied have valid points. Unfortunately I don't see a way to make everyone happy no matter what the final outcome, if any, to this question.
I like RCk's point about limiting the posting of guests to specific sub-boards, like specifically to the "New to Emulation/Amiga Scene" board only until they register. I mean, it's a free board :)
I joined recently because I thought I could contribute, maybe in my small but humble way ;)
20 January 2002, 12:43
I too think RCK's idea could be an excellent one. People need a starting point to at least look around at EAB & see if they want to come back. With limited posting areas & downloads from the Zone you could think of it like a cut-down "demo" version of EAB (which would encourage you to register.)
Given if there would be any insults/flames (from members, past or present.),they'd be more likely to come from other areas like "off topic" discussions etc.
20 January 2002, 14:53
Yes RCKs idea is a good one
01 February 2002, 02:05
This chapter seems to be closed now.
RCK, if I'm not all wrong, the possibility to post for non-registered users has been removed now.
Brave new world. (tm)
01 February 2002, 02:11
I think RCK still has ideas about the future of the guest account.
01 February 2002, 03:04
@andreas: Don't be afraid, you know that guest account will come back on day. Let me secure and limit them before re-opening.
Fred the Fop
01 February 2002, 23:48
Allow me to put my 2 cents (40,000 lira ;)) in:
MMMMmmmyup! Ban 'em!
02 February 2002, 00:14
Uhhhh . Yesterday there were only six votes for banning and now eleven !!!:eek :eek :eek
And 2 cents make *only* 26500 lira ;)
02 February 2002, 00:21
Maybe recent event's on other forum's has made some people change their mind's?
02 February 2002, 06:47
Yeah, I've been reading the posts from Marz on the UAE board. I was actually looking for some UAE info and found his junk instead :( You know, maybe his posts are akin to spam ;)
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