I'm with you on that, i'm only pointing out that i did not see this happen before the change by joeDF i quoted above...
In any case we should have seen the post of these 2 individuals as "unapproved". They were not ...and they were regular members. These 2 posters were related as they had similar avatars.
Should I try 5 posts again?! :0
Should discussions about how to set up such things happen among the staff, rather than in a public forum section?
New users should be made aware of the rules. That includes the criteria for being approved and how long they should expect to wait.
One mod's approval should be sufficient though. But, if for whatever reason one bot made it through without any mod's approval, it seems likely the solution doesn't lie in adjusting the number of approvals required. Then again, you can experiment. Why not try two approvals?
It is called transparency and it seems you need all the help and ideas you can get....
... or the right ideas, along with proper testing ... perhaps a "How do you think we should handle new user access?" topic would be more relevant for everyone to throw out ideas - of which the staff could discuss & implement if appropriate.
yep - once they are finalized
New users should be made aware of the rules.
That's a fair point. But the rest of my post raised the point the that number of approvals may not be the issue.
Knowing the current setup can help us provide more relevant suggestions too. It also helps to manage new user's expectations in this interim state of flux.
I'd like to say that the Ask for Help section was looking very tidy this morning! As I said earlier in this thread there is usually a couple of pages of spam I had to wade thru.
+1 for making BlackHolyMan the spam police.
So I am not sure how smart spammers are these days. But it would seem to me that after getting denied quite a few times that they will figure out the mechanism for seeming like a normal user. Basically they make sleeper accounts that post something benign to get approval at which point they will spam the board.
Is there a way to flag a user for posting X posts/topics within Y amount of time? Seems to me that coupled with the approval requirement would make it harder for spammers to join and allow the mods to quickly see nay that slip thru the approval process.