Two things here, but I'll do my part to cut down on spam by making one thread. First off, the HW Research Station is down to one mod, it took locutus awhile to show up to lock one spam thread, and hes not a mod there anymore. Just thought I would throw that out there so somebody can hop on that There've been some new guys there lately that have been prone to spam at times so more than one mod might be considered a good idea. Perhaps we're seeing a re-surgence in modding HW, which would be amazing. Myself, I've used mods but never created them. I read that section every day and compliment my favorite authors when they update thier mods.
Second, I don't like the new FI rules. Being confronted with a screen that tells me "You do not have sufficent privleges to access this feature" and lists actions that might cause it such as "Editing another user's post" makes me seem positively evil. Normal members, such as myself, do like the ability to post in FI on important matters, though I don't post here regularly, I read it everyday. Aside from being positivly hilarious sometimes, its also great to see normal members having input on the forum. I'd reply to one of the other threads on this and offer my 2RU about why locking this section for normal members is bad, but I can't. Already its created the need for several topics on the same thing. I know the changes arn't permanent, but I don't think locking the board to normal members is the best solution. I think a more practical solution would be simply start handing out points (not the good kind) to people who spam here. Normal members who do post here generally don't spam, and a few points will certainly make them stop. I'm not one to call these boards elitest, I enjoy the way they're run and how they're clean, relativly empty of drivel and compared to the average internet forum this is a MENSA convention. Locking this part of the forum to regulars creates a country club for the seniors, a glass cieling on the boards. I like the idea of aspiring to be a senior member, I'd like to be one someday, but making part of the forums only available to them, that seems counter productive.
Please, reconsider the new FI rules and my request for a new Research Station mod (I'm available). Thanks.