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Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by BORTZ, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. BORTZ
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    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    I have noticed we get TONS of new members when there is a flagship release around the corner (chances are, its a Pokemon release).

    Would it be a good idea to temporarily shut down new member signups during flood seasons? Or many limit who can post? Like over 100 posts or been here for more than 2 months... I dont know. It seems that new members just come to spam about whatever "bigRelease.nds" and then some stick around and try to make pokemon hacks then eventually leave.

    I certainly dont want to be unfair to new members, not at all. Most of them need help and we can do that.
    Maybe when they go to register,we have them answer a few questions like
    -did you come here for the new "bigRelease.nds"? and then have them pointed in the right direction, without them needlessly making a new topic for something.
    -did you come here for flash kit help? then ask which one and send them to the kart section. Or make a kinda...quiz? no... Some sort of identifier for those who have clone karts or soemthing. We gather pictures of various flash karts, and compile a list of questions, ie "what color is the plastic, what color is the PCP, where is the sd slot, is it springloaded, etc
    -did you come here for modding help? which system? Then send them to whatever system section or tutorial they need help with.

    Then at the bottom we have an option to join the forums. "Did you have something more specific you need help with? -->"

    Oh and/or we need to either have new members TYPE OUT that we have no roms and dont supply them, or have another quiz.
    "Does GBAtemp host roms? yes/no"
    "Will GBAtemp help you find roms? yes/no"

    Etc...

    So here's what is left, tons of unused accounts. Is there a process where an old under 100 post account gets deleted after so many years or something?

    I understand this is alot of work and probably not feasible or something we want to do, but I feel like it would certainly help out new members A LOT.
     


  2. emigre

    emigre Has complex motives

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    Anyone with a Naruto based username- account not activated.
    Anyone with a Pokemon based username-account not activated
    Anyone with a Final Fantasy based username-account not activated
    Anyone with a Kingdom Hearts based username-account not activated
    Anyone with a Mario based username-account not activated

    That would be my suggestion.
     
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  3. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    I remember [member='Rydian'] having a similar idea to combat the Poketards.
     
  4. BORTZ
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    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    We could just start those ones out with a 50% warn status lol
     
  5. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

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    I think disabling signups and posting is a bad idea. That is undoubtedly the period when we gain the most members and, in the long run, is nothing but a postitive impact on the community - the more the merrier. :P
    I agree that the floods are bad, but it's just part of the community 'tradition' as it were now and it's quite easy to simply ignore it. (Not to mention the mods do a great job of clearing up during these peak times :) )

    I agree with the signup option though, however IIRC isn't there something already in place to counter this? (I may be wrong).
     
  6. BORTZ
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    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    No i mostly agree with you. We are a community that celebrates our members, and i love that.
     
  7. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    Noob deterrent.

    [yt]JmvCpR45LKA[/yt]
     
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  8. Eerpow

    Eerpow *swoosh*

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    Nah, most of those one time posters will disappear anyway leaving us with a handful of new members who actually want to be a part of the community.
    Now if only we could stop people from making new threads each time they don't know something, and really a simple "I promise to search before starting a thread" message when signing up won't cut it.
     
  9. weavile001

    weavile001 Spiritmaster

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    in the last pokeflood, i went out for 9 hours and when i got back , my notifications where at 693
    God knows how it would be if i logged out for one week
     
  10. Devin

    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

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  11. ProtoKun7

    ProtoKun7 GBAtemp Time Lord Regenerations: 3

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    Like Wizerzak said, those times are when we get a lot of registrations. We weed out the rubbish, some go inactive, others stick around. The downsides are outweighed by the upsides.
     
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  12. BORTZ
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    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    I appreciate your insite, @Devin .
     
  13. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    On one side, this sounds incredibly intolerant...

    ...on the other, it turns out to be "so right" most of the time. ;O;
     
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  14. Devin

    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

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    No problem. You've got some good ideas, just need to be tweaked a little to being functional while not taking anything away from new users that aren't "Poke-Tards".
     
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  15. porkiewpyne

    porkiewpyne Report-er

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    The problem we have is with the ones that don't cbf to read tutorials/ search previous posts. Chances are they will not watch this even if we made them like how XDA does. Sadly. :(
     
  16. emigre

    emigre Has complex motives

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    Sometimes you have to cruel to be kind.

    Cruel on retards to ensure kindness on the non-retards.
     
  17. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    http://gbatemp.net/b...inspired-nicks/

     
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  18. Black-Ice

    Black-Ice Founder of the Church of Renamon

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    In terms of pokeflood.
    The 95% of poketards get 100 posts and leave again as soon as they get the roms working,
    only the decent members among them stay.
     
  19. Hyro-Sama

    Hyro-Sama I'm from the fucking future.

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    Can you really judge someone by just their username? I mean, you can have them changed later on. My first username was shit and I'm glad I changed it to what it currently is.
     
  20. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    If it wasn't "x0x0
     
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