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Should Guests be able to post here?
Yes, this is a free-for-all
37%
 37%  [ 17 ]
No, it's not hard to register
62%
 62%  [ 28 ]
Total Votes : 45

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samgj
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Joined: 17 Jul 2005
Posts: 106
Location: Cambridge

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:58 pm    Post subject: Posts from registered users only? Reply with quote

I'm unsure whether to restrict posts to registered users only. Only the one hand, it's annoying not knowing which of 5 Guests in a thread has asked a particular question. On the other, posts from newbies get answers on their problems from the good folk who linger here far more quickly than I am able to provide them, and anything that discourages newbies is bad.

I thought it might be a good thing to try out the "poll" feature. If I get it right, you should be able to vote on allowing guests to post or not!

Sam


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Encourage newbies - they might become registered!!! Very Happy
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Lulu



Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Posts: 11
Location: Manchester, England

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might sound a daft question but how do you vote? Am I supposed to click somewhere?

I have to say this is a great site and I really enjoy reading the discussions there's some very helpful people out there.
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Louise56



Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Posts: 94
Location: El Cajon, California USA

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think people should have to be registered in order to post, but I do wish they would. I like to know what country people live in. It's cool to think that people from all over the world are working on the same puzzle. It makes us realize that we're not much different from people from other cultures. We may look different and speak different languages, but we still like challenging puzzles!
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websterplace



Joined: 12 Oct 2005
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Location: Newtown,CT

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:39 pm    Post subject: register or not Reply with quote

I agree with Louise56. The diversity is what makes this site interesting.
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Mike



Joined: 25 Oct 2005
Posts: 6
Location: Connecticut

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 12:53 pm    Post subject: Unrestricted Posting Reply with quote

Yesterday, I posted 3 times as a guest and was so amazed at the community feel of the responses from Lulu, Glassman and David Bryant that I felt compelled to register. I suspect that continued support for unrestricted postings will foster accelerated growth of this wonderful community.

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mjb



Joined: 01 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ditto that from Mike...
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BlackCat



Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 1
Location: Groningen, The Netherlands

PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should be registered to post, but not to read other people's posts. This allows people to see how fantastic a forum is, and get encouraged to join in with the fun.
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Glassman



Joined: 21 Oct 2005
Posts: 50
Location: England

PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BlackCat wrote:
I think you should be registered to post, but not to read other people's posts. This allows people to see how fantastic a forum is, and get encouraged to join in with the fun.


Agreed. Sadly, my experience of other discussion boards indicates that eventually this course of action will be forced on this bulletin board's administrator, to help discourage offensive postings.

Glassman Cool
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TKiel



Joined: 22 Feb 2006
Posts: 292
Location: Kalamazoo, MI

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The decision to allow posting with or without registration should be made without regard to the threat of offensive posts, IMO. Other sites have the policy to which BlackCat and Glassman refer and while it may discourage offensive posts (a fact that can't really be verified anyway) it does not eliminate them.

It would be nice if guests included a name so one could know to whom to address a reply, as samgj pointed out, but even with registration that is not really a requirement, merely a courtesy that some registrants provide.

My vote is let anyone post, unless/until it becomes some sort of problem that registering will help solve.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think posters should register first. There is something sinister about an unnamed guest, and I, too, enjoy seeing how far-flung contributors are!
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RogerC



Joined: 08 Oct 2005
Posts: 14
Location: High Wycombe, Bucks, England

PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:50 am    Post subject: Ooops! Reply with quote

The previous post was from me! For some reason my PC did not log me in automatically as it usually does.
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podgio



Joined: 17 Mar 2006
Posts: 2

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am listed at several sites with very different subjects.
None of these sites have the possibility to post at a forum if not registered.
You can read but not post.So i would say register if you want to join in conversations
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In seeing how welcoming everyone here is to non-registered newbies, I've decided to actually register. This post was a very good idea, and I think seeing how welcoming everyone is to newbs is encouraging.

Thanks,

The Guest
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minnseoelite



Joined: 14 Apr 2006
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well although this site does have quite a few posts having posting open to guests will help increase post count which will in turn increase members as people like to join forums that look more active.....but at the same time having posting only for registered members could increase signups an membership as well.
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samgj
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Joined: 17 Jul 2005
Posts: 106
Location: Cambridge

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: Register to post Reply with quote

Unfortunately, the spammers have wrecked the post without registering thing. Sorry and all that, but deleting 30 casino posts a day is getting dull. My continued thanks to all those who make this a welcoming place for newbies to ask their questions, aswell as for informed debate!

Sam
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kragzy



Joined: 01 May 2007
Posts: 112
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't have a view on this until the recent spate of junk posts.

Now I definitely think that the Forum should be restricted to posts from Registered Users. In fact, is there a way that we can make registration more difficult?!

Cheers
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samgj
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Joined: 17 Jul 2005
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Location: Cambridge

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kragzy wrote:
Now I definitely think that the Forum should be restricted to posts from Registered Users.


It has been restricted for a while now.

Quote:
In fact, is there a way that we can make registration more difficult?!


Yep -- I had something working before the data loss, and I'm on getting it back asap.

Sam
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canary



Joined: 31 Aug 2008
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Location: Lenexa, KS

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:06 pm    Post subject: Registry poll Reply with quote

As a new newbie, as of this morning, I vote to register to join a discussion.

I found myself stuck while working the online puzzle this morning and didn't find the answer in the 'help' information. After reviewing the forum questions and answers, I decided to register to ask for help from you. I don't change anything by reading your discussions, but joining in the forum changes the dynamics. I should be held accountable for that change, so registering should be required.

I haven't found an answer to my question: can the puzzle show me where I have messed up? I reached an impasse while working 'today's' puzzle. Do I have to start over or have I just missed a logical 'fix' here?

After browsing through some questions and answesr, I find I have almost NO understanding of what the heck you 'all are talking about! I'm reminding myself that everyone started out as a newbie, but I feel I've wandered into a forum only spoken in French! I will not be intimidated;I will not be intimidated; I will not be intimidated......canary Shocked [/img]
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daj95376



Joined: 23 Aug 2008
Posts: 3855

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Withdrawn!

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