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 Post subject: New users and L plates
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:26 
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For their first ten posts to the Safe Speed forums new users have an "L Plate" badge.

During the new user phase the following applies:
  • We'll show additional lattitude if the new user breaches forum rules.
  • Existing users should treat new users with greater than normal courtesy and always give the benefit of any doubt.
  • New user status should not be taken to imply anything other than new user status.
"New user status" and the L Plate are intended to help new users transition to becoming a valued contributor and member of the community. The L Plate does not deny you access to any features or facilities, rather it grants additional latitude and "temporary respect".

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 13:16 
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Paul,

Is there any reason you changed it from 20 posts to 10 posts? No reason for asking, just curious.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 14:12 
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FWIW, I suspect that once a user has posted more posts than the threshold, the L-plate is removed from all that users posts (including the first ten). As soon as that happens, all indication that a post should be given more latitude etc. disappears, leaving the poster open to critisism etc.

Is this something that can be corrected?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 14:18 
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Serge wrote:
Paul,

Is there any reason you changed it from 20 posts to 10 posts? No reason for asking, just curious.


It wasn't a "big decision" but I looked around and felt two things:

1) There were rather a lot of "L"s around when it was 20.
2) Some occasional posters were "well established" before 20 posts were reached.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 14:20 
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willcove wrote:
FWIW, I suspect that once a user has posted more posts than the threshold, the L-plate is removed from all that users posts (including the first ten). As soon as that happens, all indication that a post should be given more latitude etc. disappears, leaving the poster open to critisism etc.

Is this something that can be corrected?


No. The software does not have that option.

I don't really think I'd want it if it did, although I appreciate that it is possible for a busy new poster to create 11 posts between visits from regulars. Those regulars would then lose the benefit of the L plate.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2005 14:37 
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SafeSpeed wrote:
willcove wrote:
FWIW, I suspect that once a user has posted more posts than the threshold, the L-plate is removed from all that users posts (including the first ten). As soon as that happens, all indication that a post should be given more latitude etc. disappears, leaving the poster open to critisism etc.

Is this something that can be corrected?


No. The software does not have that option.

I don't really think I'd want it if it did, although I appreciate that it is possible for a busy new poster to create 11 posts between visits from regulars. Those regulars would then lose the benefit of the L plate.

I've noticed some threads that suddenly become active after days or even weeks of inactivity. Thus a post made weeks ago as a learner could suddenly come back to bite, particularly if the person responding joined after the OP.

That said, I don't think that it's too much of an issue - just something to bring to your attention.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 13:46 
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Is it possible (or desirable for that matter) to remove a Learner's ability to start new threads?

I'm thinking of our friend "sensible majority" starting about ten threads, then buggering off.

Though I must admit, it was very amusing correcting the spelling...


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