waiting period increases on handguns^H^H^H posts April 11, 2001 9:18 PM   Subscribe

It was mentioned on another thread that the waiting period to post is now one week (up from 24 hours). This is a very good idea.

As further "crowd control safety" measures, perhaps some mechanism could be developed whereby membership had to be confirmed after one week (in some window of time)? This way, the most casually curious would not be able to post, and would not go into the membership figure total.

In addition, how about some period (6 months?) after which membership would expire?

These features might keep a certain minimal level of seriousness to members and their posts; also, it would be fun to see the "tote board" go down as well as up!
posted by ParisParamus to Feature Requests at 9:18 PM (10 comments total)

Well, I don't care if people stop posting and leave the site, the numbers are just a total of people that ever registered. I don't put much stock in the number (about 40% of the total is still visiting at least once a month), so I don't really care how accurate it is. Your measures seem like ways to make the number more official and I don't care to.

I'm going to add email authentication tonight, so you need a real email address to post anything here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:07 PM on April 11, 2001

I'm going to add email authentication tonight, so you need a real email address to post anything here.

Retroactive? Just curious.
posted by dcehr at 12:33 PM on April 12, 2001

Retroactive? yeah, most likely. is that a problem?

I didn't finish it last night because I was having issues with the mail server, but I hope to finish it tonight.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:32 PM on April 12, 2001

I may be asking for a Web tutorial, by what does "mail authentication and "real email address" signify?
That one needs to sign in through the address of record?
posted by ParisParamus at 1:40 PM on April 12, 2001

I'm guessing that when you sign up (or when it's implemented, since it's retroactive) you'll be sent an e-mail to the address you entered in your subscription info.

Before you can login again (or post a comment or whatever) you'll have to reply to said e-mail.

Real email address means something other than this.is@fake.email.address

posted by cCranium at 2:44 PM on April 12, 2001

Not a problem at all, Matt. Just an idle curiousity, conjecturing to myself about how many (or whom) it will weed out, for lack of a better phrase.
posted by dcehr at 4:07 PM on April 12, 2001

here's my plan: you can't post a link or comment once this is in place, instead there will be a link to an authentication page. The page will say "click this button to have an email sent from the site, to you", and you'll have to click on a link in the email to get posting rights.

The email will have a hyperlink to a special URL string that "enables" your posting on your account.

This does one important thing (besides make it a pain in the ass for new users, requiring them to jump through an additional hoop), people wanting to do bad things, or bring bad attitudes, or basically fuck with the system will have to give me a real email address that they can be held accountable with. Most people wanting to fuck with things (trolls) won't give you their email address (they may just use a free service like yahoo or hotmail, and if that's a problem, I won't allow email from a list of free services), and if it's just some kid goofing around, the additional hoop is too much work, and people wanting to screw with things gently will probably give up.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:58 PM on April 12, 2001

"I won't allow email from a list of free services"

I'd be careful there. Although it hasn't much happened yet, I'm sure we may get to a point where the people who are signing up use those free services exclusively for mail. I know many who do...
posted by fooljay at 11:08 AM on April 19, 2001

Which is why Matt's going to wait until he's forced to cut those free services out. Even then there's ALWAYS another free e-mail service out there, it may just take a little more digging.
posted by cCranium at 2:18 PM on April 19, 2001

I agree with the longer waiting period. I have few posts, frankly, and right now, I like it that way--I'd rather sit back and watch and learn patiently, then hop into the discussion and make an ass out of myself. I've been reading MeFi for a few months now (well, since November 2000), and I'm just now (very) slowly getting comfortable enough about adding my $.02.
posted by one.louder.ash! at 3:53 AM on April 20, 2001

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