Originally Posted by The Tourist
I was commenting in more of a global sense. This issue of 'why does this rule apply' comes up a lot in forums.
On the face of it, this seems counter-productive. A forums 'wants' new info and spirited debate, but then puts members through hoops to contribute. In fact, I've personally found some of these hoops to be downright bizarre.
Some forum members look upon themselves as a cyber clubhouse. They have a tight little group of members and newbies get toasted just to make them go away.
My view is that if you are a member of a forum (and you observe the rules) you have the same rights as anyone else. This post count threshold is jive, but it is an effective way to blunt spammers. More to the point, a server is private property.
And lots of folks think that a big post count gives them gravitas when I've found abject stupidity in folks with thousands of entries.
There is a unknown spamming link out there (Google has one), that ultimately forces it's way onto your pc!
First, there's a blank white screen, then there's a bogus pop-up warning from a bogus website, claiming that your pc is infected with a virus. Then it automatically starts supposedly scanning your pc, claiming that you need the software in order to supposedly free your pc from potentially harmful viruses!
Then, to find out the supposed results, you must pay with your credit or debit card first. What a ripoff!! Don't trust this crap!! It's a sure-fire way for your pc to be wrecked with viruses and corrupted files!