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maksimov 06-20-2012 04:44 AM

Forcing to ask a dummy question in order to be able to answer someone else is fun :-)
 
*This is not a real question*. It's much more convenient to turn it into a mini-rant. I've registered as Google brought me here and I found a question on which I actually have some information to share. But then I can't post it since I need to ask my own question (start a thread) first. Oh well, here you go then.

Is this to fight spambots? As far as I know they have no problem with starting new threads.

I understand LQ is an established resource now and it has its experts. But surely this sort of a constraint will invite more newbies and deter new experts?

Rant over.

acid_kewpie 06-20-2012 04:46 AM

It does prevent a lot of spam being effective. there's often no need to post URL's in your first post, and even if you do, you just easily just break the url up a little or something.

maksimov 06-20-2012 05:06 AM

Breaking up spam URLs is a good way of vengeance on spammers cause, but would still create a lot of clutter for admins to clean up. And it's this cleaning up that drives admins insane, not the spam as a way of advertising.

acid_kewpie 06-20-2012 07:15 AM

err... so ARE you going to make a valid support post or are you just here to voice concerns about this? I'm confused...

maksimov 06-20-2012 07:21 AM

Join the confused club! I did make my post of course, and somehow I think it may not be visible to all (in pre-mod queue?), but at least I see it:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post4707600

acid_kewpie 06-20-2012 07:32 AM

ahh my bad, posts in General don't count in your post count.

jeremy 06-20-2012 09:03 AM

To clarify, there is no restraint requiring you to start your own thread before making a post in another member's thread. The restraint is that you must have a single post before you can post a URL (and that applies to new threads or posts to existing threads). Welcome to LQ.

--jeremy

acid_kewpie 06-20-2012 09:09 AM

Yes, I didn't notice that wasn't the original issue raised here... So looking at your other post, there's no URL in it anyway... so what restriction do you think you came across?

maksimov 07-18-2012 10:22 AM

Chris, I have no idea. Maybe Jeremy will be able to get us out of the dark here?


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