Thanks for your comments guys. Yes, we are aware of a few people who, lately, have slipped in and posted unnecessary comments, ads for adult sites and crap like that. I try to check each post each morning and delete the junk and SPAM, but some do slip through the cracks.
We do appreciate everyone who visits, contributes and makes this forum what it is. Believe me, if it wasn’t the tool for operators (as well as PMQ for seeing what the important topics of the day are) that it is, it would have been closed down a long time ago because it consumes a lot of time, resources and money to pay our webmaster to write new code, ban IP addresses, maintain the site and keep the engine running.
Could security be tighter…maybe. It would require providing valid email addresses to authenticate new subscribers and having everyone provide a profile to post, but some operators like the ability to post anonymously…maybe because they have a question that they feel may be dumb (there are no dumb questions if you really don’t know the answer) or maybe just because they don’t want people to know who or where they are. But, I think because this is an open and free forum, we will always get a few trouble makers and SPAM postings.
Lately we have discussed an option that may resolve this. The idea of the Think Tank becoming a ‘paid access’ area has come up. Now wait, before you panic and start sending me hate-mail, we have thought about all of you who have been here for years and our true and loyal fans and readers and have a solution that we are considering, but haven’t made a decision on yet.
We have kicked the idea of making the Think Tank a ‘members only’ area that would require a yearly fee of just $9.99 (that is less than $1 a month) and the reason for this is to, first, eliminate the SPAMers and ad posting that are a result of this being a free and open forum, and secondly, to cover the costs of monitoring and maintaining the site, BUT THERE WOULD BE AN EXEMPTION…we would offer free lifetime membership to everyone who gave a full profile registration within the first 60 days of registration. This would allow true Think Tankers to keep posting and have access without paying. Fees would only apply to future members after the grace period. This would eliminate probably all SPAM and riff-raff and reward those who signed up withyin the grace period.
This is just in the consideration phase and we would like to hear some feedback from you. What do you guys think about moving to a fee-based access forum with a grandfather clause for full registration within the first 60 days?