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New Member Restrictions

To keep down on some of the mess that some unsavory people have created in the past, we have created a new member group. All newly registered users will be placed in this group.

The only restriction that is placed on this group beyond those placed on all groups is that you cannot post in the Classified sections. The 'Forum Notice', 'Tech Articles (DIY)' & 'Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)' sections are closed to everyone but the staff of the forum. Posts to the last two of these sections should be submitted to the 'Article Submissions/Discussions' section. Also, the 'General Tech Help' section is closed in order to push members to utilize one of the generation specific subsections for better organization of information.

Promotion is dependent on the following criteria:

Posts >= 10 AND Date >= 10

You must have 10 or more posts AND you must be a member for 10 or more days.

So use this time to make a positive impact on the forum. DO NOT use this time to spam the forum or in some other way violate the rules of the forum. If violation of the rules is done in flagrant enough fashion, you may be removed from the forum all together.

Please be aware that it may take up to 24hours after you have met the requirements above for the promotion request to take affect. If that time has elapsed and you still do not have privileges to the Classifieds sections, please PM myself or any other member of the staff and they will look into it for you. But please wait first.

*EDIT - 06MAY09*
After a recent exchange with someone finding this rule to be a waste, I feel compelled to explain. While I understand that this can be a hindrance to both dishonest and honest alike and that it is not a sure fire way to dissuade the dishonest people, it still is a stop gap measure to try to get to know those people that are attempting to sell items on our site.

Over the years that I have been a member here, there have been more than a few people separated from their money by dishonest people. While this site does not maintain any responsibility for items sold here, it reflects poorly on the site when such an event happens. Personally, I would rather see new people looking to sell items make themselves known than to have one more member swindled.

Other sites may not be as strict about this, but that is besides the point. The policy in place here is that new members must meet the above requirements before they are allowed to post in the classifieds section. In time, this may change, but at this point in time, it is the consensus of the staff that this is the appropriate measure to take.

*EDIT 04MAR10*

Due to the increase in forum PM spam/scams, we are putting further restrictions on new member accounts. New members will find that not only can they not post into the classifieds section until they meet the requirements given above, but they will not be able to send PM's to others until they have posted 2 or more posts and have been a member for 2 or more days.

This will allow sufficient time to discourage the ill willed folks as well as give the staff time to catch and ban those people meeting the profile of a spammer.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes you.

If you are having trouble that you feel is outside these restrictions and do not yet have access to private messaging, you can email me via 'bf.com.admin' at g mail dot com and I will do my best to get back to you by the end of the day.

 
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