Originally Posted by greyghost
tom, how hard would it be to make it that a new member would be redirected to http://www.fordrangerforum.com/intro...osting.htmland
if he didn't fill it out block his posting privilege till it was? that way we would know something about them before they post. it would also slow down any future spammers if they wondered onto the site? ? ? ?
I could make that thread mandatory reading, and I could make posting an introduction mandatory before being allowed to continue. However, there is no way I could force users to answer the questions I posted (without human intervention).
With that said, big time no. Although I would like people to introduce themselves I don't really care if they do. I do care however, that if they are going to take the time to post an introduction thread, that they take the time to post an actual introduction, which is why I created that thread. Since I've created that thread there has been a sharp decrease in mindless introductions.
Second, people register for different reasons, some come here just to respond to a classified ad, etc. By forcing them to post an introduction before posting anywhere else two things are going to happen:
1) Decrease in new members participating elsewhere
2) Increase in mindless meaningless introductions
Thirdly, we have a lot of new members registering everyday. If 100% of our members post introductions the daily new thread count would easily be doubled. If you think there are a lot of new introduction threads now, realize that currently we have about 20% of our members introducing themselves (intro threads / members), so forcing introductions will just turn this forum into a flood of introduction threads.
Regarding your last point, when was the last time you saw spam on this forum? Not an issue.