mod edit: Hi this is not a chat thread! There is an introduction thread for new users in the chat forum
Our moderating team has been fighting mercilessly and tirelessly to combat the huge influx of spam threads that have been hitting the forum.
The first step was the activation of heuristic anti-spam moderation, which places suspect threads or posts into a moderated state, making them invisible to everyone except the modmins until they are approved or deleted as spam.
The good news is that while spam activity has continued to increase, you guys don't have to see it. The moderators, however, spend an incredible amount of time going through a somewhat boring process to eliminate the threads and ban the offending accounts.
To alleviate that pressure on them and ensure a better running forum, I am going to be putting a new usergroup into effect for new users.
Any user with less than 12 posts will be part of the WIGGLERS usergroup. While in this group, that user will not be able to create new threads in any forum except The Cradle.
Once you have made 12 posts (and that means contributing useful posts - don't think we won't reduce your post count if you spam to get out of the group), you will be free to create threads in all other forums that users are normally allowed to.
As a side note - the promotion process that moves a Wiggler into the normal users group runs once per hour, at 25 past the hour. Once you hit 12 posts, you will be moved into the Registered Users group within an hour, automatically.
This will only affect users who register after the change is put into place today.