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Should we have a Guest Account

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Guest Account?

Postby Lefitte on Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:34 pm

Heey guys. I think that we should make a Guest Account and have the information posted on the Ad board. This would also allow new members to log in and ask questions if they needed to while waiting to account validation. It works well for other sites and it's a common requirement for advertising on sites.

What do you think?
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Unoma on Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:27 am

I think it's a great idea. Help keep bot control down, while not restricting our users really. It would give them time to look over the site, and if wanting to role play learn more about it and so on. Kudos!
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Lefitte on Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:11 pm

Since people seemed for this, I went ahead and made an account for people to try out. It can be listed on the Ads board. This also means we might end up needing a small Advertising rules list. I believe we can restrict access on that account to certain boards; Links and Other Sites, Notice Board, Site Feedback and Questions, and probably nothing else. We can also add the information somewhere so that if new members have questions, they can use it while waiting for their accounts to be activated or before they make one. Should the account be able to post in Introductions too?
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Adrasteia on Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:51 pm

I'm not too crazy about this idea [mostly because of the possibility of spam posters] but it'll be given a shot.

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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Lefitte on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:11 pm

Spam could happen but I see it work really well on other sites, especially since you have to physically log into the account. Adra made it so the password, avatar, and sig can't be changed on the account. I don't think she restricted it to certain areas though. I figure we can always delete the account later if it becomes a problem but it can't hurt too much to try it out.
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Adrasteia on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:15 pm

Yes ma'am, at the very least there won't be a possibility of inappropriate images or text used in sigs & avatars.

I'm willing to give it a shot. HOpefully it works as well here as you've seen it elsewhere!
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Lefitte on Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:24 pm

Yeah =]
It really does open a bunch of sites up for advertising options because almost all other roleplay sites say that in order to advertise your site, they have to be able to link back without making an account. I think that's only fair.

Also, could you add the info to the Links & Other Sites board description so that it's easy to see?
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby EbonyDove on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:48 am

Please forgive my asking this, but I am curious...has spam been a recent issue, or is this a preemptive strike?
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby RainbowChaser on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:53 am

Day before yesterday we had at least 10+ posts from a spam bot within the span of an hour or so, and several of them 'signed up' within just minutes of registration being opened. =\
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby EbonyDove on Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:18 am

Tsk tsk - Alrighty, in that case I'd say that a Guest Account makes some degree of sense then. :)
Though, now I wonder why this forum is suddenly being targeted. I must research this.
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Lefitte on Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:55 am

Oh it's not sudden Ebony. We've been dealing with spam bots for years now after we got hit pretty badly and were struggling to erase it all. That's why we have to activate all new accounts before they can post now. =]
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby EbonyDove on Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:40 am

Really?
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Wow, totally didn't notice...at least not mass-spamming.
Hehe, I stand corrected then. ;)
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Re: Guest Account?

Postby Adrasteia on Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:05 am

Guest account access has been altered.

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