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Old 8th April 2012   #1
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Exclamation Guest (Unregistered) Policy Change

As of today, 8th April 2012, we have instituted a new policy for guests (that means people who have not registered but view the site anyhow). Unregistered people have a limited number of page views for the advanced section topics. The beginner/help and general topics will remain unlimited access. How does this affect you? If you are registered, then it doesn't affect you at all!

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PS: Unlike the last announcement, this is not an April Fools !



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How does this affect you?
It affects you because the less people on the outside can see, the less desire there is to join the site.

Think about it, if outsiders can mostly see the repulsive "HELP! Spanky is bloated and hairy!" threads they most likely will not want to join.



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Old 10th April 2012   #3
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It affects you because the less people on the outside can see, the less desire there is to join the site.

Think about it, if outsiders can mostly see the repulsive "HELP! Spanky is bloated and hairy!" threads they most likely will not want to join.
Hi Jake,

You know, a few years ago I would have agreed with you on this, but we have years of experience that proves it not to be the case. We have, for years, had 10-15% of users on the site at any given time actually signed in. That's terrible.

The site moderators and admins used to agree with you too by the way. Now they've seen the numbers long enough to change their minds.



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We have, for years, had 10-15% of users on the site at any given time actually signed in. That's terrible.
So you think shutting the ones who lurk out will solve that?



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Well, the idea is that they join the forum and hopefully contribute to the discussions rather than living vicariously through the rest of us.



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If they haven't joined they probably don't want to join the conversation. The ones who are forced to join because they want to see more than just the bloated and hairy threads may not post anything after they join (remember they weren't talkative in the first place).



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Also, if they are limited, what of one of their animals has an emergency? Something dire. They need to be confirmed to join the site and that takes up to a day. If they can't view threads with possible solutions to the problem due to a limit, their animal could lose its life.



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I had similar concerns. John has allowed a generous numbers of 'free views', and again, this does not limit availability of the 'help' and 'beginner' sections.



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Ah, ok I seemed to have overlooked the part concerining the help section.



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