View Poll Results: Should guests be required to register before posting in these forums?

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  1. #11
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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Those people would lose out if it stayed off- I know the feeling when you have to go through registering for a single question.

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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    But being a registered member could be a reason to post more and more and become a real active member.
    And probably you won't forget the forums.

    If someone really wants to learn something, s/he would take their time and register.

    Another point:
    Registered members have a location.
    Although it sounds unimportant, it can help other members.
    Germans make other typical beginner mistakes than Italians etc.
    And you don't know anything about a guest.
    So maybe I (and others) would have better chances to help someone if I (we) knew their location/native language.

    Cheers!

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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Good point. A nationality and location give a potential answerer context.

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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    But being a registered member could be a reason to post more and more and become a real active member.
    I don't believe that's true. I've never stuck around a forum simply because I had to register to get the one answer I went there for. The web is littered with inactive members.

    Another point is that I never assume I'm answering the question only for Unregistered. Even if unreg. never comes back, others read the post and can learn something if I give a proper response.

    If someone really wants to learn something, s/he would take their time and register.
    They will. They'll register, get their answer and disappear, but forever clog up the member's list (which, as I say, is not our problem.)

    Another point:
    Registered members have a location.
    Some do. It's not compulsory

    Although it sounds unimportant, it can help other members.
    Germans make other typical beginner mistakes than Italians etc.
    And you don't know anything about a guest.
    So maybe I (and others) would have better chances to help someone if I (we) knew their location/native language.
    That's true, but only half of new registrants appear to be able to read the requirement, especially for their "first language".
    I'm beginning to come to the opinion that switching off guests is not necessarily positive.

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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Let's say I create a thread with:
    Which is right?
    A or B?

    I doubt that anyone would say something like, "Nightmare, we do not correct or make your homework.", because many members already know me very well and they know I'm not some kid who's too lazy to do his homework.

    Let's say a guest makes exactly the same (creates the exact same thread).
    Don't you think some members would say the sentence they wouldn't say to me?
    When I see a thread created by a guest, my first impression is always a bit negative.
    It's nothing personal but I've seen a lot of guest threads where I clearly had the impression someone shows no interest to do an effort.
    As soon as someone has their own personality, such "bad" impressions do not exist anymore, especially if the person makes many posts, threads where it's clearly visible: This person has the wish to improve their English, not just to let us do their homework.

    I do not know who the guest is, so I'm not able to know if it's always the same person or not.
    And I almost never focus on guest threads.

    I think it's just in the interests of the guest to register - they can only gain plus points.

    Cheers!

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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They'll register, get their answer and disappear, but forever clog up the member's list (which, as I say, is not our problem.).
    This is a simple setting change. Check the member list now...
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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Hi,
    f it's possible I think guests must be allowed to vote this poll since they are those persons who may have to change their usual procedures.
    Thank you.
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    Default re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Nice idea, but I think they're a self-defining set of people who won't even see the poll.

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    Default Re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Nice idea, but I think they're a self-defining set of people who won't even see the poll.

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    I think they saw the poll. Still they must have trouble voting as the poll is rather tricky. So do I
    Last edited by philadelphia; 28-Jun-2010 at 14:58.

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    Default Re: Should Guest Posting Be Turned Off?

    I voted for No.

    The first time I visited here, I found UsingEnglish is very friendly unlike other forums which are keen to regulate everything. It is like a home and everyone can his/her hair down. I wish it could keep status quo.

    All the best!


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