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    Hello Everyone,

    Why can't I use my profile?

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    Some features are not directly available to reduce the amount of spam and advertising. They become available when you have posted some messages. You also cannot send private messages or post messages with links that appear directly on the forum. I am afraid that these are necessary measures in a world of endless spam.

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    What messages should I make?

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    We are here to answer any questions you have about the English language. Do you have any questions?

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    No. I might have some later but I don't right now. I would like to see some answers here too.

    Thanks.

    How can I send private messages?
    Last edited by Osbri; 07-Nov-2015 at 00:26.

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    You can't until you have posted 10 times.

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    Some things that are targeted by spammers and advertisers are not instantly available. When someone has posted ten times, then they are switched on automatically. If someone posts ten rubbish messages to reach the limit, then we know they're spamming. If someone reaches the target naturally, then we know they're real members. I am afraid that on an average day we will have over a hundred spammers trying to join, and it can be much worse than that, so we have these measures in place to try to calm things down.

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    You guys are doing a great job. We are all grateful.

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    I understand and thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You guys are doing a great job. We are all grateful.
    I second that.

    A little off-topic now, but I think some members (nobody in this thread so far) need to remember that the mods operate on a completely voluntary basis. They give up some of their free time, unpaid, to keep forums like this running smoothly. We see some of their work, but we do not see the effort they put into monitoring posts before they appear, deleting all the spam, tracking down and eliminating trolls, dealing with impatient new members who double-post if they haven't received a response within two minutes of posting a question, and with established members who get uppity if the mods edit/delete an inappropriate post, etc, etc.

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