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Offline FanOfDrew87

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Why are posting external links not allowed?
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:57:17 PM »
I tried to post a link to a thread, but it stated I am not allowed to post external links.  Why is this the case?  Is the rule designed to prevent viruses or something, or what reason?

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Re: Why are posting external links not allowed?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 07:31:13 PM »
You need to have a certain number of posts to be able to post external links; this is to prevent a spammer from joining the site and posting a link to a spam site. I don't know what the threshold is for how many posts you need.

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Re: Why are posting external links not allowed?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2020, 08:22:13 PM »
It most likely has to be a certain magic number, which is kept behind closed doors.  I wouldn't be surprised if the certain number of posts has to be a significant number, and the posts have to be of good quality.  It turns out nobody seems to have achieved that magic number except for a small number of forum veterans and maybe moderators.

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Re: Why are posting external links not allowed?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2020, 12:42:05 AM »
It most likely has to be a certain magic number, which is kept behind closed doors.  I wouldn't be surprised if the certain number of posts has to be a significant number, and the posts have to be of good quality.  It turns out nobody seems to have achieved that magic number except for a small number of forum veterans and maybe moderators.

I believe I could post external links well before I became a mod ó like within weeks or months of becoming a member.  I donít know what the post threshold to membership length algorithm is, but it probably takes more than nine posts to get there.
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Re: Why are posting external links not allowed?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2020, 01:50:37 AM »
It most likely has to be a certain magic number, which is kept behind closed doors.  I wouldn't be surprised if the certain number of posts has to be a significant number, and the posts have to be of good quality.  It turns out nobody seems to have achieved that magic number except for a small number of forum veterans and maybe moderators.

It's quite low, actually... I won't reveal the exact number, but new posters should get to that magic number in no time.

 It's an anti-spam feature designed to prevent spambots from flooding the forum with a billion links in a post.
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Re: Why are posting external links not allowed?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2020, 11:26:44 PM »
I think the number of posts required to be able to post external links is the same as the number of licks it takes to get to the center (centre) of a Tootsie Roll Pop.   xlx
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