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#1 requinix

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 12:34 AM

Job Offerings has been updated to work a little differently.

Forum permissions:
  • People can post new threads - unchanged
  • Replies are not allowed. Replies are allowed but moderated. This means users can reply but regular members (including the user themselves) will not see the new post. Instead the replies are available for staff to view and approve if they become aware of replies and feel like doing so. There is no implied obligation to staff members to watch for, review, approve, or in fact do anything with replies.
  • Editing follows global rules (allowed in a small window after posting) - unchanged
The Rules and Guidelines have been tweaked to mention requiring contact information that is separate from PHP Freaks. The DO NOT REPLY thread has also been adjusted and is a little less rant-y (sorry .josh).

The reasoning is due to technical limitations in IPB 3...

The problem is that sometimes users will post threads that don't include contact information and this puts them, and job seekers, in an awkward position:
  • The poster may not realize they do not have access to the PM system
  • Editing is not allowed so posters cannot add information after the fact
  • Duplicate threads are prohibited, so the poster "cannot" make a revised thread
  • Replies were disabled so members could not mention that contact information is missing
Two obvious solutions are not possible:
  • Have the poster reply: staff can bypass reply restrictions, naturally, however IPB does not have a separate permission for allowing one to reply to their own thread. Lifting the reply restriction was tried in the past but was abused by people spamming their contact information and reinstated.
  • Have staff PM the poster: not even staff are able to send or receive messages with restricted user accounts. Lifting the PM restriction is not acceptable because it's an obvious spam vector and policing PM spam is difficult.
Thus replies are allowed so the poster has the ability to include clarifying information, but moderated so that anyone attempting to advertise themselves in threads will not work.

Use the reporting system ("Report" link) if you see a thread but cannot find contact information.

As should be expected, abuse these privileges or the reporting system at your own risk.
"Basically, I think the general rule of thumb is: if someone really wants the blood that's inside of your body, and they're like a vampire, or a dracula, or some sort of man-squito, then that's probably okay. A dracula and a man-squito are made for removing things like blood and swords from inside your body. That's basically fine. If something wants to get at your blood and they're, say, some kind of murdersaurus, or maybe a really big frog, that's where the problems start to arise. A really big frog is not made for removing blood, and your blood knows this, which is why it is so vehement about wanting to stay in your body instead of coming out. Unfortunately this will not deter a really big frog because a really big frog is full of things like prizes, and value, and quite a lot of hatred, and it would really rather like to replace any and all of those things with your blood, and basically by any means possible." --slumbermancer

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