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Old October 12th, 2005
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Do not allow or give....

Unregistered members ability to post! After all, we are looking to increase our membership on the board. Allowing just anyone to post defeats the purpose of having registered members.
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Personally, I would rather see a question answered by an unregistered member then not answered at all.
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Old October 12th, 2005
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I agree with Bob. Unregistered should be "read only"....ESPECIALLY if someone is giving advise.

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TexasRed. You bring up a very good point. It's my idea to allow non-registered members the ability to post. But I do see where you're coming from. The reason I allow unregistered members to post, for now, is to get some activity around here. Otherwise, it would be pretty dead. Some of the unregistered posters do have some great advice. And on the other hand, some registered members give bad advice.. So it's kind of a catch-22.. A member registering doesn't necessarily mean you're going to get more valid information. On the other hand, it creates some sort of accountability...

If we could get a little busier around here, I'd shut the site down to registered members only. The problem is, Oldsmobile is gone. It's going to be very difficult to pick up momentum right now. I'd love to get this place REALLY moving so GM executives see there's actually a following online...
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I can understand both sides of the issue. Both activity and accountability are good things. I have an idea. If it's possible, give unregistered users the ability to reply to topics, but not to start them. That way if they want to "give" answers, it's easy and no strings attached, but if they want to "take" advise, we require the additional step of membership. I see too many people pop on, ask a question, and never even reply to their own topics again.
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Old October 14th, 2005
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I disagree. When replying, especially on technical questions, some type of accountability is needed. I understand that this is the internet and you really don't know anybody, but it would discourage bad answers as well as the "f*ck you" type of thing.

Sal, I'm betting that you'd have more return folks if you required registering. I'm a pretty active guy on the Olds boards, but why should I return here if "anybody" can "drive by" post? Just seems kinda cheesy.

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Sal, I also agree with those against unregistered post. For my money, I am far more likely to trust "DetroitOlds", "Lunase808" & "Bomber" when it comes to advice for my Olds Intrigue.

The ability to PM a registered user, has been very helpful to me.

Like "Texasred" said, it's about accountability.
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Personally, I agree that it would be best if it was registered members only. There's the accountability, the small level of committment, etc. It's nice to see if the guy who answered your question is a n00b or a seasoned veteran, what they personally drive, etc.

But I see the point of those who would worry about declining activity, too.

I guess it's just a question of quantity or quality. If I had to choose, I'd have to go quality.
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Okay so is the general consensus here to require people to sign up in order to start topics, but allow guests to reply to topic? I can make this happen. Just let me know for sure what you all want..

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My vote is you have to register to post at all. Start or reply to topics is all the same to me. The "unknown Olds owner" just isn't necessary. It's not a big deal and when you start getting popular, you'll be slammed by spambots like 442.com and classicoldsmobile.com are. Unless you LIKE wasting your time deleting crap posts...and you lose more folks because it's a hassle to wade through all that jazz.

Require registration. Period.

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