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View Poll Results: Should we close off the showrooms and the garage to unregistered guests
Yes we should, it is a good move 53 76.81%
No, we should allow guests to view all of the oz area without restriction 16 23.19%
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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Have been discussing this in mirc this evening, and am now putting in the proposal to the boards.

With the number of thefts of members cars recently we think it would be a good idea to close off some of the sections of the boards to unregistered guests. The sections that would be closed off under the plan include the old and new showrooms, and the garage. guests would still be able to view the pub the pits, the asylum, and the market without being required to join the forums.
Also we would implement a system of needing to pass a certain number of posts before you can view images, and once you have passed that amount you would have to continue posting regularly (say 5 posts per week or so) to continue to be able to continue viewing images. Donating members would be exempt from this rule. Also for the people who have work commitments which take them away from the internet for long amounts of time we would look at a way around the minimum posts per week rule, perhaps after you have made 200 or so posts the rule would no longer apply cos you could be considered a fairly genuine member.

Please seriously consider this and vote in the poll. If you have any further thoughts please post them in this thread.
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I'm in 100% agreement here. There's too much pride & effort not to mention $$$ on display here. Go for it I say..

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post #3 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 07:01 AM
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Its sort of an interesting idea DK but if you're worried about theft the Market should definently be restricted as that is where ppl often post their telephone number(!) which would give wouldbe thieves an avenue to track them down and steal whatever it is that is for sale.

Altho being realistic it's not going to stop people from registering and still being able to view those forums now is it...

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post #4 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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PigDog but if they did not know the other areas were there before they joined up they are hardly likely to join up to see something they don't know exists.

As for the market, good point I hadn't considered that
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post #5 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 07:49 AM
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given my stolen car last week.....

While its commendable to try to make things as safe as possible I dont know that it would really help much.......I would however do anything to have my car back.
It may hurt the board also in restricting people from poking around before they decide they want to join?

Tough call!

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post #6 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 08:10 AM
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Tough call, I dont know which way to vote yet.

The issue is that will it help any?? in that there are literally hundreds of people that could spot a car on the street everyday and decide that they want to steal it.

How about we be more careful in what info is released on the boards, no phone numbers, addresses etc, keep all this to emails/PM's??

But then again we don't want to underestimate the exposure the NET has!

Tough one indeed.
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post #7 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 10:36 AM
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Interesting points.

I guess its a tough call to make, but I think that DK is making the right decisions. 9 times out of 10, in the showroom the owners also discuss mods made to the vehicles, which would make the vehicles that much more attractive to the criminal classes. Since Strife's HSV appears to be the latest vehicle, it would probably be a prudent measure to ensure that other people's hard earned money, pride and joys, and blood, sweat and tears aren't viewed by randoms with an intent to steal. No offence intended to random visitors who arent intent on stealing vehicles, but I guess, by definition, The Showroom would be like a one-stop shop for a thief looking to ghost a vehicle or strip it down, etc.

I hope the people who have had vehicles stolen / people who are yet to have their cars stolen (god forbid) have them retrieved in lickety-split time.
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I think its a good move... definately. Ive noticed only a certain few names that i always see around here and its those names i trust. The problem is exactly as described by discokin6... and its for that reason im hush hush about my rebuild ( unfortunately ).

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post #9 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 04:02 PM
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I think it's a good idea. It's difficult, but we have to keep in mind that we are pretty much advertising our most valued property on this forums. Taking a few steps to protect them would be more than smart. Specially when so many of the people from these forums are starting to lose their cars.(just makes you wonder) Maybe adding some suggestions in the Market so that people instead of having their telephone numbers, they put an e-mail address, or a mobile would also help.
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post #10 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-18-02, 04:03 PM
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In the past I have been against such moves. In recent times we seem to have been struck with an increase in this sort of personal loss. It isn't acceptable. I think what DK is propsoing is an excellent idea, in that while I am not sure the net is the problem, every little bit we can do to protect the interest of our members, you the readers, should be paid full attention.

If there is a small chance sites like this can be making such behaviour easier, then it is my vote that we at least make it as hard as possible for the low life scum.

I urge people to seriously consider where you take pictures. It should not happen near you place of residence or work. The plates should not be displayed and think seriously about displaying your location in your sig
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