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FS forums: clarification please...

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Is it against forum rules to post a WTB in the FS forum for another member who (obviously) doesn't have the minimum post-count? Just trying to help out a fellow HFer who needs some new phones....

I don't want to go ahead without checking if it's Head Fi legal

Thanks.
post #2 of 23
Thanks Stevie I sent you a PM btw....

-= Matt =-
post #3 of 23
I think the purpose of the 50-post minimum requirement was to prevent spamming and exploitations of the for-sale forum by newly registered users (with a large majority being potential spammers and, worse, scammers). This rule requires new users to establish some presence before being given the freedom to use the for-sale forums (and in the process, deter would-be s-p/c-ammers).

What you're doing does not defeat this purpose so I believe there is no issue there.

Cheers!
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks Zorander! That's helpful advice...

And cheers to you too
post #5 of 23
Well, I posted a FS ad for a friend of mine who had been a member for over a year but had yet to make 50 posts (has now though ) and it was promptly deleted without a PM or any sort of notification. I checked and it's not against the rules so I guess someone figured it was an unwritten one. Proceed with caution.
post #6 of 23
FS and WTB are very different. need 50 posts to sell, not buy.
post #7 of 23
They should get rid of these rules for the feedback, many new members cant leave feedback for their transactions... if any way that could be done it would be great.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
They should get rid of these rules for the feedback, many new members cant leave feedback for their transactions... if any way that could be done it would be great.
Good point I hadn't realized that...
post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
They should get rid of these rules for the feedback, many new members cant leave feedback for their transactions... if any way that could be done it would be great.
what do you mean. are you saying that someone with less than 50 posts is unable to post in the feedback section.
post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
They should get rid of these rules for the feedback, many new members cant leave feedback for their transactions... if any way that could be done it would be great.
That was fixed a while ago, you didn't catch that?
post #11 of 23
I don't see any problem with the OP, since you're basically vouching that the person you're posting for is a legit person, so if anything went "wrong" you would be the one at stake.

The rule is just there to stop scammers from making new accounts with 1 post and "fishing" for victims, I'd say.
post #12 of 23
cool. How can you check when you registered?
post #13 of 23
Seriously, it's not that difficult to make 50 posts.

I mean, Jahn's IPC can reach that in 5 minutes.

-Ed
post #14 of 23
Sorry, but no, it's not OK. We realize that only a very small percentage of new members are potential scammers and that this minimum post/time stipulation may seem like over-kill and is cumbersome for some, but it is in place to help prevent scamming and we don't want people looking for ways to circumvent the rules no matter how good the intentions. We have enough trouble trying to be consistant with the rules as it is, without having to make individual decisions on whether or not this rule or that should be bent because of unique circumstances.

While it may seem harmless and fine to some to act as proxys for others wanting to sell or make purchases in the For Sale Forums, there's still the potential of scammers using this rule circumvention to prey upon our members. For example: Many head-fiers want/like to be helpful whenever possible and most scammers are shrewd as well as unethical. If we start allowing members to circumvent the rules by allowing proxy posts in the For Sale forums, what's to stop a scammer from joining head-fi, getting involved in a friendly discussion in some thread, coming across as an OK guy, and then casually throwing out something like " Man, I'm dying to get a pair of "X" right now but I have to wait 3 more weeks before I can make even a WTB post. " ? Chances are good, within an hour he'll have 3 or 4 offers from members being nice guys and willing to help him out by acting as his proxy "because it's OK to circumvent the minimum time/post rule in situations like this." Then, after laying their own reputation on the line to help the scammer out, they too become victims when the seller, going on the proxy's reputation, gets screwed.

Yes, this may never happen ... but it is possible and it could happen.

So sorry if we seem overly tight-assed about this sort of thing, but the rules are there for a reason, and we don't want them to be circumvented. Sorry to those who disagree, but at the moment, that's the way it is.
post #15 of 23
What's the first complaint after some one is scammed?

"Why didn't the moderators do more to prevent this from happening."

They have so we need to work within the guidelines established. It's not like Head-Fi is the only source for headphones. If some one really wants a pair of headphones- go buy them.


Mitch
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