Originally Posted by DonVanVliet
I don't understand the concept of the limitation at all. No competitor has this limit, it just feels wrong. There are much better (technical) solutions to avoid spam.
There are lots of forums where there are limits on both being able to send PMs and on posting in various parts of the forum. I run a very large community forum and we have a minimum post count of 5 before using the PM system at all (which is necessary given the number of spam attacks we have) and both a minimum post count and a minimum registration time before posting in the classifieds, just to reduce the number of people who register more than once to get around the other limits on using the classifieds.
Sadly, this sort of thing is necessary to reduce the impact that spam has on the forum and users generally don't see quite how much impact the spam has when it's sent.
You may see spammy threads when they are posted, but you're not online 24/7 so however many you see need to multiply up what you see by the time that you aren't around to see it, and of course you won't see spam PMs at all unless you're one of the recipients.
I'm going to speak on behalf of forum managers the world over here. We would love nothing more than to give truly open access to users to post, discuss, message, laugh and debate just as they wish, but unfortunately everybody's idea of what is appropriate varies and where you find one person wanting to discuss you will also find another who thinks that it's great to wind others up, abuse people, push an inappropriate agenda or sellclass="