New to the forums. Just bought myself a 2018 Mazda 6 TR! Love the car so far.
My previous car was Mercedes W203. I was active on the forums in Mbworld.
I was excited to find a mazda 6 forum for enthusiasts, however I noticed activity to be a bit slower than other auto sites.
I tried to post in other threads, but rules dictate I must post in the newbie section first.
This seems a bit counter intuitive. Why restrict new folks from participating in other forums? A lot of folks won't realize they need to post in the newbie forum first. Isn't the idea to build up the community, not limit it?
Originally Posted by Floridasignature
Have to agree with you there.
Seems counter productive for a site that has limited engagement. I joined here after being on another site for about 6 months, and find this site format to be lacking.
And being labeled “learners license” after over 50 post, is damaging to my fragile self image 😜.
Activity is minimal, if you check in every other day, you are caught up in 5 minutes.
With that said, I have found some helpful info in my regards to my purchase of the new 2018 Mazda6 Signature.
Like GreyGhost said, the decision to restrict new members to the newbie section only (but after a single post they're allowed anywhere except classifieds), was a result of almost a full year of being absolutely bombarded with spammers.
I would come in some days to 30+ threads created overnight with nothing but garbage links to infested websites. The threads wouldn't cease throughout the whole day, either. Perma-banning and IP blocking addresses can only do so much against a bot that has an infinite amount of accounts and IPs, so we buckled down hard in order to keep things to a minimum.
Things got better, but not enough. The owners of the forum decided to put the image and link posting restrictions in as well, and we've all but quelled the onslaught of spam (thankfully).
All that being said: this is a fairly small forum with a very specific targeted group of people; we're never going to be like large forums. In addition to that, I swear there's a new Mazda forum every year that people split off to. I mean, seriously, there's 3 separate forums dedicated to the Mazda 6.
Mazdas247 is quite busy since it encompasses all Mazdas, and they run a right ship over there as well.
/Gets off Soap Box