Being able to see what's on BladeForums Site without Logging on?

d762nato

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I think Spark should change this like some other forums have done so just anyone can't see the forum until they join up. I think it also makes it easier for scammers also to operate being able to check things out around here. What you say folks?
 

Redmeadow Knives

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If I understand correctly, you're suggesting the only way to see any forum content at all would be to sign up first? Why would anyone sign up for a forum sight(site) unseen? I wasn't aware other forums did this.
 

kreole

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Do you mean the whole thing or just certain forums like selling?

I would imagine BF popping up in search results for knife terms is what draws a good chunk of new membership. Closing off everything would kill that source of new members off. I'm not a big USN member but have had a user awhile; they are fully closed off, and every section I look at there (the knife-related ones) is practically dead nowadays. I would hate for that to happen to BF. BF through everyone's posts also provides an information service to the community at large. For that sake I would hate for it to be walled off, as FB communities and others are.

Would closing off the "Individual" selling sections (only) do anything to slow scammers signing up?
 

d762nato

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That would probably be better on the selling forums part of it. I belong to more firearm related forums and on a lot of them you can't see anything until you become at least a Basic Member.
 

hhmoore

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The other side of that is a lot of people come here after searching for a specific knife. They register after seeing the ad, in order to purchase the knife...if the Exchange isn't viewable to nonmembers, a good deal of traffic would be lost.
 

evltcat

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Yeah, for a good example, check out the USN site.
You can register for free, but have to be approved by a mod, IIRC. They instituted the "must join to read" policy many years ago to stop spammers/scammers. Not really much going on there these days, and no where near the number of knaf discussions here on BF.
 
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