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Offline Ju_dy@RT

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1005 on: July 17, 2019, 08:16:01 AM »
This forum has a Trade Count option.  Right under your user name.  People must just learn to use it...  :P

Problem is  that as far as I can gather, it doesn’t show negative trade counts, it only deducts it off the positive count. Eg, if somebody had 5 positive and 4 negative it merely show it as positive 1, unless you click on it to check, which I think in our lazy nature, few people do. Maybe also/rather represent it in a percentage? Like BOB?

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1006 on: July 17, 2019, 09:31:31 AM »
Problem is  that as far as I can gather, it doesn’t show negative trade counts, it only deducts it off the positive count. Eg, if somebody had 5 positive and 4 negative it merely show it as positive 1, unless you click on it to check, which I think in our lazy nature, few people do. Maybe also/rather represent it in a percentage? Like BOB?

Yeah the iTrader system shows it as a percentage.  For example, I have 116 positive trades on Carbonite, so it displays 116/0/0, meaning 116 positive, 0 neutral, 0 negative, and on the profile it displays 116 (100%).  Could be cool for here.

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1007 on: July 17, 2019, 03:00:49 PM »
Quick look at Google results...seems to suggest that it's possible.  (Sorry about the quoting mess...it's a mess, doesn't show that it's 3 quoted posts before the new post - that's also a feature of this software.) :-s


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Editing the required post count for an existing membergroup ...
https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=549725.0

Nov 3, 2016 - I have always had just one post-count based membergroup on my forum ... access and pre-moderation until they have their first post approved.
enable/disable post count based groups
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Removing post-count groups, issues with forum titles, member ...
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Tips and Tricks (index)
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Honestly, it's not difficult at all to have different posting "abilities" by number of posts (user group) on most forum software.

Make a 1-3 per day post-cap limit for new users  (which means you don't get 50 posts from one spammer), raise it sharply over 10, and remove all restrictions above 100 posts.

Granted, but as I understand it, this software would need to be upgraded (or changed over, altogether) for that to be possible. I believe they are looking at that.

I'm quite surprised that even the older SMF version that's currently running has no ability to control access by post-count based user groups, it's been a common feature on every forum I've hosted/moderated since the early 2000s.

For example, here's a post on the SMF forums from 2011 discussing working with  post-count based user groups (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=454334.0). It may not be possible to do a post-count limit, specifically, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't possible to, say, limit access to posting on a particular sub-forum, which should have similar effect.

Judging by the wiki for version 1.1, it's definitely possible to, say, restrict all members of a certain group from positing in particular forums (i.e., restrict to Meet and Greet) (https://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/SMF1.1:Permissions)
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Note: This would have prevented the sht we had a few days ago:
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Make a 1-3 per day post-cap limit for new users  (which means you don't get 50 posts from one spammer),

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1008 on: July 18, 2019, 10:47:14 AM »
Yeah the iTrader system shows it as a percentage.  For example, I have 116 positive trades on Carbonite, so it displays 116/0/0, meaning 116 positive, 0 neutral, 0 negative, and on the profile it displays 116 (100%).  Could be cool for here.
Thats what I mean. It helps me to gauge the risk in dealing with guys

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1009 on: July 23, 2019, 10:45:09 PM »
Just got a brief and suspicous message from new user "arnol", from Clanwilliam based on forum location, asking me to call one Martin de Klerk about a wanted ad I posted. Happy to withdraw if proven wrong.

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1010 on: July 23, 2019, 11:06:11 PM »
Just got a brief and suspicous message from new user "arnol", from Clanwilliam based on forum location, asking me to call one Martin de Klerk about a wanted ad I posted. Happy to withdraw if proven wrong.

Been here 3 days, no posts whatsoever, trying to get you off forum quickly
100% a scammer
Only difference between this guy and the guy who messaged me is this guy waited 2 days
There is a recent flood of these guys
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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1011 on: July 24, 2019, 07:03:41 AM »
Just got a brief and suspicous message from new user "arnol", from Clanwilliam based on forum location, asking me to call one Martin de Klerk about a wanted ad I posted. Happy to withdraw if proven wrong.

Thank you for this, I do not believe you are wrong. He was being watched and is now banned.

Guys, please continue to report any suspicious replies by pm to your ads.


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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1012 on: August 08, 2019, 08:51:10 PM »
Eish.  I never knew about all this nonsense in the world.  I just read through this whole thread :thinking:  I am old school and prefer to deal in person.  Maybe that is the reason for my naive outlok on life.  I have bought from this forum before, only if it was down in CT and  the seller was prepared to meet me.  I tried the wanted section on here also, nobody responded though.... Guess I can't blame you guys.  Anyway, I do enjoy reading the forum more than posting.   :thumbs:

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1013 on: September 08, 2019, 08:10:12 AM »
I contacted the individual behind this ad, but got cold feet because no name was supplied and images I received by WhatsApp look to be of a different table, not saying it is/was a scam, I just got cold feet!



Please view this ad:

Marantz 6300 Good condition,
https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-turntables/other/marantz-6300-good-condition/1005772065480912456261909?utm_source=com.google.android.apps.docs&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_android

Price: R 5,500

Download the application from the Google Play Store.
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ebay.gumtree.za
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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1014 on: September 08, 2019, 10:20:03 AM »
I contacted the individual behind this ad, but got cold feet because no name was supplied and images I received by WhatsApp look to be of a different table, not saying it is/was a scam, I just got cold feet!



Please view this ad:

Marantz 6300 Good condition,
https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-turntables/other/marantz-6300-good-condition/1005772065480912456261909?utm_source=com.google.android.apps.docs&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_android

Price: R 5,500

Download the application from the Google Play Store.
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ebay.gumtree.za

I am pretty sure if it was legit there would be much more information and the descriptions would be more accurate

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1015 on: September 08, 2019, 12:26:03 PM »
[...]  I have bought from this forum before, only if it was down in CT and  the seller was prepared to meet me.  I tried the wanted section on here also, nobody responded though.... Guess I can't blame you guys.  Anyway, I do enjoy reading the forum more than posting.   :thumbs:
@Tbot , Wanted ad/s, you need to keep trying, otherwise limited how many people see it and when.

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Re: Watch out for con artists!!!
« Reply #1016 on: September 08, 2019, 04:37:35 PM »
Lloyd Brink and his clones have addresses in Clanwilliam and also Port Shepstone, both fake.  At least there is a strong possibility I will recover some money

See:  https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/i-have-been-conned.1045583/
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