Add a short explanation to the "insufficient privileges" error page in the HaF and WTB sections

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  1. HoNeYBiRD

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    Regarding to this and similar threads: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/i-cant-reply-thread-in-hire-a-freelancer-section.1010727/

    I think on the error page the not too detailed "You have insufficient privileges to reply here." error message should be modified with a short explanation from the sticky as to why regular members can't reply in the HaF and WTB sections:
    "You have insufficient privileges, an active Jr. VIP, Premium or Marketplace seller subscription is needed to reply here." Or something along these lines. Maybe link the "Account Upgrades" page too, if it's not already there.

    So even those who missed the sticky will stop asking this over and over again.
     
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  2. TheAlmightyDada

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    This question is coming up over & over. It would be useful if people read the rules/stickys though.
     
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    least the changes cut off new members trying to sell there stuff there
     
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    I think editing the insufficient privileges message would alter the message on every thread a user would see that in, not just the HAF or WTB threads.

    If this isn't the case though, then I don't see any harm in adding a short explanation. Although, the decision to do that is not up to me.

    However, I really don't think it would stop people from asking why they can't respond to threads in those sections. Instead, we'll be seeing threads titled, "'Insufficient Priviliges - Must be Jr. VIP or above to post' What does this mean, guys!?!?!?" Believe me, I get a lot of PMs like that. It's like they want you to read it for them.
     
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  5. davids355

    davids355 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It's not a bad idea - especially as we keep seeing threads come up where people are confused about this. As @Zwielicht said though, it might not be feasible.

    I was also thinking about this recently and I think possibly the issue arises often when threads are moved into those sections - then people don't know anything about HAF or WTB until suddenly their thread is in there, and they can't reply.

    I was thinking about posting a disclaimer when I move threads into those locations, directing users to the rules for the section or informing them they need to be JrVIP or above to reply.
     
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  6. Apricot

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    ^this. It's a generic message whenever someone doesn't have the privileges to post in a specific section.

    Good idea - definitely the way to go.
     
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