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Private Message Wait Time

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by lanbo, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. lanbo

    lanbo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Is there any chance BHW can lower the time between private messages? Currently it is at 60 seconds, and it can take quite a long time when I need to PM a few people.
     
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  2. pathart

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    Yes I think this should be an option for people over a certain amount of posts.
     
  3. dheer

    dheer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Let me tell you one thing. If you wish to send the same PM to multiple peoples then you can do so by adding ; sign between bunch of usernames. Although if different messages then there is no other option to wait at the moment.
     
  4. antichrist

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    I also agree
     
  5. monkid

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    We should request this feature from Admin.
     
  6. muscleteen

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    The delay is artificial, and it's there for a reason.
     
  7. mudbutt

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    Yes, and thats to prevent PM spam from 1 post wonders. I don't see how lifting or reducing the wait time for established members ( ex. if post count > x ; no wait time) would cause any harm.
     
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  8. morgan456

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    I would also welcome that move ...! but there must be a gap in sending PM for at least 10 seconds....!
     
  9. muscleteen

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    In my humble opinion, I would say that it's there to prevent PM spam. Period.

    It's not very hard to raise one's post count to x if one is planning to PM spam a $497 piece of software (or even a $10 plugin for that matter, since one will be reaching out to thousands of members).
     
  10. mudbutt

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    From the work I've seen the staff put in, I believe it will be very difficult to spam 1k posts in a short amount of time without getting the banhammer. Post count spamming is easy to spot. Post count > 1000 + X years of membership + implementing a wait period if PMs exceed XX amounts of PM under an hr should be reasonable measures that likely won't result in PM spam.
     
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  11. muscleteen

    muscleteen Regular Member

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    Yup, and decreasing PM delays will only increase their workload...

    If I knew I would be spamming a $497 product, I would make sure I fly under the radar. It's pretty easy to do. Many members do it already and do not get banned because technically, they are not violating any of the forum rules (even though they are not really contributing anything of value to the forum).

    (To really paint the picture: I wouldn't be posting "Thank you for this post!", but "My thanks button is broken :-( Didn't know about this method. Your posts really rock mate! +Rep given!")

    Yeah, maybe then it would be okay.

    But in my humble opinion (again), this forum is a place to share things with everyone, and not a medium for intensive private messaging. PMing is a nice bonus we have. If we need more, we should be doing that over Skype or email.

    - Just MuScLeTeeN's $0.02
     
  12. 7878

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    Sorry, only staff are able to send messages and search without being throttled. As stated above, it's a spam counter measure and serves an important purpose.

    I'd suggest using an alternative method of communication for you and your customers (assuming the need to send quickly is sales related).
     
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  13. Gogol

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    I think this is needed. It is not about you. It is about the people who spam here. 7878 has the words of reality anyway :p
     
  14. LakeForest

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    Would a 15-30 second limit be out of the question for jr vip, or exclusively for jr vip who open a BST? (i don't know if vBulletin could even make this distinction)

    BST providers might have to respond to a bunch of PMs, and if they get 60, their minimum wait time to get through them is an hour.

    I always wondered what server load in regards to PMs is. I wonder if a forum could be knocked out sending a bunch of PMs with no time limit.
     
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  15. Brainiac101

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    I think it would be a good idea if the Member has a certain amount of posts x time on forum x Rep count
     
  16. Gogol

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    Valid point, I must say. Don't think something is available, but very doable...