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Restrictions for newbies and existing members
To avoid any misuse, such as sending promotional messages or displaying advertisements through signature or profile picture, we have set minimum post count requirements on our forum for new members.
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If any legit newbie member needs conversation access to pass information privately, they can request it via Talk to Team forum. New members can also start a conversation with any team member without requiring any minimum post count. However, if it is related to moderation, we prefer to discuss it over Talk to Team forum, and we may direct you over there.
Note: Do not post low-quality spam posts to activate the conversation system. You will be banned immediately.
We have also noticed that many forum members misuse the edit option either by creating a thread beforehand or by deleting their posts when they feel like quitting the forum. So, members can only edit their posts within six hours from the original posting time to rectify any mistakes. We believe this is a sufficient window for any rectification. However, if a member is maintaining an important or sticky thread, they can approach us via Talk To Team forum and we will provide them special permission to edit their threads/posts for unlimited time.
Websites from which content sharing is disallowed
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Some websites are blacklisted too. When you preview or submit a post, the blocked links are replaced with asterisks. In that case, remove the blacklisted content from your post immediately. Otherwise, action will be taken.
A list of disallowed websites can be found here.
OnlyTech Community Marketplace guidelines
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- If you are buying or selling, you can exchange contact details only via conversation.
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Last updated: 22 March 2023