... All in all, I'm surprised this forum tolerates such confident ignorance, especially in a New Member Introductions category. To the moderators, I recommend lifting the requirement that new users post an introduction in order to send pms. I would have happily inquired about a classified listing and participated in technical discussions without being subjected to critical responses by the forum at large...
Actually, new members who have completed the site registration process are able to send PM's without having made their first post in the NMI forum. The first post "requirement" in the NMI forum is only necessary in order to be able to post in the regular open forums. In fact many people register simply to be able to access all the content (images uploaded by members, for example) that Guests to the site don't otherwise see or have access to.
As an FYI, the reason for the first post requirement in the NMI forum is to keep would-be spammers from being able to post their garbage on the regular open forums. This allows John (jsonder
) and myself to delete any spam before it can make it onto the open forums.
Have to say, I haven't seen a "dust up" between members on this site in quite awhile, let alone in the NMI forum. One thing I have noticed over the years I've been a Moderator on this site and the CBR300Forum.com, is that occasionally new members tend to go beyond the basics in terms of the content/details in their introduction post, which then in turn tends to shift the thread away from being a simple "meet & greet" and into a discussion thread, which invariably invites the inherent opinions that go along with a discussion thread.
I also believe that there is perhaps a tendency by some veteran members to assume that new members are clueless/green where motorcycles are concerned, which IMO is an unfair assumption to make about someone who is new to the site. And that's not just speculation on my part, as I experienced the same when I first joined this site back in 2012.
At the end of the day, I think that these sorts of conflicts could be avoided (particularly in the NMI forum), if new members would limit the content/information in their first post to the basics... things like where they are from, how long they've been riding motor bikes, etc. In other words, save all the questions about "mods", specific topics, and everything else they want to do to their CBR250R for the regular discussion forums.
And to the regular members on the site, let's try cutting our new members joining the site a little slack in their NMI posts, and save our opinions and civil
discourse for the regular forums.
Thanks in advance for everyone's consideration regarding these matters.