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RobertSzabo
06-01-2011, 03:12 PM
All new users are now immediately confirmed after the initial email verification but with limitations. I wont go into details about the limitations (why make it easier for the spammers) but you will know what they are when you start using the forum. These limitations are only temporary and will go away in a short time depending on your activity and conduct.

I cleaned out ALL USERS that were waiting to be validated before the date of June 1, 2011.

If you were on the wait list and didnt get approved just signup again.

This time there will be no wait.

Thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Bob Szabo

MissElizabeth
07-24-2011, 12:51 AM
Sir,

May I ask how long the probation period should be expected to last? Granted, I just registered about an hour ago, but I've followed this forum with my fiance for several months and wanted to set up an account of my own. Is there a way to prove that I'm not a spammer to gain more access? I tried to update my profile to provide more personal information, but am denied access.

I am interested in posting information about a couple dresses I own and would like to sell to serious reenactors and I know that this forum is the best place to find the audience I seek. I would love to keep my posting off of eBay and Craigslist if at all possible so I will only attract serious inquiries and not those hunting for Halloween "costumes". You response is greatly obliged.

Regards,
Elizabeth

Florida11061
08-11-2011, 03:17 PM
Sirs,
I'm a long time living historian who has fallen on hard times and decided to leave the hobby. I understand that I have just joined this group, but I have many good items from my kit that I would like to try to sell as soon as I can. I will be sure to donate a portion of my proceeds back to this site for allowing me that privilege. I am just curious as to when I'll be able to post in that section of the forum?
Thank You and Best Regards,
Calen Smith
Pierson, FL

PrincessPeriwinkle
09-19-2011, 09:16 PM
I'm with MissElizabeth--I have a wedding dress to sell. I registered over 24 hours ago, responded to the verification email but still cannot post.

Spinster
09-20-2011, 12:21 AM
I see that several inquires have collected here, that I've somehow missed and and Bob is on the road most of the time.

First and foremost, The Civil War Reenactors Forums are devoted to discussing the period, reenacting issues, history and such. We encourage participation in discussions.

We're glad to provide a venue for sales, but we do require a certain number of posts in the discussion forums before a member can post in the sales forums. In part, we do this to aid in protecting our users, as some high ticket items change hands here.

Somehow, I would not be quick to make a substantial purchase from someone who had not demonstrated a knowledge of the period, and had joined solely to sell.

Junior Members can post as soon as they've completed the verification process--but each post must be read and approved by a moderator. Sometimes this happens within minutes---other times you hit a fine fall weekend in which every one of these volunteers are at events or are otherwise pursuing their non-electronic lives.

PrincessPeriwinkle
09-20-2011, 07:56 PM
Dear Spinster,

Thank you very much for your reply. I can certainly understand your fierce guardianship of the site against spam.

My husband, son and I were very active reenactors to the extent of even having a Civil War style wedding where everyone came in costume. My husband, unfortunately, died just after our third wedding anniversary. That was nearly 22 years ago. I thought that it was time to part with my beautiful gown and wanted to post it on a site where the quality and the history of the dress would be recognized and appreciated. The dress was made by Harriet Engler, an outstanding seamstress known at the time throughout the U.S. for her exquisite designs.

In addition the dress was used for the Don Stivers' print entitled "Wedding at West Point." Like Miss Elizabeth, I wanted to avoid the generic Ebay and Craigslist venues and this site seemed like the perfect spot.


I no longer reenact and therefore cannot contribute to any discussions, which would qualify me to submit a classified ad post.

Best regards

JTPARKER
03-16-2012, 04:02 PM
Good Day,

I have been a longtime reader on this site but have never posted nor felt a need to. I have made a decision to exit the hobby and am looking to sell portions of my kits. What is the typical wait time before that is allowed.

Regards

JT Parker

Spinster
03-17-2012, 02:27 PM
The Civil War Reenactors Forums are first and foremost a discussion venue. Members are expected to contribute intellectually to the forums and be a participating part of the community. Some high dollar items change hand here on little more than good faith, Paypal, and the US Postal Service.

We like for sellers to be known members of the community.

Junior Members may not use the Classifieds until they have a certain number of approved posts in the discussion forums. We've recently raised that number in response to some problems we've had.

So, it's not a matter of waiting out a time frame. It's about participating, and taking the time to know our sales rules before jumping in. The same is true of other major Civil War Forums.

If you are no longer interested in the hobby, EBay is an excellent venue for volume sales at a small price.

In addition, Facebook has a group operated by Matthew Joe Mallory called The Trade Blanket. It has less restrictive rules and a multi-time period focus.


We hope you find something that meets your needs.

Radar
03-19-2012, 06:17 AM
The Civil War Reenactors Forums are first and foremost a discussion venue. Members are expected to contribute intellectually to the forums and be a participating part of the community. Some high dollar items change hand here on little more than good faith, Paypal, and the US Postal Service.

We like for sellers to be known members of the community.

Junior Members may not use the Classifieds until they have a certain number of approved posts in the discussion forums. We've recently raised that number in response to some problems we've had.

So, it's not a matter of waiting out a time frame. It's about participating, and taking the time to know our sales rules before jumping in. The same is true of other major Civil War Forums.

If you are no longer interested in the hobby, EBay is an excellent venue for volume sales at a small price.

In addition, Facebook has a group operated by Matthew Joe Mallory called The Trade Blanket. It has less restrictive rules and a multi-time period focus.


We hope you find something that meets your needs.

Very good. We have been hit with posters unloading their good in 3-4 advertisements, back to back, with less than 10 posts. It seems like "Hey I'm here and want to unload all my things, but don't care about participating". Good work mods.

cprljohnivey
06-20-2012, 11:06 AM
Hello,

I am a little behind the learning curve here. I am trying to access "my profile" so that I can set up some sort of auto-signature and it says I do not have access. How do I go about setting up my profile?

Also, It appears that my posts are also delayed in posting which I presume is due to needing moderator review and is a normal part of the validation process. I am not so worried about this at this time... just want to get my profile up and running.

Thanks,

Brad Ireland

Spinster
06-22-2012, 12:28 AM
Sorry Mr Ireland, that's just not possible at this point.

Junior Members may not access Profiles (their own, or anyone else's), utilize the Private Message system, or post in Sutler Row or the Classifieds.

Limited opportunity is given during initial registration process to fill some of the profile fields, but no other changes can be made until you have enough Moderator approved discussion posts to become a Registered User.

17th va
07-13-2012, 01:17 PM
you guys need to open up the classified section a little more, its obvious there are a ton of missed opportunities because people don't have time to sit and read all the discussions. the numbers don't lie, the classified section is the most popular part of this site, if you can't change this than please be more clear about trying to deter sales. I have been trying to list a enfield rifle and I was told NOT to use this website because of its ill run classifieds, now I see why you have a bad reputation amongst the reenactors I spoke with.

Provost-ADC
07-15-2012, 05:13 PM
Thank you for your opinion.

Junior Members are barred from using the classifieds. We do this to keep down spam, and to give a certain amount of protection to those purchasing here. Our sales depend on trust and honesty of those involved.

Our experience is that most troublesome sales are for high dollar items from sellers with very low post counts. We choose not to invite that trouble for our members.

Both we and the Authentic Campaigner require a minimum post count in order to sell, and both boards command a wide audience. Smaller boards have different requirements and may meet you needs.

FloridaHoosier
07-15-2012, 07:07 PM
you guys need to open up the classified section a little more, its obvious there are a ton of missed opportunities because people don't have time to sit and read all the discussions. the numbers don't lie, the classified section is the most popular part of this site, if you can't change this than please be more clear about trying to deter sales. I have been trying to list a enfield rifle and I was told NOT to use this website because of its ill run classifieds, now I see why you have a bad reputation amongst the reenactors I spoke with.

Let me be a little more blunt than Provost-ADC: This site is FIRST AND FOREMOST a site to share information, research, knowledge, and discuss aspects of the Civil War/War Between the States to better one's living history/reenacting impression. The sales forum is only a subsection of this overall forum, provided originally by Mr. Szabo as a courtesy in a day when it was harder to get quality goods than it is today. We have had issues in the past with people who only come on to sell items or those with lower post counts. By keeping one from selling right off, we are protecting those who use this site for its intended purpose. You are quite free to either follow the rules or leave. I'm sorry you feel we have a bad reputation, but quite frankly if you can't read the rules up front, we can't spoon feed you nor do we want to. In this case, the only "missed opportunity" seems to be your opportunity to make some money, not anyone's missed opportunity to learn something on the forum.