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Hi. I was looking how can I get a bit more professional help with script/RPG Maker for money. I found that you have hidden subforum called Classifieds. But atm its locked for ppl with less then 30 posts if Im correct. I know it was made to stop people from posting ads. But I dont understand why its hidden instead to be locked for creating a Post Thread. I would like to see people posts in that forum. In order to do so I have to write another 19 posts just to unlock it?
 

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I think part of the idea behind requiring ~30 posts to even see Classifieds was that unscrupulous people were commissioning work from artists/programmers (via PM, which is how business is usually done once you see the thread in Classifieds), taking the work for their game, and then not paying up for the work that was done. It was happening too often, so we implemented to restrictions to stop non-members and new members from taking advantage of longstanding resource makers.

I personally think that the benefit to showing Classifieds to everyone is worth the risk, and this rule is something we re-examine from time to time. But the majority feeling among our staff is that the risk of less-established members abusing the Classifieds is too impactful (because it happened too often and was really messy to sort out).
 

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Ok I got it. Tho I don't think 30posts would help any artists/programmers from being scammed. It will reduce yes.

Ok Then I will try do some usefull posts to unlock that. For now I have to be happy with RPGM Discord.
 

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I dont think just post them as new threads, but also usefull solutions for problems
other may have.

if you are able to help them with usefull replies, it will also unlock that section :)
 

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Yes sorry. I meant replies. Not creating new Threads
 

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In short, the Classifieds are meant to be a privilege for participating members. Too many people were only here to drum up business, not be a part of the community.
 

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I'm not criticizing goals . I'm criticising a method which was used to meet those goals. As I said. This method reduce by some percentages amount of scam ads. But it will not prevent any artists or programmers from being scammed. I can only think of using this forum for advertising commissions. But then use middleman service some sort of freelancer website for extra protection

In other words I would simply use this website to reach clients as an artist/programmer.
 

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When the issues started happening, it was just locked, but still visible. So the people abusing it changed from posting threads and replies in there, to PMing people who posted threads and replies in there. So the same activity was going on, and they were just doing it in private, which was even more concerning because then if issues arose (which is one of the reasons for the restriction in the first place), there was no longer any visibility to mods as to what was happening.

Even for people who aren't trying to take advantage of anyone, there are benefits to the 30 post requirement. You have 15 posts already (so half way there) and a third of them are in this thread. If I saw you post a request in classifieds, I wouldn't know who you are or what kind of person you are. I wouldn't know if you are reasonable to deal with, are good at explaining your requirements or answering questions I might ask you. Basically, I wouldn't know if I could take on your request and then regret it because you're such a hard person to work with. It doesn't seem like you would be :) But I have offered to help a small number of people and later wished I hadn't gone anywhere near them (so much that I have blocked them so that I don't post in their "help me" threads again before I remember who they are). Taking a bit of time to build up that "this is who I am" by being active in other areas is good for future working relationships.
 
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Make sense. I did lose lots of my time trying to help individuals too. Not exacly same case. But I get your point. I will just hang out on forum. Catch here and there those sweet posts.

Thanks Thread ready to close. We exhausted a subject I suppose
 

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