I don’t see anything ridiculous here.
You only have to enter a few topics and read a few posts while being logged in to get to basic user status and be able to post more than two link. Or you can simply post a second post with more links.
This is a forum feature to somewhat restrict spam bots.
And @David1: This is also a good feature I’d say. Imagine you are reading a topic because you are interested in what is being discussed there but you have to go through hundreds of posts with no real content, only “okay”, “thanks”, “yes”, “I agree”, etc.
A lot of that can be expressed with the like button under each post without littering the topic.
@smaragdus I’m sorry to hear you got into troubles with our forum software. As @anon99929151 said, that’s to block spam bots. For now, I bumped your user level manually so that you should now be able to post text with more than two links.
This may be a bit off-topic. I am new to Android, F-Droid and GitLab (I feel a bit uncomfortable at GitLab- I find GitHub more intuitive and easy to use but this is subjective). I work almost exclusively on desktop (I do a lot of beta testing and bug reporting on Windows) and I do not think that I will be able to contribute that much on Android. My humble contribution might be just posting notifications about updates when I notice that some programs on F-Droid lag behind the latest versions. I plan to migrate from Android to LineageOS in the future but currently I don’t have time to do the necessary research (I don’t even know whether F-Droid client would work under LineageOS). I don’t use many apps on Android but I have found real gems on F-Droid (for example DroidFish). Thank you for your explanations and advices.
Thank you for your kindness. I know that fighting spam is a hard task and I also know that as a side effect innocent, well-intentioned users got punished. I am a causal visitor here and I am aware that I have to observe the rules. I was frustrated because I spent some time to produce a relevant first post and it was automatically rejected. On other forums I have seen different precautions against spam, for example the first post by a new user is not published before it is manually reviewed and accepted by a moderator, I find this approach better. There is one more thing that I do not like about this forum:
This topic will close 2 months after the last reply.
For me this is Reddit-like. On other forums I have replied to 10 years old threads where the last post was 5 years old. In my opinion a thread might be old yet relevant.
I have one last question- are topics not fully related to F-Droid accepted here (for example questions about open source apps not included in F-Droid)?
I don’t know of a way to make this the default, but it does happen sometimes - I believe usually when a first post is written very fast (so copy-paste).
For a huge forum I don’t think it would be an option to have every first post by a user go through a review process, but here it would probably be manageable. We have had 115 new users in the past month and only 31 users who made their first post - so about one a day.
We could ask in the Discourse forum if this can be set up somehow.
Uff, one per day would still be much. I saw an option where we can force that all first posts of new users must be manually approved, so that would be an option. But imho it would be better if new users could post like they do now, and only if Discourse thinks a post is spam, we had to approve it. However, upon searching the admin settings and the web, I did not find any option to do this.
By the way, I looked at @smaragdus’ post and what’s really weird is that the posts only contains links to github.com and f-droid.org, but for years I’ve put those domains in Discourse’s white list, so that they should never block an user’s post…
Thanks for handling and closing this issue. I opened a new one. Is it enough to just open an issue or it should also be announced in the forum?
@NicoAlt & @anon99929151
I can see that here the moderators are friendly and helpful, for me this is important, I am a novice here and I don’t know many things but I have good intentions to contribute my tiny share to F-Droid community.