I have noticed over a period of time that we have members that just join the Forum, don't make any posts, download what they want and never hear from them again.
Additionally, there are members that are not that active, maybe just want to ask a question from time to time, nothing wrong with that, but don't really make any big contribution to the Forum by means of posting. For these reasons I am going to put in place policies, anything from not having any download rights, delaying the start of a download according to the number of posts and of course unrestricted.
When in the actual Forum itself, you can see on the left side of the Forum you have an Avatar, it might be the default one or it could be one you have uploaded. Above that, you have your Username and below the Avatar you have whether the Member is Online, Away, Offline etc, then Members Ranking which is ranked as Follows:
|Level||Graphic||Posts||Download Limit||Download Speed||Start Delay|
|New Member||0 - 19||No Restriction||256kb/sec||240 Seconds|
|Junior Member||20 - 39||No Restriction||512kb/sec||180 Seconds|
|Senior Member||40 - 79||No Restriction||1mb/sec||120 Seconds|
|Premium Member||80 - 159||No Restriction||No Restriction||90 Seconds|
|Elite Member||160 - 319||No Restriction||No Restriction||60 Seconds|
|Platnium Member||320+||No Restriction||No Restriction||30 Seconds|
|Administrator||N/A||No Restriction||No Restriction|
|Moderator||N/A||No Restriction||No Restriction|
|Spammer||N/A||Get a Life! Very Long Start Delay 1 File/Month||10kb/sec|
|Banned||N/A||No chance! No Access whatsoever||N/A|
When reaching Platnium Member there is a 30 second delay for downloads which can be removed if you have a Signature setup and are no longer using the default Avatar. The Signature is quite important as it helps other Members give a more informed response to posts you have made.
The restrictions are not set in stone and therefore can be changed for members that have a proven track record by means of discussion/contribution within the Forum.
In addition Uploads can be arranged for Projects or Files that are considered appropriate and worth sharing with other members, just let me know and I will see what can be done.