So last night a friend of mine who just joined (yet keeps posting but ends up in the moderation queue) said that he's getting this message when trying to post. "Due to abuse in the Mod of the Month Polls we have introduced a limit in the Article Discussion forum. As much as we like to welcome new members, we need to ensure that voting is fair by limiting it to regular readers and contributors. For this reason we are introducing the following restrictions: Firstly let me address the part about abusing the polls. It's no secret that during my years on the internet I have picked up a lot of internet friends. I also posted on Twitter, asking my personal friends and family to join up and vote for me. I can't see anything wrong in that, given that when we vote as a country our politicians rally for (and advertise for on the TV at the most annoying times !) votes. I can absolutely assure you 100% that every single user that joined up and voted for me is accountable for on various other forums on the internet and I could prove this beyond refutable doubt by linking to accounts on other forums with plenty of active posts. However, because of what I said above about voting being democratic I should not have to. How can there possibly be anything wrong with asking my friends and family to vote for me? it's not even like I have done so on this forum or any other forum ! I've seen mod of the month nominees asking for votes publically before. The second issue. Why is it that B-T seems to be doing everything in its power to stop people joining up and becoming part of this amazing forum? my friend Gareth (Cenedd) has been trying to actively join the community but keeps having to wait in the moderation queue. I can absolutely vouch for him 100% he's the person who has basically held my hand through every stage of my build. I see lots of people complaining that B-T is a shadow of its former self, how there are hardly any members left etc. Surely you should be promoting it rather than locking it behind a door?