Originally Posted by h0lic
Wow you didn't have to make a whole thread about me Sam... an IM would've done it, geez. :P
Eh seriously though, before the contest started there were less people trafficking these forums, the majority being nice and honest. Since the contest launch we have gained a great deal of the same type of nice and honest members, but when you release video content on the scale we have and mention the word free there were bound to be some dishonest people joining for the sole purpose to take the hookah tobacco and run. Personally I would've liked to see all the members "accidently" ghosting ancient threads banned if only to prevent them from screwing over Jonathan and SSC in the future. Problem with that is it doesn't promote a very friendly accepting community. I really appreciate SSC helping to launch us further into the internets. I enjoy this community the most and there will be more videos to come after the contest is over. As for the ones who requested samples from Jonathan from SSC (or Mahir from Nazarhookah for that matter) and have yet to post anything in the form of video- the world is full of scammers, and a lot of them hang out on the internet. Trust me, I'm sure they saw they ban coming before the sent the sample request. Maybe some of them will decide they like it here and post a few reviews to escape Dunkel's quest for heads. Probably not. Sorry people like this help hold a community back from future opportunities as generous as SSC's contest.
Just to be clear, I agree w/the jist of your post. However we can't simply ban members for revisiting old threads. The reason we have such an archive is so members new and old can use them as they see fit whether it be for refference or simply to comment. The date on a thread doesn't necessarily diminish its relevance. Our archive is one of the largest and wide ranging on the web and we encourage members to use it as they see fit. Now that's not to say there hasn't been some hanky panky regarding necros. And when it is blattant, it is dealt with. But all in all it hasn't been too serious a problem imo.