I'll explain it a bit more. Since we've lost so many of our great members over the last few years (of course when I wasn't here , and thank you all for staying! ) I'd like to see our great community get some new members who bring their own jokes and expertise. Many forums use restrictions and I understand why.
When done correctly (and we're experimenting here!) it should help in getting people to get to know us better.If of the 100 people who join there will be 10-20 (nice people )who decide to stay then it would be a great addition to the forum.
With this trick they are forced to signup and post and hopefully also will browse the forum so see what great content we have. Something they else maybe didn't even bother as they just want the information and then leave.
Of course this is just a method, but I'm also open to other suggestions! There are thousands of people who visit the site but only a little of them join us and become active posters, we'd like to change that! I'm very open to ideas so if you have a good/better idea, let me know, either here or by PM!
That said, please let me know if the post character restriction is too annoying, with a few complaints it will be lifted immediately, I'm not here to frustrate people I want to make the experience better. I'll leave the member frustration part over to other people who now have a proven track record
I might not be online a lot this weekened, so if the annoyance is too big you can also PM another Senior Admin, they are all aware of this!