I am wondering what guests are allowed to do prior to joining as a member. Can they look up all forums? Or are some for members only ? Can they access the publc profiles of the members ? Are they allowed to ask any questions, should they have any concerns ? Persistant Pete
Visitors to the site can see everything you can see. They can see all the forums and everything that is posted. The only thing they can't do is post something on the forum. To post anything on the forums visitors need to sign up and become a member first.
Its been a long time since I signed up but I seem to recall it being a pretty painless process.
They cannot have a photo album, though if they send me a photo they can have it added to the pics pages.
They cannot use "Find a Partner."
They can subscribe to a thread.
Yes they can view profiles ( I have always recommended hiding your email if you do not want it to show in your profile).
They cannot post an article.
They cannot post a story.
I think that just about covers everything.
As a side note - about 3 years ago, we had another Minnesota fishing website that had gathered emails from our users that had their emails showing and started sending them emails to to try to get them to join their forum. This is why we recommend you choosing to not show your email. Most of the users who own businesses want their email to show up in their profiles, but for everyone else, it is best not to show it.
Also, if you think that we should hide our profiles to all guests, this is definitely something we would consider, considering all the crap on the Web these days. In fact, you bring up a good point and maybe this is something we should do. As in the past, we could bring it up in a vote (we are a democracy here) and see what others have to say. I think I would vote yes for doing something like this.