Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

    • Chris Type R
    • By Chris Type R 6th Aug 18, 1:30 PM
    • 16Posts
    • 1Thanks
    Chris Type R
    New User URL
    • #1
    • 6th Aug 18, 1:30 PM
    New User URL 6th Aug 18 at 1:30 PM
    It seems I'm unable to post using URLs or image URLs.

    I've searched for the message "Sorry as a new user you are not allowed to post with links. This is done to stop spammers clogging up the site. Please edit your message below to continue." but cannot find any guidance as to how 'new user' might be determined.

    I've received my 9 year membership badge, so it doesn't seem to be based on account age.
Page 1
    • TadleyBaggie
    • By TadleyBaggie 6th Aug 18, 2:02 PM
    • 2,981 Posts
    • 2,294 Thanks
    • #2
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:02 PM
    • #2
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:02 PM
    It's based on how long you have been a register user AND how many posts you have to your name. The rules for this are not public. This is from the "Forum Rules":

    Forum users who've been registered for less than a certain number of days with less than a certain number of posts have this under their username when they post. We hope it helps other, more regular forum users be more tolerant of new users who may ask questions that seem obvious to them.

    New forum users can't initially post links. This is to help deter spammers advertising on our forum. The point at which forum users will be able to post links is "top secret" for the same reason
    • Chris Type R
    • By Chris Type R 6th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
    • 16 Posts
    • 1 Thanks
    Chris Type R
    • #3
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
    • #3
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
    Ok, thanks for answering the question.

    I think the error message could do with improvement - but I expect the instances of users with long standing accounts who have not posted often enough is low.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 6th Aug 18, 2:30 PM
    • 9,313 Posts
    • 22,175 Thanks
    MSE Andrea
    • #4
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:30 PM
    • #4
    • 6th Aug 18, 2:30 PM
    Hi Chris Type R.

    As TadleyBaggie has mentioned it's a combination of post count and length of time since the forum was joined.

    The message is aimed at new forum members but is used universally and does, in a few instances, affect longer term forum users who may have joined a while ago but not posted much.

    Could you do with a Money Makeover?

    Follow MSE on other Social Media:
    MSE Facebook, MSE Twitter, MSE Deals Facebook, MSE Deals Twitter, Forum Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
    Join the MSE Forum
    Get the Free MoneySavingExpert Money Tips E-mail
    Report inappropriate posts: click the report button
    Point out a rate/product change
    Flag a news story:
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,811Posts Today

7,189Users online

Martin's Twitter