One of the things that is cool about this new system, I think, is that it has ‘Trust Levels’ that are earned as you begin to use the board. What this accomplishes is it tamps down the bots, spam and trolls and also encourages not only participation but the reading of other people’s topics and posts. As your trust level increases, so do the things that you are able to do on this board. For example, you can’t boardmail anyone when you first join the board, and until you get to the first trust level.
So the next question is likely, what do I need to do to increase my trust level - all new subscribers (except the first 50 here) start at level zero:
Level One - to get to this level you need to read 5 topics and 20 posts and spend at least 10 minutes on the board - not a big deal - After that you can post images and links and send boardmails.
Level Two - Enter (that means go into) 20 topics and read 100 posts and be a member of the board for 10 days. You also need to get one like, give one like, reply to three topics. Then you can do things like create wikis, access other parts of the board etc.
Level Three - more of the same
Level Four - Become a moderator etc.
We hope that keeps things fun, gives a little incentive to be a solid contributor on the board and keeps down the unwanted garbage that happens here.
Hope that makes sense.