Table of contents New member limitations Restricted account limitations Thread limitations Close (lock) and open (unlock) own threads Active (open) threads limits Post limitations Limits on multiple posts by the same account ("bumps") Time limit on editing own content Indicator of post edits Post Reactions Signature limitations Profile pictures (avatars) How to close a thread New member limitationsTo keep our website safe from abuse and spam, we place limits on new accounts. The limits are outlined below. To remove these restrictions, new members (denoted by the title "New Member") should post high-quality and helpful content on NamePros.com until their account is automatically granted access to these features. The special privileges on NamePros are granted to members who have a history of contributing to the community. Or, new members may upgrade their account to bypass the New Member restrictions immediately. Threads in specific sections ("forums") New members cannot create threads (e.g., new discussions) in the following sections, but they can post replies to existing threads: Domain News Promotional Website Reviews & Appraisals Web Design Reviews External Domain & Website Sales External Adult Sales and Advertising Posts and threads in all sections New members are limited in the number of threads and posts they can create in a short period of time. These rate limits help to prevent spam that is common among new accounts. Rate limits control the speed (how quickly) new content can be posted, similar to speed limits on the road. Polls New members cannot create polls, but they can vote in existing polls. Direct Messages ("Conversations") New members have limitations when it comes to direct messages, e.g., adding more people to a conversation is disabled. There are also rate limits in place to help prevent spam that is common among new accounts. Rate limits control the speed (how quickly) new conversations and messages can be sent, similar to speed limits on the road. Profile Posts Only established members may post on another member's profile. Chat You must be an established member to use chat. New members should continue to use the forums, and they'll automatically be granted permission to chat once they've established themselves as a NamePros contributor. Attachments New members are only permitted to attach files in these sections: Marketplace » Domain Names Includes: Top Domains; Domain Auctions; Fixed Price; Make an Offer; New gTLD; ccTLD; Creative: Finance, Lease, Trade; Traffic Domains; Bargain Bin; IDN; Adult Domains For Sale Marketplace » Websites For Sale Includes: Adult Websites For Sale Marketplace » Websites Wanted and Web Development Marketplace » Design Contests Marketplace » Designs and Multimedia Help Desk » Contact NamePros (and sub-sections) Links New members cannot add links to their posts, but they can add domain names to their posts. Links typically begin with http://, https://, ftp://, or www. Email addresses, which contain @, are also considered links, because they're turned into links when posted. Tip: In order to quote posts by other members, new members must remove all links from within quoted posts before they will be able to reply. Signatures New members must wait a few days before they can create a signature for their posts and profile. Tags / Topics New members are limited by when and where they can add tags/topics to content. Profile Field: Home Page New members cannot add their website to the Home Page field of their profile. Upgrade New members may upgrade their account to bypass the restrictions above. Upgrading your account indicates to us that you are serious about becoming a valuable member of our community and you will follow the rules accordingly. Restricted account limitationsRestricted accounts have many of the same limitations as New Members Thread limitationsClose (lock) and open (unlock) own threadsCommunity threads cannot be opened (unlocked) or closed (locked) by their creators; they belong to the community once published. However, there are types of threads that can be opened and closed by their creators. Sections where creators can open/close their own threads Domain Appraisal (and sub-sections) Website Reviews and Appraisals Insiders Club » Professional Appraisals Adult » Adult Reviews and Appraisals Marketplace (and sub-sections) Insiders Club » Exclusive Marketplace (and sub-sections) Adult » Adult Marketplace (and sub-sections) Available Domain Names Expired Domains and Expiring Domains Free Domain Names Contests and Online Fun NP$ Active (open) threads limitsThere are a few sections that limit how many active threads that members can have open at one time. Once you reach the limit in those sections, you must close an existing thread of yours before you can create a new thread. Sections with varying thread limits based on account level The marketplace (except Top Domains) and appraisal sections limit the number of active threads that members can have open at one time. The active thread limit for each membership level is displayed on the Account Levels page. Sections with static thread limits for all account levels Available Domain Names: 3 active threads. Expired Domains and Expiring Domains: 3 active threads. Free Domain Names: 3 active threads. Contests and Online Fun: Unlimited. NP$ (and sub-sections): Unlimited. Most sections: Unlimited. Post limitationsLimits on multiple posts by the same account ("bumps")There are sections on NamePros in which we do not allow more than a specific number of posts a day by the same member in their own thread/s ("bumping"). This practice is known as "bumping" because it is used to move ("bump") a thread to the first page and the top of a section's list of threads, increasing its visibility, which happens in most sections when a reply is posted in a thread. A bump can also cause a thread to appear on discovery pages that get it more views, such as New Posts and Recent Activity. As a result, only a limited number of bumps are given to members based on their account level and/or the section of their post. Once you run out of available bumps, you can upgrade your account to get more bumps or wait until the next day (24 hours after your last successful bump). For example, if your bump limit is 1 bump a day, then at least 24 hours must pass from your previous post that successfully bumped before you will be able to bump again. However, you could purchase a Gold Account to bump again sooner without having to wait a day. Bump limits apply to thread creators in their own threads. Rule 1.14 applies to all other members in threads that are not their own and they may not post in those threads solely for the purpose of bumping. In other words, if you did not create the thread, then you may only post in it when appropriate, such as posting in it to ask a question, place a bid, make an offer, claim a free domain name, express gratitude, or participate in a contest. Bump limit by account level and sections Appraisal sections: view Marketplace sections: view Sections that limit the frequency of bumps per thread for all account levels Available Domain Names: 2 bumps a day. Expired Domains and Expiring Domains: 2 bumps a day. Free Domain Names: 4 bumps a day. Assorted Lists of Domains: 2 bumps a day. Domain Coupons and Offers: Unlimited but rule 1.14 applies. Contests and Online Fun: Unlimited but rule 1.14 applies. NP$: 2 bumps a day. All other sections: rule 1.14 applies. Time limit on editing own contentDepending on your account level, account status, and where you post on NamePros, you may be able to edit your content for a period of time after posting it. Once an edit window closes for a particular post, the "Edit" link on your post will disappear. The edit time frames are defined below. Time limit by account level on editing own messages in all Conversations Restricted Members: 0 minutes (disabled) New Members: 5 minutes Established Members and higher: 5 minutes Time limit on editing own posts and titles in all sections unless otherwise specified Restricted Members: 0 minutes (disabled in all sections) New Members: 15 minutes Established Members and higher: 30 minutes Time limit on editing own posts and titles in specific sections for all account levels News (and sub-sections): 5 hours (posts only). NamePros Blog: 1 hour for Trusted Bloggers (titles only). Warnings and Alerts: 7 days (titles only). Domain Appraisal (and sub-sections): Unlimited. Website Reviews and Appraisals: Unlimited. Marketplace (and sub-sections unless otherwise specified): Unlimited. Top Domains: Never; members must contact support to request edits. Learn more. Free Domain Names: Unlimited. Domain Coupons and Offers: 7 days (posts only). Insiders Club (and sub-sections unless otherwise specified): 7 days. Exclusive Marketplace (and sub-sections): Unlimited. Professional Appraisals: Unlimited. Reviews (and sub-sections): 7 days. Adult (and sub-sections unless otherwise specified): 7 days. Adult Marketplace (and sub-sections): Unlimited. Adult Reviews and Appraisals: Unlimited. Contests and Online Fun: Unlimited (posts only). The Break Room: 7 days. (After 7 days, edit requests may be granted if the change does not disrupt the purpose or flow of the discussion). The PRO Network (and sub-sections): Unlimited. ICA Forums (and sub-sections): Unlimited. NP$: Unlimited. Practice and Test Features: Unlimited. Advertising on NamePros: Unlimited. Exceptions On the rare occasion that your content is automatically detected as potentially being spam (includes false positives), you will not be able to edit that particular content. This will not affect your other content that does not appear to be spam. Indicator of post editsThis indicator applies to posts only; it does not show when the title of a thread is edited. Last edited: is shown in the bottom right of a post when the poster edits it. Last edited by a moderator: is shown in the bottom right of a post when a moderator edits another member's post. No indicator is shown when a post is edited within the first minute of it being posted. Post ReactionsReactions to posts (e.g., Like, Dislike, and Thank) are enabled in most sections (e.g., news, reviews, and contests) except in most marketplace sections. Reactions are disabled in most of the marketplace's for-sale listings to avoid dislikes from negatively impacting sales listings. The following sections in the marketplace have reactions enabled because less-traditional listings appear in them, such as promotional discussions and showcases: Promotional External Domain and Website Sales Signature limitations Images are not allowed. Embedded media is not allowed. Lists are not allowed. Block tags (code, quote, etc) are not allowed. The number of lines and links varies based on your Account Level. Profile pictures ("avatars")Members must set an avatar (profile picture) on their account before they can fully participate (e.g., post links) on NamePros. Exceptions are made for VIP and upgraded members. How do I close an active/open thread?The instructions are provided within the Threads guide.