Auzubillahi minash shaitan ir rajeem,
Bismillah ir rahman ir rahim,
To answer the genuine concerns from many board members, I am trying to explain what forum restrictions mean, and why these have been imposed.
We have approximately 35 forums in all on these boards and have broadly divided these into two categories.
25 different areas of discussion fall in the first category, where all members have complete access. The second category includes 10 forums, as listed in the opening post of this thread - here we discuss only religious-Islamic issues. In this second category, the newbies and many senior members cannot post. The protocol was to study the interest of newbies till they become a groupie, ie in a stay for 40 sincere posts. By the time a member becomes a groupie, the quality and subject of the 40 posts will decide weather s/he will gain access to the second category or not.
Seniority is not the criterion, but interests .... and administrators can change the access anytime.
We have to do this since the design of the boards does not allow any other strategy to keep out non religious posts from islamic forums, which were becoming a bother for serious muslims who come here to learn, understand and share about Islam.
If you are not seriously interested in Islamic issues from islamic perspectives, you will enjoy access to only the first category, where secular and interfaith discussions are accomodated.
It could be that some new groupies gain entry to the second category if their monitoring has been poor. If this becomes a bother to the memebers, please report and the mistakes shall be corrected promptly.
Wanu nazzilu minal Qurani ma huwa
Shafaa un wa rahmatun lil mo'mineena
wa la yaziduzzalimeena illa khasara.