Still, not a single argument as to how this is gonna help protect this site and its users from trolls and pro-lifers.
Quite frankly the person who got banned yesterday was oberstepping the line many times and clearly didnt take this forum serious. That aside, I really dont see where all these trolls are that everyone is talking about. If trolls are such a big issue making a seperate forum for established members is arguably worse because they will just prey on more vulnerable members who arent able to see through their charade.
In regards to the pro-lifers they will always have enough screenshotting material from the goodbye threads, so how about just making those member only? Of course they can always just create an account...But again they have no power over this site.
This is a very bad move and will eventually hurt the people who need this site the most. If its not that important and wont be used much, why do many want in so badly?
It's not a secret club or elite; It's for established members to be able to have a private place to have discussions. There are only a couple of threads in there right now. The forum wasn't made because of trolls because we've never had a big troll problem in the first place.
The requirements aren't that high, but you have to have been here for some time before gaining access.
Post count doesn't matter too much, but there are other requirements that one must meet, such as being a member for a certain amount of time.