What I need to do in my forum is to restrict some forums/categories based on minimum number of member posts.
The Ranks could be a way of doing this, since you can advance through ranks with # of posts...
However, I see no connection between Ranks & Roles and in the forums you can only set Roles access to forums...
Other forums have this functionality, and I think it would be great to have eg "Minimum Rank allowed to post/see" as a forum parameter...
If it's already possible to do, I would like to know how... 😉
I've been using two Role's to help block out spam. One for new registered users that can access only one section. Once they post a topic there, between 3 and 5 minutes they will be promoted to Registered role where they can have normal access throughout the site. I have a process that runs on a separate machine that checks for any new users with 1 post on the probation role. if it finds one, it promotes it.
But having this part of YAF would be a win win win win.
The ideal logic for me would be to:
1 - Force brand new members with 0 posts to a special topic (as you do) for introduction.
2 - Enable certain forums/categories automatically by different minimum number of posts in the forum, I do this for certain features on the rest of my site...
I know it's a "perfect world" scenario, but we are allowed to dream about it - aren't we? 😄