I had previously asked the forum whether a slight delay between registering for an account and posting would be helpful, but the consensus was negative for that idea. Some mentioned that new members might be urgently in need of fast answers, as they might be standing in a jewellery shop at the verge of making an expensive decision, so waiting 24 hours or whatever period would discourage new members.
At this point I'm wondering if people would be less averse to instituting a 24 hour delay for only those new members who register as Trade (which so many spammers do) because 1) it would not affect consumers at all, and 2) Trade members are less likely to need immediate assistance on Pricescope.
I like the thought process, but I have seen some people accidentally sign up as trade when they’re just customers, so they’d be stuck for 24h, though that’s not a huge consequence or anything in my opinion. That being said, I don’t know if there’s a meaningful number of new posters who have done that, so maybe it would be a good idea! The only other possible negatives (devil’s advocate here) are that a) that incentivises spammers to sign up as regular customers not trade, and b) there’s nothing stopping them from spamming from the second day onwards. Perhaps in conjunction with a no of posts per day ban it could work?