I joined the forum a long time ago but didn't get active until recently when I was figuring out which new fronts to buy for my HT. I appreciated the "reviews" and found I liked the conversations and have chimed in on a few threads on different topics.
Meanwhile, I wasn't interested in buying anything used, but I saw a couple of things for sale that I was just curious to read about. But I was unable to even look at those items because I didn't have 100 posts.
It's understandable why club members would want to prevent crashers from selling gear on the forum, but why stop those of us less talkative types from even checking out something for sale? And why prevent legitimate club member-sellers from reaching the widest possible universe of potential buyers?
As a point of reference, there are other forums one can visit, including a cycling forum I belong to, where you don't even need to be registered to view the for-sale items, much less meet a posting minimum. You have to register to reply to the poster but that's about as high as the hurdle gets.
I like this forum and its members, but this policy is not very welcoming. PS: Does it count that I have *read* over 100 posts?