A long-time web developer myself, I recently got the need to get some web design work done. I came across WebProWorld forums and based on the active community and rather high quality topics, I thought that the "Services for Sale/Hire" forum would be a good place to post and ask if there were interested web designers.
However, starting from four days ago (?), it seems the sub-forum now only accepts work offers from "members in good standing who qualify for Signature links". As a new forum member, I have no idea what that means, and based on a quick scan of this Guidelines forum it seems to involve writing some thousands of posts or maybe being a member for a few years. Overall, to a newcomer, the reputation system seems somewhat elitist and inward-turned, but maybe that's the way the active members of this community want it to be.
Personally, I don't tend to post that much even of the forums I often frequent, and will definitely not be putting the effort to gain sufficient rating to "qualify for Signature links" to get my web design offer posted. I suspect this will be the case for any person wanting to do the same, who isn't already an active WebProWorld forum member "in good standing".
Effectively this means the "Services for Sale/Hire" sub-forum will only be for insiders who want to do some work or get something done. Maybe this is the way the admins have wanted that to be. Just thought to post this in case the matter does ignite some discussion.
In case you really want it to be this way, I would at least like the recently posted Sticky (I would add a link to help the readers but it seems as a newbie I'm not allowed to do that either!) to be updated with links to the reputation system and "level cap" for the "Signature links" so people would know what is required.
Maybe the post could even say "One-time job offers are not welcome in this forum".
-Joonas (a newcomer to the forums and not feeling very welcome)