I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but recently it feels like new members have a much more difficult and confusing task getting approved for the site. When you look at the instructions for gaining approval here: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=5.msg5#msg5
the recent focus seems to be on c & d, your Sexual Preferences and Sexual Nature and Limits. This is not necessarily a bad thing in itself as it can be very revealing about a newcomers maturity. However, the instructions/guidelines posted by Lilac then say:While the above factors won't be used to screen people (unless you can't say you're over 18...), writing quality will.
At the moment it feels like that c & d are being used to screen people as approval to Elliquiy is rarely granted until a newcomer has been quizzed about their preferences and limits in further detail and answered such questions satisfactorily. I think an inconsistent message is being sent to new members about how they are approved for full membership. One one hand, the rules/guidelines state that writing quality is used to screen people, but it could easily be perceived that providing satisfactory answers about Sexual Preferences and Limits is the real determinant for approval. I can imagine some players being put off, thinking they have met the requirements to gain approval, only to find more questions/hurdles placed in front of them.
If this is really a problem and not just me, perhaps I could suggest two solutions:
1. Don't focus on the answers to Sexual Preferences and Limits so much, but on writing quality of the responses.
2. Change the rules/guidelines to provide greater detail of what is required in the responses so a new member can more easily judge what is being looked for in their responses.