When you are a new member your ability to use certain features is restricted.
This was initially introduced to safeguard members who desire an increased level of anonymity with their activity, but also to protect us from legal issues that may arise from making certain areas public.
The forums restricted are Altered States (drug talk), UKHippy Gatherings (our meets), The Bizarre Bazaar (classifieds), The Hot Seat (personal questions) and The Erogenous Zone (adults only).
Depending on the section, a member has to reach a post count of between 5 and 50 posts to have full access - but it's safe to assume that once a member has 50 posts they will be able to access every forum. Along with this, the amount of photos, attachments in posts, editing time, conversations and personal messages are also restricted to new members - this too increases as you become more active.
By making a donation a member will circumvent restrictions for the period of thirty days - this gives you time to catch up your post count, and creates a paper trail back to a real person for the sake of our security. Importantly it helps us to raise funds.
Nobody will miss out from not donating, and most of the community features are still available to non-donating members -- but because we rely on your generosity to survive, we highly encourage you support this website as much as you are able to do so.
Even if you have hit the post count target, there are still other benefits from donating - the full list is below:
Up to 500 conversations in your inbox
Invite up to 5 people into multi-participant conversations
Send 5000 character messages
Add up to 3 attachments to each message
Change your username every 30 days
Up to 200 images
Up to 10 Albums
Up to 100mb total space
Can restrict album access
Please note that these benefits expire after 30 days and you will need to make another donation to continue with them.