I am so sad. I checked just now (as I was making progress towards the Marketplaza application prerequisites as of the date that I joined tPF), found the updated rules for applying, and saw that the new requirements are 5 months and 500 posts...I'm sure a lot of you who have thousands of posts are thinking, just suck it up and I'm trying. It's just that my goal is now 4 months away instead of right around the corner. I wish I had joined earlier. ush: I searched and read the history behind the decisions to increase entrance requirements now and previously, so I understand why something had to change. A major part of the reason I want to join is the peace of mind that Vlad, Megs, and everyone who contributed to the decision is trying to protect. I appreciate that, but I'm wondering if there is another method to help safeguard authentic tPFers. As I have said before, please put the Donate link back and I would love to contribute to the costs of this forum. Maybe a PayPal secured link for purchases where they guarantee items, or use some of the $ to hire someone to concentrate on vetting all participants and transactions thoroughly, or allow everyone to buy (but not sell, obvi) after a certain amount of time (like a pre-sale) for full MP members to have first dibs on an item? Okay, yes, I'm clearly going off the rails thinking so hard, but I'm going to be looking for a good solution and I'll try hard to be a big girl about it until then. May take some time, lol. I definently need a new bag to make me feel better!