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Book piracy?

  1. Nov 29, 2008 #1

    mathwonk

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    a thread entitled "expensive books for free" in academic guidance, links to a site offering free copies of popular texts like rudin's principles of analysis, and bragging that "book piracy is not a bad thing".

    If this is indeed a piracy site, I suggest it does not belong on here.
     
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  3. Nov 29, 2008 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Please report these threads and they will be deleted.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2008 #3

    mathwonk

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    i did not know how to do that. do you just click on the button called "report"?

    ok i found the instructions as the very last paragraph of the "global guidelines".
     
  5. Nov 29, 2008 #4

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    Yes, that's it. Anytime you see a questionable post/topic, you can use the report button to let the mentors know what your concerns are and we can decide how to deal with it.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2008 #5

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    thank you. i guess i never made it all the way to the bottom of the guidelines before, but now i have.

    feel free to delete this thread since it seems inappropriately placed.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2008 #6

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    No need, I don't think. It may be useful to someone else new who needs to know what to do with the "report" button.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2008 #7

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    One issue is that "Report" says
    . One can easily interpret this as being for only a subset of PF Guideline violations.

    Pointing us towards a pirate site isn't spam, it's not advertising (I gathered it was someone else's site), it wasn't harassment, fighting or rude and it wasn't unappropriated. (I'm not quite sure how a message can be unappropriated anyway)
     
  9. Nov 30, 2008 #8

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    It was inapproriate in that it advertised something illicit.
     
  10. Nov 30, 2008 #9

    Vanadium 50

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    I agree that it is inappropriate. But that's not what the message says.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2008 #10

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    This is a passage from the PF Guidelines:

    So it is a direct violation of the Guidelines.

    The REPORT button should be used, despite what it says, on anything that a member feels shouldn't be happening on PF. When in doubt, use it. We will tell you if it is OK and need not be reported in the future.

    Zz.
     
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  12. Nov 30, 2008 #11

    Doc Al

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    You're right. The message that appears when the "Report Post" button is clicked is in desperate need of revision. (I suspect that it's a "canned message" that comes with the vbulletin software, but hopefully Greg can figure out how to edit it.)
     
  13. Nov 30, 2008 #12

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    I honestly have never read the report message. Only you, Vanadium, would read that and see the error. :biggrin: Hopefully Greg can fix it.
     
  14. Nov 30, 2008 #13

    Kurdt

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    I'm sure I've mentioned it before :tongue:
     
  15. Nov 30, 2008 #14

    Doc Al

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    We've definitely discussed this before. It got lost in the shuffle, I suspect.
     
  16. Nov 30, 2008 #15

    Redbelly98

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    I've mentioned it before, and was told to simply ignore that warning. So now I report messages that have attachments pending approval, or should get moved to another subforum.

    Some stuff does not violate guidelines, but still benefits from members reporting it. It would be good if that message Vanadium mentioned could be changed to reflect this.
     
  17. Nov 30, 2008 #16

    Evo

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    No, it's the word "unappropriated" instead of "inappropriate".
     
  18. Nov 30, 2008 #17

    Moonbear

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    Yes, that's been there for forever. I think we've asked Greg about it before, and it's not something he can change. It just comes with the software...incorrect words and all. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Nov 30, 2008 #18

    Danger

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    Sorry... it was a poor attempt at a pun. :redface:
     
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