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When is reporting posts helpful?

  1. Aug 27, 2005 #1

    honestrosewater

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    Is it really helpful to the staff for members to report obvious spam and such, using the 'report post' feature, or does it just become bothersome?
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2005 #2

    ZapperZ

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    It is never bothersome. While the staff usually can detect this, it is impossible to read all the messages all the time. We rely on the members to report such violations of our policies.

    To quote Smokey Bear, "Only YOU can prevent forrest fires!".

    Zz.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2005 #3

    JamesU

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    It's not really bothersome. it's there just in case. maybe if nobody reports a post, it won't get deleted because the mentors haven't read it, and maybe offend more people. I see it as a useful tool
     
  5. Aug 27, 2005 #4

    russ_watters

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    Just an fyi (people have asked before): while we typically don't respond to the reports (there isn't really a mechanism for doing that anyway), we do read every single one.
     
  6. Aug 27, 2005 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    We can't possibly monitor all threads 24/7. In fact, late last night we had some reports that were a great help.

    By all means, please report bad posts.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2005 #6

    Tom Mattson

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    Definitely, report any bad posts. You make us look much sharper than we really are by doing it. :tongue:
     
  8. Aug 27, 2005 #7

    JamesU

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    yes, spuij was getting annoying last night
     
  9. Aug 27, 2005 #8

    Pengwuino

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    .... is that codename for Pengwuino by any chance?
     
  10. Aug 27, 2005 #9

    JamesU

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    no, spuij posted in the guru topic, but his post was deleted. I quoted it tho.
     
  11. Aug 27, 2005 #10

    Pengwuino

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    ... I still suspect a conspiracy is afoot
     
  12. Aug 27, 2005 #11

    JamesU

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    hmmm......
     
  13. Aug 27, 2005 #12

    honestrosewater

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    Okay. There was some trouble-making going on last night, and I wasn't sure if it helped to report all of the different posts or just the different usernames. If it's one person opening new accounts to cause trouble, is it enough to just report one of the posts for each username?
     
  14. Aug 27, 2005 #13

    loseyourname

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    I know I'm not a mentor here, but I do moderate other forums, and I usually tell members to report one post per member per thread. It does annoy me when there are five posts reported and they're all on the same page. Since you can include a message when you report the post, you may as well just mention in the report that there are multiple violations on the page (or thread) by that member you are referring to. That way you don't flood the staff inboxes.
     
  15. Aug 27, 2005 #14

    honestrosewater

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    Right, I didn't think about the message. :redface: (I'm trying to be 'average' today.)
     
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