Just wanted to jot a quick note before the season starts and people start flooding these forums big-time.
The spammers are out in huuuuuge numbers lately (guess that goes along with good site pr!). The point of posting “reported” in a thread is so that people realize that the problem has been taken care of and don’t need to report it again. If someone has already posted that they’re reported it, you don’t need to report the thread or post that you’ve done so. More reports won’t get it taken care of faster, and it really just floods the mods emails.
So yay and thanks to everyone who helps stomp out spam, but please, once one person has reported it and posted, let the thread lie.
Thanks and don’t stay up all night waiting for Lavery Claus!
Here’s something I don’t quite understand…
I see that there’s a ton of moderators. Some can modify your posts and some can merge threads. Why can’t you guys deal with this Spam issue? I don’t understand why you haven’t been given the power to delete threads if you can merge them. Or at the very least modify the Spamer’s post removing all their garbage and simply saying, “SPAM, This thread will be deleted.”
We each have moderator permissions for certain forums. Of the many forums on the site, there are some which have very few moderators (Career and Forum Help, for example) – so when spam ends up in those forums in takes a while longer for one of the head honchos to get to it.
In forums where we have moderator permissions, we have all permissions – so we can delete, merge, and edit threads.
The problems we’ve had recently are a combination of seeing spam in forums where most of us don’t have permission to change anything and some bugs that popped up after the forum upgrade that have made some of tools we’d typically use unavailable.
We appreciate that everyone reports the spam and is patient while we do what we can to remove it.
It helps the moderators out a whole bunch if each piece of spam is only reported once. We receive an e-mail every time someone reports a piece of spam and it automatically creates a new thread in our forum. Multiple people reporting the same piece of spam means that we have a lot of extra stuff to sort through every day.
If people don’t post to thread to say they’ve reported it, others have no idea that the thread has been reported. By posting that information, they’re helping others to see that what action that can be taken has been taken and it helps us out enormously because it stops y’all from reporting the same things two hundred times.
I think there should be a limit on posts that only allow them to be reported once in a certain time period. Perhaps make it transparent, so users believe the report was sent, but only the first is sent, so there’s no way for a standard user to find out if a post is reported, without spamming the mods.