Msg#: 4144266 posted 8:58 am on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
How many snitches are out there? See that self promo and click report (senior up) to send a notice? Just how well does this work?
In these feedback days I see many posts saying it works, but I'm dang curious who, besides me, actually does that? And I don't expect any public answers as that would provide a hit list for the snitches. It does work. But participating is toxic as regards community/noobs and how do we deal with that?
The recently requested blind "vote" or "like" or "spam" links puts it in the air, so to speak, and makes that a popularity vote as opposed to a CONTENT vote.
Msg#: 4144266 posted 1:42 pm on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
I don't understand the question.
What's 'toxic' about reporting a spammer? Any responsible forum member has a minimum of two duties - one, to help new members and people with problems, two to protect the forum from being undermined by spammers etc.
I'm vaguely curious about the statistics of reporting, but I know that the mods pick up reports pretty quickly, by and large.
Msg#: 4144266 posted 3:34 pm on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
Reporting spammers is definitely not toxic in any way. I use another forum, which allows links, and occasionally a spam posting will turn up only to be closely followed by a post from a responsible member saying something like "I smell spam". Spam posts like spam emails are generally regarded as a major irritant and virtually nobody condones them.
Msg#: 4144266 posted 2:24 pm on Jun 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure I understand the OP's question either- but as a forum admin on a completely unrelated site that's a good deal bigger than webmasterworld, user reports are one of the most helpful moderation tools available. Occasionally,the reports themselves are not valid and created by a sour-grapes user, but more often they're reporting spam or a thread that is either getting out of hand or breaking the forum TOS. They're a great way for mods to catch stuff that they would otherwise miss, in many cases.
Msg#: 4144266 posted 3:11 am on Jun 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
There was a SPAM post yesterday (subject:"...MS Access...") that I reported.
Waiting for someone else to do so only throws the overload to the moderators. I view it as a small 'repayment' to help maintain the quality of the 'free' view of this resource. I moderate several discussion groups on a major portal in 2 different (and unrelated) niches. So I do have a perspective beyond the average user here of what it must be like.