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sometimes i feel cold here

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Msg#: 2444 posted 12:57 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

the things i'm about to complain about are definitely minor, hardly worth to mention. yet they have happened many times over the past years that finally i do find them worth noting.

latest occasion: i posted a note about the newest yahoo-feature Y!Q in forum "yahoo search" this morning. due to time zones (i'm in europe) it took quite a long time until the topic was through moderation. not my thread was published but somebody else's. that's ok, probably a dozen threads on the same issue were pending moderation, only one went through.

however the details were a little unfriendly:

  • there's no notification in any way for a poster who's thread isn't published, the URL shows a 404, the thread disappears from the control panel.
  • the thread that was published on that topic is 3129.html [webmasterworld.com], mine was 3128.html (i'm not kidding, i see it in my browser history). doesn't that mean that mine was first? there are no real differences in contents (it's just pointing to a new feature after all), so that can't be the reason. not nice.

    as i said, i wouldn't complain, really a minor issue. just that such things have happened often. posts of mine in threads that were on-topic disappeared without any notice given. threads wouldn't be published leaving me without clue for the reason. and in one thread, i remember, i linked to a php-code-listing (licence-free and not a single non-code word nor one single link on that page!) that was perfectly on-topic. i was notified by a moderator ("no commercial links allowed") but he didn't reply to my question how a pure code-listing would be commercial.

    just examples, similar things have happened more often.

    i've been an irregular yet constructive poster over the last three years, i know and respect the TOS (i have nothing i could try to promote here, even if i wanted), i appreciate the community, treat everybody with respect and often refer to WebmasterWorld on my blog.

    and i really like WebmasterWorld, it's a great resource and a great place to hang around. however these tiny but regular incidents of unfriendliness do delute my affection a little.

    it's of course also a question of software workflows, maybe this could be taken into account when changing the software the next time?



    WebmasterWorld Administrator brett_tabke us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

    Msg#: 2444 posted 2:13 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

    Thanks. Per the tos - we do not discuss moderator actions in the public forums. It is not fair to them or the members involved. If you'd like to discuss if further, please use the StickyMail system.


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