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Who reports? Meaning, who as readers help keep it clean?

As support reader for the mods who are already overburdened.

     
8:58 am on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.

I don't expect any replies...
1:42 pm on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.
3:34 pm on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.
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I have a few times in the past. Not often, since it does not seem to be required much. Hat tip to the mods.
4:06 pm on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I report spam, among other things
2:24 pm on June 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.
4:22 pm on June 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I do. It's just flags something for a mod to look at. I'm not judge and jury on a post.
3:11 am on June 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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.
5:03 pm on June 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I always report spam. I moderate another forum and trying to get the admin to set this up so all members can report spam. The spam can be hard to keep up with when you have few moderators.

Ron