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and why? There is now a "report this post" icon in the forums. Is that for us to run to TPTB each time someone uses a dirty word, or in the instance of the recently locked thread where a link was posted to a hacker's site and the thread was locked for being off topic? It just seems like something that might become abused. Or are we supposed to report flame wars so someone can get a fire extinguisher on it?

 

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I think along with the new "report this post" icon, they've removed the censor.

 

Now we can type things such as *****, ****, n*******e.com, and **** and it's ok as long as someone isn't offended.

 

Jamie

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Originally posted by Jamie Z:

I think along with the new "report this post" icon, they've removed the censor.

 

Now we can type things such as *****, ****, n*******e.com, and **** and it's ok as long as someone isn't offended.

 

Jamie


Well, i just tried, and things with the "N" word still get "cached" for review.

 

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I was wondering about that myself. As long as the censor is still in place, I don't see any reason for people to get pissy about cursing. Although, I suppose the automagic censor won't catch every word that might offend someone.

 

But overall, I can't see any reason that I'd ever "report a post" due to content - other than in situations where it is obvious the poster is a troll, and using extremely negative posting methods to try to stir up trouble.

 

Like, if I came in here and started a whole new thread just to tell umc what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, ****less, hopeless, heartless, fat-***ed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spineless, worm-headed sack of monkey **** he is... I'd expect that post to be reported rather quickly. icon_wink.gif

 

But yeah - I can't believe J & TPTB would want this feature, as I'm assuming they already have plenty of e-mail to deal with. We've already got people out there policing our caches, so I guess it only makes sense that the politeness police make their way into the forums here. icon_rolleyes.gif

 

I think in all of my posts, probably only a few of them might have ever been offensive and/or annoying enough for someone to go crying to Jeremy about. I'm a pretty good boy. I hope people don't abuse the feature though... perhaps J & TPTB can post some general guidelines for when it should or shouldn't be used. I mean, should we report every "test" thread that starts? icon_smile.gif

 

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So... is there any "official" explanation of what this ****-a**ed icon is supposed to do?

 

Charlie

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By the way, I just got to used the word "assed" in a forum post! Now I've offended myself. Maybe THAT'S what the icon is for! icon_wink.gif

 

Charlie

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The forums upgrade themselves. I'm sure if a post is spamming the forums, or linking to porn, or showing porn, etc, someone can post a note to notify the admins. Seems pretty minor to me.

 

Jeremy Irish

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Originally posted by LarsThorwald:

By the way, I just got to used the word "assed" in a forum post! Now I've offended myself. Maybe THAT'S what the icon is for! icon_wink.gif

 

Charlie

"One should never begin a journey by heading in the wrong direction."


 

What happens when i hit the button?

is is just "flagged" like the "this should be archived" buttons on cache pages??

 

Quick someone report me so we can find out! icon_wink.gif

 

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Originally posted by Jeremy (Admin):

The forums upgrade themselves.


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I'm sure if a post is spamming the forums, or linking to porn, or showing porn, etc, someone can post a note to notify the admins. Seems pretty minor to me.
Ahh, and here we were thinking this was some type of proactive measure... when it was just something that "happened" with an upgrade, evidently. I hope it doesn't lead to much hassle for y'alls. icon_smile.gif

 

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There was a spam link posted today and it is gone already because we all were able to report the ID10 T. Nice little feature it is. icon_smile.gif

 

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Jeremy's right. There was a forum upgrade performed last night which added a few new features, but mostly it was a complete UI redesign. I haven't turned on the new UI for these forums as I haven't completed my testing of them yet and the changes are significant. If you're curious, feel free to check out the new UI on Infopop's preview site.

 

The "Report This Post" icon is a new feature to allow users to flag a particular topic for review. Its intended use is to let moderators know that there's some objectionable material in a post, like porn, spam, or abuse toward another user.

 

-Elias

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Originally posted by Rubbertoe:

But yeah - I can't believe J & TPTB would want this feature, as I'm assuming they already have plenty of e-mail to deal with. We've already got people out there policing our caches, so I guess it only makes sense that the politeness police make their way into the forums here. icon_rolleyes.gif


You're right. I'm actually petrified about the potential abuse of this feature, but its new and the community might find it helpful. So I'll wait and see how the community responds to it before considering restricting its use.

 

-Elias

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You're right. I'm actually petrified about the potential abuse of this feature, but its new and the community might find it helpful. So I'll wait and see how the community responds to it before considering restricting its use.

 

-Elias

 

That's the smartest approach, IMHO. icon_smile.gif

 

Charlie

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