Reporting Posts: A Guide

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    Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Over the last few weeks, the number of reported posts has skyrocketed. A number of them are legitimate. However, a significant amount of reports are not.

    This is an issue. Why?

    Whenever someone reports a post for breaking a forum rule, moderators receive instantaneous emails. A number of us need to drop what we are doing -- usually in the middle of the evening as we are spending quality time with our families and friends -- to attend to reported posts. This is unfair for moderators, myself included.

    So, before you click that report button, consider this first: Does the post I am reporting break a forum rule? If it does, report it. Simple as that. The rules are here. Before you mention Rule #15 (Political discussions), that rule is still in place in all areas of the site except for the Politics forum.

    In very specific cases, it might be prudent to report a post even if it does not break a rule. However, if you constantly report posts that do not break any rules for trivial matters, you will be subject to a 10 day ban. Simple as that.

    The moderators here do an excellent job staying on top of reported posts. The number of illegitimate reports has gone up to the point where it's actually affecting our personal lives. This needs to stop and the threat of a 10 day ban looks like the only way we can curb these actions.

    In the next couple of weeks, the rules will be simplified and streamlined so they are easier for all to understand and remember.

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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Kewl. Should I report that post? Or this one?

    I've never reported a post. Perhaps folks have legitimate reasons to do so, to me it seems like telling teechur rather than kicking the bully's ass behind the school.

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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Kewl. Should I report that post? Or this one?

    I've never reported a post. Perhaps folks have legitimate reasons to do so, to me it seems like telling teechur rather than kicking the bully's ass behind the school.

    Correct me if I'm wrong. I was wrong in 1996, I've been wrong before.
    The problem is the bullies use the keyboard like a shield & don't feel the pain. So, they just keep coming.

    In other news, simplified & streamlined rules? I like the sound of that.
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    Reporting Posts: A Guide

    I learned a few weeks ago saying something like; "spanking the monkey while watching Fox News" is completely fine, so don't bother reporting that.

    Also, one time I reported a post that a mod posted and that mod was the the one that responded, yeah that was fun ...........




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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Also, one time I reported a post that a mod posted and that mod was the the one that responded, yeah that was fun ...........

    That's the kind of thing I'd REALLY like to know about.
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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    I learned a few weeks ago saying something like; "spanking the monkey while watching Fox News" is completely fine, so don't bother reporting that.

    Also, one time I reported a post that a mod posted and that mod was the the one that responded, yeah that was fun ...........




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    Yeah, I've experienced a similar problem.

    On the forum that I moderate on, we try and give moderator responsibilities to another moderator who is not involved in the discussion. Doing it that way allows cool heads to prevail and reduces a conflict of interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkStevenson View Post
    That's the kind of thing I'd REALLY like to know about.
    I'll PM you who it was, just checked my inbox, it was sometime last year, I've deleted any of the back-and-forth, cleaned my mailbox out at the beginning of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Kewl. Should I report that post? Or this one?

    I've never reported a post. Perhaps folks have legitimate reasons to do so, to me it seems like telling teechur rather than kicking the bully's ass behind the school.

    Correct me if I'm wrong. I was wrong in 1996, I've been wrong before.
    Better be safe and report both

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    I rarely rely on the Ignore function to weed out negative people.
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    ^^So you ignore ignore? Is that legal in the south?

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    Better be safe and report both
    I will take your excellent advice. BOTH those guys really peeeoooossss me off!
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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Is this forum really that important that the mods need to drop whatever they are doing and respond to a reported message?

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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    I've noticed that if I thank a post on my phone it lags and then I end up pressing the report button on accident. I've even had it happen on my computer too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All Star View Post
    Is this forum really that important that the mods need to drop whatever they are doing and respond to a reported message?
    It typically depends on what we have going on at the time. But typically, one of us is available to look at a reported post.
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    Re: Reporting Posts: A Guide

    Some GM fans simply have issues with threads concerning competitors vehicles being discussed,
    I'm glad to report the number of hijackers trying to disrupt these mostly civil conversations has dropped.

    I can only put that down to the very good work of site monitors, thank you.

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