Moderators or Spam Police Out Of Control?

07-21-2012, 11:21 AM
#21
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Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
I'd just like to post that I'm very happy with the standard of moderation and spam removal here.

It's a massive site and must get tons of it per day, yet we rarely see it. If some babies get washed out with the bathwater then I can absolutely live with that.

These people are volunteers you know, give em a break. What are YOU doing for the community?

EDIT: That's not aimed at anyone in particular.
I think this all was a misunderstanding and that the mods are responding appropriately. I think new users are critical to the community so this is probably an important issue. Volunteers or not I believe the mods want to do the best job they can and I'm impressed they've actually taken the time and effort to respond here, and I thank them for it.
07-21-2012, 12:19 PM
#22
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Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
I'd just like to post that I'm very happy with the standard of moderation and spam removal here.

It's a massive site and must get tons of it per day, yet we rarely see it. If some babies get washed out with the bathwater then I can absolutely live with that.

These people are volunteers you know, give em a break. What are YOU doing for the community?

EDIT: That's not aimed at anyone in particular.
Wow, I'm surprised to see such a trollish post from you Rubicon.
First of all, to say "we" rarely see spam is just silly. I see it nearly every time I visit TA, multiple times a day. If you don't see any, you must not be doing much reading. That's not the point really, and I agree that the mods do a great job for the most part, but I can't stand when people presume to speak for others.

As for what I do, the answer is all I can. I answer people's questions, post my opinions and experiences with games, report actual spam, and try to protect the community and its future by defending new members wrongfully banned.

Just to be clear on what happened here, only one of the banned induviduals was creating additional unnecessary threads, the others afaik were simply new members banned for posting on topic in the correct place because someone assumed without evidence that they were shill accounts. I'm sure you would not be happy if that happened to your players. Then again you wouldn't have to worry about it. As a respected member, you would be above suspicion of shilling I suppose.

Last edited by Royce; 07-21-2012 at 12:23 PM.

07-21-2012, 12:38 PM
#23
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,496
Not trolling, I mean it.

I think a few people here are overdoing it a bit. If these friends are keen enough they'll come back and be a bit less obvious about shilling. If they only want to come here to post about one game, then maybe they should stick to that games facebook page.

If it looks like a shill, and sounds like a shill, it is a shill. Even if it wasn't meant that way. The mods don't know they're friends of yours.

This has nothing to do with me though, so I'll end my contribution here. I just wanted to say thanks to the volunteers, mainly.

Quick edit: Everything I say seems biased with having a developer badge, but in all honesty I'd never consider inviting friends and family to come shill for my own threads. If I can't attract enough interest from regular members then there's no point anyway. And I agree that "this is ace" from one-counters gets ignored in any case.

Last edited by Rubicon; 07-21-2012 at 12:48 PM.
07-21-2012, 12:43 PM
#24
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Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
Not trolling, I mean it.

I think a few people here are overdoing it a bit. If these friends are keen enough they'll come back and be a bit less obvious about shilling. If they only want to come here to post about one game, then maybe they should stick to that games facebook page.

If it looks like a shill, and sounds like a shill, it is a shill. Even if it wasn't meant that way.
One of the players banned (and not yet unbanned) was browsing the forum this morning for other RPGs, despite the ban, and discussing them in game chat. If that's not a potential contributing member, I don't know what is. The point I've tried to make several times that people seem to be oblivious to is that most members start by posting about a single game. If everyone who did so was banned days (or hours) after joining without a chance to post about other games, this would be a pretty small community.
07-21-2012, 12:52 PM
#25
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,496
lol, so much for me leaving it there.

For what it's worth, I agree that from your description your friend was probably hard done to. And it's good that the mods are re-evaluating.

But what led me to put pen to paper is the foot stamping and indignation, whilst not thinking about the mods' view of the board. Some harsh words got thrown about earlier and they don't deserve it.
07-21-2012, 12:54 PM
#26
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Originally Posted by Royce View Post
One of the players banned (and not yet unbanned) was browsing the forum this morning for other RPGs, despite the ban, and discussing them in game chat. If that's not a potential contributing member, I don't know what is. The point I've tried to make several times that people seem to be oblivious to is that most members start by posting about a single game. If everyone who did so was banned days (or hours) after joining without a chance to post about other games, this would be a pretty small community.
You are still (purposefully, I think) missing the point.

If someone acts exactly like a spammer/shiller in their first post, they get banned. With the information at hand, potential later behavior can't be a consideration.

If you pursued the same line of reasoning, you are suggesting that if someone posts about "BUY VIA*GRA", we should not ban them, due to the possibility that they might become contributing members of the forum and some ill defined point in the future. Or if a regular member later becomes a spammer, we should lock down the forum to any new registrations because who knows, maybe a seemingly real user will turn bad later down the line.

Someone gets banned unjustly? Send a complaint, post a thread, and we look into it. The mod who banned them has already reversed the ban. This is the system working correctly. The person who is still banned but believes he/she is not a shill/spammer. Contact the site, or re-register, and act less spammy.

arn

Last edited by arn; 07-21-2012 at 12:58 PM.
07-21-2012, 01:09 PM
#27
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Originally Posted by arn View Post
You are still (purposefully, I think) missing the point.

If someone acts exactly like a spammer/shiller in their first post, they get banned. With the information at hand, potential later behavior can't be a consideration.

If you pursued the same line of reasoning, you are suggesting that if someone posts about "BUY VIA*GRA", we should not ban them, due to the possibility that they might become contributing members of the forum and some ill defined point in the future.
I am missing nothing. I just disagree, and believe you are missing my point

Someone selling Viagra has no place here and should be banned on sight. Someone posting about a game in the correct thread should not be assumed to be a shill simply because they are new and like the game. That's just going to discourage new blood in the forums (which I dunno maybe you want to do?). Long story short, an advertiser is obviously out of place, a new member who likes a game, while potentially shill, is not obviously one. Without further evidence it seems a shame to ban, particularly so quickly. Anyway that's my (correct ) opinion and obviously many disagree with me, so I'll move on. I'm glad to see there is a recourse of action possible, and that some members have been reinstated. To end I'll reiterate that I have a lot of respect for the people who keep this site running smoothly. I've been a mod and I know it can be a lot of work. I just felt there was some injustice going on in this case.
07-21-2012, 01:17 PM
#28
Joined: May 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,230
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Originally Posted by arn View Post
You are still (purposefully, I think) missing the point.

If someone acts exactly like a spammer/shiller in their first post, they get banned. With the information at hand, potential later behavior can't be a consideration.

If you pursued the same line of reasoning, you are suggesting that if someone posts about "BUY VIA*GRA", we should not ban them, due to the possibility that they might become contributing members of the forum and some ill defined point in the future. Or if a regular member later becomes a spammer, we should lock down the forum to any new registrations because who knows, maybe a seemingly real user will turn bad later down the line.

Someone gets banned unjustly? Send a complaint, post a thread, and we look into it. The mod who banned them has already reversed the ban. This is the system working correctly. The person who is still banned but believes he/she is not a shill/spammer. Contact the site, or re-register, and act less spammy.

arn
While we can agree to disagree as to whether the initial bans were warranted. I (hope we can?) agree that the aftermath was handled appropriately, it was nice to see Mods (and Admin, and Spam police, etc) take the time to respond and reconsider.

Royce ovbiously has very strong opinion here but IMO whats done is done and has been rectified.
07-21-2012, 02:41 PM
#29
Wasn't me, never visited Crazy Quest thread. Man this sucks if legit newcomers got banned

Edit: scratch that if

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07-23-2012, 11:54 AM
#30
It seems one additional user (she's tofucute in game, not sure if that's her TA username) was banned along with the rest of them. I believe she's emailing the mods and I'm sure they'll handle it, but I promised her I'd post here anyway just in case...