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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I cannot determine whether or not this topic has been posted before. If it has, my apologies :)

I flagged a request for members to participate in a survey on the europe forum today, but I wasn't sure how to flag it. It wasn't promotional or duplicate, and although in violation of forum rules, it wasn't inflammatory either.

Can't you guys create a new flagging category, 'violation of forum rules' or something?

Niels

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Whenever you are not sure whether to flag a post as spam or not, then by all means DON'T flag it to give the benefit of the doubt to the poster. You may contact any of the moderators about your concern, and he or she will take a look at the thread and act accordingly.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Now to the second part of my post; would there be anything against adding a flagging category?

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Currently, the forum rules are:

1. NO swearing, derogatory or inflammatory remarks are allowed. Any such comments will simply be deleted by admin or moderators.
2. NO email addresses are permitted. This is to prevent spam harvesters from lurking at Travellerspoint.
3. NO website postings for promotional purposes are permitted. If the postings are genuine responses to questions, we will permit them. Any website postings that look like they are only there to promote a website rather than help other members will be removed.
4. NO advertising is permitted. These posts will be simply deleted.
5. NO personal contact information is permitted. We value your privacy even if you don't. If you want people to get in touch, ask them to send you a message through our messaging system.
6. NO double posting. Post your question in the forum that suits best. Posts that ask the same question or start the same topic twice will be removed without notice.


The categories of spam flags are:

1. Promotional Post (covers rules 2, 3, 4, 5)
2. Duplicate Entry (covers rule 6)
3. Inflammatory Entry (covers rule 1)

So basically, they're all covered. :)


Actually, we don't really recommend Respected Members and Travel Gurus flagging posts that are against rules 2 and 5, as that might be seemed a bit harsh, especially for new members, unless you are certain that the e-mail addresses (Rule 2) and/or personal contact information (Rule 5) are posted for the purpose of advertising, of which here violates rule 4. Use your own discretion. You may contact any moderators to alert them of any posts that you have doubt in flagging as spam.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

Actually, we don't really recommend Respected Members and Travel Gurus flagging posts that are against rules 2 and 5, as that might be seemed a bit harsh, especially for new members...

What if the post is flagged for the protection of the newbie? I figure a moderator will come along and edit out the personal info, leaving the original post otherwise intact. I've "spammed" a few of these just in case the personal information gets used in an inappropriate manner. I'm not so much "spamming" the poster as flagging the post to be edited.

Should I be doing otherwise...?

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting Hien

Actually, we don't really recommend Respected Members and Travel Gurus flagging posts that are against rules 2 and 5, as that might be seemed a bit harsh, especially for new members...

What if the post is flagged for the protection of the newbie? I figure a moderator will come along and edit out the personal info, leaving the original post otherwise intact. I've "spammed" a few of these just in case the personal information gets used in an inappropriate manner. I'm not so much "spamming" the poster as flagging the post to be edited.

Should I be doing otherwise...?

Members who posted their contact information normally intended it to be known to the public. It is just that TP's policy is not recommending members to post it, and if we find one, we will remove it for you, for your best interest.

Recently, we have implemented a mechanism that prevents you from posting the message if it contains e-mail address(es) in it. An error message will appear requesting you to remove the detected e-mail address if you tried to post one. However, there will be some people who will type it in a different way to get around the mechanism that blocks it, e.g. noreply [at] travellerspoint dot com . So, flag it as you deemed fit. We will act accordingly when we see a spam flag. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 5, 2007, at 8:21 AM by Hien ]

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

However, there will be some people who will type it in a different way to get around the mechanism that blocks it...

Actaully saw "a different way" posted yesterday. Someone could be contacted "at the hottest of the mails with the same username". (Yup, that's the exact wording.) Basically, the member has the same username for his hotmail account.

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Hien

However, there will be some people who will type it in a different way to get around the mechanism that blocks it...

Actaully saw "a different way" posted yesterday. Someone could be contacted "at the hottest of the mails with the same username". (Yup, that's the exact wording.) Basically, the member has the same username for his hotmail account.

And I thought this meant he had a gmail account with that username? Surely gmail is ten times 'hotter' than hotmail???

Niels, to answer the original question, I'd agree with Hien this falls under a promotional posting. Even someone aiming to get a questionnaire filled in is in effect promoting that questionnaire. The wording could perhaps be better as it might be weird for someone to see a post flagged as spam when it only contains a link like that (or an email address/personal info etc.) but if we added a new category, that would still be the case. The other solution is changing how this displays altogether but at the moment that's a bit too much work for pretty limited gain (since most spam flags are dealt with within 24 hours max!).

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Hien

However, there will be some people who will type it in a different way to get around the mechanism that blocks it...

Actaully saw "a different way" posted yesterday. Someone could be contacted "at the hottest of the mails with the same username". (Yup, that's the exact wording.) Basically, the member has the same username for his hotmail account.

And I thought this meant he had a gmail account with that username? Surely gmail is ten times 'hotter' than hotmail???

Good point!!

10. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

I'd agree with Hien this falls under a promotional posting.

Good to know that; I had always taken 'promotional' to only include the annoying commercial offers that are made from time to time... tnx guys