Posts asking users to contribute pics - nuisance?

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1. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi folks

I'd be interested in your feedback on a moderating question.

A first time poster has written a post asking everyone to take a photo of a famous landmark with a love message for his girlfriend, so he can collect them together and impress her etc etc. We seem to get quite a few of these.

When I saw it, I thought "not again", but reading the forum rules it wasn't clearly breaking any of them so I left it alone. Then one of our regulars has flagged it as spammy, so clearly I'm not the only one who thinks it's questionable.

It's not selling something, but it's perhaps a nuisance, asking us all to go to some effort for some random internet guy who isn't a participant in our travel community. If we allow these, maybe we encourage them and the idea catches on and becomes a bigger annoyance. (Like when you overtip and make the begging situation worse for the next traveller! ;) ) Or is it nice and we just go along with it?

I'm just interested in how you guys view this?

2. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 365 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I had similar thoughts Andy. But it wasn't me who reported it either. I think such ideas should be left on the forum. Everyone among us should have the personal choice to decide whether they find this funny and they want to participate, or not. Nobody is forced to join if they don't like it.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Nov-2018, at 01:16 by Kathrin_E ]

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 758 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I find it odd that any girlfriend would be impressed by a collection of photos taken by a random group of strangers, so I always question the motives behind such a request - although I can't fathom out how anyone would gain anything else from doing this!

4. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 126 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I personally don't like them, and wouldn't do them. Like ToonSarah, I truly can't see how someone would be impressed by it anyway, and so am quite cynical about them; I often think they are as likely to be a bet or something. I would have said that I'm content to just ignore them, but I do think they tend to proliferate, just like all these love locks on every bridge these days, and I really don't see that they have any place on a travel forum, especially when the OP is not a regular contributor, so I'd be quite happy for them to be removed.

That said, I'd have no problem with a regular here asking for something more specific. For example, I could maybe imagine a request for photos of a few important and meaningful places in their life that they can't visit again but would love to see how they are now, or if anyone has photos from a particular time because their own have been lost etc.

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 758 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Tabithag

That said, I'd have no problem with a regular here asking for something more specific. For example, I could maybe imagine a request for photos of a few important and meaningful places in their life that they can't visit again but would love to see how they are now, or if anyone has photos from a particular time because their own have been lost etc.

Yes, those would be very acceptable requests and I would want to help if I could, especially if it were a regular contributor here.

6. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I didn't report it and don't have a problem with such posts being left on the forum. I can't see any valid reason for their deletion. They aren't a nuisance any more than posts by those doing a 'project' are a nuisance. People can just ignore them.

Similar posts have been popping up on forums for many years, more or less as long as forums have existed. Like Sarah, I can't imagine any female (or male) being impressed by such a collection but if people want to contribute to such requests that's entirely their choice.

The only spam advantage I can think of is getting people's email addresses if/when they're used to send the photos.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Nov-2018, at 01:59 by leics2 ]

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Tabithag

I really don't see that they have any place on a travel forum, especially when the OP is not a regular contributor, so I'd be quite happy for them to be removed.

That sort of sums up my feelings on it - it feels like someone who hasn't involved themselves in our community wants to put us to work, so he can show his girlfriend how he marshalled our efforts.

I'm finding all the replies interesting - thanks everyone.

8. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 136 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I'm perfectly happy ignoring those posts, they don't have to be deleted on my account
I think adding it as a forum no-no you also risk deleting perfectly honest requests for pic's lost etc. and I don't think that fair

9. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

>it feels like someone who hasn't involved themselves in our community wants to put us to work,

But that also applies to every single new member who asks a question as well as to all those members who have no 'involvement' (and/or profile info) other than very occasionally popping up to ask a question or make a reply. Such is the nature of all participatory websites.

To me it seems illogical to focus upon...and potentially 'ban'... this type of request. What about the brand-new members who post questions relating to their school/college/uni projects and who so very rarely engage with any of the responses they get? Their purpose is simply to get a list of responses they can print out and present as their 'research'. Many people consider that sort of thing much more irritating than someone asking to be sent photos.

I'd much rather TP allowed members to make their own decisions about such posts. It is not, after all, compulsory to read all forums posts nor to reply to any of them....and there is, after all, a TP forum is called 'General Talk' (not 'General Travel Talk' or 'Travel-only' Talk') :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Nov-2018, at 03:16 by leics2 ]

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Good points, Leics. Thanks. There's also "Off Topic", which suggests less travel-focused. That would be the place for Borisborough to talk about his embarrassing rash, for instance. :)