General Moderation Topic

You guys can split this

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@orenwolf - not a mod topic exactly, but this post from @jlw has a comments link that links back to the post (that old bug again) and I suspect nobody has got there, because it does not even appear in any BBS search.

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User lambaste anonymized at user request.

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@orenwolf and another one doing the same. Is there an alternative method/place you’d prefer we used to we report these?

I note the 9 Oct one re High School principal still not fixed - did jlw deliberately disable comments? If so, removing the comments link would be a better idea. But as the comments link was there, can we assume this was the same old bug again?

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What’s up with Mark locking posts? Charles Burns etc.

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Authors are free to choose the posts they do and do not want comments on.

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Don’t know if this the right place to ask.

What triggers a post needing approval? I’ve posted almost 500 times without any major incident, on two occasions my post needed to get approval. The latest was in the toxic Disney topic. It’s waiting approval now but I can’t figure out why.

Thanks.

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There is a list of words that trigger an automatic review… So, that’s likely what happened. As long as the use of the word is in good faith, it should be approved.

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Thanks.

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No Problem Ok GIF by MOODMAN

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If you wrote a word that starts with T and rhymes with roll, then you can just edit the pending post and replace the offending word with the similar word “Goblin” and your post will go right up.

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I just tried to give an example of a trigger word and it had to wait for approval. The word starts with “tr” and rhymes with “soul”. I had even obscured it by replacing the “o” with “()”.

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It was the t word but it was definitely in context and not name calling of board members. I changed it and will remember for future posts.

I also couldn’t edit the pending post, had to delete it. All is good and I learned something.

Thanks

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Context matters here. Accusing other posters of posting in bad faith is going to get your post rejected - you should flag posts where you believe this is happening.

Of course, words are used in many contexts, and sometimes get caught for other reasons (it’s not just specific words that can cause a post to be held). We try to review these as quickly as possible, and the number of “innocent” posts held is, thankfully, very small, while these same filters catch quite a few spammers or drive-by troublemakers before their posts even make it to the wider BBS.

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OK, different question, as long as we’re gathered here this afternoon:

If I view the page with topics organized as “New,” it allows me to sort those topics in order of most recent Replies, Views, and Activity. Is there a “switch” to add a tab to allow us to organize by “most recently posted” or something? I’d be interested in ordering the results by most recently posted instead of the others.

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Not a criticism, but I can imagine a locked possibly contentious post having a greater risk of being flagged than the same post unlocked (that is, BBers can respond instead with comments). I guess that’s the risk taken when one locks their post.

I haven’t tried but I don’t think you can flag locked posts by administrators/the boing boing account.

Geez. Even if I write it as t<and rhymes with>roll it still gets held for moderation. They are super serious about this stuff.

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The only time it is a problem is when you want to cite an article that has the word in its title, and then by the time it gets approved, the conversation has moved on and your point becomes “too little, too late.” Otherwise, there are always synonyms.

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But will it one box?

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