kb7rky asked not to return after lobbing insults at the community and Authors here.
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Stephen_Hess asked not to return after indicating their intention to ignore our community guidelines, mocking members of the community for following them, and forgetting rule #1 of the civilized internet: Don’t be a dick.
Can someone address the “Trump hospitalized with Covid symptoms” thread? An off-topic discussion of the Electoral College has completely taken over. It would be good to move it to a different thread.
Done! If I missed any relevant posts, please let me know and I’ll fix it.
Thanks, there are some interesting points in it, but it crowded out discussion of the topic at hand.
LDoBe has been given a short timeout for directly attacking other users.
Howiemoticon has been asked not to return.
To be completely honest, I’m not certain if there was malicious intent from this user, or if instead the drive to have their comments be understood above all else led to their behaviour, but a quick review of their posts showed that in five separate topics, their confusing reply ended up massively derailing the topic itself with pedantic digression and entirely off-topic tangents.
I’m still not entirely sure what the deal was here, and remain confused. But regardless of intent, the effect of this user was clear - significant repeated off-topic derailing of the topics they decided to post in, which isn’t healthy for the BBS as a whole.
That may have been his intent.
Brandolini’s Law, baby. Brandolini’s Law.
(Another good TL;DR version of that is “any person who regularly creates a ton of work for staff / mods / regulars has gotta go” which I wholeheartedly agree with.)
Quick (non-urgent) query for BB mods:
I’ve commented many times on blog posts in the last few months yet twice I’ve received “awaiting approval” messages for my comments.
I can’t see an obvious pattern why (I did recently invite a member to flag a well-intentioned comment of mine when they seemed pretty upset by it) and I have looked but can’t find any explanation on site.
Anything I can do to learn why or how to mitigate this?
The whole point of the algorithm is to not have an obvious pattern to mitigate. That way users just have to focus on genuinely trying to not be assholes, and if you’re convinced that your post is unfairly held then you can do what I do, which is wait patiently until it’s cleared.
In my experience, it’s usually because you (accidentally? ironically?) hit one of the Watched Words that indicates a potentially problematic post.
Pro-tip: never use the word Duluth, just say “the D-place”. The right people will know that you mean.
Using the word “troll” without a work-around will cause your comment to be held for approval.
I’m not certain what else is a watch word; “moist” will usually just end up looking like this: ■■■■■
I suppose one could employ the m-word by simply cutting to the chase and typing ■■■■■ instead.
Ex: The cake was ■■■■■ and delicious. The clouds were ■■■■■ure-laden. Your skin looks fantastic; what kind of ■■■■■urizer do you use?
Wait, what? Last week it was Minneapolis, this week it’s Duluth? What do they have against Minnesota?