Q&A on Non-Moderation Matters (Mechanics, How-To, etc.)

Mark just closed the thread on his own “Philly bans” post while I was writing a reply. AArgh.

I have to assume there is some sort of software bug or malware involved because this threadlocking is too widespread to be for legit reasons. Even if Mark wanted to sabotage the site I think he would have better ways to do so.

All of those unwanted comments on controversial threads like [checks notes] violinist snaps a string?

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I mean… it sounds like comments are … maybe… not wanted

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I do think some of the specific threads being locked down are… unpredictable. Regardless, it would certainly be valuable to the community to understand why it’s happening!

Or, if certain authors aren’t interested in having their posts commented on (which I think would be a loss, but I suppose it’s the author’s prerogative) maybe the solution is to treat them similarly to Shop posts, as @gracchus suggests.

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It is rather odd that the posts are opened for comments for a few hours and then locked. If an Author wants to turn off comments for posts (which is the Author’s prerogative, of course), they can do so from the get go (right?), and it does not make much sense not to do it that way.

This leads me to believe that perhaps this is being done in error, like a system setting that was modified to deal with the case described above and then not set back. BB Posts are usually set to have comments up for exactly 5 days, but a changed value could turn that into 5 hours, perhaps?

These recent posts by Popkin were closed immediately, and then manually opened by Mark a few hours later. Is it possible that Popkin notified Mark, who opened the posts without realizing that the same thing was happening with his own posts?

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As someone who has a Discourse forum, if the threads were closed for some automatic reason, they’d be done under a system user’s name, something that we’d use just for automatic closing. These are, at least in the system we set up, intentionally not done in a user’s name to avoid confusion. I’m sure we can ask @codinghorror if there’s a bug at play here, but honestly, this looks like intentional actions by Mark, which , as he’s an administrator level is in his right to do.

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For those that missed it, in this side thread,

Our moderator posted:

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

Which might imply that this is a choice by authors.

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There is a new site setting for this if @orenwolf wishes to enable it. We were worried people would engage in frenzied edit battles when they can’t post replies…

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Yeah, I figured that could be the issue after I posted. I realized that even allowing minimal edits could allow people to completely change the meaning of their posts because they could add or remove a negation and turn “I said [the controversial thing]” into “I didn’t say [the controversial thing]”, or whatnot. :frowning:

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I’m not sure if this is the place to ask or what, but is anybody else getting a notification asking permission to download a file called something like third-party-iframe.html when viewing a blog post? I’m on Firefox, on Android, and navigating to the posts via Feedly.

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I’ve been getting the same thing on Firefox and Windows. Malwarebytes is blocking it on Chrome.

The site that’s trying to load is video.unrulymedia.com

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I haven’t seen that yet but I keep getting an ask for notification every time I like a post. Also android and Firefox but I don’t know if this is a site issue or something on my end.

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@tcg550 @akbar5656

Why don’t you take a screenshot the next time it happens and post it here? Someone might know what’s going on.

Sure but it’s just as described. Malwarebytes blocks it if I enable block ad trackers, I normally don’t have that enabled but Firefox does have tracking protection which I leave on.

Opening third-party-iframes.html

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Has anyone ever seen this :email: symbol on a reply to a post on a thread before? I have never seen that…

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It means somebody posted by sending an email

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Wow… what an odd way of posting. No wonder I hadn’t seen it before.

Cheers!

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It’s definitely a rarely used feature here. You can usually tell even without seeing the :email: icon because often the formatting is screwy.

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Oh well look at this!

It looks like they’ve implemented a new feature.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen an automated message telling me that my own reply to a flagged post was deleted as collateral. (For the record, I am pretty sure I did not get flagged here.)

That’s cool!

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Yes, that’s what that means.

Oren always asks us to flag and refrain from responding ourselves when there’s a post that is likely to be deleted, but we can’t always hold ourselves back. So this new notification is very helpful to understand what happened, but really we’re supposed to not put ourselves in the situation to begin with.

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