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velma

I am sorry about the disgusting topic title but I did not want any of the members know what was happening here.

Anyway Jumping to the topic There are soem of the members whom I feel are cheating the credit system and I would like to know what we can do about it.Please check Dagoth Nereviar's profile and Mermaid 711

Coming to Dagoth: He is a hosted member who is posting the same old replies everywhere, sometimes it is hidden sometimes it is open but the same lines are going in almost every introduction :D If you check his posts you will see what I mean :

biggrin.gif Anyways, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay, I know I have tongue.gif And if you have any questions just ask me, or someone with a high post count (They tend to know more tongue.gif ) or just post a topic about it biggrin.gif Anyways, I hope you have fun! tongue.gif I do enjoy Xisto's credit system, beats paying and it beats advertisements wink.gif
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Dn Games


Then there is Mermaid her posts are almost like spam for all that she ever writes is pointless and every sentence is a new PARAGRAPH.. She is doing this for credits I guess for all her posts are 3 lines long shown as 3 different paragraphs.

I did not know what to do so please help me out with members like this and I would respect it if the moderators and Admins would report such members in this topic for future reference.

P.S. Somebody please change the topic title :P

truefusion

biggrin.gif Anyways, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay, I know I have tongue.gif And if you have any questions just ask me, or someone with a high post count (They tend to know more tongue.gif ) or just post a topic about it biggrin.gif Anyways, I hope you have fun! tongue.gif I do enjoy Xisto's credit system, beats paying and it beats advertisements wink.gif
Enjoy biggrin.gif
Dn Games

Hmm? I remember reading that same post several days ago. But i'm guessing the worst thing a hosted member has to fear is losing their hosting—if they want to keep it. Disabiling their posting ability should teach them a lesson—assuming they're the learning type. If they continue, double up on the days of disability. If they fail to show prudence, then disable their posting ability indefinitely. Make sure you PM them about their conduct during the warning, though.

Although i highly doubt that new lines can give out much credits, i do realize that it's a(n) (possible) attempt to make their posts seem like they're quality posts. But easy judgment is when their posts contribute nothing to the topic at hand, for such is obvious spam. Checking Mermaid's posts i see that not all of her posts are like that, but there are occasional paragraph-sentences. If the member has a mixture of quality and non-quality posts, keep an eye on them, and if they start showing a lot of recent "non-quality" posts, call them up on it—verbal warning. But also realize that sometimes some posts (or topics) can only be answered with a short response, therefore skim the current topic, and see if their short post is good enough to keep for the topic. If it is, then no verbal warning is required for such posts. But if it's the opposite, and if you want to be strict on their posts, you can use the forum rule that states that anything shorter than 25 words is spam. But if the member continues after the verbal warning, give them another verbal warning but to a higher degree, if you know what i mean. :D But after the two to three verbal warnings, and there is failure to comply on their side, give them an actual warning stating that you've talked to the member about their posts and that they were unresponsive.

I feel like there's more to say about this, but i can't think about anything further. Other mods and admins can address anything further, i guess.

jlhaslip

Some of the members have picked up a common approach to earning credits by lurking around the Introductions thread and welcoming members.Mich has been known to do this, too, but if you review her postings in there, I think you will notice that she takes the time to customize each reply based on the contents of the opening topic posting. a sentence or two might be common to all of them, but overall, they aren't simple cut and pastes, which I find to be acceptable.Mermaid is younger and I PM'd her several times early in her time here to boost her posting quality and it seems to have worked for a while. Long enough to get her Hosted, but I agree that some of her postings are weak.I feel that a Verbal Warning or Private Message will work to improve her posting level.(provided it is 'friendly' in nature. she seems to be easily suggested) Also, she is 'at the beach' for this week I think, so I will PM her to let her know that the spammishness of her postings has been noted.Truefusion has a point about some topics can be replied to in several words, or a short sentence, though. Don't know how to approach this issue.


velma

I noticed from the last few days that a member called as lilemi was replying to posts that were as old as 2004 or 2005.What am I supposed to do. It is alright if the author is active or the topic is a general one. It bugs me when topics replied to are something like " Help me" or "Advice needed" I close the topic every time but should I be warning the member via Pm... I am a bit confusedHELP :XD:


truefusion

I noticed from the last few days that a member called as lilemi was replying to posts that were as old as 2004 or 2005.
What am I supposed to do. It is alright if the author is active or the topic is a general one. It bugs me when topics replied to are something like " Help me" or "Advice needed"

I close the topic every time but should I be warning the member via Pm... I am a bit confused

HELP :XD:

Don't act upon how much it bugs you. :) I suppose it depends on the topic, though.

If the user has replied to a topic that has already been resolved and is just repeating what has been said, then PM them about it to not post in such topics, for they are adding nothing useful to the topic.

If the topic-starter is no longer active—especially if the topic-starter is now considered a guest to our forum—PM them to stop replying to such old topics, even if the user's post may be useful to the topic, for there could be a younger topic with the same problem with its problem solved; and if there isn't, anyone may start a new topic on that subject.

If the user brought back a dead topic 'cause they needed help on a problem, tell them to start their own topic rather than "reviving the dead."

If the topic is popular and the second to last post is pretty near to the last post-date, then allow them to post in it and keep the topic open. But if the second to last post is really old when compared to the last post, i suppose you should close the topic. Though, i think there's something about closing topics that's frowned upon, but i'm not sure. Perhaps someone can clear this up.

Anyways, i'm out of ways on how to solve this problem... And remember, my ways aren't absolute. :D