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How To Report A Topic

Posted by Makaru , Nov 08 2007 · 399 views

Public Service Announcements
PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE
Read it again. Things have changed.


I was once just a regular member. I've been in your shoes once before. I've seen posts that are ridiculous, useless and offensive. I have been powerless to stop them and yearned to do more. I am staff today, and sometimes I still feel this way. Knowing what I know now, this is the contribution I want to be known for, if nothing else.

May it help you become a better person on both BZPower.com and in real life.

BZPower is a great place to hang out and talk about matters related to Bionicle, Lego, or the ties that connect us. But it is so easy to make it a better place by doing one simple thing. There are instances where a Report does far more than any post could ever do. In fact, more often than not, posting will just make the topic worse. Here are some instances.

Any time you type these phrases:

I don't think this is allowed...

I think this belongs in...

Please don't flame, [member]...

That's spam, [member]...

The folder isn't public...

Reporting...

This topic was revived...

This should be closed...

...can someone please close this?

I guess a Moderator can close this now...


...anywhere in your post, DON'T post. If you do, you aren't helping the situation. You're making it worse by drawing attention to the topic/post, and any available Staff that can handle the situation are still unaware of the problem. Even a simple spam post does not warrant discussion about its merit. So what can you do to help?

Report the post.


Recently, it has become common that certain members post either incredibly offensive material or multiple topics which spam up the boards. There is no point in telling the member to stop or they'll get banned. They don't care. They know the consequences of their actions. Telling them otherwise gives them more material to burn. So what can you do to help?
  1. Report the post
  2. Go to the main Forum Page
  3. Look at the Members online
  4. Look for Teal, Green or Blue names
  5. PM them (or IM them if you know their addresses), and notify them of the situation.
This is the most effective way of dealing with the problem. Even if it's not staff from that forum, we know how to contact those who are.

Also, it is still common for normal members to say "NOBODY POST HERE!" in such threads. DO NOT do this. It does not alter the situation in any way because you aren't staff. Other members will tend to glance past your post, and it only humours the spammer. By the above techniques, you will solve the situation much quicker.


Remember,



Still feel helpless? Sometimes it takes even less than reporting and staff reprimanding. If you still want to actively help, send the person a PM notifying them of problems in their post and offer suggestions on how to solve it. Links to official or guidelines topics, a simple reminder of a rule or just a heads up (in a PM) will also have more effect than posting in the topic because then the person of interest will see it immediately.


Thank you, and Tohu be praised.

~Makaru~


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QUOTE(Roa McToa @ Apr 26 2007, 12:31 AM)
Report buttons are golden.
We should actually make them gold...gold and flashy, then more people will see them.

-Seran

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This so deserves to be bumped. Do it now Mak.

I used to do this, now I don't unless I am posting normally in said topic. But when I see the single post devoted to it, it 'erks' me.

-FFBuu
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Entry bumped in light of recent events.
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Spoony Bard
Jul 02 2007 09:33 PM
Have I ever told you how much I love you Mak? biggrin.gif

-Omi
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i dont think this is allowed markaru reporting so a modertator can close..

Oh, and I still support this entry and it needs more viewings. :P
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Mak is awesome: tongue.gif

Thanks Mak!

Reya
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Because it's come up again.
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QUOTE
The folder isn't public...


That's only one I don't agree with, but I guess you have more experience on the subject tongue.gif
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With that one, one person posts and then about fifty do after. All we need is just one person, if any at all.
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Edit: Sorry, my mistake. I thought these phrases were handy for reporting. Next time, I'll read carefully.
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For obvious reasons. smile.gif
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Step one you hover your cursor over the report button
He clicks on the report button
The page loads
You start typing
In the text box
As you type in your report
In the text box
You finish up and you press send

Where did I go wrong, I somehow did it wrong
Somewhere along my computer freezing
And I would have been trying all night
Had I known how to report a topic


..Bad attempt, i know. tongue.gif
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this helped me today.what happens with reported posts, are they deleted or the guy/gal gets a proto drain?
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They are dealt with accordingly by the staff. Not all posts receive the same punishment.
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I donĀ“t know if this is the right place to ask this on but anyways,question:
If I sees a revieved(sp?) topic,shall i report it?

~RK~
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Yes.
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how do you "bump" entries in your blog?

on topic: this entry is golden.. I'm going to link it in my blog..

and..

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Very good information. Thanks, I'll remember this as I want to become staff one day too.

TT
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Thank you. I will keep this in mind, and not post what not to post. smile.gif In fact, I'll put this in my sig!
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Oh great! I should've read this the first day I became a member! I have sinned so many times according to this blog entry! >.<

WOOPS!
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Any time you type these phrases:


I don't think this is allowed...

I think this belongs in...

Please don't flame, [member]...

That's spam, [member]...

The folder isn't public...

Reporting...

This topic was revived...

This should be closed...

...can someone please close this?

I guess a Moderator can close this now...



Then how come OPZPCs always post that kind of thing it topics, and moderators thank them- they are breaking the rules! sad.gif
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