Stupid question, but here goes. Can we get flagged by HP as a spammer if we report several spammers or spam questions/comments/etc within a short period of time. When I was going through the "answer" section, I found tons of spam and started flagging them, then decided just to go to the member profiles and report it that way. Should we limit the number of flags during any given period of time? I'm asking because I want to help keep HP cleaned up, but don't want to get myself into trouble.
I have a question though - for those hubs that are coming from Squidoo that are under the grace period, will there be a way to identify them so we know that we just need to give them more time? I'd hate to keep reporting hubs before they have had a chance to fix them.
I don't flag anyone if it's only because I don't understand the question or if the same person posts multiple questions. All of the ones yesterday were statements and, when I clicked on them, the additional information was either an ad for some program or a few sentences making it sound like a mini-hub. I love when people ask all types of questions because it makes me sit there and think about many different topics and, most often, I learn something new.
Community policing and reporting work great but only when a site's payouts are running really high, and the users who shoulder all the work, spending hours per day reporting spam, feel their efforts are worth it and rewarded.
But take away that money, and suddenly the site users aren't into doing work that they feel should be done by an employee.
That's the reality of the spam situation on this website.
Please do help her out since she is going to be really busy. Are you going to have it delivered to her house? Seriously, what kind of things are people spamming? Was it long ago? I have not seen any, however I am a newbie.
Well, they spam their ware basically. Usually with a link or email address. They start out with a cut and pasted, or nonsensical post, or a heart wrenching story where they pour out the most personal details of their life and when someone responds, they wait a while... up to a few months... then send in another spammer who responds with the "solution to their love problems" or dry skin or what ever their product solves.
Sed-me gave a very good explanation. The reason you might not be seeing that many spams in the "answer" section is because the people who work for HP usually remove them within minutes of them being reported.
DrMark1961 that's funny..LOL …however on the other flip side thank you Sed-me so I don't fall for it. I don't think I would however now I know not to. I am new on the street so it is good there is a sheriff also out there. I miss Mayberry and Andy.
It is not assumed that the hubs coming over from Squidoo will be inferior and reportable, at least not by me, and it doesn't seem to the case for the OP.
We already regularly report hubs that are inferior - it is a way to keep the quality up on the site. There aren't a lot of employees, so when we come across something that doesn't seem right, we simply report them. When we report something,it doesn't automatically get unpublished or whatever. The report gets sent to the moderator. The moderator looks at it to see if there is a TOS violation, and if so, will take some action to inform the Hubber.
My concern was that I didn't want to waste the moderator's time on hubs that are in the grace period when there are probably plenty of other hubs that they can moderate.
Good thinking. We should not overburden the moderator. What we can do, and in our hands is that we can deny inappropriate and abusive comments appearing on the hubs or forums by simply disapproving them so that they will not appear to public on there. Through this means, we can clean much of them instantly and that is a good job too.
I've read a lot of hubs lately and don't which ones are written by long time HP members and which are written by people coming over from Squidoo. There are good and bad no matter where you go or where you're from. I hope no one who has transferred their writing to HP ever gets frustrated by the few bad apples (previous HP members) who may be putting down the quality of writing only because they know the author is from Squidoo.
I don't hit spots like the hub hopper to look for spam. But when it does pop up and staring me in the face, it only takes a few seconds to report it, so I report it. Not long ago someone was spamming the forums.
People spam the forums everyday, especially in the hours before California wakes up. It's reported everyday, but they keep coming back. The links on the forum used to be followed links, so some people in the third world still don't know that they are no longer posting followed links here and that they are wasting their time.
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