New Feature: Flag Spam

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  1. Jackson Riddle profile image50
    Jackson Riddleposted 8 years ago

    I think hubbers should be able to flag spam on the forums. I'm not sure if there is an option to do this already but I think it would be good. Even though there is not too much spam, keeping HP forums spam free 99% with the help of actual hubbers will go along way. I feel as though the report button is putting to much pressure on the HP staff members and it feels so unnessacry to bother them with "some guys spamming".

    1. Mark Knowles profile image59
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      There is already an option. Click the button "report" to do so.

      1. Jackson Riddle profile image50
        Jackson Riddleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Does it actually flag it as spam or does it send a message to moderators?

        1. darkside profile image80
          darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Sometimes flags are messages, or they can be queued on a page. Either way it works. No need to reinvent the wheel and make two buttons, because chances are some people will end up clicking the 'wrong' one anyway.

    2. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure where the pressure comes from. The report button does the job fine. Whether it's reporting spammers, scammers or out of control members.

      1. Jackson Riddle profile image50
        Jackson Riddleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        "You are sending a private message to the HubPages team" it just seems so personel.

  2. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    perhaps he is suggesting a method like youtube or yahoo answers, where a high proportion of thumbs down by community members results in the message being hidden and reported, such a feature could have its purpose...as the staff is rather small.

    I was reading a more gray hat forum recently on a thread about hubpages and one of the members specifically pointed out that hubbers were protective and flag happy smile


    If that same zeal could be directly targetted to the forums so that the obvious spam posts were hidden due to user feedback until a (the?) mod had a chance to check why, than the incentive to do such would be effectively removed

    1. Jackson Riddle profile image50
      Jackson Riddleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      well put, more on the direction I was on, however thumbs down could be interperated as not agreeing the post rather than thinking it is spam. On that note a thumb up and thumb down system for post popularity could be ok aswell.

      1. sunforged profile image75
        sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I was assuming familiarity with the system, both have obvious distinctions in thumbs up, down or spam.

    2. pauldeeds profile imageSTAFF
      pauldeedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      We are working towards a system along these lines.  The first step will be to add a "reason" drop down to report link (ie. spam, personal attack, duplicate, note, etc.).  The second step will be to determine who's reports are upheld as accurate consistently.  The final step will be to automatically remove or hide reported posts when based on the reports we feel confident that a post is in fact spam, etc.

      1. yoshi97 profile image63
        yoshi97posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Sure ... Hand me the hammer Paul ... I'll bop these spammers into next week. You can trust ole Yoshi ... smile

        On another note, I flagged a whole bunch tonight - we had two nuts vying for the idiocy award and Maddie lost - she gets to clean up the mess. On a good note, I did try to make some of the reports at least interesting, so as to avoid the doldrum of click ... delete ... click ... delete.

        Ah, the days when I had my own forums. I would just mute the little cockroaches, and there they sat, posting away, totally unaware they were in their own little world where no one else could hear them and their messages would silently fall off the server within the hour. No fuss - no argument - no spammers. smile

      2. Jackson Riddle profile image50
        Jackson Riddleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah good Idea, thansk for the response.

  3. Eric Graudins profile image61
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Geez, if that were implemented there'd be an avalanche of smiting on the religious forums! lol :lol;

    1. Jackson Riddle profile image50
      Jackson Riddleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Still, knowing where people stand on a comment can often be lost in the 100's or replies that a thread might get. Valid point though. Thumbs up.

    2. sunforged profile image75
      sunforgedposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thats not a bad thing, if like minded folk want to chat endlessly about how great their gods are, than let them.

      I dont see any positive goals in those who jump into obvious pro-anything conversations just to stir up arguments with their differing opinions.

      Most intelligent people enjoy a debate (but they prob wont be found in a religious forum on hubpages) but if the thread or conversation wasnt started in the spirit of debate and one chooses to go stir them up...sure, why not, thumbs down, by all the zealots then thye dont have to read it..its not uncommon for off topic posts to be removed or blocke din forums

      The hidden message isnt deleted nor is it a neg on the account, they can even be viewed by someone with a little extra effort of clicking a link


      Imagine how many trolls would lose the joy of starting a fight and getting attention, and maybe write a hub or two instead

    3. Dame Scribe profile image59
      Dame Scribeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Smiting lol roflol, k, thats new

  4. Jackson Riddle profile image50
    Jackson Riddleposted 8 years ago

    In this case a thumbs down won't nessacarily be marked as spam. Rather it will show the general consensus of how viewers felt about the post. Look at the Obama peace prize threads, I do believe that so many people just jumped on the against bandwagon just to start a good debate (which I am all for). However, what I would like to know is what posters feel about the comments that had been posted via thumbs up or down rather than 100-posts on trying to shut down the other persons point.

  5. Jackson Riddle profile image50
    Jackson Riddleposted 8 years ago

    Just went to report spam and low and behold saw the new 'flag spam feature'. Well kind of anyway. It was a drop down list for reasons which included spam, personel attack, hate and other.

    Nice work hub pages staff!

 
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