I appreciate your vote of confidence, but there are already two threads on this - one here and one in the Feedback Forum (btw, this would go great there).
The main point I want to get across is that something needs to be done. Doing nothing and expecting things to get better is insane. Over the last few weeks, maybe the last few months, I’ve basically felt like this towards the admin/mods:
I see the problem too. The challenge is that our policies don’t really cover “posting stupid sh!t”. It only covers “posting offensive or libelous sh!t,” and there’s actually plenty of stuff that is offensive to some but not to others that often gets the benefit of the doubt as long as it doesn’t grow to be an everyday kind of offensiveness.
In the past, stupid posts came up but it was not so often that it is a problem. But today, there’s a lot more stuff that isn’t exactly offensive, but is so dumb or quasi-spam, like “is it ok if I pick my nose when no one sees it???” It doesn’t break a policy and it’s stupid enough that I figure most people can choose not to read it. Nonetheless, some posters put up four or five of these dumb things in a single day, and maybe one is mildly interesting or amusing, yet it doesn’t break any rules.
Perhaps we need to evolve our policy to include “irrelevant spam” or such, but that’s going to mean that lots more threads get nuked, and most members don’t like it when that happens. I’m interested in hearing what members would suggest the policy or dividing line should be.
I’d joke that this discussion ought to go into the feedback forum, but it probably will get more responses and ideas here, so let’s leave it in WC for at least a little while.
^That looks nice for the price. I actually happen to collect bladed weapons.
Edit: To the on-topic post, that’s why you to trust someone that understands the problem. There’s no perfect solution, but I guarantee I’d have the WC spam free on weekdays from 8:00am-4:00pm CT. I don’t work evenings or weekends.
Perhaps I’m naive, but I think the best way to get rid of the trolls is for all of us to just ignore them. After enough of their threads do nothing but slide down the page because no one is posting in them, they’ll go away. It seems clear to me that they get off on the attention, so why give it to them. I’m also guessing that a lot of the trolling is a couple of people who get banned and just come back under a new name, so banning them even feeds their need for attention. Just my $0.03.
^Yes, but we’re horrible at ignoring the trolls. In fact, we feed them worse here than pretty much any other forum I’ve seen. The fact that Blake is some mystical figure (I wouldn’t have banned him under what I’m proposing btw), and RR is some semi-celebrity is just stupid.
Maybe not so much the Blake one. He was really good at what he did…providing cell phone carrier suggestions.
The No Fap thread was a net positive to the forum, from my point of view. It engaged many members of the community, presented what seemed to be a legitimate set of observations on a personal experiment, was civilized considering the content, and was self contained, so it was easy to ignore if someone found the topic uninteresting or distasteful.
Now with regard to the latest people (person) who are (is) under examination, the problem is not the content that is being posted. Nothing is really wrong in each individual thread. The problem is that the repeated posting disrupts the rest of the forum. It’s pretty clear also that the same person was posting under multiple user names, and if a rule about this doesn’t already exist, this should be considered a violation of forum policy.
Plus, I don’t know about the rest of you, but this behavior was just sad and inexplicable to me. It should be our duty as world citizens to terminate accounts that demonstrate such pathetic behavior. This would be like how Ripley killed the human alien hybrid at the end of Alien 4.
Right, that’s why I thought the post throttle might be a useful too. The threads themselves are innocuous, if dumb, but there are so many posted in a row that it becomes a problem. If the user doesn’t get the message with a throttle, then the accounts are terminated, preferably with a T-1000, liquid steel.