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Hi, Ask Site users! Moderation has been enabled, so your answers and comments will not show up immediately. Thanks! [closed]

asked 2013-01-28 21:15:13 +0200

qubit gravatar image

updated 2013-02-15 22:42:46 +0200

NOTE: This is the only mechanism I can use right now to put a message on the front page. I'll try to put up a more official-looking notice when I can edit the HTML of the site.

Update: I've now been able to put a notice in the sidebar of the site.

Update2: (2013-02-15) - Moderation has been disabled for a little while, and the site hasn't exploded yet :-) I'll keep the moderation warning on the sidebar, as we'll use some moderation of junior users once the Askbot software is upgraded.

Hi users,

I'd like to apologize for having to enable moderation of your replies. We've been experiencing a TON of video/tv show/random spam and we had to enable that moderation starting this weekend. The spam has seemed to quiet down a bit, but we're not going to lift moderation quite yet.

In the next couple of days I'm going to start whitelisting people so that you contributors don't have to deal with the hurdles of moderation.

Thank you all for bearing with us as the Ask site experiences some growing pains. We'll try to get the site running smoothly (and SPAM-free) as soon as possible.

(one of the) Site moderators

P.S. If you have any questions, please use the 'give feedback' link at the bottom of the page.

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qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-28 21:42:18 +0200 )edit

@mariosv -- Moderation has been enabled by the hostmaster/admins. Thanks.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-28 21:53:44 +0200 )edit

(quick poke to try to bring this question back to the top of the page)

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-28 21:55:07 +0200 )edit

(Simple vote does not change the sort order. I am writing this comment with the same goal - to move up a warning to top of page)

JohnSUN gravatar imageJohnSUN ( 2013-01-29 17:58:01 +0200 )edit

Thanks, done. :)

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2013-01-29 18:02:45 +0200 )edit

This is indeed annoying... Any progress? I believe it is better to put up with (and delete) Spam than to demotivate genuine users with genuine problems...

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2013-02-04 15:05:04 +0200 )edit

@manj_k, thank you for the information ;)

Pedro gravatar imagePedro ( 2013-02-04 15:21:35 +0200 )edit

moderating the questions is good. I appreciate this.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-02-06 09:44:45 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-02-07 10:37:43 +0200

froz gravatar image

I don't think moderation is the best idea. You see yesterday I have posted the question and I could see there were 3 answers, but I couldn't see them, because they were not moderated yet. So I need to wait for another day to see the answers...

Is moderation really needed? You need to ask the following question: 1. Are there vast majority of posts not suited (like spam, inappropriate offensive language etc)? If yes, then moderation is needed. 2. Are there vast majority of posts OK and only few of them brake the rule? If yes, then don't moderate, allow all of the posts to be immediately visible and moderators delete the inappropriate posts when they read them.

I think the answer in this case is 2.

Case 1 is in most of the political, social etc forums where many rude, racist, inappropriate question/answers appears. Case 2 is in most of the computer forums including this one.

Can you please write what is the real reason behind moderation?

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Before moderation was put in place there was a huge amount of spam incoming. The front page was full of spam (links to sites for downloading TV shows etc). That was the reason for it.

Nicd gravatar imageNicd ( 2013-02-07 13:38:09 +0200 )edit

@froz, As mentioned above, the IT team is [working on upgrading the Askbot software(http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Ask-site-Canning-our-SPAM-problem-tc4033357.html#a4033583) and will implement more targeted spam controls when the upgrade is complete.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-09 00:20:16 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-02-01 08:11:48 +0200

Nicd gravatar image

I don't know anything about Askbot, but Google hinted it might have an Akismet plugin. Akismet is surprisingly good, it eliminated spam completely from my blog and I haven't had a single false positive. You could try it. Just my two 0.02€.

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Hi @Nicd, Thanks for the suggestion. Based on what I've heard from the LO admins, because LO is based in Germany & because of some laws concerning data, we probably can't use Akismet with this site. I know -- the whole thing sounds a little crazy, but there it is. We're investigating other options.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-01 09:25:57 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-01-29 01:44:00 +0200

Pedro gravatar image

I had noticed :) But Moderation requires someone to be available to "release" questions without delay. As it was (no waiting) users didn't have enough patience to wait for the answer...

I hope it's only temporary. In any case, well done @qubit for acting fast.

Cheers, Pedro

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Hi @Pedro, Yes, I'm sincerely hoping that moderation will be temporary. I'm scouring the site backend and reading through anti-spam notes on the Askbot site to try to figure out the best way for us to tackle the spam problem

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-29 01:51:05 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-02-06 09:12:04 +0200

froz gravatar image

Hi, I always asked the question and then create a bookmark to check latter if there is some response. Now when moderation is made, I can't bookmark my new question anymore. Is there any way I can do a bookmark and not needing to search for my post after? I am quite busy so I my also forget I asked some question. Regards

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Hi @froz, Set up notifications in your user account (click on your user name next to your karma -> then click on 'subscriptions'). Tweak your Email Subscription Settings so that you receive notifications when people post on your question or mention you (by saying @froz in an Answer or comment)

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-06 09:16:42 +0200 )edit

I don't really like to have a mail subscription. I ask a lot of questions on a lot of forums, so having tons of mails is not desired. I ask question and when I have time to work with specific product (like LibreOffice), I check if something is new.

froz gravatar imagefroz ( 2013-02-07 10:39:39 +0200 )edit

@froz, This site is designed to help answer questions posed by users of LibreOffice. If you're asking so many questions that you don't have time to come back and respond when people give you answers, then people will be less motivated to help you. Please be respectful of our volunteers. Thanks.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-07 10:53:00 +0200 )edit

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TammiCraft gravatar imageTammiCraft ( 2019-01-14 20:57:20 +0200 )edit

Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks the hero instinct

davidjohn gravatar imagedavidjohn ( 2019-03-10 19:04:14 +0200 )edit

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