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Old 06-24-2011, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Too much 'Hit & Run'.

There are an increasing number of people with less than 2 dozen Posts who tear through here and only increase the noise. They may have "Keyboard Bash" Names (EG: kjkldgf) or their first few Posts are marked by entering a Thread without reading it and trying to cut someone (or their idea) down (without adding something that would actually be a better idea and helpful). Often they must express their thoughts with 'star-words'.

Some feel no need to abide by the Rules, example: Need Windows 7! that apply to most Places and realize not what type of Place we try to make this.

I hate to add more work for the Mods but could the first dozen Posts be moderated before they appear. If it looks like they would be a poor addition to our Community could they be given a few tips or pointed towards the Rules (or the Door).

There seems a lot of 'Hit & Run' around here this past week - they come to mess around, add a User to our list, then disappear.

If they have just one or two Posts I feel a reluctance to answer even reasonable questions since every time I do they can't take the effort to even post a thanks. It is as though they don't know to check back on their Thread and your advice falls on deaf ears.

When you Google to find them an answer you can see they have posted the question in a few other Forums over the past couple of days also, they must have their answer quick and no time for a Thank You Letter.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

We already moderate new users to an extent, I believe we used to moderate more posts than we do now but we found that due to timezone differences and the number of staff on the site, reviewing the flood of incoming moderated posts was too much. The staff here are all volunteers, we have real jobs/lives that need attention too

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There are always gonna be people posting who couldn't give a darn about how they get help so long as they get it, unfortunately that's just the way some people are and we can't do much to change that. If a post reads in a negative way or if they're extremely impatient and bump their thread every hour I'll just leave it alone and help someone who can manage to put together a considerate post
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

Summer time is here (in the northern hemisphere) which means school is out, which brings around a lot more of this kind of thing.

I have been thinking of writing up a little something to put on the Home page. Hopefully I will get to in the next few days.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

New people rarely read the rules. They just go on the site, look around and post. I really think we need more mods here. To take the load off you guys. Just sayin'
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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New people rarely read the rules. They just go on the site, look around and post.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

Is there not a way to do a test upon signup of the basic rules to see if they should have moderated posts or not?
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I know that if they post links and their post count is under a certain amount their posts are moderated (or it was when I was still a Mod at least).

As far as making everyone's posts moderated under a certain amount... the staff would just be too busy. We would have to look over and approve a lot of posts per day, and people would be waiting for us to do that so they can get their question answered, which in turn could just make them go to another forum (point of a message board getting and keeping members is giving quick, quality answers to questions...that's what keeps members around).
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

Honestly, who cares if they hit and run.

You've pointed out the extreme minority of first time users, and make it seem like its nearly all of them are pirates vand bad folks.

Most people could care less about using a tech forum every day, so they come, get help, leave... They get another issue the come back and get more help.

The sites great, not to huge, and it keeps the skript kiddies and haters away.

There barely a flaming war or post and has a great atmosphere...
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I know that if they post links and their post count is under a certain amount their posts are moderated (or it was when I was still a Mod at least).

As far as making everyone's posts moderated under a certain amount... the staff would just be too busy. We would have to look over and approve a lot of posts per day, and people would be waiting for us to do that so they can get their question answered, which in turn could just make them go to another forum (point of a message board getting and keeping members is giving quick, quality answers to questions...that's what keeps members around).
Exactly. The plugin looks for certain words and will automatically moderate those posts by new members. Having EVERY post by new members moderated is a nightmare because when they do not see their post they repost it... and repost it, and... yeah.

It's been nuts today so I haven't had time to write something up. Maybe tomorrow will be slower...
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: Too much 'Hit & Run'.

This thread looks like a good place for me to Hit and Run
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