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    There has been a recent deluge of fly by chat trolls. A new member joins only to never post a thread. instead they go in the chat box and cuss everyone out or spam the hell out of it. I am sure Lynx had no amount of fun having to clean that up after it was done a couple of times and now we have another one in there. As far as I can tell there is no way to report statements made in the chat box.

    Perhaps a restriction on the chat box can be put in place. Like not have it functional to new members until they have 10 posts under their belt. That way they have to spam in a thread which can be reported quickly and they can be dealt with with a lot less effort.


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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Perhaps a restriction on the chat box can be put in place. Like not have it functional to new members until they have 10 posts under their belt. That way they have to spam in a thread which can be reported quickly and they can be dealt with with a lot less effort.
    Which encourages trolls to spam both threads AND chatbox.
    That sounds like it would make things worse.


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    As far as I can tell there is no way to report statements made in the chat box.
    The ability to report chat messages seems the most user-friendly solution.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
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    Perhaps a restriction on the chat box can be put in place. Like not have it functional to new members until they have 10 posts under their belt. That way they have to spam in a thread which can be reported quickly and they can be dealt with with a lot less effort.
    Which encourages trolls to spam both threads AND chatbox.
    That sounds like it would make things worse.


    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    As far as I can tell there is no way to report statements made in the chat box.
    The ability to report chat messages seems the most user-friendly solution.
    But it would force them to have to post something sensible first because the first posts are moderated. This would frustrate the spam trolls at least. And if they don't realize their first posts are moderated until after submitting the first post then they will likely show their nature in the first post and get banned before they ever successfully troll or spam us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    But it would force them to have to post something sensible first because the first posts are moderated.
    Ah -I hadn't realised/remembered that initial posts are moderated.

    So, with that extra info, your suggestion sounds good.
    (I also think a 'report chat message' button would still be a useful addition.)

    But I guess it depends what Admin feels the purpose of chatbox is.
    Limiting chatbox access may undermine that purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
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    But it would force them to have to post something sensible first because the first posts are moderated.
    Ah -I hadn't realised/remembered that initial posts are moderated.

    So, with that extra info, your suggestion sounds good.
    (I also think a 'report chat message' button would still be a useful addition.)

    But I guess it depends what Admin feels the purpose of chatbox is.
    Limiting chatbox access may undermine that purpose.
    I like the report button on the chat box too. but the thing is the chat box scrolls and it could scroll away before anyone sees it to report it. Because there are probably many of us that dont report inappropriate member contributions but instead choose to roll our eyes and ignore it, or retaliate against the morons starting the trouble.

    I am about 50/50 if it is a brand new member and it is obvious spam then i just report it and don't respond to it, but if it is a member who could possibly be genuine and having a bad day, i may respond to see how they react to what I say. Other times I do both.

    I don't like the idea of inundating the mods with reports unless its extreme obnoxiousness or obvious spam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
    Ah -I hadn't realised/remembered that initial posts are moderated.
    Fortunately, since a lot of posts people make are spam or just not very contributory. I really can't stand members that post off topic rambling babble.

    Oh, by the way, that picture in your avatar... Are you black with white stripes or white with black stripes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Oh, by the way, that picture in your avatar... Are you black with white stripes or white with black stripes?
    The stripes are an illusion.
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    It's a shame John doesn't seem to be around much these days he'd soon get rid of these trolls.
    Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. - confucius
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    Users now need to have at least 2 approved posts to see the chat box.
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    "Policing" of public forums. Rather reprehensible, but needed, I suppose. The PC makes such useage too easily obtained, whereas similar nonsense could be carried out in person publically, perhaps as with major political conventions! jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    It's a shame John doesn't seem to be around much these days he'd soon get rid of these trolls.
    Maybe he needs some bait to draw him back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
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    It's a shame John doesn't seem to be around much these days he'd soon get rid of these trolls.
    Maybe he needs some bait to draw him back.


    My head on a platter is not an option.
    Neither of you will probarbly appreciate me saying this but you two are more alike than you might actually think, background and cultural differences aside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Neither of you will probarbly appreciate me saying this but you two are more alike than you might actually think, background and cultural differences aside.
    Nah, I am not bothered by it nor do I really disagree.
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