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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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'Steve would have never allowed'/Shut up and take my money and other +1 posts

I've noticed an increase in the frequency of useless, '+1' type posts. On the first page of almost every article, there's at least 1 post referring to how "Steve would have never allowed ____" and at least 1 post either expecting this type of post or responding to its inevitably. Additionally, every product rumor/announcement seems to have at least 1 Futurama Fry "Shut Up and Take My Money" image macro (often multiple ones). This is accompanied by what seems like an increase in trolls as of late too. These detract from discussion and produce extra scrolling.

Am I alone in thinking this has increased? Any plans to do anything or is it perceived as harmless and in the noise still at this point?
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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Use the button to report those posts, that is probably all you can do right now.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've noticed an increase in the frequency of useless, '+1' type posts.
Click the report post icon and report them.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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The Moderators try to take most of this noise down as we see it
Please help us out by reporting it as you see it and we can take action

+1 posts, posts with only images as you describe, etc. are flagged in the Forum Rules and will be addressed

Yes, there is a lot of it, which is all the more reason to report it
I know you see much of it, but trust me, we have removed far more than you see
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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I do report them, I just wanted to know the official stance on it. Clicking gets old and I wanted to know if there would be any kind of organized effort than reporting. I also hate spamming the moderators unless it's really egregious.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 03:00 PM   #6
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I also hate spamming the moderators unless it's really egregious.
I do that all the time, and they like it.

In all earnest, there does not really seem to be some kind of automated measure to prevent posting a +1 or "Take my money" image.

But that reporting issue gave me an idea:
What if the Report Post page also included a quick check list, like "SPAM", "+1 post" or "redundant image" or something similar? Thus it could be categorised more easily, maybe even have an automated system taking care of it. But I guess VBB is not capable of doing that.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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Most of the moderators work comes from post reports, so it is always helpful. If you start sending tons and tons of reports, for posts that don't need moderator attention, then they will send you a message. Until then, report away.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 05:01 AM   #8
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So "Steve would have never allowed this" can be classed as spam now? Reported rather a lot of posts and so far have yet to recieve a "Good God man stop right now"
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 12:30 PM   #9
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But Tim said...

Don't forget the "doubling down on security" posts...And the "inb4" posts that try and list all the meme's at once...

That said, I'm guilty of meme image posting a couple times...definitely will knock that off!
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 07:06 PM   #10
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Every year you will see something new and the old ones drop off. When is the last time you saw a "Next Tuesday" post. Eventually a new catch phrase will replace those Fry and Steve said... posts.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 07:20 PM   #11
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I sometimes feel bad when I send 50 different messages to the mods when I spot the late night spam posts roll in. I feel like I'm being "needy".
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 08:04 PM   #12
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Every year you will see something new and the old ones drop off. When is the last time you saw a "Next Tuesday" post. Eventually a new catch phrase will replace those Fry and Steve said... posts.
I kind of miss the "PowerBook G5" thing we had going on there for a while.
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 08:40 PM   #13
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I kind of miss the "PowerBook G5" thing we had going on there for a while.

Those were the days!
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Old Aug 26, 2012, 09:45 PM   #14
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Let's file "Safari seems snappier" posts under this category as well. I'm actually glad to hear that these repetitious posts are in violation in the rules; now I can flag them without feeling like I'm wasting the moderators' time.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 08:18 AM   #15
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I sometimes feel bad when I send 50 different messages to the mods when I spot the late night spam posts roll in. I feel like I'm being "needy".
No need to feel bad about it.

We can't monitor every thread that's posted so we rely on our members to send in reports. Keep them coming.
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Use the Image button to report those posts, that is probably all you can do right now.
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Click the report post icon Image and report them.
Jeez.. I'm sick of all these "report those posts" posts...

(I'm going to hell, amn't I....)
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 10:46 AM   #17
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I kind of miss the "PowerBook G5" thing we had going on there for a while.
I think those are grandfathered in because most of the people here are too new to even understand the joke. And the fact that most people use it in reply contextually rather than blabber it every thread helps too.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 10:48 AM   #18
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Jeez.. I'm sick of all these "report those posts" posts...

(I'm going to hell, amn't I....)
You are only going to hell if you believe that stuff.

And there is currently no other way to get mods attention about this. What is your solution to this?
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 12:48 PM   #19
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How about "slow news day?" posts... Maybe don't come to the web site if you don't like the content.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 09:42 AM   #20
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So "Steve would have never allowed this" can be classed as spam now?
Could the mods clarify on this? I'd love to see these posts deleted but I don't want to waste their time reporting them unless it's legit.
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 03:47 AM   #21
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Could the mods clarify on this? I'd love to see these posts deleted but I don't want to waste their time reporting them unless it's legit.
I think the consensus viewpoint is that if there is no other content/that's all the post says then most likely we'd delete it under "Things Not To Do" Rule 2

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Useless and one-word posts. Do not bother making posts with only one or two words (e.g., "cool" or LOL) or a smilie, or post simply to have the first reply in a thread. Such posts waste everyone's time and will be deleted. Posts saying "I agree", "+1", "this", "me too", or the equivalent are also routinely removed, so don't post them. If you aren't interested in a thread, skip the thread; don't post to tell us you aren't interested. If you celebrate making the first post in a news thread, your post will be deleted.
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Old Aug 30, 2012, 11:48 AM   #22
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I think the consensus viewpoint is that if there is no other content/that's all the post says then most likely we'd delete it under "Things Not To Do" Rule 2
That is good news. They are some of the most annoying posts going. Thank you for clarifying it.
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Old Sep 3, 2012, 08:47 AM   #23
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Can we add the many annoying posts of "But it's not iPhone X, it's iPhone Y!"
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Old Sep 3, 2012, 09:30 AM   #24
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Ok, it is really get out of hand now. I think there needs to be some kind of forum announcement for a list for a list of things that people are not allowed to say.

So far we have:
  1. Steve would never allow this!
  2. It is not iPhone 5, it is iPhone X ( or something along those lines, at least while the rumours are going on )
  3. Slow news today
  4. Shut up and take my money
  5. Double down on secrecy
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