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Topic # 147187 11-Jun-2014 22:12
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Many of you probably saw a topic created this week (9th June 2014) where a new user posted a long complaint about a telco and their billing practices. After a couple of days the topic had ten pages and was going nowhere, with a majority of comments not supporting the OP's point of view and the ones that agreed with the principle did not see the reason to fight for it, seeing it involved a revolving credit in the low single digits.

Anyway, there is a reason why we (most of the times) remove and ban newusers that post "soapbox" topics. We have a lot of experience around here and we try to keep it clean.

As I said in this specific case the discussion was going nowhere so ScottPalmer locked the thread. That was enough for the OP to say via PM that we locked the discussion at this telco's request. When Scott denied it and said the account would be banned the OP replied with this gem:


Moderator or not, frankly from your last reply before you so-called "locked" the thread, it's more than obvious you're either a [telco name removed] employee or a fanatical cult member who blindly worships [telco name removed]. I suspect it's the former, so don't bother denying it. I just sympathise with the true users of Geekzone, they will never get to see any unbiased comments or moderation from this forum. Do you what you will, your pathetic attempt to intimidate amuses me. 


We remove soapbox post from first time users and will continue to do so. If someone comes here looking for help we can almost immediately see this by the tone of the first post. We do not accept trolls - except of course the ones we know around here ;)

This is why that topic was removed and the user banned.







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  Reply # 1063703 11-Jun-2014 22:27
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The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

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johnr: The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

John


I am surprised that you (JohnR) are not banned yet... after years and years of trolling.....!

This is unfair!







 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1063710 11-Jun-2014 22:34
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nakedmolerat:
johnr: The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

John


I am surprised that you (JohnR) are not banned yet... after years and years of trolling.....!

This is unfair!




Trolling with in the lines. Sometimes.


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  Reply # 1063711 11-Jun-2014 22:34
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Damn, I always miss all the good ones! tongue-out

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  Reply # 1063712 11-Jun-2014 22:34
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If it's th thread I'm thinking of I couldn't be bothered reading the OP and I'm amazed anyone bothered to read and reply to it. Especially enough to get to that many pages...




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  Reply # 1063719 11-Jun-2014 22:38
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nakedmolerat:
johnr: The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

John


I am surprised that you (JohnR) are not banned yet... after years and years of trolling.....!

This is unfair!




I stand by my comment, I read the thread end to end and they were clearly out to pick a battle about nothing

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  Reply # 1063720 11-Jun-2014 22:39
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johnr:
nakedmolerat:
johnr: The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

John


I am surprised that you (JohnR) are not banned yet... after years and years of trolling.....!

This is unfair!




I stand by my comment, I read the thread end to end and they were clearly out to pick a battle about nothing


A proper troll picks his battles.


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  Reply # 1063724 11-Jun-2014 22:42
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nakedmolerat:
johnr: The end user that started that thread is a total moron and clearly has nothing better to do, What a waste of time and effort

John


I am surprised that you (JohnR) are not banned yet... after years and years of trolling.....!

This is unfair!




JohnR is a helpful and knowledgeable member of this community.




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  Reply # 1063725 11-Jun-2014 22:42
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Maybe preventing new posters from starting a new thread, unless they have made 5 posts in existing threads, could be an idea to stop it occurring. This is what some forums do to stop this, and to also stop spammers.

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mattwnz: Maybe preventing new posters from starting a new thread, unless they have made 5 posts in existing threads, could be an idea to stop it occurring. This is what some forums do to stop this, and to also stop spammers.


I disagree.

It doesn't happen that often to warrant this.





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mattwnz: Maybe preventing new posters from starting a new thread, unless they have made 5 posts in existing threads, could be an idea to stop it occurring. This is what some forums do to stop this, and to also stop spammers.


I think that's a bad idea since people come here for help because their ISP can't/wont help.







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  Reply # 1063730 11-Jun-2014 22:50
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Maybe first thread & post are first viewed by a mod and needs to be approved that it meets FUG

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johnr: Maybe first thread & post are first viewed by a mod and needs to be approved that it meets FUG


We could have a vote to remove feature. Not every user would be able to vote, only trusted ones.







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  Reply # 1063734 11-Jun-2014 22:52
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johnr: Maybe first thread & post are first viewed by a mod and needs to be approved that it meets FUG


Too much work for our moderator.

They need to exercise their banhammer(s) every now and then





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  Reply # 1063735 11-Jun-2014 22:55
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johnr: Maybe first thread & post are first viewed by a mod and needs to be approved that it meets FUG


This was used on a large Forum I was Admin for, it worked well but it does increase moderator work loads.




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