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This board allows members to report the accounts of spammers and others who abuse the forums in order to give other members the chance to vote to close the offending account.

 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
OriginalGriff6-Jan-21 22:42
mveOriginalGriff6-Jan-21 22:42 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Nelek6-Jan-21 23:06
protectorNelek6-Jan-21 23:06 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Ralf Meier6-Jan-21 23:42
professionalRalf Meier6-Jan-21 23:42 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
CHill607-Jan-21 2:20
mveCHill607-Jan-21 2:20 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Ralf Meier7-Jan-21 2:25
professionalRalf Meier7-Jan-21 2:25 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
CHill607-Jan-21 2:48
mveCHill607-Jan-21 2:48 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Ralf Meier7-Jan-21 2:57
professionalRalf Meier7-Jan-21 2:57 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Nelek7-Jan-21 5:37
protectorNelek7-Jan-21 5:37 
No, no... you didn't do anything wrong. Just missed one more action: Report the user.
That's exactly why I "summoned" you here, so you can see how we work against the spammers, because I have seen your name in the reports list several times and I suppose you would help us fighting them.

Here in CP things work so:
- Articles, tips, blogs, Questions, Answers, Messages, Comments... All can be reported using the red flag (as you already know). If enough people report it, then it gets nuked.
Right now the numbers are: 3 reports for the Q&A, 5 reports for a forum message or an article / tip / blog, 10 reports for an user.

- This forum is a help place, where once you spot a spam, you can report it (links to offending items and to the offender in the body, name of the user in the subject to avoid repetitions). This way other helpers have it easier to hit the flag and nuke the spammers before they flood the site.

- If there is a blatant spam article, the user should be reported inmediately too. If there are a / some "suspicious" links in an article, we usually report the item only, not the author. We have some words with him / her and give a 2nd chance (sadly it doesn't work out so much as we would like to)

- Reportable offenses:
Spam --- Trying to advertise something for free (like the electrodomestics wave before). Easy to spot.
Site Driving --- trying to get clicks in another site (maybe the own Blog). Usually people posting links to not know resources to old questions.
Plagiarism --- a big NO-GO. There is a FAQ item[^] specially for it
Abuse --- We are (almost) all adults and (hopefully) professionals, so everything that goes beyond the common sense red line is not desired. These limits are difficult to define because they can be very subjective, but really obvious offenders are to be punished.


To make it easier for the other volunteers, we put the name of the user in the subject to avoid repetitions or having to click in every message to see if he was already reported.
Once a user has been nuked, then we edit (if own messages or right to do it) the message or answer it adding "gone" to the subject (as you can see below).


Do not hesitate to contact us (users in this forum) if you have any other question. But don't forget that we are just normal users, some of us (protectors) with some special rights.
@Sean-Ewington is our usual CP-Staff backup to take hard decissions. @Chris-Maunder (CP co-founder) comes by too and has the last word in difficult cases.

I hope I could explain it easily (I tend to be a bit caotic in long messages) and that you continue coming and helping us fight those buggers.
M.D.V. Wink | ;)

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GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Ralf Meier7-Jan-21 6:38
professionalRalf Meier7-Jan-21 6:38 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) Pin
Nelek7-Jan-21 8:45
protectorNelek7-Jan-21 8:45 
GeneralRe: Spam would be articles (Loads of Washing machine repairs, tapasvireddy) - gone Pin
Greg Utas7-Jan-21 3:39
mvaGreg Utas7-Jan-21 3:39 
GeneralSpam would be projects? ("A sample on Action based Role and Authorization", jewelmir) Pin
OriginalGriff6-Jan-21 21:44
mveOriginalGriff6-Jan-21 21:44 
GeneralRe: Spam would be projects? ("A sample on Action based Role and Authorization", jewelmir) Pin
Nelek6-Jan-21 22:28
protectorNelek6-Jan-21 22:28 
GeneralSpammer from moderation queue (Member 15039290) Pin
OriginalGriff6-Jan-21 11:05
mveOriginalGriff6-Jan-21 11:05 
GeneralRe: Spammer from moderation queue (Member 15039290) - Gone Pin
jeron16-Jan-21 11:58
Memberjeron16-Jan-21 11:58 
GeneralSpammer from moderation queue (Member 15026668) Pin
OriginalGriff6-Jan-21 6:22
mveOriginalGriff6-Jan-21 6:22 
GeneralRe: Spammer from moderation queue (Member 15026668) - gone Pin
Greg Utas6-Jan-21 6:44
mvaGreg Utas6-Jan-21 6:44 
GeneralLong-lived site-driving spammer (Member 10349279) Pin
Richard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:29
mveRichard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:29 
GeneralRe: Long-lived site-driving spammer (Member 10349279) - member gone, but not message Pin
Greg Utas6-Jan-21 6:44
mvaGreg Utas6-Jan-21 6:44 
GeneralRe: Long-lived site-driving spammer (Member 10349279) - member gone, but not message - nor the latest QA answer Pin
Richard Deeming6-Jan-21 23:29
mveRichard Deeming6-Jan-21 23:29 
GeneralSite-driving spam in QA (Member 15036058) Pin
Richard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:25
mveRichard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:25 
GeneralOld spam in QA (AdamParola) Pin
Richard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:05
mveRichard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:05 
GeneralRe: Old spam in QA (AdamParola) - gone Pin
Greg Utas6-Jan-21 6:43
mvaGreg Utas6-Jan-21 6:43 
GeneralSite-driving spam in QA (Member 15037506) Pin
Richard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:01
mveRichard Deeming6-Jan-21 4:01 
GeneralRe: Site-driving spam in QA (Member 15037506) - Gone Pin
jeron16-Jan-21 4:07
Memberjeron16-Jan-21 4:07 

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