Re: Reporting spam/abusive posts
Speaking just for myself, spam post handling works this way:
Someone flags a post, and that generates an e-mail which comes into my inbox even if I am not logged in to TFF. This e-mail includes the reporters comments, and has a link to the post and to the thread. I go to the post, usually to discover that someone - usually Jack, during my morning time period, has 'soft' deleted the post, which means only moderators and admin's can see it. I 'hard' delete it, which removes it completely, then I go to the posters profile and ban them permanently.
Flagging posts is absolutely the FASTEST way to get rid of them, because it might be hours before a mod or admin happens to find them on their own.
Like Jack said, multiple reports do not cause the spam to go away any quicker, but the do not hurt anything either.
Last night, I had five e-mails reporting ngenerr, for instance, within minutes of his posting. I hard deleted one of his posts, then deleted the thread he started, then banned him - and he was still on-line. This whole thing took MINUTES.
I have a mental image of this spammer making one post, starting a thread with another, and when he tried to make a third discovered he was already banned.
It is the MEMBERS that make this process a success.
FLAG those SPAMS - if you think someone else has already flagged them, flag them anyway - it hurts nothing! TFF is of such a size and activity level that the ONLY way SPAM is short lived here is when members are diligent about reporting it.
THANK YOU to all the members that do this, and THANK YOU to all the mod's that spend time working on it.
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