Topix Blog: Politix Celebrates Innovation and Civic Engagement

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Politix had the pleasure of hosting an event at The Newseum in Washington DC that aimed to bring political operatives, public servants and press together with the tech and innovation community.
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the real anonymouse

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Aug 18, 2013
 

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Topix, I see from the last date of your blog that communicating with users isn't a top priority. But you need to know that the spam on the forums is unacceptable now. Give us the ability to ignore or block a whole thread and force these spammers off Topix. Is the temporary bump of artificial traffic produced by spam bots worth losing regular users? You need only look at the other big forums and chat rooms over the years that ignored spam bot problems and eventually stopped operating once it became just the bots talking to each other and the users moved on. You are only shooting yourselves in the foot to not get proactive on allowing users the ability to turn off spammy threads that have no bearing to the community news and discussions.
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Aug 19, 2013
 
Hmmm, I think it's a chicken and egg situation. Do the defunct sites become unused because of spamming or does the spamming move in to the increasing emptiness? I doubt spam threads will drive people from the site unless they are unable to scroll. Intrusive pop-ups and auto downloads from in your face adverts are more annoying to posters on the whole; many of whom have adblocked.
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Aug 20, 2013
 
When your community's page is crowded out with "testimony" from "spellcasters" and all local discussions are pushed down and out by them then it is a problem. I am just going to stop even bothering to look at Topix when 3/4ths of my hometown postings are just fortune telling ad spam. These people are advertising for free on Topix's servers, reporting them seems to do no good, and the company doesn't seem to care! They are more concerned with rolling out a social game than actually listening to what people need.
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Aug 21, 2013
 
That's a good point the spammers are getting free advertising. I still think you can just scroll past those threads but do agree it is annoying and you have to really want to put the time in to do that. Ideally Topix should have more moderators to do some weeding of these threads as soon as they appear... they certainly seem quick enough to prude (yes Topix a play on the word prune) out threads which people are actually posting on but are a tad 'risque' in some form
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Sep 6, 2013
 
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Some velvet sidewalk

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Sep 8, 2013
 
Give "The Gloop" his voice back!!
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Sep 10, 2013
 
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Funny trolls can repost the exact same troll remark 200x a day on the utica NY forum but if normal people repeat something twice the post gets dumped but TO YOU it looks like it posted.
Topix is deceptive garbage.

That stupid fcking "The GAME" offers absolutely no redeeming value at all unless you're a fat cow who has the lowest threshold for excitement for leeches on Earth.

I try to post a link to a NEWS SITE and it warns then blocks me. This is wonky fckng garbage not a valuable experience. Nothing like posting to get the "WARNING Please REFRAIN from..." when nothing in your post is offensive it could be a recipe sometimes! Then if you STILL try to post it, you can post for 2 days and all looks fine but this garbage will trick you and later you will find out nothing psted in reality you have been wasting your fckng time on this Topix garbage.

Trolls create copies of my login name I've had since 2009 and put nasty avatars up designed to insult yet Topix won't stop them when we complain via the ethereal "report a post" mechanism.

Too many trolls, too many wonky gadgets, MADDENINGLY abusive automatic warning/rejects while Utica's racist trolls do same with glee and post 30x straight down the Topix page. Nothing has been done time to start a simple private forum and suck all the decent people at my hometown forum over where they don't have to put up with utter utter amateur garbage Topix and it's bullshit that SUPPORTs the trolls and racists and incorrectly suppressed normal people. You people need real programmers and a CEO that can change the stagnant repulsive state of the Topix experience.
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I agree with you, mostly, Leaving, apart from the game which I quite like... easily amused obviously.
It is well annoying when you try and post something on more than one thread and it doesn't post, and the fact that it shows to you and no-one else just adds to it. As for those filters, arrggg, now I hope I can post this as I said arr... and that has two or more letter which in some kind of word search anagram game could be use to make an offensive word. I think, seriously, Topix, ditch the filters (there I go again with ditch) we are all adults, and those who aren't have to be 13+, but really, would anyone not an adult actually want to post on the majority of these forums, doh. Too annoying when I've seen posts made using profane language with no disguises of words and I can't post a song because the url addy has a couple of 'bad' letters in it. As for the clone trolls, I've seen that too (Top Stories) and funny how the 'report' button works for some within hours, for others days and still for others never, hmm. While I'm ranting, Topix, quit the judgeIts game it's getting old, lame and pathetic,'and' please just get rid of the filters, and if need be get more mods... because it doesn't stop offensive, profane, trolling or stop spam it just infuriates ordinary posters; too, why not make invisible posts invisible to everyone including the offending poster 'and' would it be so hard to let people know when they are shadowed/banned at least, if not why they are... would be adult
OK, please don't delete me ;D I like it here.. even if it does wind me right up some days..
please Topix for once hear us, we may not be your customers (that's the advertisers) but without posters or less posters there will be less of that profit too

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