"Report Abuse" function

"Report Abuse" function

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Lift-off

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#1 Jan 18, 2008
I am curious if using this action results in the tagged post being reviewed. Since the forums are titled with cities and towns, what one reads on here reflects on that community, all too often in not a very good light when an offensive post is allowed to remain for all the online world to see.

“Hi Folks!”

Since: Sep 06

Topix Headquarters

#2 Jan 21, 2008
Lift-off wrote:
I am curious if using this action results in the tagged post being reviewed. Since the forums are titled with cities and towns, what one reads on here reflects on that community, all too often in not a very good light when an offensive post is allowed to remain for all the online world to see.
Hi there,

Forum posts that receive flags are placed in a queue for review by Topix staff.

Admin @ Topix

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#3 Jan 30, 2008
Top Mod, you said elsewhere that they had to get several reports from unique users, or something about a threshold? Details please...
Brian

Roberts, ID

#4 Jan 30, 2008
Does it make a difference to topix mods if one person clicks "report abuse" several times, or is it better if different users with different IP addresses click the abuse tab? Will either method produce better results?

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

United States

#5 Jan 30, 2008
What happens when someone gets banned from Topix? Do they get a warning or an e-mail before it happens?

“Hi Folks!”

Since: Sep 06

Topix Headquarters

#6 Jan 31, 2008
Brian wrote:
Does it make a difference to topix mods if one person clicks "report abuse" several times, or is it better if different users with different IP addresses click the abuse tab? Will either method produce better results?
Hi again,

Unfortunately, giving more details about exactly how it works really opens the door to gaming the system. Your best bet is to just flag posts you feel should be reviewed and encourage other users to do the same, rather than engage any trolls.

Admin @ Topix

“Hi Folks!”

Since: Sep 06

Topix Headquarters

#8 Jan 31, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
What happens when someone gets banned from Topix? Do they get a warning or an e-mail before it happens?
Hi WIR,

That entirely depends on the situation. If someone is a completely unrepentant troll, they will likely just be banned without warning. If someone has been a quality poster and has a few bad posts, they will usually get a warning, so they can get back on the straight and narrow before any permanent action is taken.

Admin @ Topix

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

United States

#9 Jan 31, 2008
Top Mod wrote:
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Hi WIR,
That entirely depends on the situation. If someone is a completely unrepentant troll, they will likely just be banned without warning. If someone has been a quality poster and has a few bad posts, they will usually get a warning, so they can get back on the straight and narrow before any permanent action is taken.
Admin @ Topix
Do you really work for Topix Admin?

Since: Apr 07

AOL

#10 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Do you really work for Topix Admin?
I am wondering myself. What is meant by "unique users". I post in the Tony Stewart forum and have noticed that there are many new posters over the last few months that have taken over the forum. They are nasty and mean but yet topix has banned a few that just point out the facts and let the nasty poster go on posting. I don't get it. It use to be a fun forum with nice posters. Most have left and gone onto other Stewart forums. If this keeps up there will be less and less going to the TS forum.

Since: Apr 07

AOL

#11 Feb 1, 2008
Oh and by the way Top Mod, don't you think the word "trolls" is a little tuff considering you rely on these people for hits?

Since: Dec 06

Lufkin, TX

#12 Feb 1, 2008
Now it seems my post over here has been removed.

Tell me why me saying

Topix

should TOPIX only show our State NOT our Town

Well, with some of the crazy people who think trolls are following them around the ISP should never be shown.(6 hrs ago | post #9)

Should be removed.

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

Cotati, CA

#14 Feb 1, 2008
Pocono Race Fan wrote:
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I am wondering myself. What is meant by "unique users". I post in the Tony Stewart forum and have noticed that there are many new posters over the last few months that have taken over the forum. They are nasty and mean but yet topix has banned a few that just point out the facts and let the nasty poster go on posting. I don't get it. It use to be a fun forum with nice posters. Most have left and gone onto other Stewart forums. If this keeps up there will be less and less going to the TS forum.
Hey Pocono. I don't know what a "unique user" is either. I think I know what you mean about nasty posters, but I've never been to the TS forum. I hang on the Immigration Reform forum and they're vicious. Just a guess, but I think some of the people on my forum actually know people who work for Topix--the mean and nasty posters are allowed to stay. Some people just disappear because they can't handle it. Others get banned and come back. Some of the most disruptive posters also create "private forums" and post to each other privately. They change their nicks alot too so people can't Id them. It's very weird.

But, Topix is a business and is in this to make money. The more controversy they get on any one forum, the more people come to that forum and post. It's all about advertising dollars. Look at all the ads on each topix page; advertisers are counting on hits to their ads. It's one big money-making racket. And cheap thrills for us. That's my take on it anyway.

Since: Dec 06

Lufkin, TX

#15 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Huh?
I posted here this morning I said

Well, with some of the crazy people who think trolls are following them around the ISP should never be shown.

And it was removed. I would like to know why.

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

Cotati, CA

#16 Feb 1, 2008
Amy W wrote:
<quoted text>I posted here this morning I said
Well, with some of the crazy people who think trolls are following them around the ISP should never be shown.
And it was removed. I would like to know why.
Got it. I have no idea why a post gets removed. I have seen whole threads gutted though and that's when someone notifies Topix and asks for it to be removed. I agree about the ISP. But I don't know if Topix can control how it appears because it's the Internet service provider that shows up. Good question though. I think the state would be enough like you said.

Since: Dec 06

Lufkin, TX

#17 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Got it. I have no idea why a post gets removed. I have seen whole threads gutted though and that's when someone notifies Topix and asks for it to be removed. I agree about the ISP. But I don't know if Topix can control how it appears because it's the Internet service provider that shows up. Good question though. I think the state would be enough like you said.
I would say I will never have an answer from them. Last time I checked I lived in America.

Since: Dec 06

Rockwell, NC

#18 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Got it. I have no idea why a post gets removed. I have seen whole threads gutted though and that's when someone notifies Topix and asks for it to be removed. I agree about the ISP. But I don't know if Topix can control how it appears because it's the Internet service provider that shows up. Good question though. I think the state would be enough like you said.
Sure they can control what shows up. All a Topix programmer has to do is change the code in the script to keep the ISP hidden. Topix can show as much or as little as they want.

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

Cotati, CA

#19 Feb 1, 2008
Amy W wrote:
<quoted text> I would say I will never have an answer from them. Last time I checked I lived in America.
I hear ya. I feel the same way.

Wild Irish Rose2

“Love Is a Rose”

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Since: Sep 07

Cotati, CA

#20 Feb 1, 2008
NC Roxy wrote:
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Sure they can control what shows up. All a Topix programmer has to do is change the code in the script to keep the ISP hidden. Topix can show as much or as little as they want.
Wow, I didn't know that for sure. Maybe it's time for someone to contact Topix and raise this issue, seriously. I'm sick of the abuse on these threads myself and I don't know why the moderators aren't doing anything to stop it. You wouldn't believe the things I've been called just for having a different opinion. I tried e-mailing Topix a couple of times and the e-mails are returned. They do have a phone number. Truth is, I don't think they give a sh*t.

Since: Apr 07

AOL

#21 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Hey Pocono. I don't know what a "unique user" is either. I think I know what you mean about nasty posters, but I've never been to the TS forum. I hang on the Immigration Reform forum and they're vicious. Just a guess, but I think some of the people on my forum actually know people who work for Topix--the mean and nasty posters are allowed to stay. Some people just disappear because they can't handle it. Others get banned and come back. Some of the most disruptive posters also create "private forums" and post to each other privately. They change their nicks alot too so people can't Id them. It's very weird.
But, Topix is a business and is in this to make money. The more controversy they get on any one forum, the more people come to that forum and post. It's all about advertising dollars. Look at all the ads on each topix page; advertisers are counting on hits to their ads. It's one big money-making racket. And cheap thrills for us. That's my take on it anyway.
I guess I should take a look at the other forums. Maybe the TS forum is mild compared to some. I do know about the private forums they start. It is very sad. The Tony Stewart forum used to be a nice place to talk racing and his life of course..LOL..but it has been taken over by nasty people.

Since: Dec 06

Rockwell, NC

#22 Feb 1, 2008
Wild Irish Rose2 wrote:
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Wow, I didn't know that for sure. Maybe it's time for someone to contact Topix and raise this issue, seriously. I'm sick of the abuse on these threads myself and I don't know why the moderators aren't doing anything to stop it. You wouldn't believe the things I've been called just for having a different opinion. I tried e-mailing Topix a couple of times and the e-mails are returned. They do have a phone number. Truth is, I don't think they give a sh*t.
My guess that the reason they show our ISP's is so the advertisers can see where traffic is coming from.

I've emailed them many times as well and get no responses either. What I hate is their lack of consistency regarding who they consider abusive.

Eventually they will lose traffic, and there are plenty of other places where freedom of speech is allowed.

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