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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Spearmint2 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:00 pm

Self police it. On another website forum I got called "troll" twice, and was only trying to help the guy. He didn't seem to understand we aren't at his computer and have to guess at some things, and start with the basic fix and move on from there. My way of dealing with such is abandon the thread. My second way of dealing with it is when I see someone requesting help and they are rude to others, I just stay out of that thread, even if I have the exact answer he needs. If all members ignore a thread where rudeness is happening, it would help a lot.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Portreve » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:30 pm

As someone who, in times past, was a moderator in a couple different groups, I can speak to what I've seen (or, mostly, not seen) on LMF...

It's not an easy task to be a moderator. Every post represents some kind of judgement call, whether to let it stand as is, to edit it, to kill it, or to kick someone over it. I never much enjoyed the role, and I never asked to be one. So yes, I recognize what an utterly thankless job it is, and try not to cause problems for mods in the various places I hang my digital hat.

Usually, when this sort of thread is posted somewhere, it means someone who should have taken the hint that they crossed the line didn't take that hint, or perhaps they just want to try and create sympathy for themselves.

I'm not saying that's what's happened in this case. I'm not a mod here, so I wasn't involved, and I don't wish to be. I'm just commenting from personal experience.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Lucap » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:00 am

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/2 ... _language/

At least we don't have Linus Torvalds as a Moderator. :P

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by MintBean » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:15 am

I agree with Linus and I'm glad someone strong is in the driving seat of the world's largest software project. Code should be production ready and double-triple checked before it hits his desk. If he's ever replaced with a pushover mark my words, Linux will suffer.

Seems pretty popular to demonise the guy these days but he doesn't seem like a bad egg from what I read.

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Lucap » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:25 am

So you're saying Moem should start swearing at us? :P

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by MintBean » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:30 am

Ha... fortunately she's not running a software project here, although keeping you lot in line is probably pretty challenging.

<<cunningly excludes self *halo*>>

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Moem » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:01 am

Don't tempt me, you sun of a beach. 8)
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If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by MintBean » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:27 am

Don't worry guys, I've reported Moem to herself.

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Moem » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:45 am

Report received; I've just sent myself a very stern warning.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by z31fanatic » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:05 pm

tinca wrote:"Snowflakes"

I think that people are letting their thin skins get hurt far too often in this modern world we all live in. People in general are offended by everything and anything. It is becoming the norm.

When I see someone get " plonked" it makes me smile. Don't take it so personal

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Portreve » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:38 pm

Moem wrote:Report received; I've just sent myself a very stern warning.
This is what I like about you, Moem: selfless dedication to the job.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by JeremyB » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:20 pm

There is a ! icon above every post so any user can report any post that is in violation of the rules viewtopic.php?f=17&t=83314

I may make short posts when I am on my smartphone and make things very simple for people who have been here for a while to make it easier for new users to fix their issues if they do search before posting.

If you find yourself in a situation where you can't reply without being nice, don't reply...We do need to be polite to all members on this forum, except for spammers

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by wizzybang » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:45 pm

I've been a member of a few forums, and this one for not too long, and I must say it's a very polite, friendly and well mannered forum, very refreshing indeed.. I joined a site yesterday (not really a forum in any way shape or form) and got shot down with an uzi within seconds for what I thought was helping someone.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by CoffeeFiend » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:55 am

Maybe it's because I am a new member, but I haven't really seen too much rudeness or the likes here. You want to read rude comments? Check out Bitcoin Forums. Wow!
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by trapperjohn » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:48 pm

In a face-to-face discussion you hear the words, hear the tone, and see the expressions.
On the phone you hear the words and the tone of voice.
In a forum/text/email, all you get are the words.

Text-only communication can be hazardous because we don't hear the voice or see the face.

I like this forum. I like that people can just go ahead and ask a question and reasonably assume that they will be treated with respect. We never really know who is at the other end... could be grade-schooler learning about linux, someone's grandmother setting up her duel monitors, or, perhaps, it's chucky the evil doll afterall.

I like the Arch forum too. Yes, they're professorial and hurumph alot, but, for solutions to difficult problems, they are usually nuts on.

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Re: Forum Police?

Post by jimallyn » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:12 pm

CoffeeFiend wrote:I haven't really seen too much rudeness or the likes here.
And that's the way we intend to keep it. It doesn't happen a lot, but it does happen. We would like to be known as the friendliest forum on the internet, which only makes sense, since Mint is the friendliest Linux distro.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Spearmint2 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:12 am

jimallyn wrote:
CoffeeFiend wrote:I haven't really seen too much rudeness or the likes here.
And that's the way we intend to keep it. It doesn't happen a lot, but it does happen. We would like to be known as the friendliest forum on the internet, which only makes sense, since Mint is the friendliest Linux distro.
Here's an example;

viewtopic.php?f=46&t=259045&p=1401238#p1401238

You try to make it simple as possible for the person and because they want it to be something difficult, instead of the advice being appreciated, they kick you. Interestingly however, is the thread seems abandoned now by everyone since then. Nobody wants to be treated that way, so nobody is helping him now.
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by deepakdeshp » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:03 am

That's an interesting thread. My view is ,why should we bother if somebody is rude with us. I would still offer help,if I knew the topic. May be that's his real nature which is reflecting on the forum but which doesn't affect us in any way
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Pippin » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:28 am

which doesn't affect us in any way
And if it does, then it tells more about us then him (or her) :)
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Re: Forum Police?

Post by Habitual » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:29 am

**PLONK** was the sound of the "user" landing on an ignore list, or kill file.
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IDK what they use it for bow.

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