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Can we do something about posting for posts sake?

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Drtooth, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's a different story. When he creates a new thread, he deletes the old one for the purpose of keeping the conversation about the project/product current. There are three stages... the development, the official announcement, and finally the release... all summed up with "X is coming," "X available for pre-order," and finally "Your Thoughts: X." That's how you do it the right way. Though I HATE when it happens because it always happens just when I'm on the other thread and it gets closed just as I finish typing.

    I'm more or less talking about someone asking for info on a skit, then having another thread on the same subject when no one answers, and then a third one to make sure everyone knows that he's talking about that specific subject.
  2. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Except that the current one is still going and he posted the second one three hours ago?

    I don't think I'll ever understand the reasoning behind it but whatevs *shrugs*

    Edit: Heh...I'm dumb. It was posted under announcements...but my previous statement still applies to the locking older ones :p
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    When it comes to those, they're usually locked. And I should know, cuz as I said, they always get locked right when I'm about to add to the thread.

    But then again, when there's a movie or a major project announcement, there's usually a few threads going at once. It's confusing and something should be done about that in time, but spamming the board to show a laser focused obsession about one specific skit, all the while harassing members about it.
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Send me all the details (name, links, etc.) of the offending party on this forum and I'll look into this right away.
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    This needs to be revisited, because it's become something of an issue again, we even have confessions from certain members who say they mostly post simply because they like seeing their names on the forum index as far as recent activity goes, on the grounds it makes them feel like they're contributing to the forum... but there's a fine line between actually contributing to discussions, and just simply posting for posting sake, whether it's to increase post counts, or to see your name on the forum, or whatever.

    There's also been a growing concern that this is also causing butt-ins and disrupting discussions among different threads, which does seem to be happening quite a bit lately.

    Now, I'm willing to be a LITTLE understanding, considering most of the culprits are, in fact, kids, and we have to expect that MC would draw kids and youngens to the community, considering the Muppets themselves were all about entertaining people of all ages, kids and adults alike (I was only 14 when I first joined MC ten years ago), but it needs to be reminded that a forum such as MC, like school, or like home, have certain rules that need to be abided and are expected of its members.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Agreed, there are two jerks in particular who have spam-bombing threads in the Fanfiction section. Unfortunately, all I personally can do is delete the posts and issue warning points to the effect, but these idiots don't learn anything as they keep on posting their spam, even revisiting and re-posting the same spam a second time.

    As far as this subject, I already sent Phillip an email yesterday, hope he answers and deals with these punks permanently. Would advise you contact him as well adding your information to the particular claim. In the meantime, LMK how I can help by deleting/cleaning the threads you've noticed of these members' spam posts.
  7. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    While there certainly are some that do this for the sake of seeing their name, it appears that others don't seem to fully grasp the difference between a discussion forum and a chat room. And like D'Snowth said, it is somewhat understandable, as these are the much younger members.

    But it's rather irritating to receive an alert from a thread, only to find either extreme muffins or the ever-popular one to two word posts that add nothing to the discussion.

    Basically, if you want to stray way off topic from the thread (i.e. Having a personal conversation, or just commenting on completely random things) then take it to your inbox.

    And the "Like" option is there for a reason. With it, there's no need for the "I agree" comments.
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  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, yes, thank you Mo, that IS a problem, it didn't even occur to me until you pointed out, yes, it does seem like in some of these cases, MC is being treated more like a chat room than a forum (do people even still use chat rooms anymore?); and you're also right, when this kind of thing arises between two or more people in particular, that's what PMs are for.
  9. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    I thought it was only okay to muffin threads if you're a well-known member or have lots of posts.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Nothing wrong with muffining, but like anything else, it needs to be kept in moderation: if a bunch of different threads start getting muffined in a short amount of time (and in some cases, by the same members), then it becomes a problem, it becomes overkill.
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  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi AquaGGR, I'll answer your questions as best I can.

    1 Yes, muffining is allowed, it's part of the nature of a forum like this. But someone might have looked at those posts that got deleted and thought: "is this muffining, which is generally allowed? or is this spam that'll get deleted for going against what the other people are complaining of in this very thread?"
    2 If you have something to contribute to an older thread, please examine the time-stamps of the last few posts. If there's a sizeable gap between the last post posted and what you want to add, maybe it's a better idea to hold that information to yourself, perhaps try to add it into a post in another secondary-related yet more currently active thread.
    3 The "Search" function on the forum does work, but it's somewhat finicky and you might have to do a bit of extra digging at times. Still, I would recommend using it or checking the list of active threads in the section you're thinking of before starting a new thread especially since multiple threads on the same subject do look rather clutterish at times.

    Hope this helps. ;)
  12. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. :D
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Already posted this elsewhere, even sent the staff an email about it, but there are certain members who HAVE TO BE BANNED! ! !
    Yes, I'm yelling about it because I'm as mad as Heck and I'm not going to take it any more! There's one jerk in particular who's deadset on super spam-bombing every thread in the FanFiction section. And by "every" thread, I mean "every" thread. Enough! This jerk obviously doesn't understand not to do this, but that their posts will be deleted because of such, even when they come back and keep posting what was just deleted over again. Gah, it makes me want to ram in their heads with a brick, that's how angry I am.

    Phil, please, delete this idiot, immediately! :attitude: :grouchy: :mad:
  14. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's not only the fan fiction section. This person has made up rules that don't exist and spams threads without realizing it. Either this person needs to be spoken to, or banned. :/
  15. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    Made up rules? Like what exactly?
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've basically just had to put all of these people on my ignore list, which I'm not happy about doing, because this is MC, we should be able to tolerate everybody here, but unfortunately, there are some cases where that's hard to do, and it's sad that it's come to a point where I actually HAVE to use my ignore list.

    It also becomes frustrating and irritating when people I'm not ignoring end up getting dragged into off-topic conversations in the thread, thus making it look like the unignored member is multi-posting in the thread. That, and it becomes a drag seeing "Ignored Member" in recent activity on practically every other board on the index, or almost every thread within the board (again, one of these members has even confessed they like seeing their name in recent activity, because it makes them feel like they've "contributed" to the forum, but then that brings us back to the subject of posting for posting sake).
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  17. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Well, rules were made up like "there was an age limit" and telling people they had to leave the forum because they weren't old enough. I read the rules. There is no age limit.
  18. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    Thankfully, I don't know who said spammers are. (except for that guy that keeps bumping the old threads)
  19. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    The only age limit I'm aware of is when you sign up as a new member of the forums, and even that I'm not sure of is being fully enforced what with the people this place has attracted who are under the required age of 13 needing parental consent to register in the first place. All I can do is delete the spam-bombing posts at a major headache to myself while waiting for the forum administration to take hard action against the members carrying out such actions.

    BTW: Casey, didn't know you were an Ed too.
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  20. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    COPPA requires that children under 13 get parental permission to join sites.
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