PSA: Reporting & Rights

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    People, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, if you are concerned about something, if something feels off, if you get red flags…. REPORT things to Dale, the Board Czar.

    He may be limited on what he can do, but he needs to be made aware of things. He is one man, who can’t have eyes everywhere on everything.  Silence is not always the most honorable thing to do….a Shepherd doesn’t let sheep be lured away and devoured by wolves.

    Also be aware of your own “rights” and actions you can take….

    • No one has to answer any question they are uncomfortable with or deem inappropriate.
    • You do not have to reply back to a PM.
    • Voting has its purposes, it allows the better, and in this setting God-honoring appropriate answers to be upvoted, while those that are bad, can be downvoted. Sometimes giving up a couple of points is worth it.

    What does “PSA” mean?

    on November 20, 2019.

    Public Service Announcement

    on November 20, 2019.

    Thanks 🙂

    on November 20, 2019.

    Users should remember that comments cannot be voted, so a really poor comment should be directly addressed and/or a downvote placed elsewhere. Likewise, a really good comment might warrant an upvote on something else that is moderately useful but wouldn’t have received an upvote from you otherwise.

    -Scott

    on January 29, 2020.

    My comment directly above this was added shortly after a (IMO) inflammatory comment. That comment was then deleted, but I discuss it in the answer below (got a screenshot but can’t seem to post it).

    on January 29, 2020.
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      Thanks for these reminders, SC.

      As she said, please feel free to report any suspicious behavior or inappropriate PMs or posts to me.  I usually try to deal with things within 24 hours.  It helps a lot when everyone keeps their eyes open and their wits about them when posting.  🙂

      California King Answered on November 20, 2019.
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        DOWNVOTING

        Beginning at “King Bed” (750+ points) you are able to “Downvote” questions and answers.

        With an increase of trolls (several rooted from the same person), this is a prime opportunity to use your Downvoting power.

        Why take this active step, even though it will cost you 2 points yourself, rather than just ignore them?

          1. It keeps them from being able to make comments.   Once they can comment, they can say anything and no user can upvote or downvote their comment.
          2. It keeps them from being able to PM (private message).  In PM’s they can harass others, and they tend to go after those they see as “weak” to draw them into conversation for their own titillation purposes AND to draw the other into sin.
          3. It keeps them from being able to “upvote”, which they use to “upvote” their other alter-egos, to give themselves more access.
          4. It may give others a heads-up that there may be something “off” with this user.
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        Under the stars Answered on November 24, 2019.

        Good idea about downvoting Questions. I don’t care about the points!

        on November 24, 2019.

        Thanks for listing out the reasons for downvoting. Hadn’t thought about the “keep them from commenting or PMing” aspects. I was worried I might downvote myself out of a king bed yesterday, but I didn’t happen. 😆

        on November 24, 2019.

        @Scott, if that reply would have been in the form of an “answer” rather than a “comment”, I would have upvoted you to get you back a couple of more points 🙂

        on November 25, 2019.

        I think earning the right to down vote was a very wise decision. Kudos to whoever thought of it.

        on December 3, 2019.
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          Commenting here so that this thread is in circulation again.

          Fell out of ... Answered on January 29, 2020.
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            @the Board Czars – Here’s an idea to consider, maybe the number of points needed to make COMMENTS should be raised to a KING BED? In doing so, trolls and troublemakers could only POST and therefore, all troublesome posts could be downvoted rather than taking potshots or giving unBiblical advice via COMMENTS. This would slow things down and force them to stick around a LONG time to comment, leave, OR be removed from this community forum. Thoughts?

            On the floor Answered on January 29, 2020.
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              @LiL:

              “Commenting here so that this thread is in circulation again.”

              Thanks for the reminder. It would be nice if this could be a sticky post at certain times. Because people can comment on older questions/answers without an immediate notice (see comments on this question) by the TMBer’s, keeping things like this front and center is useful.

              -Scott

              On the floor Answered on January 29, 2020.
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                I had tried to upload an image of a screenshot I took of an inflammatory comment that was then deleted, but alas, it did not work. So I will say this:

                Another behavior to watch out for is the deletion of previously offending comments. I took a screenshot of one such comment earlier but don’t seem to be able to post it. I have also seen edits/changes to answers that offended people and got downvoted. That can be more nefarious, as it gives the appearance of being downvoted for no reason. It may help to start naming people and providing their quote in your own comment/answer to make it harder to hide.

                The comment that was deleted was from “SecondMarge” and said the following:

                “Voting up is fine. Voting down is a tool of the devil and only done by those with a black heart.

                Of course no one needs to respond to anything they choose not to. Obviously that goes without saying.”

                -Scott

                ETA: Just because the comment was deleted does not mean the offender was the one to do a deletion. It is possible for an admin to do the deletion too. However, I doubt that admins are editing previously inflammatory comments to make them innocuous.

                On the floor Answered on January 29, 2020.

                I don’t think this is the first time to be referred to as having a “black heart”  🙂

                “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.” Prov. 26:2

                on January 29, 2020.

                It’s not, though for once I can’t remember exactly where it was and link to it (and it might have been edited/changed)!

                on January 29, 2020.

                I remember where it was, but I am guessing it is deleted, but I haven’t checked.

                ETA: it is gone. 🙂

                on January 29, 2020.
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                  ETA: Just because the comment was deleted does not mean the offender was the one to do a deletion. It is possible for an admin to do the deletion too. However, I doubt that admins are editing previously inflammatory comments to make them innocuous.

                   

                  Typically, it is an admin that deletes comments and posts.  If a person took the time to make the comment/post, it’s unlikely they will delete it themselves (although sometimes cooler heads do prevail and they come to their senses, which is always nice to see!).

                  California King Answered on January 29, 2020.
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