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sloneycho
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by sloneycho on March 8th, 2010

Hi Kevin -

As the Mueller Community citiCite grows in popularity, the potential for trolling and spam is also on the rise.

A Slashdot-style scoring system would allow users to highlight the gems and sink the noise without appointing forum moderators.
 
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C. Frimire
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by C. Frimire on March 8th, 2010

This is a great Idea. Its hard to sort through all of these posts. A grading system would be very helpful.

Charles
 
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canario
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by canario on March 8th, 2010

Here, here!
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on March 8th, 2010

I think that's a fantastic idea and one that's been kicked around for a number of months now.

We've been launching a number of small improvements over the past few days (some you may have noticed - others are just backend bugs), but the new installment of our software will address a number of SPAM and advertisement concerns:

1) There is now a designated administrator (or multiple) for each network. This user will have the ability to block users from the network for posting SPAM.

2) Each user will have the ability to 'ignore' a user. Posts from an 'ignored' user will still appear in the thread, but much like the threshold concept from Slashdot or Digg, they will not show the message contents unless clicked on.

3) Each user will have the ability to set a threshold on the amount of users ignoring them. For example, if you set your ignore threshold to 5, this simply means that if 5 unique users ignore a person, you will ignore that person by default.

We're hoping that these implementations will stop the trolling and spamming from occurring without actually stopping anyone from communicating. In other words, it's very important to us that we don't silence free speech, but we do want to keep the channels useful to everyone.
 
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Catherine
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by Catherine on March 8th, 2010

A few years ago in the Windsor Park group we had some problems with folks entering conversations just to cause trouble. After much discussion, we agreed on the simple practice of closing each post with our name and address or at least street name.

Behavior quickly became more civil when people imagined a real person out there. It also encouraged folks to stop hiding behind aliases when they wanted to bait/mock their neighbors. Not that anyone here would want to antagonize a neighbor just for fun . . .

Catherine
Pinckney St.
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on March 8th, 2010

We might have to leave it to the discretion of communities and organizations to determine if they want to leave their personal information, but we're definitely working on some systems to fix this sort of problem and I hope some of them are useful! =]
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on March 8th, 2010

Sorry for the multi-responses.

A number of people have also recently been asking about email notifications no longer being sent out when a response is made to a topic.

Just wanted to let people know that we've been working on that and it should be resolved today - that is to say: all people involved in a certain topic or thread should receive a notification when a new response is left.

 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on March 9th, 2010

With regard to a new ability to 'ignore' a user, is it possible to 'ignore' a thread? Some threads hang on so long and won't die that I'd just like to block them from the digest.
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on March 9th, 2010

Heya Betsy,

I think we could definitely do something like that.

One of the things that is getting ready to be launched is the ability to micro-manage your threads and digest.

Basically you'll be able to control specifically which forums regularly display both in the overview page, and the daily digest. So if you didn't want to hear anything about the Muskin Home forum (for example), you could simply uncheck it from your forum list and you wouldn't receive any more information about it.

...of course you could still visit the forum at any time to read it, it just wouldn't alert you of new threads / posts / etc.
 
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Betsy
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by Betsy on March 10th, 2010

Thanks Kevin! That would be helpful. It would also be nice if we could just block a thread that we're sick of seeing, like the one over the Easter Egg hunt.
 
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