Inappropriate post? Report, don't respond

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Veteran members of A to Z Forums will remember, and newer members need to know, how to deal with posts that are inappropriate in any way - whether on grounds of content or language (including but not limited to overtly political posts) or personal attack or spam, or merely just being "off".

    Here's how:

    Please report the post using the "Report" link at the bottom of the post, in the same line as the posting member's username to the left and the "Reply" link to the right.

    "Reporting" a post generates a notice linked to the offending post that goes to the moderators, including the site owner; one or more of us will have a look. Use good judgment, but in general the moderators would rather deal with a few false alarms than discover after the fact that a thread has gone nuclear. The report also gives you as A to Z member a safe place to vent your spleen about the inappropriateness (and the moderators might even agree).

    Responding in the original thread, on the other hand, makes a bigger mess for the moderator to clean up, especially if the post is trolling. For one thing, any post that quotes the offending material will almost certainly also need to be pruned to get rid of the offending material; for another, responding in kind is a good way to get yourself banned.
     
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  3. Upsadaisy

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    Very true, TG. Also, remember that brand new members do not have permission to post links - or to allude to an address in ways meant to get around the rule. Please refrain from encouraging them. Ignore the links and don't respond to the OP. Thank you.
     
  4. SpecialPreskoo

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    :peacesign:
     
  5. Mr Magoo

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    There is no report link that I can see

    At the bottom it says #Number Like Reply

     
  6. mathmagic

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    Look on the left-hand side of the box (but to the right of the username box where it shares the statistics/picture). It should have:
    (Username), (Day of Post) at (Time of Post) Report

    For example, your post that I can see has:
    Mr Magoo, Today at 4:18 PM Report
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Hm. That link may not show up for relatively new members.
     
  8. Mr Magoo

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    Does your posts look like this? See "Report" in the middle?

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  10. Mr Magoo

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    No it does not have IP Warn Report
     
  11. SpecialPreskoo

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    Hmmmmm interesting!!!!
     
  12. catnfiddle

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    The "warn" key is only for moderators, but the missing "report" one is odd, especially since you're over 100 posts.
     
  13. catnfiddle

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    upload_2016-11-25_11-18-34.png
    This should be what it looks like. You are well over the minimum for being a full member.
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    That limit is higher than 100.
     
  15. MissCeliaB

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    I wish we got some kind of response when we reported posts. I've started reporting more instead of replying, but I always wonder who is reading the reports... (I reported a mod's post once... Oops!)
     
  16. Upsadaisy

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    Haha, MissCeliaB. No problem. All the mods see all the reported posts immediately (if we are on the boards). Sometimes posts will magically 'disappear', at least from the member's view, but they are being moderated. Warning points can be issued, posts can be deleted, sent to Amanda, even edited.
     
  17. MissCeliaB

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    Thanks for explaining the process! The mods do a good job and I know it's hard to keep up with!
     
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    Don't say it enough, but a huge shout out and "thank you" to our mods who do so much work behind the scenes to help keep this a safe place to hang out.
     
  19. Upsadaisy

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    Thank you both - you are very sweet. I must say that TeacherGroupie wears the crown of the mods and we all bow down to her!
     
  20. teacherintexas

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    You are all very hard working. The trolls would drive me crazy!
     
  21. catnfiddle

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    TeacherGroupie et al are definitely helping me figure out how to do the technical side of moderation. Thank you for remembering we're all people. The last round of moderating reminded me that I need to have a thicker skin even when I'm not in the classroom.
     
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