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I sent out this idea to staff the other day with the thought that this may be a good idea.
So I wake up this morning, and responded to a few threads. While watching the boards I noticed they were getting hammered with spam, so I notified the necessary individuals in regards to this issue.
I was thinking, the moderators as well as TS staff have their own lives to deal with plus handling of the site.
How about the implementation of a "Spam and Abusive" tabs to let community members help out a bit. It may make it a little easier on staff, and I personally do not have a problem 86ing spam and vulgarity.
Granted there are times when we like to have fun but at the same time there is a line that can be crossed when one is pulling punches. I myself like to have fun and joke but you should have enough respect for yourself as well as others to know where and when to draw that line. Just think like this, when posting say to yourself, would I want my kids, nieces, nephews, etc. reading this? There is a chance that they could. The community rules pretty much sums it up. I am not going to get into the rules but for those who are not aware of them here ya go:
In all seriousness. Trailspace is a great site. I am pretty sure most of ya know how I feel about it. If not this thread will give ya a heads up:
For newbs that are considering joining if they click on the site and see a bunch of 4 letter words and spam it kinda kills what Trailspace truly is as well as the many benefits that can be gained by being a member and learning from more experienced members.
I guess its all about that 1st impression thing that we have spoken in reference too in the past. Not too mention the "one bad apple" logic.
I was just thinking that if the tabs were added it may help take some of the load off the moderators/staff and give the opporotunity for members to be more of an active part in the community by letting them police the site a bit. Granted there would have to be a bit of discression/common sense when you flag as innappropriate(ya can't flag a forum response just because you don't agree with it.)
Plus it would keep me from torturing Alicia, Dave, and the rest of the staff which I am sure they would be grateful. lol
I am not sure of how this could best be optimized but I have a few ideas.
I don't mind cleaning up my home, and I sure wouldn't mind getting rid of what I consider to be garbage here on the site.
So Trailspace members, what do you think about this idea?