Contacting moderators/ What Happens when you "flag post as offensive"

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Caissa

Ford be with us.

ygtbk

Rebecca West wrote:
Bacchus wrote:

I take great pride in crackpottery

Flagged for turning a noun into a verb.

It is well-known that all nouns can be verbed. See:

http://www.retrologic.com/jargon/overgeneralization.html

sherpa-finn

Bacchus wrote: I take great pride in crackpottery

Rebecca West wrote:Flagged for turning a noun into a verb.

Double-flagged for flawed grammatical diagnostic.

'Crackpot' is a noun - as is the word 'pot'. But 'Crackpottery' is also a noun - as is 'pottery'. 

The first is singular noun, the latter is a collective noun. Alternatively, the first is the simple article, - the latter is the craft or profession.

Bottom-line: I think we are safe to go with the interpretation that Bacchus takes pride in being a professional crackpot.

That won't get me flagged, will it?

Unionist

ygtbk wrote:

It is well-known that all nouns can be verbed.

Laughing

 

Unionist

sherpa-finn wrote:

Bacchus wrote: I take great pride in crackpottery

Rebecca West wrote:Flagged for turning a noun into a verb.

Double-flagged for flawed grammatical diagnostic.

True, it's not a verb, but I think Rebecca was noting that Bacchus had transformed an object into a process. He processified crackpots, thus earning a flag. We have standards to uphold here.

 

sherpa-finn

FWIW, I have given up on flagging our Babbling Chinese shoe salesman ... but gotta "admire" the determination.

Maybe if someone would just order a pair, s/he would move on?

Unionist

I actually ordered a left boot but received a right boot. Our spammer has obviously mastered the subtleties of our electoral system.

 

abnormal

sherpa-finn wrote:

FWIW, I have given up on flagging our Babbling Chinese shoe salesman ... but gotta "admire" the determination.

At this point I only see four posts from him.  He's slowing down.

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I'm tempted to just start promoting these threads on Facebook and Twitter and then bill Nike for my time. They must pay better than rabble.ca based on our friend's tenacity.

Bacchus

Affiliate sales pay big bucks CF. You can net 50-100 per sale should someone click on your spam

sherpa-finn

Aaaarggghhh! Soon as you guys sorted out the Nike Sales, they moved on to false passports and novelty items!

Go get 'em CF!

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

There is a poster spamming the boards now with offers to provide fake passports and id from various countries.  These need to be removed A.S.A.P.,because they could unfairly implicate Rabble/Babble in the poster's probably criminal activity.

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Here's a partial list of the threads this poster...calling him or itself "Billjacksonville03" has already spammed:

northern territoriesBuy Fake Passports, Driving License,id Cards,counterfeit Dollars /eurosbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:47pmalberta and british columbiaBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:46pmmanitoba and saskatchewanBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:50pmontarioBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:44pmquébecBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:44pmatlantic provincesBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:49pmrabble writers' circleBuy Fake Passports, Driving License,id Cards,counterfeit Dollars /eurosbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:43pmbabble book loungeBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:43pmout and aboutBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:39pmbody and soulBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:39pmthe mediaBUY ORIGINAL NOVELTY ID CARD,DRIVERS LICENSE,PASSPORTS,VISAbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:39pmyouth issuesBest Quality Novelty Fake IDs and Passports,Marriage certificates and Drivers lisencebilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:36pmscience & technologyBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:36pmhumanities & cultureBuy Fake Passports, Driving License,id Cards,counterfeit Dollars /eurosbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:35pmsex worker rightsBUY ORIGINAL NOVELTY ID CARD,DRIVERS LICENSE,PASSPORTS,VISAbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:34pmenvironmental justiceBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:33pmLGBTQBUY FAKE PASSPORTS-VISAS-US GREEN CARD-IDS billjacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:33pmlabour and consumptionBUY ORIGINAL NOVELTY ID CARD,DRIVERS LICENSE,PASSPORTS,VISAbilljacksonville03Mar 23 2014 - 8:29pmanti-racism news and initiatives

Unionist

Ok, I've checked all those threads, and bill jacksonville is legit.

BUY FROM BILL!

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Sorry...wasn't trying help the creep...my intent was to show the damage he's done so far.

sherpa-finn

Just keep him away from the Quebec election thread! 

So help me god, if word gets out to all those McGill students that they can get fake Qc IDs through Babble in tiime for the election.... 

Unionist

Ken Burch wrote:

Sorry...wasn't trying help the creep...my intent was to show the damage he's done so far.

You mean... I'm... not going to receive my passport??? Sheesh!!!!!

ETA: Sherpa-finn: LOL!!!

cco

sherpa-finn, I very nearly ruined a perfectly good keyboard over that one. Hall of Fame-worthy.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Bill's been jacked. As you were.

Signed,

Catchfire, age 23

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Thanks, Catch. Have a nice week.

Aristotleded24

Ken Burch wrote:
Thanks, Catch. Have a nice week.

I second that.

shartal@rogers.com

Grammar arguments are much more fun to read

Unionist

shartal@rogers.com wrote:
Grammar arguments are much more fun to read

There's no period after that sentence. Were you finished?

 

sherpa-finn

He's back...

sherpa-finn

So I think we have it down to a regular cycle now, every Sunday and Weds evening...

sherpa-finn

Its been almost two weeks - where have you been?  Babblers and their children have been going shoeless for a fortnight!  

Unionist

sherpa-finn wrote:

Its been almost two weeks - where have you been?  Babblers and their children have been going shoeless for a fortnight!  

Perhaps he shod his wad?

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Hey lagatta, check your PMs!

Yes, Disqus has certainly brought the trolls (context on the recent change to comments on articles can be found here). We have deleted many, many comments, particularly on feminist blogs. Gross.

The commenting policy, which is based on babble policy, will be upheld -- so offensive, right-wing, trolling, etc. comments will be removed. If you flag it, a mod will see it. In comments, the mods are not only Meg and me, but also the other editorial staff. Plus, if readers flag a single post multiple times it will disappear until a mod reviews it. So there is some crowd-sourced moderation too.

Weekends can be a bit of an ask for us though...[/pity plea]

lagatta

I flagged the posts by this Grace Joubarne at Michael Stewart's blogpost on tiny houses. In the troll's second comment she actually insinuates that I am ignorant.

The book she cites is a far-right, conspiratorial anti-environmental screed.

I do hope the blogs are moderated as well. Problems are rare there, but I fear that since they are on discus, more trolls will be popping up.

lagatta

Oh, I know. But I confess I was having evil fantasies - no, not murder or mayhem, just finding her "full-sized home" and ordering a LOT of pizza. In nicer weather, a load of earth is good too. Would be fishy this time of year.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

wow. Crowd-sourced moderation. Way cool.

6079_Smith_W

ikosmos wrote:

wow. Crowd-sourced moderation. Way cool.

I don't know.. I do see some potential for abuse.

As in, you can actually shout someone down if you have a couple of sock puppets or co-zealots. Not good prospects for someone who has an unpopular, but perfectly legitimate opinion.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

That wouldn't take long to figure out if moderators can read the internet location of the complainant. And then all the accounts would be identified to be closed, banned, or whatever.

ETA: something organized would be found out and a waste of resources. Unless it was automated.

Slumberjack

Where will this leave babble if the writing is not already on the wall so to speak with this change?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Hey, does babble still take a dim view of "ironic racism" ? I called babbler kropotkin on this issue and it would be useful to confirm (or deny) that that is the policy.

I seem to recall that we had some loutish trolls who took this approach and had to be cut off at the knees. I don't recommend that for kropotkin. Maybe just break his legs.

Wink

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

ikosmos wrote:

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I seem to recall that we had some loutish trolls who took this approach and had to be cut off at the knees. I don't recommend that for kropotkin. Maybe just break his legs.

Wink

If his knees were broken, wouldn't he have to goose step?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

My question is serious. Kropotkin posted a disturbingly anti-Russian racist post on the Russophobia II thread and then pleaded that it was an "ironic" post on his part, that I was ignorant, etc., for daring to criticize his "obviously" humourous post, and a whole confederacy took the opportunity to chime in and noisily agree with him, also taking the opportunity to denounce yours truly, etc.

In the past, as I recall, "ironic racism" was used by babble trolls to post odious views and then use the old ruse of "It was just a joke, you're humorless and should drop dead,"  etc. , etc.  but my memory is not completely clear on the matter.

Mods? Hello?

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Offensive posts are subjective. Others are blatant.

I've been told to fuck off,I've been called an idiot,an asshole..But to be fair I've done the same thing in the past when I was going through my mental meltdown because of the Tory majority.

Never once did I flag them for it. Actually I think I only flagged one post but for a very petty reason.

I apologize to those I've attacked without an educated debate. I'm still an angry camper but I refrain from personal attacks as much as possible (unless I'm provoked) but that doesn't happen much anymore.

Opinions are lke assholes. Everyone's got one and they shouldn't be muzzled unless they are blatant trolls.

Anyway,enjoy your day,whoever you are,and remember,for the most part we're on the same team.

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Happy trails, yourself.

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