Regarding new offers and post counts.

Discussion in 'Announcements & Contests' started by MannDude, May 18, 2015.

  1. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

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    I'm as tired as others are of seeing rubbish posts being made and old threads being bumped just so providers can post a new offer. Starting now the "5 posts between offers" rule is being removed because it's too much hassle to enforce and it only creates poor content from those who have no interest in using this community beyond solicitation of their services. It does no good to the growth of vpsBoard to continue to enforce this.

    Was a good idea three years ago, not so much now.

    The seven day rule still applies. If you simply want to post an offer once every seven days and have no other forum contributions, you may. I trust our members and visitors will be able to detect this.

    The way offers are posted are being re-worked so additional updates may follow.
     
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  2. SkylarM

    SkylarM Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    Good.

    I'm going to pretend this would count if the 5 post rule was required.
     
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  3. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Ugh.

    There's this guy named Skylar I know and he just spams the forum CONSTANTLY.

    What a jerk!  I'm gonna make sure to ban him at the next BBQ.
     
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  4. DomainBop

    DomainBop Dormant VPSB Pathogen

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    MANNDUDE OBVIOUSLY HAS SOMETHING AGAINST PEOPLE ON FIVERR TRYING TO MAKE AN HONEST BUCK AND WITH THIS STUUUUPID RULE CHANGE HE HAS SINGLE-HANDEDLY KILLED THE THRIVING MARKET OF "5 posts for $5" SERVICES.
     
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  5. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

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    You forgot to make it purple. :)

    Just trying to stop the, "Yeah I agree" and "Yes. we can offer this." on old threads just so post counts can be increased to meet the criteria.

    In fact, if any of the criteria isn't met we're not contacting the provider. The rules are made so super clear in the post template that is seen in the text box where someone would post an offer that failure to comply will simply result in no offer being ever seen by the public.
     
  6. Amitz

    Amitz New Member

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    Yeah... I share your pain. Let's hope that things like this stop:

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  7. SkylarM

    SkylarM Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    NOT THE BBQ. ANYTHING BUT THE BBQ
     
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  8. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

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    Well at least it wasn't all my posts in a row :)   Now I need to start running ads... I have enough credits :)
     
  9. Nick_A

    Nick_A Provider of the year (2014)

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    Wait, there was a 5 post rule?

    D:
     
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  10. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Yeah.  And I was eyeing you just waiting for you to slip up SIR.  
     
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  11. KuJoe

    KuJoe New Member Verified Provider

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    I vote that people who can't follow the rules and post spam should be punished instead of removing rules. That CoMBoZo clown is a prime example. He posts shitty posts to get his count up so he can spam us and then he doesn't even follow the rules and then the mods here approve his thread anyways. Come on guys, don't cave into the spammers.
     
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  12. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Hm. out of pure curiosity I'd like to ask you what you'd recommend the solution should be?

    I mean I could (as an admin) PM them and inform them that their posts contain no actual content and are considered spam, however what would constitute an actual line to draw in the sand between spam and not? Because that's what they'd ask for.

    In addition, every once in a while when I PM individuals who fail to follow the rules I get the message "Well I'd love to do the 5 posts between but there aren't topics I can participate in with enough knowledge" or "I'm too busy running my company to do this". My answers are mostly trying to be as accommodating as possible (and as polite as possible since I don't really try and tell people "fuck off"). This has always been a bit of a pain in the ass though for me.

    I personally would enjoy having that rule back up, however the constant fine line between what is spam and what isn't gets asked all the time.

    Also, I don't know about how other people feel but I never really thought we'd have this big of a problem in relation to this. So many individuals just come to drop off their ad and walk away. I guess you feel pretty used and honestly offended.
     
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  13. joepie91

    joepie91 New Member

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    Isn't this exactly the kind of user we don't want on VPSBoard? Only here to advertise their company, no community engagement.
     
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  14. KuJoe

    KuJoe New Member Verified Provider

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    @HalfEatenPie my biggest gripe is these providers who post ads and then when a staff approves it they have to reply "what data center?" or something else that the provider needs to answer to be compliant with the rules.

    I guess it makes sense to get rid of the 5 post rule, but don't cave in when it comes to following the other rules to get offers posted.
     
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  15. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    True. I guess a difficulty I have is basically saying "yeah no" when it comes to this part. Most for applications and posts and whatnot I do try to give them the benefit of the doubt since they took the courtesy to find our little corner of the internet. However blatant ones are removed. We'll continue thinking of ways to standardize it. I mean if no-one's following our rules, it gets pretty dull over time sending the same PMs over and over again.

    Yeah I believe this recent change is more of a push for what you're saying. I usually try and give the courtesy of a PM saying "hey this is a problem." (I don't know... it feels rude just to remove it and never notify them of the changes), but then again it has been one of the more annoying sides of staff-Approved offer posts structure. We'll see how it pans out :)
     
  16. lolitseasy

    lolitseasy New Member

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    Is there a specific reason to have a staff approved offer post structure? Can we delegate that to non-provider community members and weed out offers where providers are not responsive and don't take responsibility for what they post?
     
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  17. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

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    Let the community burn the witches at the stake :)  Mob rule will cure the new visitors from hell.

    Yeah there is the entirety of the net for drive by ad spam shilling.  I wish more communities / forums would police offer dump and run.  Too often I see folks there for sales hopes and nothing else.   That practice pisses me off and long term drives down most sites.

    On the other hand, barriers in the way, where LAZY providers have to actually do work to submit offer and provider details seems to be more and more of an issue.   Is it too much to ask them to spend an extra $5 for the Indian cross post team to comply :) ? (now now, before you choke on your milk - has to be correlation why so many of these sites have super representation of audience from India - it isn't spilled out in the accounts and registrations to jive - thusly I say India is fueling the cheap labor pool of ad spamming and crap commenting to get to quota on many similar sites).
     
  18. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

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    Well, what does everyone propose?

    Can't very well ban/block those who don't contribute positively to the forum. If we do that, then people will argue we're 'censoring' things and will complain more.

    Reviewing a few accounts that have been 'problematic' in regards to this topic, they all appear to have one thing in common and that is the the owners are from non-English speaking countries so it's safe to assume their grasp of the language may not be strong enough to actively contribute as much as others do. Everyone is welcome here, regardless where they are from. There is much to learn from vpsBoard as we've got some great content and articles. Though I do already put forth somewhat of an increased effort in promoting vpsBoard in native English speaking countries for the simple fact that better understanding of the language that is used here usually means better contributions. (Look at LET, for example, where many new posts and contributions are rather poor quality.) When we run Twitter campaigns to show vpsBoard as a suggested page or sponsored Tweets I do so only for English speaking countries instead of diluting the campaign budget on a global audience as I want everyone here to be able to effectively understand each other without much confusion and do want to prevent the "hi i want cheap vps thx" type posts that can be found elsewhere.

    So, about offers... What to do? Offers have been moderated since day one. The public only sees the offers that make it through the approval of either myself, @HalfEatenPie or @Martin-D. The non-Verified Offers forum would literally be nothing but spam. I just looked and well over half of the offers submitted were not approved (I still see the hidden/non-approved threads). The Verified Provider forum is much better, but still requires approval of new threads simply because there are still a lot of folks who don't read the rules in the post template and just copy/paste their latest WHT offer over it and click 'Post'.

    I'm all for making my life easier. We could do away with the moderation queue for new offers and do away with the guidelines and let providers simply submit whatever, with or without whatever information they find relevant to their ad.. but I'm not sure that will go over well. The entire idea of the moderation queue was that quality offers were submitted, but it may be good to make it easier to post with some less restrictions. If it's a bad offer / post, people aren't punished here for commenting on offers like they are at WHT so you're free to comment and ask questions or even warn other members if the company posting is shady.

    Anyhow, that's the update. I'm open to suggestions as always.
     
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  19. drmike

    drmike 100% Tier-1 Gogent

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    1) Oh the good old English comprehension thing.   I don't buy that.   These folks or those they hire have a grasp good enough on English language.   They are just quick to post from their copy and paste mess.  Rules just slow them down and make the no value spamming not viable.

    2) I'd be interested in a shame list for the non-verified providers.  Which providers are that ridiculous and how many times have they gone the fail route each...

    3) Doing away with moderation queue will just have me dropping F-BOMBS and nuking crap providers spamming and bullshitting the community.  Will drive my work queue up :)   I am fine with that though :)
     
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  20. splitice

    splitice Just a little bit crazy... Verified Provider

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    Have you thought about requiring a certain number of new threads in certain sections (i.e articles) or something like that?

    I understand its a fine balance, but honestly we don't need another WHT where everyone only posts for offers.