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I noticed lately that there are a bunch more new members posting lots of crap. It's getting annoying, I mean sometimes its funny reading their idiot posts but someone telling us about Apple hardware that will blow us away and later telling us that he would show you but he doesn't believe in pictures is just stupid... it wastes time.. anyway, there is noting anybody can do about it.. just wanted to share
post #2 of 16
I think its because a load of PC users came to gander at AI when the gutted-G5 controversy broke... Just like loads of us went over to overclocking.com etc to see what they were saying. I didn't come across equivalent posts over there though...
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post #3 of 16
what if you couldn't start a thread 'til you had 50 posts? that'd eliminate all the wankers who troll, lose privileges, then change their screen-name and come back and troll some more.
maybe this idea has been brought up before.
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what if you couldn't start a thread 'til you had 50 posts? that'd eliminate all the wankers who troll, lose privileges, then change their screen-name and come back and troll some more.
maybe this idea has been brought up before.

I mean, if you wanted to troll, putting up 50 posts of

wouldn't take very long
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it'd take some work, but it would prohibit the returning troll with new names. but also it would help new users get a feel for things before they first started posting new threads.
lately in addition ton trolls, i've notice many innocent new a/i'ers starting threads they wouldn't have started if they had a better "lay of the land" as it were.
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but also it would help new users get a feel for things before they first started posting new threads.
lately in addition ton trolls, i've notice many innocent new a/i'ers starting threads they wouldn't have started if they had a better "lay of the land" as it were.

I agree with you there
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what if you couldn't start a thread 'til you had 50 posts?...

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...lately in addition ton trolls, i've notice many innocent new a/i'ers starting threads they wouldn't have started if they had a better "lay of the land" as it were.

Maybe. But 50 is a bit much. 10 would be more like it. But even that might be an unfair barrier. Many browse the site for months/years, not posting a thing, yet are very knowledgeable about Macs and how the board works. It would be silly if they suddenly had to make a rash of posts to be able to post a new topic on one thing that really interested them.
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post #8 of 16
Sylvanus has a point, as does everyone else here. But I believe the majority of people who register here are the ones who have just stumbled across AI and want to get involved. However, a lot of those people's first post is in GB, they have a question about their computer. Can we leave them with a broken computer while they somehow fire off 50 posts so they can post their question? I'm gonna have to say no to the idea of a pre determined number of posts to be able to post a new thread. Of course, it would cut down on the crap that newbies post, but would also create a whole new world of problems. And thats why we have the best mods in the business here, they deal with the crap really well so we don't have to wade through it.
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post #9 of 16
Can we just kill them while they sleep?
post #10 of 16
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I noticed lately that there are a bunch more new members posting lots of crap. It's getting annoying, I mean sometimes its funny reading their idiot posts but someone telling us about Apple hardware that will blow us away and later telling us that he would show you but he doesn't believe in pictures is just stupid... it wastes time.. anyway, there is noting anybody can do about it.. just wanted to share

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post #11 of 16
Don't worry, folks. We've got things under control. The banning admin panel has been smokin' hot over the past few days.

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Originally posted by superkarate monkeydeathcar
it'd take some work, but it would prohibit the returning troll with new names. but also it would help new users get a feel for things before they first started posting new threads.

This cannot work. A lot of people would never *be* at AppleInsider if they couldn't post new threads as new members. Think of the people seeking technical support or purchasing advice or the rare soul that actually has "inside" information. What good does it do these folks to post for over a week (and most people *don't* post as much as 10 times a day) before they can discuss what's on their mind? Why bother waiting around here when they can go elsewhere?

No, that simply can't be. The admins and moderators here enough power to sufficiently restrain the trolls when they get out of control. I haven't seen any events recently where the trolls have gotten so out of control as to require more stringent restrictions.

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lately in addition ton trolls, i've notice many innocent new a/i'ers starting threads they wouldn't have started if they had a better "lay of the land" as it were.

True, but that can be forgiven. For the same reason above, I cannot agree to just blocking new users from posting their questions and thoughts. We can move around threads just fine as people learn the way out site works.
post #12 of 16
Exactly. Don't punish the many for the isolated, shitheaded behavior of the few.

Just lower the hammer HARD on those not playing by the rules. Everything else tends to take care of itself once the idiots and pot-stirrers are removed.

At AI, as in life...
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Don't worry, folks. We've got things under control. The banning admin panel has been smokin' hot over the past few days.


This cannot work. A lot of people would never *be* at AppleInsider if they couldn't post new threads as new members. Think of the people seeking technical support or purchasing advice or the rare soul that actually has "inside" information. What good does it do these folks to post for over a week (and most people *don't* post as much as 10 times a day) before they can discuss what's on their mind? Why bother waiting around here when they can go elsewhere?


yeah you're right.
post #14 of 16
I think it has pretty calm around here. There was a time this place was totally out of control. Long before most of u were here.
post #15 of 16
I've been here 4 years, so... (ugh! Man...)



Seen a few blackouts, some deserving goons get banned, some hellacious threads, people being good, idiots being bad, people abusing their positions of authority, some great people, etc.

And through it all, I STILL don't get ShawnPatrick. Ever.

post #16 of 16
The worst I've seen was actually the day I first became a mod, along with a bunch of other new recruits. There was a serious invasion of the boards that very day.

It took a long time for Mark and Goatie to convince us that they hadn't arranged that as a trial by fire.
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