Upon Reflection: "Spam Posting" In Interest Groups  

wistfuljester 64M
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4/8/2006 2:10 pm

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4/11/2006 10:29 pm

Upon Reflection: "Spam Posting" In Interest Groups

All right, forget everything else I've said on this subject for a moment. To be honest, this is a highly sensitive issue for me--not because I spam or care if others do it or not; rather, it is because I was one of several members who got caught in the crossfire between the opposing members who were in a mean and spiteful battle over the issue.

Heck, I didn't even know there WAS a "posting war", until people invaded my home group and started hurling abuse right and left. I was also one of several members who were impersonated by some people involved in that petty struggle, in the sense that my identity was hijacked by 6 fake profiles that attacked others and tried to make it look like me. Fortunately, AdultFriendFinder could easily see these WERE impersonations, and did remove them.

So, I want to take an emotional step back here, and apologize. I never was able to prove who impersonated me, so I have never named names. If I gave a different impression, it was not my intention.

Whatever. I do see the point about fairness. I do NOT see the point about spamming posts somehow being a violation of the TOUs because they are overly burdensome to the servers.

Upon reflection, it seems to me you guys are right: this would not be an issue if it didn't skew the activity listings. On the one hand, I can see where groups who have worked hard to build themselves need a way to be visible to others who might share their interests. On the other hand, I can see why people use "spam posting" as a quick way to get to the top of the lists so that they, too, can be noticed and attract members. Likewise, whether I agree with doing it or not (and I don't), I recognize that some people feel the need to "compete".

If the objective here is to give everyone an equal opportunity to be noticed, then it might be that counting the number of topics instead of the number of posts would help. But then again, it might not. For one thing, it wouldn't stop the "spamming", just make it more time-consuming. From my observations, people who engage in it do have the time.

Secondly, age does not equal either the current level of activity nor the quality of a group. A group could have lots of topics, and still either be effectively useless or long dead. Really, then, is there ANY solution or mathematical formula that would truly satisfy? I have my doubts.

Some people have suggested doing away with the activity listings, period--but that would only satisfy some of the members, and I'm not even sure those members are anywhere near being a majority of the active group members. Others have suggested some sort of random rotation of the most active members and/or groups, similar to the most recent discussions list. If it goes deep enough into the groups, that might be the most useful and fair thing for all concerned.

Ultimately, I think all moderators need the greatest flexibility possible, in deciding what kind of group they want theirs to be, and a fair opportunity to be noticed by site members who might be interested in becoming members. I'm just not sure if anything can be done to really accomplish that.

Shelly_Marie 43F

4/10/2006 11:12 pm

well, I was just stating the principle of the thing in the ceo's blog post, not dictating, hell didnt mean for it to become a drama in there. It really doesnt matter too much to me, I just thought I would say something about it since I had seen so many other people talk about it previously in their groups (not you, other mods), and am surprised that most of those people are now saying that it didnt make any difference to them.

wistfuljester 64M

4/11/2006 9:05 pm

Shelly...I understood you were just stating an opinion. I was referring to that little group of mods who constantly bitch, moan, whine and even make up reasons why it's so bad.

Not to mention, a couple of them got pretty nasty in there, and it was NOT just Mer.

Shelly_Marie 43F

4/11/2006 10:09 pm

well, I thought she was talking to me since I brought the subject up, so I just told her like it was....plain and simple..without all of the nastieness and size 25 font sizes......lmao. I never mentioned names, I assumed it was more than one group mod spamming anyway...lol.

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