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Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by jgu1994, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. jgu1994
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    jgu1994 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    So I was thinking that there should be a function where if a certain amount of users report a topic, it automatically disappears to all users but moderators for further judging. This may be useful when there aren't any mods on and a spam bot strikes and it may take a bit off of the mods as well.

    If there is a function like this already than just lock this thread.
     
  2. Hatsu

    Hatsu Someone's been killing, eh?

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    Can't we just keep reporting this topic to get it closed? [​IMG]

    That means the same person could report any topic as many times as they want, and they could close it. Power abuse, btw.
     
  3. Lilith Valentine

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    Hatsu has a point there
     
  4. Law

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    Not unless either of you have a plethora of multiple accounts.
     
  5. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

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    I suggested a similar thing in another thread, but with a few tweaks to only cater for spambots.

     
  6. Salax

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    This would be extremely helpful. Then again, there would have to be strict rules on what can and can't be report-locked. If someone was globally hated, people could report all of their stupid threads just to get a lock.
     
  7. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

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    I think p1ngpong's version of this could work, provided it only applied to posts from users that have not yet established themselves as active members. There is too much potential for abuse in a system that would let unpopular people be silenced by their haters, and it would take too much of the moderating team's time to deal with people abusing this system in addition to deleting the spam and the regular moderating chores.

    That said, any time spent on this would be better spent fixing the security so that there weren't so many spambots in the first place.
     
  8. fedgerama

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    Not unless you change the report system so that a specific topic can only be reported once by a specific user. Unless that user has a slew of accounts to use, they wouldn't be able to lock it themselves. And to stop such a thing, don't allow new accounts based on IP for a certain time frame, ie 24 hours, a week, or even forever (though forever would discourage multi-user households). That would stop most abusers, at least those without proxies.
     
  9. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

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    There are pleny of jerkwads here that have a long history of getting IP banned from forums and using anonymous proxies to get back on and keep misbehaving.
     
  10. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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  11. Ace Gunman

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    This is an interesting idea. It warrants staff discussion at a later date. I'll try and keep this in mind. [​IMG]
     
  12. Dark Blade

    Dark Blade Flippin' Insane

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    No way..only the mods make the right choice...Otherwise what would they do on the site?
     
  13. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    this is not a good idea with the actual user report system, imagine the number of reports in big thread like usbloaderGX (or recently kingdom hearts PSP), etc.
    if a lot of people gives links to copyrighted materials, how many reports would be needed to hide the hole (legal) thread to other users ?
    That would be bad for all the other legit posts.

    There should be a report thread instead of report user then. That way, yes it could work fine, being not abused.
     
  14. Destructobot

    Destructobot Crave the Hammer

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    That's why I said p1ngpong's version of the idea might work:

     
  15. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    This idea would be very good if members aren't (weren't) aware of it.
     
  16. DeMoN

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    Yeah, then we'd be just like GameFAQs though, and this could be abused easily.
    But I have faith in GBAtempers, so I'm all for this suggestion. It will help greatly when the spambots attack while there are no mods online.
     
  17. Hatsu

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    Mods should be online 24/7! [​IMG]