Can we have an "Abuse" button?
Thread poster: Stefanie Sendelbach

Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
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Oct 12, 2006

Dear all,

Until some time ago, there was a button in KudoZ for squashing questions. I do not know why, but it is not there any longer. Would it be possible to bring it back, or maybe a less fierce version, such as an "Abuse" button?

Today between 2:25pm and 3:21pm there was a person in KudoZ who posted 13 questions in the English-to-Chinese language pair, using different names. And I believe s/he actually asked 18 questions in total (the first five using his/her profile). Today is not the first time. This has happened on 7 and 8 October as well.

I think this is clear abuse of the KudoZ system, and since there is no moderator assigned for the Chinese KudoZ pairs, I would welcome to have an "Abuse" button in these cases. Maybe the system could forward a notification of abuse to other moderators or Proz.com staff, and then someone could look into the IP address etc. of this abuser.

Stefanie


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Chinoise  Identity Verified
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Hi Stefanie Oct 12, 2006

Do you refer to this question:
www.proz.com/kudoz/1589822

I am also wondering what his or her real ID is. I think someone else also posted this kind of topic about the same person in the Chinese forum last year.

As for the ability to squash questions, I would suggest that you contact Henry directly.

Regards,

Betty

Stefanie Sendelbach wrote:

Dear all,

Until some time ago, there was a button in KudoZ for squashing questions. I do not know why, but it is not there any longer. Would it be possible to bring it back, or maybe a less fierce version, such as an "Abuse" button?

Today between 2:25pm and 3:21pm there was a person in KudoZ who posted 13 questions in the English-to-Chinese language pair, using different names. And I believe s/he actually asked 18 questions in total (the first five using his/her profile). Today is not the first time. This has happened on 7 and 8 October as well.

I think this is clear abuse of the KudoZ system, and since there is no moderator assigned for the Chinese KudoZ pairs, I would welcome to have an "Abuse" button in these cases. Maybe the system could forward a notification of abuse to other moderators or Proz.com staff, and then someone could look into the IP address etc. of this abuser.

Stefanie


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Some systems for dealing with abuse are already in place Oct 12, 2006

Regarding squashing questions, see #26 and #27 in the KudoZ FAQ:

26. ANSWERING: I see some users (not moderators) reclassifying, or removing, others' questions. How are these members selected?

Moderators may invite members/registered users who have at least 500 KudoZ points to read the guidelines for reclassifying and squashing, and take a short test. Those who pass have the right to edit in these ways.

27. Under what conditions will a KudoZ question be removed?

There are about ten possible reasons why a KudoZ questions would be removed ("squashed"). For a discussion of these reasons, see: this article.


Regarding abuse reporting, there is a link to the moderators at the bottom of each KudoZ question page, where you can draw a moderator's attention to potential cases of abuse. For pairs where there is no moderator assigned, there is a link to the moderators' list, and you are invited to alert any moderator (if possible, one with a linguistically similar pair).

[Edited at 2006-10-12 16:16]


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
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The situation is already taken care of... Oct 12, 2006

and thank you, Stefanie, for alerting.

The 'abuse' button for language pairs where there is no moderator is certainly a good idea and I think it's worth implementing. As long as there is no such button, though, everyone can always alert any moderator - just go to the Moderators list and pick one - possible someone having a language ability in at least one of the languages concerned and possibly someone who is currently online (green P).

Magda

PS for this particular case: as this person clearly violated the KudoZ limits, both the profile and ability to ask as unlogged are suspended until the site staff will further deal with it.


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Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
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Contacting moderators vs. "Abuse" button Oct 12, 2006

GoodWords wrote:
Regarding abuse reporting, there is a link to the moderators at the bottom of each KudoZ question page, where you can draw a moderator's attention to potential cases of abuse. For pairs where there is no moderator assigned, there is a link to the moderators' list, and you are invited to alert any moderator (if possible, one with a linguistically similar pair).


Hi GoodWords,

Thank you for your posting. I know about the link at the bottom of each KudoZ question. I just thought it might be faster and easier to have an "Abuse" button that simply needs clicking (and maybe a short explanation), and someone will automatically be alerted. I would not expect moderators/staff to react to each and every abuse alert. But in a case like today in the Chinese KudoZ section, there would have probably been a number of abuse alerts in a very short time.

If different ProZ.com members/users want to alert moderators, we might end up writing to different moderators, instead of collecting all the alerts in one place.

That's why I thought a kind of "Abuse" or "Attention to this question" button might be handy.

Stefanie


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Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
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That was fast! Oct 12, 2006

Dear moderators,

I just saw that the questions are removed now. That was fast! Thank you for attending to this so quickly!

Stefanie


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Enrique
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Suggestion Oct 13, 2006

Hi Stefanie,

Would you consider posting this suggestion in the thread http://www.proz.com/topic/55502 "Let's improve ProZ.com! (Three things I would do to improve ProZ.com if I were in charge.)"?

Thanks,
Enrique


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Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
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Will do, Enrique Oct 13, 2006

Hi Enrique,

Thank you for your message. I'll post my suggestion in the "Let's improve Proz.com" thread.

Best regards,
Stefanie


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