When to use the Spam Button (and when not to)

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that the spam button is for removing genuine spam.

It's great that you all want to help out with keeping the forum clear and running smoothly but can you please make sure you only use it for spam.

Using it to remove posts or threads you feel have been posted on the "wrong board" isn't appropriate. If the Forum Team sees that's happening it'll have to take action on the forum users doing it, which we really don't want as your hearts are in the right place and you're genuinely just trying to help.

When to use it

Spam - click the spam button

When not to use it

Threads posted on Grabbit that would get better responses somewhere else - in this case PM the link to the board's board guides.

Thanks

Andrea :)
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  • Can you use the report button for wrongly placed posts etc?
  • Apparently my first post was spam because I found aftershave that was cheap on ebay.
  • Money_maker
    Money_maker Posts: 5,471
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    buffy4565 wrote: »
    Apparently my first post was spam because I found aftershave that was cheap on ebay.

    Personally I didn't see your post but presumed you made a link to an auction. We get a new user, first post is a link to an auction site and the immediate first thought will be spam. This will always be the case. Right or wrong, you can make general observations about being able to source aftershave on ebay but links make it look like self promotion.

    Perfumes and so forth are quite often not genuine on ebay so this may not be the best type of 'bargain' to promote here.

    Welcome and don't be put off posting. Most posters here are quick to eradicate any suspicion of spam cos we don't want our site clogged up with it :D
    Please do not quote spam as this enables it to 'live on' once the spam post is removed. ;)

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  • cdam
    cdam Posts: 358 Forumite
    I was told that if a certain number of people click the spam button the post disappears, is this true?
  • jackomdj
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    I use my iPod touch a lot and find I sometimes click the spam button when flicking the screen up to move the text, it may be better if it was either a 2 click process (ie click to say spam, then click to confirm) or the spam button was on the left side
  • Bookworm63
    Bookworm63 Posts: 1,078 Forumite
    jackomdj wrote: »
    I use my iPod touch a lot and find I sometimes click the spam button when flicking the screen up to move the text, it may be better if it was either a 2 click process (ie click to say spam, then click to confirm) or the spam button was on the left side

    Was just about to post the same thing - it's too easy to hit the spam button while the screen is still adjusting and though you can reverse it, it would be much better as a two click process with a confirmation that that is what you intended to do.
  • jumblejack
    jumblejack Posts: 6,599 Forumite
    I completely agree that it should be changed as lots of folk access this site on phones which means we have to scroll up n down. I regularly accidentally report as spam then have to try and find which post it was do I can rectify it. It ain't half frustrating!!!
    It should certainly have a confirmation box pop up to prevent numerous accidental spam reports.
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    jackomdj wrote: »
    I use my iPod touch a lot and find I sometimes click the spam button when flicking the screen up to move the text, it may be better if it was either a 2 click process (ie click to say spam, then click to confirm) or the spam button was on the left side

    Me too, and once it's hit there is no confirm button, apologies to those posts where I have hit the spam button, please fix ASAP :j
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  • NKLK
    NKLK Posts: 970 Forumite
    Just about to post the same!
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  • apparently if your a new member like me every post is spam...had my post removed even though it was a genuine special offer, theres some suspicious people out there! its put me off helping others out in future!
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