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Old 08-09-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Is it me, or has the habit of starting a new thread with only a link to a news article generally related to the forum topic starting to get out of hand?

I know there was a time that you had to write something about the subject in the message and not just post a link to a news article, but now it seems over and over the title of the thread is the title of the news article with nothing else written and only a link.

Not for nothing but I don't come to CD to get my daily dose of Google news headlines....
(now we do know that some folks discovered that by doing this, they could increase their rep count based on people just liking the news artcile they found and posted before others could, sorta like the new rep race...)
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I really dislike it when people do this, and from some of the responses I've seen, others dislike it too.

For one thing, if somebody just posts a link and says nothing at all about it, I suspect it's a malicious link and don't open it.

I'd be happy to see moderators delete these.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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It's bothersome and yes, they should be deleted as soon as a moderator knows about it.

Last edited by rainroosty; 08-10-2012 at 02:48 AM..
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Is it me, or has the habit of starting a new thread with only a link to a news article generally related to the forum topic starting to get out of hand?

I know there was a time that you had to write something about the subject in the message and not just post a link to a news article, but now it seems over and over the title of the thread is the title of the news article with nothing else written and only a link.

Not for nothing but I don't come to CD to get my daily dose of Google news headlines....
(now we do know that some folks discovered that by doing this, they could increase their rep count based on people just liking the news artcile they found and posted before others could, sorta like the new rep race...)
The TOS forbids copying ANY copyright of anything!

A poster "may" post a line or two (but NO MORE!!) from the story to start the discussion otherwise a link is all that is allowed.

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Old 08-10-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The TOS forbids ANY copyright of of anything!

A poster "may" post a line or two (but NO MORE!!) from the story to start the discussion otherwise a link is all that is allowed.
Aren't you missing the point? If I understood the original poster here correctly, he or she was suggesting that a person posting a news link should discuss that link, such as giving the poster's opinion about it and discussing how it relates to the topic of the particular forum, etc. That would not be the same as quoting the news article in full.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Aren't you missing the point? If I understood the original poster here correctly, he or she was suggesting that a person posting a news link should discuss that link, such as giving the poster's opinion about it and discussing how it relates to the topic of the particular forum, etc. That would not be the same as quoting the news article in full.
No, I went with what I see the most.....just a link.

When I post I try to at least post a lead in........
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Yep, what I;ve been seeing a lot is opeople who start a new thread and the name of that thread is the title of the news articel they are linking. So you see the new thread title: "Forums Gone Wild In Asia" and the message is just a link to "Forums gone Wild In Asia" Nothing else, no comment no discussion, nothing. And you have the smart ones who may add before or after the link; "found this, its cute" and thats it.

Considering how many mods may respond to just the link, I'm starting to think its not a violation of the TOS but just one of those annoying things. Oh well, maybe not that big a deal afterall.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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We are planning "Current News" type of a forum that should reduce the number of such posts in other forums.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Yep, what I;ve been seeing a lot is opeople who start a new thread and the name of that thread is the title of the news articel they are linking. So you see the new thread title: "Forums Gone Wild In Asia" and the message is just a link to "Forums gone Wild In Asia" Nothing else, no comment no discussion, nothing. And you have the smart ones who may add before or after the link; "found this, its cute" and thats it.

Considering how many mods may respond to just the link, I'm starting to think its not a violation of the TOS but just one of those annoying things. Oh well, maybe not that big a deal afterall.
That stuff ticks me off. I delete such nonsense links in my forums. If people aren't going to state a view on the story and hang in there to discuss it then don't post. The primary purpose of the state/city forums is to help people re-locate, not to gossip over "man bites dog" stories.

Another one that really bugs me is when some idiot posts a link and then enters one word "Discuss" as if he's some sort of lord and master over others and wants us to butt heads with one another while he snickers from the sidelines. Sometimes these are clever students who use our posters to write their school / college essays for them, a neat trick for them if we sucker ourselves into doing their research and writing for them.

To digress a bit, there are lazy posters who say "I want to move to your town, tell me everything about it." That gets deleted quickly with advice to use our search tool, or in the case of COLO forums, the indexes I've built of key threads that take people to lots of info in a hurry.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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That stuff ticks me off. I delete such nonsense links in my forums. If people aren't going to state a view on the story and hang in there to discuss it then don't post. The primary purpose of the state/city forums is to help people re-locate, not to gossip over "man bites dog" stories.

Another one that really bugs me is when some idiot posts a link and then enters one word "Discuss" as if he's some sort of lord and master over others and wants us to butt heads with one another while he snickers from the sidelines. Sometimes these are clever students who use our posters to write their school / college essays for them, a neat trick for them if we sucker ourselves into doing their research and writing for them.

To digress a bit, there are lazy posters who say "I want to move to your town, tell me everything about it." That gets deleted quickly with advice to use our search tool, or in the case of COLO forums, the indexes I've built of key threads that take people to lots of info in a hurry.
I wish these were uniform practices followed by the other mods.
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