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*Presidential Update -- Week 12*

bladerunner060
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9/6/2014 11:04:44 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Howdy folks, it's that time of the week again.

We're at the halfway point of my presidency--man, time flies, particularly in the summer! But school's starting again for a lot of folks; for most of you who are in school, it's probably started up already. I hope it's going as well as it can, given that it's school.

Things, I think, are going well. There are currently 0 unvoted-but-votable debates, which should be generally the case. As always, if you have a debate that's voteless, please message me, because during this administration the goal is to have ALL debates get at least one vote.

I think I've been as transparent as I can be throughout the administration so far. But if someone has a question, I'll answer it as best I can--obviously, I can't possibly be transparent about everything, for various reasons including privacy concerns. But I just want to make sure that folks are happy with the level of transparency so far, and that nobody feels like I'm hiding anything.

I'll highlight another debate this week, just because I feel like there's some value in highlighting one or more in these updates (anything to keep them from being tooooo boring, amirite?).

http://www.debate.org...

Both sides did a great job and this was an interesting topic to me. It's got 3 votes at present.

Another moderation note this week:

On spam, and the reporting thereof.

We all know and loathe spam. Lovespam (where a "new user"--who is actually a bot--messages you to tell you she loves you, and gives you a link to some spammy/virusy/scammy website...incidentally, almost exclusively identified as "she") used to be the big problem on the site, and some of the older members will mention it. These days, though, it seems that the brute-force forum thread approach has become more popular. I'm sure you've seen it, and/or complained about it: a user joins and immediately posts 30+ new forum threads all about whatever garbled post with a link to spammy virusness.

First: Please don't reply to them. All that does is keep their spamming on the front page of the forum channel that much longer--it is, essentially, a reward. Because bots don't feel ashamed. Bots don't feel the sting of insults. Bots just post, and the spammers who made them hope for clicks. Every second its on the front page is another second someone might accidentally click on their spammy spamminess. And that's no good. So, rather than reply to them, report them, which brings us to....

Second: When reporting a spam thread, it's better to report the thread itself than to report the post. Every post has a report button, but so does every thread. Ultimately, the thread is going to get deleted. But when you send a report of just the post, the mods have extra steps to go through to delete the thread itself. Not a ton of extra steps, but extra steps nonetheless. And every extra step is multiplied with the volume of spam they have to deal with. And, as I think we all have noticed, they have to deal with a lot of spam. And, if you're feeling particularly froggy, it's actually the best practice to report the profiles of spambots, rather than even their individual threads (of which there's usually a ton), because, again, it minimizes the number of steps the mods have to go through to get rid of the spam.

Spam on DDO is like litter in public parks. Please help keep our DDO clean!

And of course, you can message airmax1227 directly if you have any questions about this.

This week's site tip is more for the newbies than for the folks who've been on here any length of time:

The mods are here to help.

It's probably because moderation has been on my mind (what with the whole reporting spammers thing; I usually just go with whatever site tip/trick I think of as I'm writing these, so...), but, it's worth noting to folks that if you have an issue--like if you want to confirm your account, but don't have a phone you can confirm it with, or if you have some other kind of user-related issue that you can't resolve through automatic means, reach out to a mod--airmax1227 has the power to, to keep this to the phone example, activate any account as long as he believes you aren't a spammer. If you can't get ahold of him for some reason, you can always reach out to me or bsh1--we're not mods (which bears repeating, since folks do seem to forget it), which means we don't directly have the power, but we're here to help, too!

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As always, reach out to me or my VP bsh1 with any questions, comments, or concerns. If you have any ideas for site tips or tricks, or if you have a site history question, shoot me a message. And do the same if you have a debate that, for some reason, is voteless.
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bladerunner060
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9/6/2014 11:13:59 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:07:50 PM, UchihaMadara wrote:
wow, i just now found out who the president of DDO is.

Did you miss the other 2 or 3 updates since you joined?
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UchihaMadara
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9/6/2014 11:14:55 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:13:59 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 9/6/2014 11:07:50 PM, UchihaMadara wrote:
wow, i just now found out who the president of DDO is.

Did you miss the other 2 or 3 updates since you joined?

i guess so...
bladerunner060
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9/6/2014 11:17:16 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:14:55 PM, UchihaMadara wrote:
At 9/6/2014 11:13:59 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 9/6/2014 11:07:50 PM, UchihaMadara wrote:
wow, i just now found out who the president of DDO is.

Did you miss the other 2 or 3 updates since you joined?

i guess so...

Well, no worries. I try to get one up a week, every week, on either Friday or Saturday, before midnight (my time, which is 2 hours at present behind DDO time).
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Zaradi
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9/6/2014 11:17:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Ore_ele, the forgotten mod.

"If Airmax isn't available, reach out to me or bsh (even though we're not mods!)".

Bladerunner hates ore_ele confirmed? ;)

/endtrolling
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bladerunner060
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9/6/2014 11:29:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Incidentally, UchihaMadara's post made me realize that maybe I should be appending previous weeks to each week's update. So, without further ado:

Week 1
http://www.debate.org...
Week 2
http://www.debate.org...
Week 3
http://www.debate.org...
Week 4
http://www.debate.org...
Week 5 (labeled as Week 6, apparently I've just noticed, but I dropped it into bsh1's lap because I got called out of town on a moment's notice, so it's not his fault)
http://www.debate.org...
Week 6
http://www.debate.org...
Week 7
http://www.debate.org...
Week 8
http://www.debate.org...
Week 9
http://www.debate.org...
Week 10
http://www.debate.org...
Week 11
http://www.debate.org...
And, just to be meta: Week 12
http://www.debate.org...
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bladerunner060
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9/6/2014 11:29:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:17:42 PM, Zaradi wrote:
Ore_ele, the forgotten mod.

"If Airmax isn't available, reach out to me or bsh (even though we're not mods!)".

Bladerunner hates ore_ele confirmed? ;)

/endtrolling

Well, crap. Unintentional slight! (Please don't beat me)
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Zaradi
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9/6/2014 11:49:46 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:29:49 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 9/6/2014 11:17:42 PM, Zaradi wrote:
Ore_ele, the forgotten mod.

"If Airmax isn't available, reach out to me or bsh (even though we're not mods!)".

Bladerunner hates ore_ele confirmed? ;)

/endtrolling

Well, crap. Unintentional slight! (Please don't beat me)

....gawd dangit blade! You made me whip out the baseball bat for nothing!
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9/7/2014 10:39:18 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:29:49 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 9/6/2014 11:17:42 PM, Zaradi wrote:
Ore_ele, the forgotten mod.

"If Airmax isn't available, reach out to me or bsh (even though we're not mods!)".

Bladerunner hates ore_ele confirmed? ;)

/endtrolling

Well, crap. Unintentional slight! (Please don't beat me)

Hey, have you heard anything about longer text limits in the voting section of debates? I know it's hard getting site updates implemented, and that if anything it'll occur maybe towards the end of your presidency but any updates on stuff like that?
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bladerunner060
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9/7/2014 1:02:20 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/7/2014 10:39:18 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:

Hey, have you heard anything about longer text limits in the voting section of debates? I know it's hard getting site updates implemented, and that if anything it'll occur maybe towards the end of your presidency but any updates on stuff like that?

It is something I'm working towards, but even if I knew that it was being actively worked on as we speak I couldn't really tell you--in general, Juggle prefers that site updates and things not be promised until they're actually done.
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9/7/2014 1:10:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Keep up the great work guys!
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9/7/2014 5:14:40 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/7/2014 1:02:20 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:
At 9/7/2014 10:39:18 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:

Hey, have you heard anything about longer text limits in the voting section of debates? I know it's hard getting site updates implemented, and that if anything it'll occur maybe towards the end of your presidency but any updates on stuff like that?

It is something I'm working towards, but even if I knew that it was being actively worked on as we speak I couldn't really tell you--in general, Juggle prefers that site updates and things not be promised until they're actually done.

Okay, then do you know if Juggle is planning on any site updates anytime in the foreseeable future? While I understand that you can't openly discuss what they are working on, can you at-least confirm that they are working on *something*, or do they not like saying they are working on something until it's done?
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9/7/2014 6:12:57 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 11:04:44 PM, bladerunner060 wrote:

The mods are here to help.

And to arbitrarily delete people's comments to win a forum game!
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9/7/2014 10:49:21 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/7/2014 6:48:11 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
Half way through the presidency and no site updates...

Crypto: I can't promise site updates. No president can in good conscience really promise any. It's up to Juggle, and whether they're willing to do so.
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9/7/2014 11:44:48 PM
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