So that's what the delete button is for...

@phyrre (2324)
United States
September 2, 2015 7:42am CST
I remember having this conversation with I want to say it was @topffer (though I could be wrong) about the addition of the delete button and what its merits and detriments were. Of course, there are two sides to every argument, and there was mention of deleting posts simply for disagreeing and whatnot. I'm also pretty sure I mentioned never having needed the delete button. Well, today I had to use the delete button for the first time. Someone replied to my comment by copying and pasting part of my comment and that was it. Like I wouldn't notice? So I deleted those comments. I was actually rather glad to have the delete button in that instance as it added nothing to the conversation and was clogging up my comments and I wanted to get to the people who actually were responding to me. Have you found a need for the delete button yet? Are you perhaps a bit wary of having it because it's too much of a temptation to delete dissenters?
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@PhredWreck (6051)
2 Sep 15
I've used it on spammers a time or two, in fact yesterday I posted under a few spam comments asking the responder if they wanted the honors or if I should do it. myLotBugs nailed them.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I don't see too many spammers around, and if I do they're usually taken care of. xD That's one nice thing, for sure. But you post a heck of a lot more discussions than I do, so I can see you having the lovely honors of having to deal with them more. It's definitely handy in those situations! Nobody likes spam...not even the canned kind.
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• United States
2 Sep 15
I haven't seen any spammers around either, maybe they like you, Lamby.
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@yukimori (9097)
• United States
2 Sep 15
@Carmelanirel2 They're like moths to a flame... @PhredWreck I felt wretched tagging Alex in the responses I left to those two posts yesterday... then it occurred to me that banned users don't earn squat from their participation and I felt a bit better.
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@topffer (36612)
• Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 Sep 15
It never happened to me, but I think I would report it first, to let GAA know about it. I never used this button, but deleting a copied/pasted comment with no addition is indeed a legitimate use.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I did report it, and then I deleted it. Not sure if they'll be able to do anything about it, but it seemed like a simple fix for me, and I haven't seen that person commenting in a similar fashion elsewhere, so I just got lucky, I suppose.
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
3 Sep 15
@topffer Do you think if comment is deleted by someone elsa and not GAA, then the person will be credited for comment ? Their earning will be fortified ? If yes then this is possible those people will avenge by deleting other's good comment. Or better to report the spam post, or what
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@yukimori (9097)
• United States
4 Sep 15
@yugocean If the user is making a habit of posting spam, I report all of their activity. I think being able to see all of the posts makes it easier to see when someone has a pattern of breaking the rules. On the old site, we used to be able to include that information with our reports and point out the pattern to the moderator(s). We don't get credited for comments. With the new algorithm, it all depends on the amount of interaction we receive from other members. The Earning Program FAQ states outright that posts that don't get any activity from other members won't earn. In other words, the best way to deal with spammers is to ignore them.
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• United States
2 Sep 15
I haven't had to delete a comment and if I were to use another's words as for using it as an example, I would put quotation marks around it and mention who wrote it if it wasn't clear. Now the editing I absolutely love and everyone can relate to how important that is. I hate it when I make a typo and I made two of them this morning when a member pointed them out, so I corrected them.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
They didn't just use my words, they literally copied and pasted exactly what I said and that was it. xD Didn't add to the discussion or anything lol. I don't mind quoting but yeah. Oh, I for sure love the edits! I type so fast that sometimes I completely mess up what I was trying to say (brain and fingers, why you no communicate well?) or I really flub up some word. I always like being able to edit just to clean up silly mistakes like that.
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• United States
2 Sep 15
@phyrre I think copy and paste is fine as long as the one who wrote it gets the credit . That is how I wrote research papers (and trust me, my instructor was strict when it came to copyrights) but I had to put it in quotation marks and in parenthesis type who said it.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
@Carmelanirel2 No, no, copy and paste as a quotation is 100 percent fine if you're adding to it. For example, in your paper, even if you had properly cited it, if all you had done was copy what someone else had written and turned it in, you would've gotten a 0 for plagiarism. That's a quotation. What this person did was copy the second paragraph of my response, paste it in a comment, and submit it. Then copy the third paragraph, paste it in another comment, and submit it. xD So they were literally just copying what I said and submitting that like it was their actual response to my comment.
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@sacmom (14314)
• United States
3 Sep 15
Yep, I used it once so far, after a plagiarist copied another member's response on one of my discussions. I've included the screenshot on here so you could see it for yourself. lol
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
3 Sep 15
That's exactly what happened to me! Except it was a different user (not sure if that makes things better or worse lol) and they didn't comment to the post with it, they commented on my comment with it. xD
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
3 Sep 15
@sacmom good caught, and with proof. However if we can use delete button, then what is Report button for?
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@sacmom (14314)
• United States
3 Sep 15
@phyrre Are you sure it was a different user? It could have very well been the same member, just under a different name. After all, he's done it before. Surely he'll do it again. @Owlwings, can you check it out for us please?
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• United Kingdom
2 Sep 15
I would only delete something or someone if it had something with spamming.
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
3 Sep 15
Spammers are behind many good sites shutting down or stopping paying to members
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@owstalaga (4576)
• Philippines
4 Sep 15
Oh I just noticed it now. I only use edit but delete would definitely be useful. I'd probably report something first then delete it depending on how offensive it is. But nah... I think I'll rarely use it. By the way, how come you and @topffer use the same "name"?
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
4 Sep 15
I agree, I rarely use it, I was just amused that I commented that I thought I'd never use it and so shortly after I found a use for it. xD We have the same name along with one other person because we got in "trouble" on another thread, and the user said that we were so random in the topics we discussed and hopped from topic to topic so much that MyLot should have an algorithm to determine users that do that and then name them "Bizarre [random number]" for a day to warn people. So this is our punishment doled out from them, because we are good little students.
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@owstalaga (4576)
• Philippines
4 Sep 15
@phyrre Oh I see... I saw another user with the same Bizarre [Random Number] name. Now I know there's just three of you. I hope you're not joking.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
4 Sep 15
@owstalaga Yup, there's three of us. We're troublemakers...uh...I mean, we're innocent. We were falsely accused! I'm not. :) This is the comment from Owl that explains it (quoted from him, of course): "Look, I don't mind you going off in a corner and having your own little chat group, but what will all those newcomers think? How the heck did we get from Screen Capture to Building Your Own Computer to who taught Phyrre's dad how to cook!???? MyLot should be able to detect this kind of topic hopping and automatically change the screen names of people who do it to Bizarre [random number] for a day (or longer, depending on how far they drift off topic!)" ~ Owlwings the Great This is the discussion it happened on (which is actually an awesome guide that I highly recommend checking out anyway):
From time to time we are asked to “take a screenshot and post it” No, there are no needles involved and it’s not some kind of medicine! Those of you who are...
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@allknowing (72736)
• India
2 Sep 15
I have used the delete button to rectify my wrong several times.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
3 Sep 15
I normally just use the edit button for that!
@allknowing (72736)
• India
3 Sep 15
@phyrre Sometimes I place my comment in the wrong slot
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
3 Sep 15
@allknowing Oh, didn't think of that one! I do that a lot on Facebook, but I haven't done it on here yet. Yup, I can totally see using it for that one. :)
@Susan2015 (22156)
• United States
2 Sep 15
Well, I would probably only use it if it was a spam comment or one like you had. I don't mind differing points of view as long as it's in a respectful way. But a nasty comment I would delete.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
I agree! The comment that I had mentioned wasn't nasty, just a different opinion, and I do feel like that's a silly abuse of the delete button. But if it was nasty, I agree, and spam obviously. Spam is best left for sandwiches...and even then it's still questionable. :P
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@Susan2015 (22156)
• United States
2 Sep 15
@phyrre I keep asking my husband if he wants me to buy him a tin of the spam. He refuses, I wonder why:)
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
@Susan2015 I don't know, my hubby would probably say yes just so that then he'd be armed with a can in case I bug him later on. Gotta think ahead with these things. Spam war!
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@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Sep 15
I haven't used the delete button for comments and responses, but I have used it to delete some old discussions of mine, that are no longer pertinent to me, and just simply outdated. I might eventually delete others, but I would prefer to eidt them and make them new discussions again.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
2 Sep 15
That's a good idea! I've been considering going back and deleting my old discussions, too, as they're like four years old now and I've gotten a few comments on them even though they no longer apply.
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@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 Sep 15
@phyrre Mine were sitting there, with no one else responding, so I figured after six years, it was time to retire them. I am goiing to keep the rest now though, and maybe tweak them a bit and make some a whole new discussion.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Sep 15
I don't think I've run into a comment that I felt i had to delete, but that is a good example. "Visit for million$" might be another.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
8 Sep 15
There used to be a lot of that on the old MyLot, but I haven't seen a lot of blatant spamming like that so far. Maybe a couple user "posting mills" where they're trying to convince people to go to a certain site by posting a bunch of discussions around what the site is for. But it hasn't been horrible yet. Knock on wood. I probably totally just jinxed us now. I apologize. xD
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@wetnosedogs (1554)
• United States
3 Sep 15
For copy and paste and spam- I dislike spam so much, I would use the delete button
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
3 Sep 15
I think a lot of people would agree with you, especially those who have been a part of MyLot for a while and want to see it succeed. Spam is like a parasite. xD But at least a lot of people seem to be eager to stomp it out, which is always a good sign!
@cahaya1983 (10036)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 15
I've only been here a few days so I haven't had the need to delete anything. But I would delete anything spammy or copy-pasted, for sure. I'm actually happy to know the button exists.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
3 Sep 15
It's definitely nice to have it there, though I do admit that when I first saw it I thought to myself, "Well, now, I don't think I'll have a need for that. I can use the report function." But it turns out that there are indeed some uses for it. xD
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@sofssu (17877)
3 Sep 15
Not yet! I hope I don't have to use it. Unless I comment in response to a wrong person.. I may not use it.
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@yugocean (8850)
• India
3 Sep 15
I don't use delete button, if there is a spam, then better to report it to GAA using report button, after all people will be paid for comment, now if comment is deleted by someone (not GAA) then not sure if the person's earning will effect that way
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@gudheart (12740)
11 Sep 15
I have not even noticed the delete button yet as I have not needed it. I am new though lol
@GajaGamini (1066)
• India
9 Sep 15
I haven't used it yet. But I think its a good initiative from Mylot before we were not able to delete any comment or discussion but now we have it so we can delete any spammy or unnecessary comments from our discussions. Now admin have less things to do.