Pointing out mistakes/violations of users here

@allknowing (58111)
India
October 1, 2015 2:12am CST
When a mistake or a possible violation is noticed, I normally send a message to that person pointing it out and if that user ignores that message then I report. It is better that way than to confront them in a discussion. What is your approach.
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@boiboing (12261)
• Northampton, England
1 Oct 15
Report and run. That's my approach. Sometimes leaving a comment that copiers get caught. I am not as nice as you.
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@allknowing (58111)
• India
1 Oct 15
@Gina145 (4020)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
1 Oct 15
I haven't noticed any violations here aside from the obvious spammers who wouldn't listen anyway. I tried your approach at Bubblews without much success. It seems that most people who break the rules do so because they don't care.
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@allknowing (58111)
• India
1 Oct 15
Bubblews is a different story. There even if you reported they would ignore and they it depended on who reported. They had some who they trusted.
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@Gina145 (4020)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Oct 15
@allknowing At one time they used to delete the violations I reported but then they stopped. I think they just don't care any more.
@allknowing (58111)
• India
4 Oct 15
@Gina145 I noticed that.
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@owlwings (38424)
• Cambridge, England
1 Oct 15
I only occasionally remind someone of the rules if I believe that they are here honestly (I give no quarter to spammers and plagiarists who have posted just one or a few posts, all violating the rules). I also report the post immediately because @goaskalice is human and will not delete a post if he doesn't believe its a violation, nor will he delete an account if he thinks that the violation is a genuine mistake. I don't feel that it is worth my while messaging someone, waiting for a reply (or none) and then reporting it If you think it's a violation, then you should report it immediately, whether you tell the person or not. It is not our job to deal with people who break the rules, either blatantly or through ignorance. That is what the moderator is for. If you choose to message the person, of course, that is up to you but I would warn you that it can often lead to misunderstanding and bad feeling (many people do not like being 'put right' by ordinary members, whether it is meant kindly or not) and it is better to let GAA deal with it.
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@allknowing (58111)
• India
1 Oct 15
But sometimes it is done in discussions and quite rudely where whoever is present in that discussion views it. May be reporting and also sending a message would perhaps be a better choice.
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@owlwings (38424)
• Cambridge, England
1 Oct 15
@allknowing I agree that it is usually inappropriate and even offensive to make such a response in a discussion.
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@LadyDuck (131242)
• Switzerland
1 Oct 15
I fully agree, there is no reason to start to discuss. It's much better to leave a message to Alex.
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• United States
3 Oct 15
It really depends on what they are doing for me. I mean if someone plagerizes, or they put a referal link and that is what th post is about iI go ahead and I report it because tht is an obvious rule they are breaking. I have mentioned in the comments before if someone is breaking a simple rule but sending them a message might be better for them and not feel so outed that way.
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@Asylum (48357)
• Manchester, England
1 Oct 15
That would depend on the magnitude of the violation and how blatant it was. If a member posts something that is contrary the rules but appears likely to be more of an error of judgement than a deliberate attempt to break the rules then your suggestion would be the most prudent approach. However, in the case of someone posting gibberish or being seriously offensive then I would simply report it.
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@allknowing (58111)
• India
1 Oct 15
With experience I suppose we get to know who is deliberate and who is not
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@Asylum (48357)
• Manchester, England
1 Oct 15
@allknowing Oh yes, it is easy enough to tell if it is a clumsy or unwitting mistake or a blatant attempt at cheating.
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