An alert button for at risk discussions would be nice
July 23, 2010 2:48am CST
I know that the mylot rules are clear on what to and what not to post but from time to time some of us end up starting discussions which cross the line without meaning to do so. It could be that we just got excited or upset about something and as is usually the case for many here we come to mylot to share. So unintentionally we might make a post which break the mylot rule. I think it would be a great idea if there was a feature here on mylot where our discussions are pre- checked before they are posted and should they fall in the violation caategory then we would be alerted before the discussion is posted. That would be somewhat similar to the feature which warns us of unacceptable words in our post. Our discussions just do not get posted if the adjustments are not made. That would certainly save admin the task of deleting discussions which violated the mylot rule in the first place and it would also ensure that those discussions do not make it into the forum area where people sometimes start making their comments. I think and alert button for at risk post would be a great feature to add to the mylot experience. I would certainly like to hear the views of fellow mylotters on this. Do you agree or disagree with the inclusion of an alert button? Or Do you think that the mylot rules as it is should be enough to keep us on track?
• Cambridge, England
23 Jul 10
As a matter of fact, there is such a button. It it is often thought of as an 'optional extra' but, in fact, it is so repeatedly recommended to install it that it is, in fact, mandatory. It may need several attempts at installation before it becomes completely effective but it should be working very well in a week or so. There are two parts to the installation and neither require that you download anything to your PC. The first part of the installation is to make a sticky note to attach to the edge of your screen. On it should be the words (in large letters): "THINK BEFORE POSTING" (Note that this part of the installation is generally useful and applies to email, Facebook, posting articles and many other things). The second part of the installation is to create a bookmark or shortcut to http://www.mylot.com/o/guidelines.aspx This should be opened and read once a day (preferably first thing in the morning) until the contents are memorised. If the shortcut is placed in the C:\Windows\Start Menu\Startup folder, it will open automatically every time the PC starts. Seriously, the most effective way to save Admin time and trouble is for members themselves to be responsible for what they post and to post responsibly. It is little use, when a discussion is deleted, posting the same thing again (even if slightly modified) with a note to the effect that the previous discussion 'seemed to have violated some rule'. When MyLot delete a discussion, they do so for a very specific reason which is stated in the Notification from MyLot email. There is absolutely no excuse for not knowing why something was deleted and there is every opportunity to learn from one's mistakes.
25 Jul 10
Does this process would be automatic or admins would check they manually? If they check discussions manually right now I think It does not matter. If this process would work automatic It would make less job to admins and moderators. But, maybe this system is hard I mean hard to make It. I be happy If there was a system who do not allow newbies to post, comment, respond before they read the rules. And maybe we do not see this discussions with questions whose are answered in FAQ. But, yes better think before do something here. Take care, Have a nice day!
24 Jul 10
i guess that would be a wonderful idea,if we are not really familiar to guidelines and FAQ's here,but as a member i think we are all obliged to read the FAQ's and guidelines to make sure our posts are safe not to be deleted. we can be sure of course,if we know all the violations we have to avoid. i can still remember i had a topic being deleted cause of milestones,though i know from the start it will be deleted,i still start the topic,haha! i just am curious on other people's responses about that so yeah,i have known some reactions which i didn't knew before,which makes me happy despite the deletion of my topic.