[closed] Forum Moderation (52 posts)

  1. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    These forums exist to support WordPress users.

    Remember - WordPress is FREE software. When you make a request here for help, no-one is being paid to answer you. Being polite is extremely important to those of us who do help here.

    The following posts are moderated:

    1. Those containing email addresses. The address will be munged.
    2. Those containing passwords. The passwords will be removed.
    3. Those that have tag faults which break or adversely affect the forum software.
    4. Those which contain incredibly long sections of code or error messages.

    A note may be made in the thread or in the post if such action has been taken.
    The following posts will be deleted on sight.

    1. Single or double word topics with no body
    2. Spam
    3. Posts which are destructive in nature.
    To put it basically, if you cannot say anything positive or helpful, or provide pointers that can assist the original poster and do so in a constructive manner - then do not post.
    If your post contains abuse, it will be deleted.
    If your post directs offense at another forum user, it will be deleted.
    Do not try to use words cleverly - if there is any doubt, it will be deleted.

    Abuse or flames will not merely be removed from a post, your whole post will be deleted.
    There will be NO notes made in a thread about this action.

    Signatures on all posts will be removed. Such signatures would create clutter and distract from the information and help we are trying to provide.

    If you post just to spam or or get 'google juice' then you WILL be blocked and the url you are using will be broken. These forums will stay clean of spammers and the useless junk they bring.

    While it is not mandatory to link to a WordPress blog, linking to anything that looks like a splog or spam site is not wise.

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 10 years ago #

    If you have the time (and really, make the time), read podz's "WordPress Forum Behaviour" page before posting:


  3. Joni
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Excellent. It also bears repeating that if you post a question or problem and later on find a solution, either on your own or otherwise outside the WP Forum, it would be nice to share that solution with others so that we can all benefit from our collective knowledge and experiences. Believe it or not, some people DO use the search box before posting their questions, so being able to locate a solution helps keep repetitive questions to a minimum.

  4. joelwalsh
    Posted 9 years ago #


    I hate to ask this, but how do we report abuse and ask that a post/thread be taken down?

    There is one thread now where I have been accused of spam, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, "peddling rubbish" (on a site that's not selling anything!), having a site that is "rubbish," and lacking common sense. Regardless of whether the individuals are justified in their opinions, I think the sentiments could have been better conveyed in a private communication rather than in a public space.

    I am not thin-skinned, and my original post was a little unclear (I was pretty tired when I wrote it) but this has really gone too far. How do I ask this thread be removed?

    Also, would there be any chance of having a WP board on the forum for people who are using WP as a CMS or "extending" WP from its original blog function? If you are doing anything but a personal blog, there are bloggers who will take a great deal of suspicion toward you and accuse you of being a spammer, if not Satan himself. Plus, your goals in creating a CMS-style site are likely to be hard for someone who's doing something else entirely to understand.

    Also, while I will admit this forum is a fantastic and almost unparalleled success, I'm wondering if you've strongly considered having an option to report abuse so that people don't feel tempted to deputize themselves mods and start flaming posts accusing people of every bad thing.

    Thank you for your consideration. I appreciate all the work and talent that you volunteers put into this and I wouldn't ask anything of any of your time if I didn't think it was urgent.

  5. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Email me : tamba2 at gmail dot com

    Edit: I have found the thread.

  6. spencerp
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hahaha.. This post and the content under each number, almost sounds directed towards me to a degree. =) But, thanks for posting this Podz. =) I'll keep this thread in mind from now on while posting... but however, not everyone can be nice persay..

    And I usually ONLY post replies to threads which I know or feel I can help people with.. =) As for this:

    "Do not try to use words cleverly - if there is any doubt, it will be deleted."

    I tend to word things sarcastically and add sarcasm, that's just me.. =) But, after reading this thread, I'll try and be a better "replier" to those peoples in need. =)


    Like ya said to, everyone here is helping ppl for free and on their own time. The tendency to get pissed off sometimes does happen, maybe not necessarily from the original poster, but other reasons. In which should not be taking place here, but does anyways.

    I'll try my hardest to be better at my replies.. =)

  7. manstraw
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Something that a lot of people may not realise is that it's more difficult to speak kindly in written form, than it is when speaking in person, or even over the phone. When talking in person, your body language and subtle nuances with inflection colour the tone of what you're saying. When we type, in our head we are using the subtle nuances. But they just don't make it through the keys. About all we have is the occasional :) to tell someone we are joking or mean well.

    When you're typing a post, I strongly recommend you read it back and check to see if it could be interpreted negatively. You might have said something that you think is fine, but you're not writing this for yourself. You're writing it for someone else. Make sure it sounds 'nice', like you meant it.

    And if you're reading something that you take offense too, I recommend you clarify what the writer meant before replying back to the point. He may not have meant it. Give him an opportunity to rephrase his remarks.

    Personally, I use the grandmother test. I pretend I'm writing this to my grandmother. If I think she won't take offense, then I'm probably fine with anyone.

  8. petit
    Posted 9 years ago #

    manstraw: Good points!

    o Do your best not to be offensive.
    o If you feel offended, take a deep breath and tune your irony.
    o And consider the fact that not everybody here know the English language by birth and habit.

    Lets keep this forum a friendly and efficient habitat for WordPress'ers!

  9. Dgold
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "4. Those which contain incredibly long sections of code or error messages."

    What's that technique for posting code properly here? Some outside site you can store code on? I need to do this for my question about my CSS.

    EDIT: Got answer,

  10. manstraw
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Dgold. You raise a good point actually. I'd like to see this forum have a snippet system for long code blocks. See a snippet, click to read it all. pastebin.com is a great alternative, but I'd prefer to see something built right into this forum. I wonder if that might be developed at some point?

  11. petit
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hear, hear!!8D

  12. sunvolter
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Classic Theme Header Image

    The Designing_Headers info mentions classic.
    How to get an image into the classic header?
    I see the info for default etc. but not classic.
    *I love (((WordPress))) tera thanks to all involved.

  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    sunvolter - this covers Classic in some detail:

  14. sunvolter
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Way Cool Maven ((( podz )))

    The link you gave me is a very valuable asset.
    Time is precious, thanks for sharing yours and ...
    Giga thanks to the 10th power for your rapid response.

  15. Kahil
    Posted 9 years ago #

    something that should be emphasized is that not everyone who comes here is an expert. no matter how obvious the answer is to you, remember that it might not be to them. I have seen moderators here get very rude to members just because they didn't understand the support they gave. Again, remember that not everyone has the same or any level of expertise as you or the next person.

  16. mihaigrigori
    Posted 9 years ago #


  17. Well, you're close to the right place.

    Start at http://wordpress.org/support/

    Now scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see the heading "FORUMS". Pick the forum that is the closest match to the question you need to ask and click on it. On the new page that loads, scroll down to the heading "NEW POST IN THIS FORUM". Enter a relevant heading and describe the problem.

  18. moshu
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Interestingly enough... mihaigrigori in November knew how to post :) What happened since then?

  19. The forums were redesigned!

  20. mihaigrigori
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Sorry if my request offended anyone - I simply didn't figure out how to do it. You might admit that the interface is not so intuitive. Or maybe it's just me.
    Also - I appreciate you cleared this up for me.

  21. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    mihaigrigori - yours is not the first such post about submitting a new post, and the code overhaul that is due should address this :)

  22. paulette079
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi everybody. I came across one of the blogs supported by wordpress today and i have to admit i was both shocked and dissapointed. This blog includes several serious insults against my country, and uses violent language, cointaining lines where it basically says that my country should be bombarded and will hopefully dissapear in the next 10 years. I am for press freedom, 100%, but i couldnt but help thinking there has to be a limit. The blg i am talking about is http://oze.granchi.org/?page_id=9 . I respectfully request you do something about it.
    Thanks so much

  23. niziol
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Though a blog may be powered by WordPress, it doesn't mean that is is supported by it. WordPress is simply a tool that is provided and this forum provides support for that tool, nothing more. Who uses WordPress and what they use it for is not under the control of WordPress, the user of the software is completely responsible for the content.

    When referring to moderation, that is moderation on this support form only. Though we often find things offensive, free speech is about having the freedom to say anything we'd like and we can never advocate the censor of things we don't like, yet still claim to support free speech. But here's the beauty of it all, free speech also gives you the right to offer a rebuttal to things you find offensive or the right to not listen.

    The site is off-line and the Google cache of it is not in English, so I have no idea what it says about what. But again in terms of moderation, that applies only to this WordPress support forum and nothing else.

  24. Michael Bishop

    Posted 9 years ago #

    To follow up on what niziol said WordPress_Policies#Hold_Harmless

  25. OnSeduction
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A note: users of other languages (like me) may write things that seem offensive. But in fact it could also be that it was not intended, and the offensiveness is only due to our lack of knowledge of English. So if you read a reply that seems offensive, but suspect the user does not speak English natively, count to three and ask yourself whether it was intended. Don't be offended too soon by these mistakes.

  26. Kahil
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The moderators, IMHO, should be held to a slightly higher standard when it comes to posting. If a moderator it just going to go around being rude to fellow members, then maybe they shouldn't be moderators. On a small level, the moderators, even though they donate their time to the forums, do represent WordPress and that should be kept in mind.

  27. petit
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Kahil: What happened?
    I guess the H in IMHO stands for Humble, no?
    I think the moderators are doing a great job here, and I know they are reluctant to cut anyone or any thread short.

    B happy!

  28. Kahil
    Posted 9 years ago #

    LOL... the H stands for 'honest'...

    yeah, most of the mods here are doing a great job, but there is at least one here who likes being rude to members for no reason...

  29. petit
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Allright, in that case ;)
    Not everyone agrees. Learn the net says this about IMHO
    You have to get support where you can find it.

  30. jevrinx
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Im just installed wordpress and it works fine with my local PC, but when access from another pc on the network the theme is not displayed.
    what should i do? help

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