I vote for "Dangerous Talk" to be banned from A/N!!!!!

Dangerous Talk posts tons of things here and always closes comments. Its REALLY annoying and spam to use our site that way. He's also made it impossible to contact him without "friending" first, so I cant complain directly to him or in his comment sections. This is incredibly annoying and siphons traffic away from our site, and allows him to post without being able to be held accountable or debated fairly. I HATE IT!!!! Please kick him off our site!!!

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Comment by ryan cameron on January 29, 2010 at 9:56pm
I dont hate "dangerous talk" and I am not advocating that. I have two points. 1. blocking comments is antithetical to the value of public debate and an open, free forum., so I am advocating a rule where it is strongly discouraged. 2. This person clearly has exploited a lack of policy in this area to the detriment of the site and their own personal gain, so I am advocating he be banned, BUT if talking to him convinces him to open up comments on his posts, then I have no issue with him at all. I have no reason to believe his posts aren't very interesting, intelligent, and helpful.

I also advocate that nothing ever be deleted or removed except in the most extreme circumstances and with strong group consensus. Defeating idiotic statements with intelligent statements is far more effective than using the "delete" button in the long run.
Comment by Sentient Biped on January 29, 2010 at 9:35pm
The Site Rules state:

"Do not spam the groups, forums, chat, or other members. Any and all commercial or fraud spam should be reported immediately, using the "report issues" function. The following types of posts may be subject to removal without warning:

(...)
"Posts promoting personal websites and projects in inappropriate places. Your own profile is a good place for promoting your endeavors."

Think Dangerous' posts qualify for this existing site rule? I do.

In addition, maybe we should add a site rule, something to the effect of "posts whose sole intent appear to be to drive traffic to other sites, without primary intent to support the Nexus community, will be removed. Repetitious posting of content that has no intent other than to divert traffic to other sites will result in suspension from the Nexus".

This would include the repititous posts by one former Nexus member-who-shall-remain-unnamed who repeatedly posted links to another website and actively recruited Nexus members, as well as Dangerous' posts that have no intent other than to advertise his web site.

Has anyone used the Report and Issue button, with clear explanation, regarding this member? Seems like commenters here would support you.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on January 29, 2010 at 9:22pm
hmm...

Ryan's comment on his wall has vanished, too.
Comment by HotMess on January 29, 2010 at 9:06pm
This does seem kind of "spammy" if he's just posting here in order to feed his own blog. He explains this as such there on his page. However, I don't know if this is a reason to block someone from this site.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on January 29, 2010 at 8:47pm
Daniel - it's not about cases where undead threads get closed because they have lost relevance. It's about posting an item and then immediately sealing it. It is happening more and more. It is the equivalent of spraypainting a wall and running away. It's as spineless as it is annoying.
Comment by Sentient Biped on January 29, 2010 at 8:25pm
There are a couple of points here.

Some discussions do get way out of hand, and wind up way off topic. If the OP is not able to close a discussion, then it turns into a form of pollution. I have closed a couple of my own discussions because the responses kept veering way off base, repeatedly and despite my trying to move people back onto topic. This happened enough that I stay away from certain topics now, and I no longer feel interested in following some of my own posts. In one case, code was inserted so that anyone who checked the comments would be subjected to annoying music (that member is no longer on the nexus).

Super-long discussions with subthreads and subsubthreads are impossible to follow. I think that the OP has a responsiblity to try to keep discussions on topic, and in the absence of continuous full-time moderators, has some responsiblity to keep a discussion from becoming a source of spam, malicious code insertion, ad hominems, and similar. Not to censor people, or prevent disagreement, but to be a leader.

I agree that it's not appropriate to try to censor people, but at a certain point, if the OP isn't interested in following any more, they should be able to stop. Then someone else can post and lead their own discussion, if they are interested in following. That's not censorship - no one is being stopped from commenting, just a change of the guard so to speak.

That being said, I fully agree that the guy who you mention is siphoning off traffic from Nexus. DIfferent situation.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on January 29, 2010 at 7:43pm
Ryan - I wasn't disagreeing. Just saying he is only one part of a bigger problem.
Comment by ryan cameron on January 29, 2010 at 7:31pm
Felch - I posted it in Site suggestions, but I still feel that this person has been taking advantage of our site and traffic for too long and needs to be removed post haste!
Comment by Фелч Гроган on January 29, 2010 at 7:11pm
@Ryan - Post this in the Site Suggestions forum as a general issue, not this particular user. It is a valid issue and as a blog post it will fall off the page and get forgotten. The forum has a longer shelf life.

@Proggie - this is a social network. If people don't like criticism, they should mark the conversation private. If they choose to post in a public area, they should forfeit their right to block responses. Blocking responses reduces the public areas to drive by graffiti walls. Can't stand the heat ? Get out of the kitchen.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on January 29, 2010 at 7:11pm
Comments are closed. Siphons traffic from A|N's site. The dude is a salesman.

My advice to Dangerous Talk:

Open all topics for discussion and comments. Give the respect that is due to A|N and its community of freethinkers. I don't want to label you a parasite just yet but I am almost there.

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