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Let's stay safe together, people! 👮

EDIT for April 2022: This thread will be getting phased out over the next month or so. It is not gone yet! You may still add reports, evidence of plagiarized code, and similar here to help us try to keep Sololearn as good a place to be as possible. Please try to use the reporting function in-app or email Sololearn directly (info at sololearn.com) so the moderators can receive the reports immediately, and we will try to ensure swift and appropriate action. Thank you all so much.

7/9/2017 4:37:01 PM

Kuba Siekierzyński

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Hello Stay Safe participants, While we appreciate your enthusiasm for keeping our community safe, please take the time to READ ALL PRIOR COMMENTS IN THIS THREAD if you plan on making regular use of this thread so that you understand what types of comments and reports this thread is intended to be used for. Otherwise, we end up making similar reminder announcements every month or so, which starts a discussion about the various nuances of this, that, or the other thing (in-thread chatting) and it seems silly to redirect valuable moderator attention from URGENT reports with maintaining the unnecessary chaos of this thread. One major thing I want to get out in the open is that it is NOT helpful to be unspecific about what you are reporting. For example, - "These threads should be mfd," then not saying why but dumping a bunch of links here - "Inappropriate" is a specific offense type, not a catch-all for content which someone thinks should be moderated Please be thoughtful here. 🙏🏻


More to the point... - Code advertising/sharing is highly contextual. If relevant to the context, it seems fine. If not relevant to the context, then it tends toward the off-topic side and if frequently found in not relevant scenarios, then tends toward the spam side. - The Q&A has the strictest guidelines. It is the the area with the largest surface area of public exposure, so everyone wants to exploit it but no one wants to be bombarded with everyone else's exploits. - As far as I can tell, there are no guidelines specific to @mentions. If a user feels harassed by them, they have the block feature at their disposal.


Maybe a little history lesson here... Re: Personally Identifiable Info (PII) It used to be that we chased down all types of PII and anything that looked like advertising. With the advent of many of these newer features (such as bios and direct messaging), we came to realize that the cards were becoming increasingly stacked against us protecting the community from unintentionally losing their privacy and from scammers. So... The Content Creation Guidelines explain what constitutes as PII and also has a very specific word in it that has tripped us up for quite some time: "If you *unintentionally* post personal information in our community, we have the right to remove the post to protect your personally identifiable information." With guidance from higher up in the chain of command, we have reduced our PII-related interventions to: - resetting usernames which look like email addresses (assumed "unintentional") - removing contact info from Q&A (too handy of an excuse for advertising) I hope this helps!


@Vrintle - I think SoloLearn is aware of the limitations of using a (very basic) algorithm to determine what is Hot/Trending. - As far as I can tell, SL's design encourages and rewards something akin to nepotism. Its incentive structure being possibly based upon views, upvotes, followers, timestamps, etc. creates exponential returns for those who take the time to build a strong network and is itself blind to differences in quality, relying on its human participants to provide the discernment. Of course, there is no reward for users demonstrating or applying discernment in the system, so we ultimately have a culture of "I upvote storm you, you upvote storm me". (Not too different from real-world politics.) - While SL has formed initiatives in the past to attempt to put the spotlight on and showcase quality codes by having staff or moderators submit recommendations, such initiatives ultimately are unsustainable because there is, again, still no reward for demonstrating/applying discernment long term.


Nasif Rahman We've been pretty good about clearing the reports queue in Discord, so I can only guess that no reports have been filed yet. Since the Stay Safe thread is meant for urgent / particularly egregious cases, we tend to ignore much of what ends up here which fails to meet the thread's scope (just in case someone may have tried to unofficially report stuff related to this user here)... reminding people just gets tiring. If you want to submit reports to the queue in Discord for each thread with specific offense types so we can issue warnings and mfd as appropriate, we would be happy to take a look at them for you. Sometimes we leave a question alone though if it's not very clear which rule was broken, even if we as mods believe it to be a low-quality question. I hope this helps. PS We don't use downvotes as a metric for marking for deletion. Just saying.


Guys this is a general reminder that this is not meant to be a chat thread. Report rule breakers only...that was the sole purpose of the thread! Even if you are trying to argue your case, this is not the place to do it. DM a moderator and wait for a response. Or email Sololearn directly at [email protected] Either way, this is the wrong thread to be engaging in conversation. With that said, anything not pertaining to a report from now on (that in itself is not a rule violation) will be removed from this thread. Consider this your final warning to take the conversations elsewhere.


Also, there are instructions in the code on "proper submission[s]". Many of you know better by now and still choose to use this thread as a dumping ground for non-urgent reports, moderation questions, and general chatting. There are better places for all of these things. Please be respectful of the moderators who follow this thread by not littering it with garbage and setting off our notifications needlessly. I hope you understand.


Seriously... I'm tempted to start downvoting all comments in this thread which are off-topic. As a reminder, here are the top 3 (out of 5) acceptable reasons for downvoting, as per the CCGs: "Here are the cases when the downvote is eligible: - Posts/answers comments that can be considered as spam - Incorrect and misleading answers - Answers/comments that do not match the question" Please re-read the original post. Here are some things which stand out to me: 1) report harassment /disparagement of others which occurs in moderated areas. (Not applicable to Messages feature -- those go to [email protected]) 2) report *suspected* challenge cheating / multi-account abuse 3) there is a URL to a Code Bit and it describes... A) abusive spam (not occasional spam), B) improper/inappropriate behavior (in the SL policies sense of the term, not your personal feelings of disgust), C) any "crime" (violation of SL policy) which may be urgent or particularly egregious (again, not based on your personal feelings).


The guidelines do not prohibit collection of such data to my knowledge. But, the terms does list a few interesting points. > Your use of the Services is subject to the following additional restrictions: > You represent, warrant, and agree that you will not contribute any Content or User Submission (each of those terms is defined below) or otherwise use the Services or interact with the Services in a manner that: > a. infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or any other rights of anyone else (including SoloLearn); > b. violates any law or regulation, including, without limitation, any applicable export control laws, privacy laws or any other purpose not reasonably intended by SoloLearn; On that note The European GDPR law could be an issue. I would do more research on the subject if needed. leaving A. S. M.


(REPOST) Someone is disliking all the comments of this code. Idk if that is against the rules or not. 6 downvotes on a single comment, that is disgusting. https://code.sololearn.com/ca18a106a177/?ref=app


☆ISSA GAUTAM☆ This thread now no more moderated by moderators. Any such malicious intent and harassment cases need to be mailed directly to [email protected] they will look in the issue and take necessary action over that. Please share your concern with the post and screencaps of the conversation, profile link of that user and sent an mail to sololearn.


Cheating on challenges. Main https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/10594543/?ref=app Fake accounts https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22882629/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22098902/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22567596/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22878884/?ref=app


https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22721818/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21441439/?ref=app This two users are spamming in this code https://code.sololearn.com/WEVtS9q4FCzQ/?ref=app


Spamming in the DM A SoloLearn user ( https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/18265805/?ref=app ) has sent unnecessary messages requesting monetary help and saying unnecessary things to one of the SL user. Here is the screen shot with reference to it https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s-pn0Pko5B0SGvSFeXuTNwZ3pSKg2xx4/view https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rydkt5sx4-PsmpBxpLiyUlt0cz5TKIVd/view?usp=drivesdk Vaishnavi Kumari please email Sololearn direct as this is involving DM / messaging which is outside of moderation .. Thanks you for reporting


Not sure if I can report anything related to challenges 🤔 here. However, I just saw this person having duplicate account and playing and winning challenges with himself. https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/24307781/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/24387172/?ref=app It's a request to investigate further on his accounts! https://www.sololearn.com/post/1439278/?ref=app


I do agree with this BroFar & Simon Sauter Moderation is the most difficult task on SL (Earlier I did wish to become a moderator but I realized to help my community and keep it safe and happy you don't have to be a moderator you can even help others by being an honest user or simply an upright user). And earlier(about 1year ago) also there used to be be many spammers but not of the sort that are found now. Now people keep, offensive name, offensive project (code) title offensive profle pic and fake challenges.Downvote storm without a reason. Coping is also wrong but I do understand in a sense of learning to to prove themselves superior they might name some others hardwork as their own but these people most of the time realize their mistake and do apologize. But some downvote the comment itself that states or proves that it's a copied code. And harassing in the DM is the most dangerous kind I was subjected to this kind of thing few days ago actually an imposter was claiming to be a Sololearn office man.


Original-: /WK0pV2nOmVL9/ Copied without credits and claimed the channel his own -: /WKBknFT1Zy9Q/


Can we go back to the good old days of Sololearn where there really wasn't a need to post comments in someone's code like >> Please like my code @User1 @User2 @User3 @User4 @User5 @User6 @User7 @User8 @User9 @User10 @User11 @User12 ...or other spammy comments like: >> Awesome 🍫 🫕 🍦 🍩 🍪 🍫 let's share with friends ❤ 😍 💖 @User1 @User2 @User3 @User4 @User5 @User6 @User7 @User8 @User9 @User10 @User11 @User12 I'm a very helpful person, and I'll do whatever it takes to ensure that functional, useful, well made codes and educational codes are the ones to reach high ends of HOT TODAY codes section, and not HBD's and celebrations, like reaching level 16 or getting xyz followers, since the activity feed is made for these kinds of celebrations. P.S. Don't forget to check the code above , in the comment's and replies section, where familiar faces also support this motion. Note: If you see someone @ tagging and @ mentioning excessively, abusively, and unnecessarily, please report that comment as spam.


https://www.sololearn.com/post/383437/?ref=app Accounts 10242892 and 9846931 belong to one person, they are following each other and like each others


Answer-only comments https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/15788774/?ref=app