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Let's stay safe together, people! 👮

Hello all, As you might have noticed recently, several of our most prominent fellows on Sololearn were harassed and ill-spoken about, which made them leave our community. Also, some users abuse the system making fake accounts and unfairly boosting their xp on fake challenges. As a moderator, I feel sorry I can not prevent this, not being able to track everything. So, for the time-being I am placing a special-purpose code. Please let me know if you notice "crime": https://code.sololearn.com/crKK5xYOqklT/

7/9/2017 4:37:01 PM

Kuba Siekierzyński

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Hiya peeps. Quick announcement: The mod-team has been discussing (on & off) some possibilities in regards to the effectiveness of this thread's usage. Allow me to say ahead of time, before I continue, that nobody here is breaking the rules or anything like that, as an attempt to minimize confusion. While we have mentioned in the past that conversations/discussions are to be kept to a minimum here, it's only ever been in the interest of avoiding disorganization, etc. In the near future, however, we will likely encourage it even more due to the implementation of a new tool that is still in the development process. If you're at least somewhat familiar with what Mod-Bot is and what it's used for, this will be easier to understand. For those that don't know - Mod-Bot is a custom Discord Bot & database used by the mod-team to stay organized with past/present events & issues. Think of it as an over-qualified filing-cabinet. Anyway, we're about to begin testing a new idea/tool that is being developed specifically for this thread and the people using it. Seeing as the number of mods that moderate-content & resolve reports are (likely) higher on Discord than this thread, Mod-Bot's being fitted with the ability to log user-reports that have been submitted here, before delivering them to the hidden mod-channels in our server where we'll review/resolve them before they're logged in the database. Specific changes on how things are to be reported here haven't been decided yet, although there will likely have to be a syntax of some sort involved whenever you report something. If I had to guess, it'd probably look something like MYREPORT: { OFFENSETYPE } { URL } [ *OPTIONALDETAILS ]. If you have any suggestions, for the time-being, feel free to share them with me via a DM or in the #reports channel of the Discord server (https://discord.gg/MEjFNcC). Although we appreciate your suggestions, please don't share them here, as we're about to begin logging everything & cleaning out this thread. Thanks!


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. 🙏🏻


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!


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.


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.


I'd like to share a quick reminder with the contributors of this thread: Please minimize all discussions here as much as possible. This thread is primarily meant for reports, and reports are removed from the thread once they're logged within Mod-Bot. So, if it's not 100% necessary to submit a comment here, please avoid doing so. I'll be removing my own comment (this one) once I believe enough of you have had a chance to read this reminder, as this reminder has been noted here in the past already. Thanks.


@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.


Guys. Just because something is reported here does not mean it's okay to dogpile it with downvotes. Not everything reported here is an offense. It's upsetting to see someone's code (that isn't breaking the rules) have 5-6 downvotes SEVEN minutes after being published, simply because someone reported it here. You are team-bullying others at that point and it's not okay.


If you guys don't stop ganging up on things reported here via downvotes, everyone involved will experience consequences (assuming the mods don't decide to simply yeet this thread altogether). I've mentioned this before. Not everything is an offense. I'll be approaching a handful of you within the week about removing downvotes from specific things, as it's extremely obvious that you're all teaming up and blindly downvoting everything mentioned. P.S. - Upvoting this comment like you did my last one will not protect you from the consequences if you continue to blindly downvote everything reported here. I'm serious. Stop. Now. Or. Else.


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.


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).


Another spammer😞:https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/20805886/?ref=app Mostly in this post- https://www.sololearn.com/post/866584/?ref=app


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.


Why so much spam, people?


Ravshan Fayziyev 🤗ǟʍǟռ ӄɦǟʀɮ💕[🌹 PTPS💖] BeegCat please do not chat or spam here... This has been stated several times and to please use this thread for actual reporting. Thanks and happy coding. BroFar moderator


Original: https://code.sololearn.com/Wp41QJFITj5z/?ref=app Copied !!! https://code.sololearn.com/WSbMGouv3t2k/?ref=app


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.


Original code https://code.sololearn.com/WpQ25MD6cHvO/?ref=app Copied code https://code.sololearn.com/W6MUmtJ6N4CO/?ref=app Edit: privated and warned


Galaxy-Coding Legitimacy seems doubtful, considering professional brokers are careful never to "guarantee" returns. But here's what you can do... His profile claims he is working from the US, where forex is highly regulated. Just ask for his NFA ID, firm name, individual name or pool name. If he's legit, he'll know what it is without asking questions and will provide exactly what you need without errors. If he fails to do this, you have your answer already. Then look him up here: https://www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/ That would at least be a good start. 2019 was the first year folks in the US had to declare their cryptocurrency activities separately from their other derivatives related activity, so there's also the tax implications to consider (i.e. talk to your accountant first). For more info: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/011515/us-regulations-forex-brokers.asp


Original: https://code.sololearn.com/W80VOJyItecA/?ref=app Copied: https://code.sololearn.com/W1Tv9CaG99Yi/?ref=app privated