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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!

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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. 🙏🏻

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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.

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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!

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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.

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@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.

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To my fellow moderators (particularly the ones who continue to manage this thread) - thank you. Your efforts are appreciated, especially during uncertain times. With that being said - I'd like to also share a reminder about something, just in case: When you resolve a report submitted on this thread, you're encouraged to do one of the two following things afterward: 1) Edit the text of the user's submission wherever applicable by noting that it has been dealt with, and disabling the hyperlink, if necessary - _without_ removing the submission from the thread completely. 2) Accurately transfer data from the submitted entry into Mod-Bot's DB (via whichever command is most appropriate _first_) before removing the submission/answer from this thread. The first option's purpose (leaving the *edited* entry here w/o removing it) is to make sure that the details are logged in the DB (at some point) by someone. While we continue to wait on a certain "unnamed company" to follow through with a certain "unspecified promise" - I'm looking into ways of simplifying this process for us. Bear with me for the time being, and thanks for your unmatched patience.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Guys this is not a discussion thread. Please only report what was / is observed as the offense and by whom, and where. The mod-team will take it from there and if deemed warn and process the complaint accordingly. Thanks for your cooperation. A͢J - S͟o͟l͟o͟H͟e͟l͟p͟e͟r͟ , Tapabrata Banerjee [NO DM ✖️❌] , kAnekī , Calvin

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posting dirty pictures 👇 /22808355/ Remove it as soon as possible from Solo Learn ... Thanks you - ☝️✅

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Possible fake accounts of the same user, following each other and defending their spam type replies. https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997412/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997343/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997320/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997422/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997328/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997378/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/21997322/?ref=app https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/22038215/?ref=app

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Tiago Serra are you reporting yourself or your survey as spam or inappropriate behavior ? This thread is for reporting behavior that the community deems as poor decision making. I see you are new here so please follow the rules, guidelines, policies, and terms of use. Thanks and happy coding BroFar Gold Moderator

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Copied with some modifications No credits given Copied: https://code.sololearn.com/W649O40mr0WH/?ref=app Copied: https://code.sololearn.com/W7cEGpeYQZYZ/?ref=app Copied: https://code.sololearn.com/WBVhon9nPb83/?ref=app Real: https://code.sololearn.com/W19H8J0Uby49/?ref=app Made private.

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profanity /23120665/ Thanks 👍

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spamming in comments https://www.sololearn.com/Profile/23133735/?ref=app Deactivated.

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(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

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It seems this main account have fake accounts. Main account: /Profile/20376200/? Fake accounts: /Profile/21196562/ /Profile/20724604/ /Profile/22920001/ /Profile/21279169/ /Profile/21265486/ Thanks 👍