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Is there any way to tell who Red Boxed a post?

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  • The reason I ask - I'm kind of struggling to understand why a post I made here got marked as "abuse"... It seems to me that the post was on topic - in fact it got marked as an answer... I'm confused. I posted an answer that I thought was on topic. I didn't cuss or swear or lead the poster astray - and yet, my post eventually got marked with a red box... If it was abusive, you'd think Ronnie Vernon would have dealt with it differently namely spanked me verbally, not rewarded the post by marking it as the answer... So what's the deal?
    Monday, August 10, 2009 12:36 AM

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  • I see what you mean.  This appears to be something that could be improved.

    There could be a line similar to the ones we have for edits and answer proposals, such as:

    This post was marked as abusive by bnborg because "I think it is SPAM".
    Monday, August 10, 2009 12:50 AM
  • For some reason the forum admins think that the originator of the abuse report click should only be visible to moderators.  Given the nature of your post, I'd say it was by accident.  Or a troll.  Perhaps for that same reason, it cannot be undone except by a moderator.  Ronnie didn't, that's a bit odd.  But it's a high maintenance forum category from what I've seen, too many trolls.  And too much spill-over into this forum.  Y'all need to learn how to live together.

    Hans Passant.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 1:44 AM
  • Hans -

    Thanks for the information... I'm thinking the reason only forum mods and above can see "who done it" is to likely to keep the ugliness from escalating...

    I'm merely asking so I can potentially avoid offending. That's why I'm mystified as to why that post got marked as such. It's not like I cussed someone out, or tried selling something or done anything else that was against the rules. While the guy's issue isn't exactly about Windows 7 - the symptoms did start while Windows 7 RC was installed.

    I don't know if Ronnie saw that particular thread being marked as such. The abuse report thing came long after he marked it as the answer and moved on.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 3:31 AM
  • At least it should show the reason.  The "Report As Abuse" page asks for a reason.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 8:15 PM
  • bnborg -

    I'd go along with that...
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:19 AM
  • The reason I ask - I'm kind of struggling to understand why a post I made here got marked as "abuse"... It seems to me that the post was on topic - in fact it got marked as an answer... I'm confused. I posted an answer that I thought was on topic. I didn't cuss or swear or lead the poster astray - and yet, my post eventually got marked with a red box... If it was abusive, you'd think Ronnie Vernon would have dealt with it differently namely spanked me verbally, not rewarded the post by marking it as the answer... So what's the deal?

    Hi Wolfie

    As you already know, any member can mark any post as abusive. Sometimes a member will do this just because they do not agree with the answer, or they may just do it as a joke. We do try to catch this when it happens for no good reason. Only a moderator can actually see who marked the post as abusive.

    In that thread that you refer to, I marked your post as the answer and then another member subsequently marked it as abusive. Later, another moderator removed the abusive flag. If I told you the reason that was stated by the member who marked it as abusive, it would make it obvious who had marked it, so I cannot do that, except to say that it was not a legitimate reason.

    If this starts happening often to any particular member, for no good reason, we will take the appropriate action to stop it.

    Regards,

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

     
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:28 AM
  • in fact it got marked as an answer... I'm confused... and yet, my post eventually got marked with a red box...

    If I told you the reason... ...it would make it obvious who had marked it

     


    Sorry I missed it, red and green.  It must've looked like xmas holiday!

    You'll agree, I'm sure, we both prefer a much more colorful conversation.    :))


    In other words, I hope you know it wasn't me, Wolfie.


    Thursday, August 13, 2009 9:33 AM
  • egads -

    No kiddin'... Christmas came in August...

    To be honest... I didn't think you would do that.. You may try my patience at times with some of your comments, but I don't see you as being petty. Someone unmarked it and there seems to be a strange side effect - the Report as Abuse link is missing. Go figure.

    Oh well... I don't suppose it matters. The OP hopefully got his issue sorted out by now and is back up and running.

    Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:44 AM

  • Hi Wolfie

    As you already know, any member can mark any post as abusive. Sometimes a member will do this just because they do not agree with the answer, or they may just do it as a joke. We do try to catch this when it happens for no good reason. Only a moderator can actually see who marked the post as abusive.

    In that thread that you refer to, I marked your post as the answer and then another member subsequently marked it as abusive. Later, another moderator removed the abusive flag. If I told you the reason that was stated by the member who marked it as abusive, it would make it obvious who had marked it, so I cannot do that, except to say that it was not a legitimate reason.

    If this starts happening often to any particular member, for no good reason, we will take the appropriate action to stop it.

    Regards,

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

     

    Ronnie -

    Yah.. I'm well aware of how the forums work and such.

    I suppose the only reason I posted this thread was because the whole thing didn't make a lot of sense to me. If anything, it was probably the most straight forward, least offensive post I could have possibly made.

    Granted, since the problem wasn't directly related to Windows 7 issues, it may have steered a bit off the topic and guidelines for the forum, but it was an effort to help the guy get his test box back up and running. I doubt Microsoft needs anyone spreading FUD about how Windows 7 killed his computer. We DO want satisfied customers. That's what keeps 'em coming back for more.

    As far as the suggestion goes... (The one where the reason is posted for all to see), wouldn't that cut down on the number of pranksters if a legitimate reason HAD to be displayed?
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:58 AM

  • I doubt Microsoft needs anyone spreading FUD about how Windows 7 killed his computer. We DO want satisfied customers. That's what keeps 'em coming back for more.



    Well, Wolfie.  That statement is really at the heart of what we (you and I) often find ourselves debating over.  I believe TechNet can honestly help people with their technology, and Windows simply sells itself.  There is no need to resort to denial and defensiveness that is posed as sincere advice.  I personally recoil from such.  Others do too.

    Maybe that's what happened in that thread.  I missed whatever it was.



    Please accept this comment is sincere feedback, Wolfie.

    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:04 PM
  • At least they removed the "red box".  The new forum software just shows a "Already reported as abusive" message instead of the "Report As Abuse" link.  The red boxes are distracting.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 11:58 PM
  • fyi, the red box for non moderators and above was a bug recently fixed, along with adding the label as 'already reported'.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 4:28 AM