III wrote:trey's take on #2:
delete all the duplicate threads, and move the one remaining one to an appropriate section. (general discussion or regional events?)
issue a strike to taniaturtle. (includes sending her email explaining how she abused the community resource.)
maybe also send warnings to those who initiated the flamewar with her, though i'm not sure.
When I started getting complains to my inbox about De Facto, I contacted him by phone, (he'd given me his number at a meeting), and we had a very nice conversation. His behavior changed dramatically for the better, and he reduced the number of his posts, as he said he would.
When WSPR posted 12 topics in one day, I PM'd him, but received no response. The community replied to his posts wonderfullly, letting him know he wasn't fooling anyone with his trolling, and basically took his garbage threads and turned them into more thoughtful conversations.
I did email taniaturtle about the fact she was advertising for a discussion rather than having one here. She was gracious in accepting the criticiscm and said she wouldn't do it again. I did not see the multiple postings at the time. She'd already not only been flamed on the bbs, but sent unnecessarily puerile PM attacks. I asked her to forward them to me, but she'd deleted all but one. I sent a message to the sender of the offensive pm (and it was offensive) telling him that responding to spam with hate mail was not acceptable and asking him what he thought about it now that he calmed down. I just did it, with no response yet.
Just now, I responded within a thread to a conversation that had turned ugly. I was tired and a little cranky when I wrote it, so you can be the judge as to whether it'll work:
In all of these situations, I'm trying to make communication my first response, rather than punitive action.
This isn't always going to be effective, and it might not be feasible in the future, but I'd rather take the time to check in with "offenders". It goes with my personal policy of talking to yahoos on the playa rather than ignoring them or setting fire to their camps. If we don't teach them, who will? Most people do not learn well by negative reinforcement.
Once the long-awaited guidelines/rules are in place, we will be able to more conscientiously, less arbitrarily, take action against bad behavior. But I still think it's worth reaching out before doing so.
my 2 cents for today.