Between you and two cats (one dead, one living), I got lost in trying to imagine the exact scenario you are describing here.
Humor me, please, and explain to me how you can report a message as spam without that also being a report of the user who created the message as a spammer.
"removing a user account is a lot more disruptive if done maliciously:" are you saying that you have personally witnessed user accounts here on CP being removed "maliciously" ? More than once ? Often ?
I'm not trying to "challenge" what you are saying here; I'm just genuinely unable to get a fix on what you are describing.
Confused by having a brain ? This may help: [^] !
how you can report a message as spam without that also being a report of the user
Reporting the message using the red flag does not add a "Spammer" report on the account - so the message can be deleted without the account going - pop over to "spam and abuse" and you'll see that most people now link to both so the account can be closed as well as the offending message(s) deleted. To remove the account (and stop them posting more such advertising material) you have to perform the separate action of reporting the user via it's red flag. Look at this example: http://www.codeproject.com/Messages/4435537/Q-A-Spam.aspx[^] where a number of messages were reported as spam individually, but the member account was still running, so he continued to post.
removing a user account is a lot more disruptive if done maliciously
How many times did Micheal Martin have his account deleted in a single weekend?
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
The forum reporting system is still tied to the Ratings system (other reporting systems aren't). By turning off the ratings to alleviate the load issue (until I can do a proper fix) it means you can't report messages.
I know. It's annoying. It's bad architecture. It needs fixing.
The OP has posted a non-solution with a picture. I edited the non-solution to copy the html of the picture and then edited the question to add the picture.
It was OK in the preview. But once submitted, it didn't show the picture on the question but it showed half of the html used.
Is it a bug?
EDIT: OP has deleted the answer with the pic. This is the html envolved.
<a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=98hukw" target="_blank">
<img src="http://i47.tinypic.com/98hukw.png" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></img></a>
This code made the picture appear in the solution as link and as image at the same time. But in the question it just appeared as half link without image.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpfull answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
With the latest update we have moved reputation from being site-specific to being a network wide value for your accounts. ie your rep on CodeProject will follow you to RootAdmin once we've completed the upgrades on RootAdmin, and again onto any other site we add to our network.
In doing this, a bug we thought squashed has appeared again.
Your rep is stored in 3 places: Raw data (accurate), summary data per rep type (should be accurate), and a final total value that's displayed at the top right of the page (should also be accurate, but it wasn't). This value (the final total) is updated separately, but at the same time as your rep points, and unfortunately, despite the efforts of the team to ensure it was in-sync, it became out of sync with the raw rep data we had stored.
The main point: The raw data is accurate. The rep point total you saw at the right of your name at the top of each was not accurate. It was, in some cases, high. The resync has set your rep points to what they actually should be. No points have been "lost".
So, when moving rep data we did a full resync and this has resulted in that value being lower than it was before the sync. As far as I can tell, and I do need to check this, the values per-rep-type (eg your author rep, or authority rep) were always accurate, and it's these values that determine your abilities and voting weight on the site. After checking it looks like it was the summary of the individual rep types that was inaccurate, so some members have lost a member level in some rep types. However, the raw data from which the calculations are based is accurate and so the new values are the true values. I know this doesn't help make anyone feel any better, though.
I'm going to throw the kitchen sink at this and find out what was done, what's happening, and how to stop it happening again, and I apologise for not having this fixed previously.
In a related issue the data migration initially missed on a bunch of rep points between Nov 16 and 22. These were migrated back over and your reputation values updated with the missing values.
For 2 days reputation point doesn't increase in Authority and Editor section even after answering question.But it increase in Organizer section!What's the problem here?I know this site is under development now,for which this problem may cause(as i see some other members also face same problem). So my question is how many times require to fix this problem?
I just discovered I lost 2K+ points overnight. I'm not a big point watcher (I know I won't get close to any of the heavies in this lifetime) but it's not a nice feeling to be discounted on what appears to be a "whim".
I saw your informational message. Being very new to CP, am bit obsessed with point hence I have followed my points from beginning and saw increasing after every answe/upvote.
Seeing 1000 points disappearing and the reasoning given in the information message is not very clear. For instance, just day before the upgrade I know I attained silver in organizer and boom...gone. 100+ point in organizer and some 700-800 in authority.
So what should we understand? These points are gone forever ?
Also, couple of answers given yeterday is NOT accounted in the rep.
I think still it is not fixed.Isn't it? Just now i anserwered a question To parse a string in console application[^] and still points aren't added to Authority section.When also edited my answer and still points aren't added for that.I think some other members also face it.So i think problem still there..
Hey guys, as per this[^] post and my response to it, there have been at least two -16/-160 abuse reports given on at least two separate answers to this question[^]?
Before seeing that more than one post had been flagged, I had simply deleted mine as it was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek response. But since another, completely innocuous answer in this thread was flagged, I'm wondering if one of the hamsters could just check and ensure that we don't have a troll running around flagging posts willy-nilly. I'm assuming it is the same person as they have a high enough rep to do this, but aren't quite platinum yet.
I realise that voting is currently off in the Lounge.
However, voting buttons are still available in the technical forums. There's a thread starter in C# which is pretty clearly a homework question, so I 1-voted it. It showed 'Rating: 1. Votes: 2' when I did it. However, the post still shows no rating when viewed, and is not greyed out as a low rated post.
I'm not sure whether the votes aren't being stored or the thread display isn't getting average ratings, but something is not right in there somewhere.
Again,I can't see my answered question in Reputation History; Also I'm answering answers but not getting any points.
Update1 : when downvoted there is fall in my authority points this is working but when I answer any question they are not added to authority points.
One of the bugs in the rep system might relate to voting on your own articles.
Previously when I went platinum on Author, went went back through my own articles and re-voted on them, and gave myself a little rep boost
After you did the update yesterday, I had dropped (not sure of the exact number) but somewhere in the region of 1000.
Just out of curiosity, I went back through my articles and revoted to see what would happen. and out of the 20 published articles (I have 1 in draft), I managed to boost on 10 of them for 800, and I know that I had previously done them.
So it looks like there is something a miss in that area.
[Edit: I did the same for the tips, and also got a gain there]
It seems there is no history in my reputation events from 16-22 Nov. In Organizer I am back to bronze !
UPDATE: I answered two questions in QA just now but no rep points added for that !
UPDATE 2: And now someone downvoted this post. Being reprimanded for asking question!
Since the points have gone down for everyone. Could someone let us know something that could assure us temporarily.
It could be a comforting statement like "Its because of a bug and your points will come back" or it could be a stern statement like "The rep points were all wrong earlier because of bug and now it is the correct value".
Please let us know something because lack of information if making me worry about rep points
P.S. I couldn't go through the earlier discussion completely so this question could be completely futile too.
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