Rule 5

Discussion in 'Comments and Suggestions' started by chamyto, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. chamyto

    chamyto Senior Member

    Burgos, Spain
    Hello, Once an again I come accross threads/posts that break this rule, and to my surprise many times those threads/posts are replied by senior members who have (apparently) a great experience in the forums due to the year they accessed for the first time, and to the number of posts they have included in the forums.

    From my point of view, it's better to use the report-button if somebody is no sure if that thread/post follows the rule.

    Indeed, rule 12 tells "...Please, do not react to rule violations: just report them...." . This could be the moderator's work easier and more efficient.

    Thank you.

    Chamyto, from Spain.
  2. germanbz Senior Member

    Benicàssim - Castelló - Spain
    Spanish-Spain/Catalan (Val)
    I think that there are different scales, and first of all we can use commonsense. In case an provocative and clear violations of rules and before starting a quarrell it is evidence that one have to report. But when a "soft" violation is committed because the person have a lack of experience in the forum I think it is easier to warn him about the problem.
    If not not ultimately, we can convert this forum into a series of stringent rules with no room for natural communication. Which does not mean that to be a "veteran" must serve to overstepping warnings or tone, but I'd hope that dialogue directly replace the accuser button at least as a first option....
  3. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    The 'report a post' button is NOT an 'accuser' button. All it does is alert the moderators that there might be a problem (however slight) with the post.

    Reporting posts enables moderators to step in early when a thread is going off track, and also helps them to identify which new members may need a little gentle guidance.

    Please don't think of it as 'telling tales' in school - it just helps us to keep the forums running smoothly. :)
  4. chamyto

    chamyto Senior Member

    Burgos, Spain
    Hi, continuing with this subject, this happens everyday (threads/posts that breaks the rules and that are replied by senior members with many activity in WR due to the fact of posts and times they connect to the forum) .

    This is my question: I wonder if Mike could design a way to make us aware the rules we have to follow; for instance, we log in the main page and a new window opens and until we have not tick "ok" (to be sure that we have the rules once and again present) we cannot continue and participate in the forums as usual.

    Best regards, chamyto , from Spain.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014
  5. juicyluce Senior Member

    I've just had a post deleted under this rule yet I did not violate any of its criteria. It was about a three lined piece of text but I was not doing school work, I attempted my own translation, I stated that I just wanted any major grammatical error pointed out, the possible grammatical errors were stated in the subject line and the reason the text was long was because the grammar I wanted to be checked did not make sense on its own...I think this rule is a bit ambiguous. I've been visiting wordreference for a while now so I know the rules and regulations but even this rule confuses me
  6. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    To be honest, chamyto, I'd find it really annoying if every time I logged on to WRF I had to click to say I'd read the rules again:(.

    Isn't the best solution to use the red triangle to report posts which break any of the rules, Rule 5 included?
  7. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod (AL mod)

    French (lower Normandy)
    Hi, juicyluce,

    Maybe the wording is ambiguous.
    But actually, the rule 5 on proofreading/rewriting (your 'three lined piece of text' definitely falls into that category) is for all (homework or not):
    The main aim of the forums is to complement the dictionary database, as a result, every question is like an entry, hence the need to have a question that focusses on a specific expression (and not on three lines)
    Proofreading/improving/finding and correcting mistakes in several lines is not what we do.
    Admittedly, this is tremendously helpful to the person who asks the question, but it has little if no interest to others who will stumble upon this thread in one/two months or every five years and if everyone just came here to have their texts improved, this would become a messy forum filled of requests like 'help, text about xxx, can you improve this, tell me my mistakes,...' that would not have much interest. Well, at least, this is not what we do here...
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  8. chamyto

    chamyto Senior Member

    Burgos, Spain
    It might be...but this could be set every two months, for instance...not everyday.
  9. stella_maris_74

    stella_maris_74 Mod About Chocolate

    Italian - Italy
    Even if this was in place, there is no way of making sure people will actually read the "rules reminder" (let alone comply with the rules, however often they pop up before their eyes). I'm afraid they'd just click "OK" to get rid of the reminder and go on with their business as usual.

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