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You Can Now Report Blog Comments (Yes. Really.)

As a general rule, I try to keep the business stuff out of Coffee Corner. (This is meant to be an off-topic area for fun discussions...not my personal promotional channel.) But every now and then, something comes along that I want to publicize as much as possible.

And such is the case with a feature that went live today: the ability to report blog comments.

Yep, just click "Alert Moderator" beneath a comment on a blog post and you can report spammers and other types of rules violators (as I learned the hard way, above).

Anyway, there have been several posts over the years asking for this feature (or wondering why we didn't have it in the first place), so I thought I'd pass along the news.

Unsure when to report a comment? This page should help.

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9 Comments

  • Feb 19 at 08:30 AM

    Come on, I'm sure it is fun for you to provide the bad examples...:)

  • Feb 20 at 07:09 PM

    Yes, but, given the issues with reporting issues as expressed in this thread and other places, does this really make any difference? The feature might be available, but will it be acted on?

    -Dell

    • Feb 21 at 08:22 AM

      Dell, Jerry and I tried so hard to keep this discussion on the CC fun side of life...:)

    • Feb 21 at 12:53 PM

      Hi, Dell:

      I'm not going to respond to other threads in this thread, but I'll gladly respond to your specific question.

      You can report a blog comment for three specific reasons...all of which are clear violations of rules of engagement.

      • Spam: As Colleen noted below, people have been wanting this feature so they can report spam. Spam comments are not debatable (there's usually no personal interpretation about what is spam and what isn't), and moderators will act upon spam reports. They'll delete the comments and take appropriate actions against the spammer account.
      • Personal information: This is another type of violation that typically isn't subject to debate. If members include personal info in a comment, then that comment violates the rules of engagement -- and if someone alerts moderators about the comment, it will be removed (although in the case of an obvious honest mistake, moderators will also talk to the violator, explaining the rule, offering guidance, etc.).
      • Unprofessional conduct: This one can be a bit more subjective (compare to the first two). People may disagree over what qualifies as "unprofessional." (I'm usually very informal in comments. Some might find that unprofessional -- especially since I'm an SAP employee -- but as Volker noted, I'm just trying to have fun...because I think that's important to a community.) However, if someone is clearly being a jerk in a comment, and a member reports the comment, then moderators will take action.

      So the short answer to your question is "yes." And I hope members will start using this feature -- especially to report spam.

  • Feb 21 at 09:22 AM

    dude... you missed our unofficially title tag of [Status Update]

    Coffee Corner became our replacement personal status updates (which is where Capra came from). It's how we self-promote our posts :)

    good to know I can report blogs. I hated reporting the blog for comment spam.

    • Feb 21 at 12:36 PM

      I don't miss anything 'round here. It's just that I'm a rebel.

      Probably why last night my captain was all like, "You're a loose cannon, Janda! You don't respect the law!"

      And I was all like, "Yeah, I wish I could sit safe behind a desk, but I'm out there...getting things done! If you want me to clear the Community of spammers, it's gotta be on my terms!"

      Then I tried to turn in my badge, and my captain was like, "Stop, Janda! You know we need you!"

      And I growled, "Then stay outta my way..."

      Sorry...what were we talking about?

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