Favor requested: Please report posts using junk characters to get attention

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This is going to start up and become nasty, real fast.

May I suggest that we treat any post in the discussion areas which uses ascii characters in the subject line that aren't part of normal usage as advertising, and apply the "Report Post" hammer to them?

I'm specifically talking about anything from starting with as much as a > to the ... "person" ... who started one with $$$$===>>>>>

All of them, preferably. Otherwise, they're just going to start to proliferate and make the place illegible.



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  • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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    I'll second that one Paul.
    They're a real eyesore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
      Good idea Paul.

      A prediction of some of the negative responses that will follow?

      "This is a marketing forum . . ."

      "We are just practising attention-grabbing headlines . . . "


      Time for Thomas Belknap or Robert Plank to step and present


      The Ascii Killer


      (aka TiVo For Forums)


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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Martin,
        A prediction of some of the negative responses that will follow?

        "This is a marketing forum . . ."

        "We are just practising attention-grabbing headlines . . . "
        That would be a good indication to me of someone who doesn't belong here.

        But yeah... they'll probably do it. Or just think it, since you've already dismissed it.


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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        Agreed. Bad enough having to wade through them in the WSO section but at least there it's an ad and they're paying for it but now to see it in the main forum...I don't think so. I report them as self-promotional.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie Iaconis
    I agree with you Paul...

    It will start to look like Craigslist real quick!

    If it is a legitimate post, I believe that
    symbols like that won't be required.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Already on it, they'll get reported as a matter of
    routine unless and until they get the message.

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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      This is a good policy.

      If your copywriting skills are so lame that the only way you can get your post read is by using graffiti to get attention, then you should seriously consider working on those skills if you are looking to succeed.

      Good call...

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  • Profile picture of the author TimGross
    Sounds like an excellent idea to me... Either you keep the bar raised or it goes down.

    I noticed a completely different type of forum recently (ie, not marketing-related) that doesn't allow people to post using smiley faces :-)
    ...and actually disables people's posting privileges if they use the acronym "LOL" in their posts or don't use proper grammar (ie, not capitalizing first words in sentences, etc)

    At first it sounded pretty harsh, but I have to say, the policing really helps keep the board functional.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    How do we do that? When I report the posts, I'll ad a note that the title has improper characters in it--will that do it?

    Good idea to report them, though. I usually "skip and click" away from them because I figure that the posts contain garbage and hype in them if they can't get the title straight.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      IMChick,
      How do we do that? When I report the posts, I'll ad a note that the title has improper characters in it--will that do it?
      That'll do it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
    I can understand the use of such symbols where truly appropriate but, where they are appropriate they won't appear in such quantity to be a disruption.

    Such as a headline/topic of:
    Getting more $ for ...
    When is Paypal < a Merchant Account?
    etc.

    Personally, I didn't even open that thread, because I was put off by the topic line.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Scott,
      I can understand the use of such symbols where truly appropriate but, where they are appropriate they won't appear in such quantity to be a disruption.

      Such as a headline/topic of:
      Getting more $ for ...
      When is Paypal < a Merchant Account?
      etc.
      Absolutely. That's legitimate usage, not done for attention's sake.

      Good caveat. Thank you.


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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    I agree.. I did not even bother to open those threads up at all.

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  • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
    At risk of being accused on making a one line acquiescent post I'll say:

    I concur!

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  • Profile picture of the author kf
    Absolutely. Front page already cluttered enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    Paul,

    I tried helping but I guess he didn't learn the lesson quick enough.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Dean
    I'll also concur!

    In fact I will drink to that!

    After 5pm EST.

    A shot of Jamesons to celebrate.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Tim,

      That sort of thing is why I say that there are lots of other ways than mine that work well. It's all about how it's explained and enforced, and what the membership is like.

      That would never work here. Too many people for whom English is a second language, and the usual number of eccentrics one finds in a marketing crowd.

      Sounds like a place I'd enjoy, though.


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    • Profile picture of the author Jamie Iaconis
      Originally Posted by Tom Dean View Post

      I'll also concur!

      In fact I will drink to that!

      After 5pm EST.

      A shot of Jamesons to celebrate.

      -T
      I'll start the Bacardi between 4 and 6PM PST also... :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    I've noticed it a lot in the WSO forum

    It looks a real mess in there to be honest

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    • Profile picture of the author lgibbon
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      Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

      I've noticed it a lot in the WSO forum

      It looks a real mess in there to be honest

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      You're right there Kim.
      Seems like a few sig files are going that way too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    I wish that it can be done in the WSO as well. :-)

    So many $$$, %$@#@$@%@ @(#)$@$@%@ in the headline makes it hard to think whether i am in a english forum or some "foreign language class forum"
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    • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
      Originally Posted by asianlunatic View Post

      I wish that it can be done in the WSO as well. :-)

      So many $$$, %$@#@$@%@ @(#)$@$@%@ in the headline makes it hard to think whether i am in a english forum or some "foreign language class forum"
      Suthan,

      At this point, your WSO will stand out MORE if you DON'T use these special characters...

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      • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
        Jared,

        Originally Posted by Jared Alberghini View Post

        ..your WSO will stand out MORE if you DON'T use these special characters
        Shhh!

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        • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
          Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

          Jared,



          Shhh!

          John
          John,

          Dang it... I need to learn when to keep my big mouth shut

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        Originally Posted by Jared Alberghini View Post

        Suthan,

        At this point, your WSO will stand out MORE if you DON'T use these special characters...

        - J
        Well done big guy.. you just blew the lid off of that one!!

        Remember eBay a few years back?.. all of a sudden, regular text stood out..

        Peace

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        • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
          Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

          Well done big guy.. you just blew the lid off of that one!!

          Remember eBay a few years back?.. all of a sudden, regular text stood out..

          Peace

          Jay
          Jay,

          You are blowing the lid off my 'reverse/forward-psychology testing'. Shhh.

          I thought everyone wanted to clean up the WSO section so it's easier to read?

          By telling someone "not" to do something, they generally do the opposite, but if you use finesse in a subtle/oxymoron/double-negative type of way, well, that's an entirely different story.

          I can't please anyone around here can I? :rolleyes: I thought everyone wanted to clean up the WSO titles? So you go ahead and ruin it Jay... oh crap, or did I just ruin it???

          I'm confused... I'm off to go eat some Jumbo Shrimp.

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    Whew, I got it out of my system. Hey, you didn't say I couldn't do it in this thread (double negative intended).

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  • Profile picture of the author tomw
    I agree and will report such threads.

    However, I have another point to make...we should be leading by example.

    On the one hand we're chastising members old and new alike for not following certain rules and conventions and on the other, many are breaking them themselves. Habitually!

    This thread is a great example.

    I've seen so many threads with a terse, "this is posted in the wrong forum," type reply and yet it seems to be ok for the "police" to post whatever and wherever they like.

    Either Allen or Brian should set up a "policing the WF" forum or threads like this and the countless similar others need to be in the OT forum.

    Whilst of benefit, these too are cluttering up the MMO forum along with the objects of our scorn and making it increasingly difficult to find the posts of real money making merit.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Thomas,

      Conversations about the operation of a group online are referred to as meta-discussions. There are strong preferences on how they should be handled, or even if they should be allowed. Typically, they occur in the forum to which they relate.

      Traditionally, in this forum, they're considered on-topic, as long as they have their own threads which aren't duplicated ad nauseum. Allen's desire to see the place be more properly regulated by the members tends to reinforce that.

      Of course, the rules are subject to change...


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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Re: Signatures

    I was under the impression special symbols were never allowed in sigs anyway. It's an extension of not allowing different fonts or colors. The overriding purpose of making a post should always be to add value, or ask a question - not to get your sig seen.

    If it's somebody who may not know, I will send them a PM to get them up to speed. That usually does the trick. However, if they don't change it, or respond in a poor manner, then they get reported.

    As far as the main forum, no problem with reporting special characters.

    As far as the WSO forum, I guess it's different in that they have to be approved (though they could be changed). Perhaps a limit of one leading character, and one at the end. But whatever decision is reached on any of this is fine by me.

    For the record, I have used special characters for WSOs, but will not do it any more.

    Someone mentioned "sheep" earlier, and I think that's the biggest problem. One person starts the trend, then a few from the flock follow, and before you know it, it becomes the norm - with most people never being aware of why they're doing it.

    It's also nice to see how much agreement there is on this topic. It hasn't devolved into anybody whining/whinging about how "unfair" the idea is.

    Kind of scary when common sense reigns.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Michael,

      I'm not aware of any rule about their use in signatures. There isn't a rule about not using them in subject lines, for that matter. Just a long standing convention and the practical challenge they present for readability.

      I tend to stay away from messing with people's sig files, personally, other than imposing a limit on how many lines they can contain. They don't pose the problems that stuff like this in subject lines would.

      As far as the general agreement, I didn't expect this one to be controversial. More of a, "Watch it. The new folks will see that stuff and think it's normal" warning. The trend problem that you mentioned.


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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        Michael,

        I'm not aware of any rule about their use in signatures. There isn't a rule about not using them in subject lines, for that matter. Just a long standing convention and the practical challenge they present for readability.
        I don't know then. Maybe reporting people for NOT breaking a rule is a little bit too much. However, if there is a rule in place, no problem. And I agree with the idea behind it.


        I tend to stay away from messing with people's sig files, personally, other than imposing a limit on how many lines they can contain. They don't pose the problems that stuff like this in subject lines would.
        We may not agree fully on this point. I just checked the signature rules, and the spirit of them certainly looks like it would prohibit the use of special characters. In fact, I was reported for using one of the little filled in circles in mine a while back. My sig was removed, no advance warning, just a message that said my sig did not comply. Anyway, I'm no complaining, just using it as a precedent.

        If special characters are allowed in signature lines, then the problem is they become too distracting, and put the focus on the signature instead of the message. At least the way I see it.

        I don't consider sending someone a PM (which is how I handle it when I see it) as messing with their sig.

        As far as the general agreement, I didn't expect this one to be controversial. More of a, "Watch it. The new folks will see that stuff and think it's normal" warning. The trend problem that you mentioned.
        I think I misinterpreted what you meant when you said "This is going to start up and become nasty, real fast." I took it to mean that you were expecting a heated debate.

        Anyway, I'm getting into semantics here. It looks like we agree that special characters can get out of hand quickly. If they go away, no problem. If they stay, no problem (hopefully)

        All the best,
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        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
          Michael,

          There are quite a lot of conventions here that aren't written as rules. Most of them have to do with keeping the place in proper order. Generally speaking, I find it a bad idea to say that anything that isn't specifically forbidden is allowed.

          By "messing with," I meant even having a say in the contents of the sig file, other than keeping the other rules of the place.

          The rule about colors was the result of people turning their sigs into garish, screaming, neon signs. I would have let them, as long as they didn't use more than 4 lines, and they didn't tinker with the font sizes. Or maybe imposed a two color limit.

          But, I don't make the rules.

          Generally speaking, I prefer to make individual judgment calls, based on clear principles, rather than take useful tools away from people who apply them responsibly. Otherwise, the tendency is to push things down to the lowest common denominator.


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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Hi Paul,

    I don't think we are on the exact same page, but I'm sure it's the same chapter of the same book.

    There is no rule (yet) against special characters in subject lines.

    There are rules about trying to highlight your sig with colors, fonts, etc. I also would not do anything about the content of a sig (unless it points to an affiliate site), but special symbols aren't really "content", per se.

    As you said, it's a judgment call. Maybe are judgment on what should be reported is different, but the reasoning would be the same.

    For the record, I'm not trying to argue, and I don't think you are either - just trying to clarify my position. You're always good for decent conversation, civilized discourse, and making me think deeper about certain issues.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Hi Michael,

      Would that mean that my Sig would be illegal if the new Sig rule you're
      suggesting was added?

      Just Curious???

      Have a Great Day/Night Michael.

      PS, I've had people tell me that it brought a smile to their face when they
      seen it.

      PPS, Nearly forgot to say...Paul, I also concur with your request.
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Hi Paul,

      I don't think we are on the exact same page, but I'm sure it's the same chapter of the same book.

      There is no rule (yet) against special characters in subject lines.

      There are rules about trying to highlight your sig with colors, fonts, etc. I also would not do anything about the content of a sig (unless it points to an affiliate site), but special symbols aren't really "content", per se.

      As you said, it's a judgment call. Maybe are judgment on what should be reported is different, but the reasoning would be the same.

      For the record, I'm not trying to argue, and I don't think you are either - just trying to clarify my position. You're always good for decent conversation, civilized discourse, and making me think deeper about certain issues.

      All the best,
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        Hi Michael,

        Would that mean that my Sig would be illegal if the new Sig rule you're
        suggesting was added?

        Just Curious???

        Have a Great Day/Night Michael.

        PS, I've had people tell me that it brought a smile to their face when they
        seen it.

        PPS, Nearly forgot to say...Paul, I also concur with your request.
        Hi Michael,

        Your sig would be absolutely no problem at all. It brings a smile to my face, too.

        When I say "special characters" I'm referring only to stuff like...




        ▄▀▄▀▄



        and...



        Normal characters are fine with me. By that I mean anything found on a standard keyboard. I have no problem with stuff like /\}{~`|,.;!@#$%^&*()_+][":?>< a-z, A-Z, 0-9 in signatures.

        However, I'm not convinced it's a new rule I'm suggesting, as a sig of mine that had a •••► was removed for being non-compliant. But, I've never been flagged for using a text version of it ---> To me "special characters" in sigs are just an extension of the current rules about color, size and font.

        On the other hand, it's Allen's forum, so that's what really counts.

        For the record, I didn't see the post in question, but I doubt I would have flagged it for using characters in the subject line. As long as the post itself was okay.

        It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

        All the best,
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
          Cool!

          I'll refrain from adding the special character that I had thought about
          placing between the 2 paws.

          I'll just leave the _ ...lol

          It would have caused me to break one of the rules anyway.
          I would have needed to use 6 lines!

          Have a Great Day/Night!
          Michael
          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Hi Michael,

          Your sig would be absolutely no problem at all. It brings a smile to my face, too.

          When I say "special characters" I'm referring only to stuff like...




          ▄▀▄▀▄



          and...



          Normal characters are fine with me. By that I mean anything found on a standard keyboard. I have no problem with stuff like /}{~`|,.;!@#$%^&*()_+][":?>< a-z, A-Z, 0-9 in signatures.

          However, I'm not convinced it's a new rule I'm suggesting, as a sig of mine that had a •••► was removed for being non-compliant. But, I've never been flagged for using a text version of it ---> To me "special characters" in sigs are just an extension of the current rules about color, size and font.

          On the other hand, it's Allen's forum, so that's what really counts.

          For the record, I didn't see the post in question, but I doubt I would have flagged it for using characters in the subject line. As long as the post itself was okay.

          It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

          All the best,
          Michael
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  • Agreed, it's a real problem in all the forums now.

    Isn't there a way that the forum software can automatically filter out characters outside regular usage? That would solve this problem in one swoop and put everyone back on a regular playing field.
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    This is my wso title - am I being a bad girl?
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    It says Two Girls Would Love To Help You - ...

    I thought I was being clever
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    • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
      Originally Posted by Debbie Songster View Post

      This is my wso title - am I being a bad girl?
      ►►►►2 ♀ Would ♥ To Help You ▬ New Wordpress Mastermind Group & Coaching - Lifetime Rate Ends Today

      It says Two Girls Would Love To Help You - ...

      I thought I was being clever
      Now I'm in the dog house???
      Yes Debbie, you are being a bad girl in more ways that one.

      I would be much more responsive to a title that said "Two Girls Would Love To Help You " compared to "►►►►2 ♀ Would ♥ To Help You"

      Men are simple-minde creatures, :confused: we understand the first example perfectly, compared to the second one with 'symbols & characters', which is not easily translated into simple-creature-language.

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  • Profile picture of the author Debbie Songster
    I can always change it. It might be a good test to see if you are right that it gets more visits because it doesn't have the characters.

    That special rate ends in a couple hrs but I did post the new rate in there so its time to change the title anyway.

    Oh all right - for you simple guys out there. I'll go change it

    Good grief a girl can't have any fun now days ... always something...

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    Ok its done - I changed it

    2 Girls Would Love To Help You. Join Our Wordpress Users Group & Coaching Special Limited Time Offer

    Does that work better?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
      Originally Posted by Debbie Songster View Post

      Oh all right - for you simple guys out there. I'll go change it

      Good grief a girl can't have any fun now days ... always something...
      Debbie,

      Haven't you researched the demographics here? (63% male & 37% female)
      warriorforum.com - Quantcast Audience Profile

      I am curious to find out if your 'more playful' title does actually convert better (which I'm betting it will) :rolleyes:

      You have an upper edge compared to us simple cavemen... you should utilize it.

      Jared

      P.S. Yes, (IMO) the following works much better for us 'simpleton's'... this is a much more appealing offer

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      Ok its done - I changed it

      2 Girls Would Love To Help You. Join Our Wordpress Users Group & Coaching Special Limited Time Offer

      Does that work better?
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      • Profile picture of the author Debbie Songster
        Originally Posted by Jared Alberghini View Post

        Debbie,

        Haven't you researched the demographics here? (63% male & 37% female)
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        I am curious to find out if your 'more playful' title does actually convert better (which I'm betting it does) :rolleyes:

        Jared
        Well hell Jared, make up your mind!

        I already changed it

        63% male huh? Well what red blooded male wouldn't want to come play in the forum with us girls
        Our WSO isn't for everyone. We aren't selling an ebook spewing some get rich quick scheme or long lost secret.

        I haven't learned how to "package hope" in an ebook yet. I prefer to work with actual people. I really need to stop doing that - it takes up a lot of time.

        As for the characters. I didn't want to be like the other gaudy titles but I didn't want to get buried in the blah text. I came up with that one because it actually said something (except for the arrows at the beginning)

        Now my title blends in with the rest of them

        I will say though that I am not in favor of this technique used on the regular forum. I think it cheapens the look of the forum and its distracting.

        Jared you really have to stop messing with me ! LOL
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        • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
          Originally Posted by Debbie Songster View Post

          Well hell Jared, make up your mind!

          I already changed it

          63% male huh? Well what red blooded male wouldn't want to come play in the forum with us girls
          Debbie,

          I think you misunderstood my point, (I've not learned yet the skills of properly utilizing sarcasm, and I often muck it up and end up confusing people, or more often than not, getting confused myself ).

          I totally agree with you... what red blooded male on earth would be able to resist playing with you girls?

          You girls are the kryptonite to our 'so called' super-powers.

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    I can't believe so many people spent so much time complaining about special characters in subject lines. If you don't like the subject line, why do you read the thread? I would think that people would have something way more important to do than all of this complaining about something so stupid.
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    I understood you completely - I was teasing you

    I'm doing this boring stuff - bookwork - like getting my store orders processed since its the last day of the month and we ran a sale.
    So, I'm just playing with ya...
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    • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
      Originally Posted by Debbie Songster View Post

      So, I'm just playing with ya...
      Yea... keep rubbing it in Debbie... twist the knife in just a bit further why don't ya...

      I concur that females are the smarter of the bunch... what more do you want from me?

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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Folks...

        This doesn't apply to the WSO section.

        I don't like the look of those subject lines either, but people are paying for them, and the moderators of the section allow them. That is, by itself, a demonstration that they're acceptable there.


        Tim
        I can't believe so many people spent so much time complaining about special characters in subject lines. If you don't like the subject line, why do you read the thread? I would think that people would have something way more important to do than all of this complaining about something so stupid.
        The challenge is in the discussion areas. Those subject lines take over, and end up making the index a pain for everyone else to read. However, if you don't believe the main section or other discussion areas are worth keeping clean, don't report the threads. Easy enough, yes?


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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
          Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

          Folks...

          This doesn't apply to the WSO section.

          I don't like the look of those subject lines either, but people are paying for them, and the moderators of the section allow them. That is, by itself, a demonstration that they're acceptable there.


          TimThe challenge is in the discussion areas. Those subject lines take over, and end up making the index a pain for everyone else to read. However, if you don't believe the main section or other discussion areas are worth keeping clean, don't report the threads. Easy enough, yes?


          Paul
          I think that confuses the issue. Some people are not bothered by such symbols.

          The implication is that if you don't report threads using special symbols that you somehow don't care about the integrity of the forum.

          On the other hand, I could be reading too much into the whole thing.

          If you want to report it, report it. If not, don't. But don't think not reporting it means you don't care about the forum itself, it just means you don't care about symbols being used in subject lines.

          On the other hand, if something is overdone, I may report it anyway. In other words, I'm not to the pint of zero tolerance, but too much is too much.

          All the best,
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          • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
            Michael,
            The implication is that if you don't report threads using special symbols that you somehow don't care about the integrity of the forum.
            That was sarcasm, directed at Tim. It always amuses me when people spend time complaining about other people spending time complaining.


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            • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
              Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

              Michael,That was sarcasm, directed at Tim. It always amuses me when people spend time complaining about other people spending time complaining.


              Paul
              Aha! I see that now.

              My thinking may have been a little off, because I just got home from my brothers house...where I was the only Steelers' fan.

              Still, a good discussion.

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  • Profile picture of the author T2
    Just for the record, I pretty much go right by any thread that is using characters and that includes WSO threads.

    Write something that catches my eye AND is thought provoking and I will read it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      I agree with you, but can we do anything about this in the WSO section...
      it hurts my eyes every time i go through subjects between BIG blocks of junk ASCII characters!
      The moderator(s) of that section must approve posts before they go live. If they approve them with those characters in the subject lines, there's no arguing about it.

      I think it's a bad idea, but that's a moot point. And it's clearly true that a sales section can work with rules that would kill a discussion section. As proof, it hasn't killed the WSO section.

      I do tend to go there less often and look at fewer of the offers, but perhaps others get better results with those funky subject lines. For now. It would be interesting to know if there were an overall change in total sales volume for those offers, but there's no practical way to do that with the current mechanisms.


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  • Profile picture of the author shurets1
    Sorry Paul
    I deleted my post (the one that you've quoted) above, because I felt
    it had no meaning...

    Obviously these characters are so noticeable, but being there
    it means that this is "at least" is OK with Mods and/or Allen.

    I can't imagine that all these threads started without the weired characters, then they added these to their subject lines as soon as they were approved and/or with the first bump...etc..

    Well, it is not THAT annoying anyway... but it will be goo if these ASCII things go out of the WSO section

    Just a suggestion from a new commer
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  • Profile picture of the author MeTellYou
    Yeah. Good point Paul (Even though I have been guilty of it

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Sebastian,
      Yeah. Good point Paul (Even though I have been guilty of it
      Everyone makes mistakes. We just don't want to see them take over.


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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Agreed. Will report those kind of posts from now on.

    If someone sees this: Warrior Special Offers Forum

    You'll notice the a large part of WSO which had the most number of replies did not contain any of those junk characters. :-)
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