Tim Post

Mandaluyong, Philippines

alertfalse.com

Age: 39

I'm a community manager and chief [bad] pun officer for Stack Exchange, following two years of service as a community elected moderator on Stack Overflow. Beyond that, I'm:

  • A husband and dad
  • A competent programmer
  • A world traveler
  • Not a teapot, and I have proof!

If you need to reach me, it's tpost shift-2 stackoverflow, but please use this form for common support needs. Note, I do not use services such as Linkedin, please don't try to add me there, it just creates noise.

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revised Who cast the first vote on SO?
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answered Who cast the first vote on SO?
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comment Which users getting removed DON'T cause rep changes? (lost 1667 rep)
@MarkMayo It's a matter of how many times the user has voted overall, and how many times the user has cast votes on posts by specific people. The goal is to avoid just a few people seeing a huge drop, or quite a few people seeing 'more than a few' points lost due to the user being removed. The only way to answer your question is to define the goals we try to meet - each case is treated individually. We don't want folks to feel the impact of other users leaving, it's quite rare that this happens, but it does (unfortunately) come to pass from time to time.
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comment Which users getting removed DON'T cause rep changes? (lost 1667 rep)
@gnat No, automatic reversal by the system != malicious intent. It's the intent that matters. E.g. obvious member of a voting ring, puppeteer, etc - and probably contacted at least a few times by mods about it.
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awarded Autobiographer
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comment Sanitize php mail and ip
The code shown doesn't illustrate how you're sanitizing anything, so it's hard to say. All you've shown is how you're ultimately sending the (presumably) sanitized strings.
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comment php script inside of echo syntax problems
You have quotes (") inside of quotes, anything quoted after the line that says echo " has to be escaped, e.g. \", or PHP gets confused at where the echo statement ends (problem begins in the line starting with $allcomments = - there's quotes in that query, they need to be escaped or just use ticks. Consider just re-writing that to break up that super long statement, put the PHP code by itself.
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answered Require or at least remind about code
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comment Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
@BradKoch We'd need to make some changes. If this were implemented, mass flagging wouldn't help, as mods would only see them if they piled up on a comment and if they were close to expiring, for instance (not a fully baked criteria, just a direction). You couldn't game the Marshal badge by flagging a lot of comments with a script, and you'd only be able to delete (N) per day anyway - this could be made pretty abuse-proof without a lot of work.
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awarded Great Answer
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awarded Good Answer
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awarded Enlightened
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awarded Nice Answer
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comment Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
Could also make it so that the comment would need to be flagged by at least one person, in order to be eligible for instant deletion by anyone with a Marshal badge. I'm curious how many of those flags would actually age away before anyone acted on them. There are some possibilities here, I need to run some queries.
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comment Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
Also, there would have to be oversight and limits if this is implemented, e.g. no user could delete more than (x) comments in a day, and more. That's for fleshing out, this is just an idea, or rather the start of one. I don't see any 'flagging' system for these on the scale of Stack Overflow ever working, it's just too much, we have to be able to offload some trust along with these units of work we ask folks to do, based on what they've done.
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comment Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
@gunr2171 We've been taking it seriously for quite a while, it's just .. well, one of those really icky things to solve in a manner that everyone is happy with. I'm proposing that everyone isn't going to be happy and we need to be able to live with that :)
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comment Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
10k users could delete any comment in the system at one time. I don't think we should go back to that, but badge-based trust for deleting noise when you see it does help solve the not enough eyeballs problem.
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answered Can a machine be taught to flag comments automatically?
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