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Gins Report 5 Jun 2011 13:31


You're too nice :-)

We've heard from GR and there is no glitch....someone is RR :-(


Researcher Report 5 Jun 2011 13:35

Not too nice, Ginny - I said No one in his / her right mind would have removed it. :-)
I have a rubbish flu type cold and feeling irritable :-(


Gins Report 5 Jun 2011 13:37

Sending over a big box of tissues and an even bigger box of chocs....

Hope you feel better soon



lancashireAnn Report 5 Jun 2011 13:55


It is not automatic that when sending a PM that you see the person's board name. That option has to be selected in the person's profile

Hope you feel better soon Joy


JaneyCanuck Report 5 Jun 2011 15:17

Just to be clear -- "newsflash" the thread has been removed, I gather. Perhaps GR doesn't share members' sense of humour. A naive viewer could have thought the newsflash was real ... you know, people who believe April fools ...

Ginny's thread is different. The *OP* has been repeatedly reported (the thread remained until the report of the opening post was dealt with). It was reinstated the first time, a couple of days ago, and reported again.

On the boardname thing. A subscriber has to *choose* in their account details to show their boardname rather than their real name. This is not appropriate.

Real names should not be revealed unless a user expressly *chooses* to do that. (And frankly, even that shouldn't be an option -- most people using this site don't have a clue about the reasons to maintain privacy on the internet.)

I am also satisfied that privacy issues are being considered now, although it is several years too late.

I think General Chat is where the caution about abusive reporting needs to be reported. I think many if not most people there ... the people who abusively report posts ... never look at this board.


KempinaPartyhat Report 5 Jun 2011 16:37

I was reported for posting something on a thread about L** A*TLE and I was given a warning and told the post was removed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I dont care

The post was put on GR in Feb 2001 and I was warned and told it had been removed 5 weeks ago!
I,m sure GR have trouble keeping up!


Cynthia Report 5 Jun 2011 18:42

When Ginny's OP was RR'd, I sent an email to 'theteam' in protest. I received an extremely pleasant and apologetic message back assuring me that it was to be reinstated....which it was.

For the same thing to happen again, in such a short space of time, looks rather as if the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing with the GR team.

I do hope they can get their act together soon. Cx


Researcher Report 5 Jun 2011 18:45

Yet another one
General Chat : A TO Z of Hobbies.

It is not the poster's fault that it had not been included by genes reunited in the new quizzes and games board
sigh emoticon if there were one here.


JaneyCanuck Report 5 Jun 2011 19:30

Cynthia, no -- the GR team can't stop anyone from reporting a post as abuse.

The text of the post is automatically removed, pending review of the report.

When a decision on the report is made, either the text of the post is reinstated or the post is removed.

(If the OP in a thread is removed, the thread is removed.)

There have been a lot of instances of left hands and right hands not knowing what the other is doing at GR in the past, definitely.

For instance, my very reasonable post asking why people were posting lookups on Genealogy Chat was deleted as "abusive" (and I will not quote what else was said to me by staff about it) ... and about 2 days later the pinned post appeared at the top of that board saying what I'd said, in rather firmer terms.

But it's the sinister hand of the vindictive post reporters that is making the reports, and the right hand of GR that is reinstating the posts. ;-)

Now, the left and right hands of the vindictive post reporting brigade may not know what each other is doing, true, in that case. They might want to let one another know rather smartly.


JaneyCanuck Report 5 Jun 2011 19:33

A to Z of hobbies
Answer a question with a question

are perfect examples of how useful a "request transfer" option would be.

The text of the post would not need to be deleted pending review, as is the case for posts that are genuinely abusive or that disclose personal info improperly.

The staff would just get the request and decide to transfer or not.

I suspect that with some of these ancient game/quizzie threads being dredged up this weekend, someone who finds their presence on General Chat really annoying has used the only available option to request that they be transferred.

People who post on General Chat but never look anywhere else (like this board) have no idea there have been discussions of posts on wrong boards and what might be done with them, for instance, so they assume someone has called the thread "abusive".


Gins Report 5 Jun 2011 20:57

We have a 'Numpty' on the boards :-P


jax Report 5 Jun 2011 21:01

Coluld it be that someone wants Ginnys thread transferred to the chat board??

Would not serve any purpose there if it was



JaneyCanuck Report 5 Jun 2011 21:53

True -- and we should also remember that a lot of the "chat" in that thread, apart from the discussions of the absolutely unbelievable number of baths some people take and their inventive other ways of wasting water and electricity !!, is actually about ancestor hunts. The thread lets helpers consult about threads they're trying to help in and draw one another's attention to threads that need help.


JaneyCanuck Report 6 Jun 2011 00:56

Check this one out

I had posted a list of what Canadian BMDs and censuses can be found on the net (in particular free of charge), what privacy cutoff dates generally are, and explained that whoever is offering Cdn lookups only has the same access as anyone else with Ancestry Canada or worldwide has.

I may also have suggested that the poster delete the thread on General Chat about the same thing.

Another email is on the way to Estelle ...


jax Report 6 Jun 2011 01:23

I'ts getting behond a joke now is'nt it...that has got to be someone who has it in for you JC



JaneyCanuck Report 6 Jun 2011 01:37

Nooooo! Ya think?

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

All the years I've been saying that, and I thought I was just paranoid. ;-)


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Jun 2011 01:41

it's almost unbelievable

Hope whoever it is gets their comeuppance soon!



Muffyxx Report 6 Jun 2011 21:57

Nothing will change whilst GR allow non paying members to Request review...the culprits will be banned from the site...only to return with a different email address immediately afterwards ! Won't cost them a penny or too much hassle either x


JaneyCanuck Report 6 Jun 2011 22:03

I had no idea that was possible -- that non-paying members could report posts. How bizarre.

Maybe not if the posts are about their family or something, but otherwise, weird.

The right and left hands don't seem to have got themselves fully coordinated as yet.

I had another assurance that this problem was being noted and dealt with ... and then the post I referred to above (in which I gave a list of information, and requested very simply that the duplicate thread on General Chat be deleted, if I recall correctly, anyhow) was deleted.

I have, of course, requested an explanation.


jax Report 6 Jun 2011 22:04

I knew non paying members could read the boards, but did'nt know they can request review though