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Subject: Ever Notice?
Date Posted: 7/5/2011 9:27 AM ET
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It seems to me that I've seen more people lately asking for Wish Listed books (a violation of the rules), being told it violates the rules, yet leaving the post in place instead of deleting it; in essence leaving the request for all to see. 

Its sort of like a witness in a trial answering a question, the opposition objects, and the judge upholds the objection and then orders the jury to disregard the response.  Like that's going to happen. The damage is already done.

I think someone posting something that is a violation of the rules should be required to delete that post.  Or as is the case with this site (where you can't delete a post) at least remove the text.


Date Posted: 7/5/2011 10:01 AM ET
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I would be willing to bet that those people post the requests, and never return to the post to see if there are any responses.  Many people never look at their PMs either.  Therefore, they never see that it's against rules to post WLd books like that.  They are also probably people who've never read the rules.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 10:05 AM ET
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i have to admit that I am guilty of having done that when I first joined before I knew that it was not allowed. I have not done it since I understand how the system works though. Maybe it just tales some of us a little longer :)

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 11:27 AM ET
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If you contact the person making the post and they don't delete it, I'd contact the PBS team about it.  They can remove the post and let the violator know not to do it again.

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 12:14 PM ET
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Yes I often see this.   Also posters will have a long list of books they want and then add, "if any of these are wishlisted, just ignore."  UH NO - you aren't supposed to ask for them at all.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2011 12:31 PM ET
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Yes I have noticed this as well as people posting shelf deals in the wrong places. They say "oops sorry" and then don't delete it or they put a line through it so you can basically still read it but it looks like they tried to fix it.

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 1:10 PM ET
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yesAnother Good Observation Cozi.

At least take the time to research if a book is WLed or not.


Date Posted: 7/5/2011 1:40 PM ET
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Well, it is generally people who are unfamiliar with the rules that do that.

Those would also be the same people who generally don't spend much time in the forums, so probably have no idea that posts can be edited, or how to edit it.

I've never seen the same person doing it again and again. In that case, I would certainly report it to PBS.

But in the case where it is just a random member who does it once, and then doesn't do it again ... I wouldn't bother reporting it. Having someone respond to them that it is not allowed is more than sufficient to discourage both a repeat offense by the poster, as well as any responses. IMO.

But a repeat offender ... by all means, report them.

If PBS cared about this a lot, they would monitor the forums themselves. They rely on other members to report the egregious violators. I would not bother reporting the one-time offenders.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2011 1:49 PM ET
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Actually, the ones that get my goat are not NEW members.  Most of the ones I see are members of long standing and they usually start with, "I don't know if this is the place to post this. . .".   Read the forum rules and you'll know. 

It seems to me as if regular forums users (only a few of them) think the rules don't apply to them.

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 2:21 PM ET
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I believe the person that prompted Rob's  poting knows full well that he is doing something he cannot and is intentionally leaving the post up after being told he can't ask in hopes someone else wants to do it anyway -not new to the site or the forums.

I usually post the rules in their thread in the Bazaar so others can see its not allowed, and the Bazaar traffic will run them out of sight pretty quickly. If they bump their topic then I ask the Team to remove their content since at that point they are thumbing their nose at the rules the rest of us follow and the member can see that the Team is serious that we are all to follow the same rules.

Those ones bug me too Cozy, its their way of doing what they know they can't. I just always hope that people with the books wouldn't appreciate it if it was a wish list line they were in and the people doing it will be ignored.