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Malformed Topics!

 
 
jespah
 
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 10:36 am
I'm sure you have seen these. They look like this:
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r299/jespah301/zA2K%20Stuff/malformedtopic_zpsuptbinkt.png

Do NOT click on them (e. g. if you open one in error, just back out). Don't try to answer them. Don't reply to them. Don't tag them. Don't vote. Don't thumb up or down. Don't even report them. Let the Mods find them. We will; don't worry, as they inevitably have a twin which is correctly formed but still spammy. Report the correctly formed twin topic if you wish but NOT the malformed one.

These things happen because a spambot is moving too fast for the software and has caused an error.

Why shouldn't you report it?

While we appreciate your diligence, any interaction with such topics screws up YOUR permissions to use the site. Often the symptoms are that you can see the forum, you can log in, and even PM people or sometimes vote topics and posts up or down, but you can't post. Instead, you get an error message saying that you killed a hamster.

YOU ARE NOT SUSPENDED. It's just that your permissions have gotten screwed up.

The only fix for this is for a developer to go in and manually readd you.

This, as you can imagine, takes some time.

So, hands off the malformed topics, please. We thank you for your diligence and your attention. We know you want to make A2K a better place. But eek, leave the malformed topics alone.

http://38.media.tumblr.com/8024b6e188fac7211c0ac654823f82b6/tumblr_inline_ncjmrctoHN1s8n1ve.gif

Thank you.
 
dalehileman
 
  1  
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 11:22 am
@jespah,
But Jes this title isn't any more malformed than many legitimate

So what's precisely your approach, its provisos

...and you have to excuse an old guy but how does the box destruction figure in
layman
 
  1  
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 11:30 am
@dalehileman,
Quote:
But Jes this title isn't any more malformed than many legitimate


Good point, Dale!

If ya wanna call them "legitimate," anyway.
jespah
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 11:35 am
@jespah,
It's not the title.

It's the contents.

See how there's nothing in that topic?

http://www.ilovegenerator.com/large/stop-love-ne-touche-pas-132121480965.png
Ragman
 
  1  
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 11:38 am
@jespah,
Thanks, Jes. Thanks for informing me. I'm sure I've seen that a few times in the past while trying to rid of spammy threads. Duely noted.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 12:12 pm
@layman,
Quote:
Good point, Dale!
Thank you Lay

Quote:
If ya wanna call them "legitimate," anyway
Many are puzzling indeed, especially those playing some sort of game
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 12:16 pm
@jespah,
Quote:
See how there's nothing in that topic?
Forgive my ignorance Jes but I can't find it
oralloy
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 01:15 pm
@dalehileman,
dalehileman wrote:
Forgive my ignorance Jes but I can't find it

Look at the picture of the topic that she posted in the first post of the thread.

See how there is no message body? How there is just the headline and nothing but a headline?

You'll probably not find the topic in question if you go looking for it, as it has probably already been deleted.
oralloy
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 01:18 pm
@jespah,
Suggestion: You might want to sticky this topic so more people see it.

(Assuming that it can be done. I've never seen a topic stickied on a2k before.)
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 01:49 pm
@oralloy,
Quote:
as it has probably already been deleted.
Aha! thanks Ora
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jespah
 
  2  
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 02:56 pm
@oralloy,
No stickying here, unfortunately.

And thank you for explaining re the blank topic.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 04:56 pm
@oralloy,
Incidentally Ora how does one sticky
roger
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2015 05:08 pm
@jespah,
Good enough. I used to spend lots of time reporting them. Then I saw that some of them were marked "Topic Removed" within minutes of the OP, so I didn't bother. Some titles are going to be followed by dozens or hundreds from the same poster. When I recognize them, I just put the poster on ignore. About all I now report are the spam replies to older topics.
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oralloy
 
  1  
Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 06:58 am
@dalehileman,
dalehileman wrote:
Incidentally Ora how does one sticky

It would be an option that moderators have, on websites that have the function to begin with.
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 08:07 am
@dalehileman,
dalehileman wrote:
Incidentally, how does one sticky?


it's best done with a toffee puding

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/13/1302709011198/Sticky-toffee-pudding-007.jpg
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 09:10 am
I live in the tropics and the shape looks fine here to me.
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neologist
 
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Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 12:53 pm
That explains some of the things I have noticed in my late night spam hunts. Thanks.
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dalehileman
 
  0  
Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 01:12 pm
@oralloy,
Quote:
an option that moderators have
Aha! thank you Ora
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2015 01:13 pm
@djjd62,
Dj With many thanks I'll be mentally reconstructing that one all day

Just gottalearn howta copy-paste a photo
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2015 09:44 pm
@jespah,
Janet, please feel free to nag Nick and I about these topics and any accounts with problems.
 

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