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Brrr-cky B : admin

Hi all! Posting this to WoFMB, SAMB, and 39Clues MB.

 

First off, sorry bout the apparent glitches that were happening on the site over the weekend. Came back to see mention of them in all the MBs. Seems like everything is back to normal now, but I'll still mention it to the robots that control the internet our developers. 

 

Second, I see a lot of folks talk about their posts not being let through. I want to explain a bit how the moderation system works because the biggest issue here is really a lack of transparency on our part. And I'm sorry for that.

 

Basically, we have an autofilter that is (to put it bluntly) not smart...but necessary. We used to used to do everything manually 4+ years ago and BOY was it slow. We literally read through hundreds of posts a day so it would sometimes take days for your post to go through, especially if it was a long one. So, now we have this filter that does that automatically, catches words, and pings me if there's something that needs my attention. I typically read through the filtered posts anyway so I know what's going on, and why something was filtered out.

 

Why didn't my post go through?

Chances are there was a word or sequence of words that the filter didn't like in your post. This can be words you made up - if the filter doesn't recognize something it sometimes will block it. Maybe there was a violent moment in a story, and the filter is taking it literally. Maybe you have a post that seems like it might have personal information, for example if you have a story about a made up school or a made up address. The filter doesn't know it's in a RP and thinks it's real info. The word "stupid" gets caught like 99% of the time because it thinks it's being used as an insult towards someone, even if it's obviously not.

 

Think of the autofilter as a robot that has zero sense of humor, doesn't get any sarcasm whatsover, takes things extremely literally, and doesn't understand the concept of context. And also hasn't read any books.

 

What can I do to help my post go through?

Look at what you wrote and check:

1. are there words that could possibly be considered insults toward someone?

2. is there potential personal information? Even if it's made up for a story?

3. am I using a bunch of uncommon words or words I've made up myself?

 

There are a lot of false positives and it stinks. All I can say is just try and try again with a few edits taking this stuff into account.

 

I will say the auto-moderation is *a lot* better than it used to be, and is certainly much better than when it took days for a post to go through when we manually checked every message.

 

Why did I get banned?

I'd say the most common reasons someone who is an active member of the community gets banned are:

-sharing personal information

-sharing usernames for other sites

-linking to outside websites.

 

These bans should only last 24 hours to a week. A month ban is uncommon but happens on occasion if you're an active member of the community, we don't think you should be permabanned, but ya keep on giving us reasons to ban you. Permabans are given out to users who are clearly trolls, spam accounts, or active members who have done something really bad like constant bullying, harassment, etc.

 

If you've written something where it sounds like you're going through a hard time, we send a message with our concern. This message comes by way of a ban that expires instantly. I want to be clear that you're not getting banned for expressing your feelings. "Ban messages" are simply the main way we can send a message to you about what you're writing. Is this ideal? Definitely not. But it's what we've got.  

 

Chatting

In the Scholastic chat there's an autoban system that's similar to the autofilter since we can't be on chat all the time reading messages. It will sometimes give you a "time out" aka cool off period of 15 minutes to 24 hours for doing things like spamming the chat, saying inflammatory things, or giving out personal information. 

 

If what you did is bad enough, like trying to write your phone number, saying something super mean, or harassing someone, you may be banned for much longer.

 

It also has an extremely picky autofilter. I know it stinks and blocks out a ton of words, seemingly at random, but it's there to make the chat safe. I've seen it block silly things like the word "go" but also prevent trolls from harassing people. The main thing to understand about this autofilter is that it blocks words it doesn't know. I've seen typos get blocked, or forgetting a space between words such as "heyyou" get blocked. 

 

Last but not least

If a post seems like it's going to turn into a debate, argument, or something that's inappropriate/unhealthy for the forum we mods reserve the right to lock the post or delete it, even if it's not necessarily breaking a rule at the moment. This doesn't happen frequently, but it has happened. I will always try to leave a message on the post so that it's clear why and it hasn't just vanished.

 

I hope this clarifies some stuff about posts and bans and is helpful! We are working on a bunch of stuff that I hope will make interacting with one another on here better...but that's all I can say about that.

 

-Becky B

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Wings of Fire Book #12: The Hive Queen....it's out 12/26/18!!

i like turtles

WoFMB: wingsoffire.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344922

 

SAMB: spiritanimals.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344060

 

39 Clues: doublecross.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344061

This was really helpful and interesting to know, thank you!

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cσяεү

 

I'm not real. I'm theatre.

 

"You must be truly desperate to come to me for help." -Loki

 

MBotF

 

b o o

 

ice cold

First lol

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cσяεү

 

I'm not real. I'm theatre.

 

"You must be truly desperate to come to me for help." -Loki

 

MBotF

 

b o o

 

ice cold

Thanks for making this post! It makes a lot more things clear. 

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         she/her - nerd - gamer

"If you make a mistake and do not

correct it, that is a second mistake."

        Homethread: /304740

Thank you for making this, having a little more explanation of how this all works is really helpful.

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Such is the path of a dreamer: I find my way by moonlight.

 

~Oncilla~

    

FORUM ROYAL SCIENTIST

 

"Anyone can choose to do good, or be good, no matter what happened before." ~Turtle

 

WEREWOLPRIDE

    

TLH Reread: /336256

Thank you and I KNEW IT!!! Question: If a post goes thro in a second, does that mean it went thro the chat autofilter first?

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{he/him/fan-sea-nightwing/giant mountain/etc.}

2400+

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Oof, thanks for clearing that up!

 

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Fangirl

Fanwing

Gryffindor 

Bookworm

  Jedi

Christan

Pegasister

Luke Skywalker and Dipper Pines are MINE

"When in doubt go to the library" ~J.K Rowling

#BeMoreFicional

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thanks becky, you are the best! This info really helps.

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   forum triplet with Rune & Time

 

 

 

Riri is the best @ writing tips & tricks.

   

so this is the end eh? Well we might as well get it over with then!

You're a great admin! Thanks!

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{dellow}

    [d][dede][dell]

➳ Christian

➳ Ravenclaw

➳ She/her

 

ForumFam: KitCat/Ellysia/Fallon/Grendel & more

 

"One can never have enough socks."

  - Dumbledore

 

applespeachespears&plums

 

#ShadowClan

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This clarifies a lot of things. Thanks for making this post!

 

Oh uh I have a question

I've noticed some posts go through instantlY. Is that because the autofilter doesn't find anything wrong with them?

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~♡~ Delirium ~♡~

 

>Once again,

>I can't find a thing

>That makes me want to remain here

 

>So even if a miracle occurred

>And somehow answered

>All of this

 

>Surely in 10 or 20 seconds

>I could figure just a bit

 

>Toumei Answer<

Well that cleared all my questions up. 

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    He/Him

Call me Burner

Fanwing

Demigod

NFRealMusic

 

God of war, darkness and night 

Thanks for making this post, but I still can't change my siggy.

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  _-||Twilight||-_  She/Her  94% of people think wolves are evil creatures. Copy and paste this to your signature if you're the 6% who think they are kind and lovable.     CATS!   ~Remember the Lost~   Slytherin  Joined June 22, 2018

 

Thanks Becky. Something tells me I'm going to be re-reading this post in the future too

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>^-^<~кitςt~>^-^<

 

They/She/Ne/Xe/Cat

 

Dragon/Human/Cat/Candy

 

Quintuplets with Dellow, Quartz, Daisy, and Ellysia

 

 

I'm a Lesbian. Hi "

 

Act like the Candy Bar you Are!" -KitCat 8/1/18

Thank you.

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 Care for what you have now, because if  you wait, it might be too late to go back. 

    HONOR THE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO

TMOM Fan.

#rememberHuricane

   Take Nothing for Granted!

#MidWest FurFest 2018

 

 

 

 

Why did I get banned?

I'd say the most common reasons someone who is an active member of the community gets banned are:

-sharing personal information

-sharing usernames for other sites

-linking to outside websites.

 

// shuffles awkwardly because I've done the second one and gotten a day ban for it

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wild

i have friends who listen to me

their names are spider, beetle and bee

they don't say much but

they have always listened to me

 

hew becky quick question

 

why is it that someone who referred people to another website banned

but a person who did things i can't even mention on the site allowed to stay here

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vellichor, i suppose i am  

he/xe/they

 

feeling dizzy are we?  

 

wherever you decide to be, that's where you belong  

 

for real?!

 

we push ahead in the name of rebellion  

 

asheashes

we all

fall

down

 

*whispers from the void* If you’re going to have a system like this you need to enforce it equallyyyyyy

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 Now is the winter of our discontent.

 

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 → im your dad, boogie woogie woogie 

He//Him

moderator for GGaD

stressy and depressy

memelord

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Brrr-cky B : admin

@vertigo probably because it wasn't something I was aware of! But I've seen some posts recently, and I believe I know what and who you're talking about now. 

 

When stuff happens outside the MB it's complex for us to deal with, mostly because we don't know about it. I also can't police what people do outside of this community. But since it appears that what happened involves many members of this community and is affecting you, we'll discuss what to do about it.

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Wings of Fire Book #12: The Hive Queen....it's out 12/26/18!!

i like turtles

WoFMB: wingsoffire.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344922

 

SAMB: spiritanimals.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344060

 

39 Clues: doublecross.scholastic.com/forums/topics/344061

oh wow I got an answer and my nickname used that's a first

 

Thanks for getting back to me, and if you could let us know if anything happens, that would be fantastic!

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vellichor, i suppose i am  

he/xe/they

 

feeling dizzy are we?  

 

wherever you decide to be, that's where you belong  

 

for real?!

 

we push ahead in the name of rebellion  

 

asheashes

we all

fall

down

 

thank you so much! i did have that problem where i word add a new letter or forget one and getting banned, but this makes it more clear.

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   -((~Lost~))-

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                  LGBT+

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            #NationalWolfPack

   Goddess of Art, Feelings and darkness

                Twin of Zane

          ITS CHRISTMAS TIME!!

Ok, I'm really glad that the mods saw the glitches. I was slightly worried that they just... went away and no mods saw it.

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~Gleam'sHolidaySiggy~

She/Her/Spiky Potato

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Flipside: Luna

 

GroupWinterAesthetic

 

"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." ~Paul Brandt

 

ForumFam: Uxii, Rune, Eliza

People were worried you left

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Elements are lightning and water!

 

 

call me Element!

 

looking for new siblings

 

 

 94% of people think wolves are evil creatures. Copy and paste to your signature if you're the 6% who think they are kind and lovable

 

#moonbli

#cleril

 

Hi Becky! I saw where you unbanned that one person's glitch (I don't remember it was a glitch) permanet ban. My ban on my first account (tideswimming30) is still there. I tried using the "contact us" page, but nothing seemed to work. Please help if you can. thank you!!

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↫↫↫↫↫ ɱιʅʅʂ ↬↬↬↬↬

 

ιт's тσσ cσℓ∂ ғσя үσυ нεяε..

 

♫•♬• иσяα'ѕ тωιиe •♬•♫

 

 crєαtσr σf tєslєw αвσvє grσund

Thank you for letting us know

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§Molten§

 

Aka Molt

 

“Your soul shall be mine”

Alrighty, thanks for the information.

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KNIGHT

KETCHUP

x

ROGUE

DARK RED

 

 

 

 

and you'll just watch

watch as i fall apart

 

 

 

 

i'm living a nightmare

i can't wake up

i can't open my eyes

 

 

 

DON't LEAVE ME

 

 

Come bacK

 

 

 

JUST WATCH ME TRY

I fell on my face when I was almost done reading this, XD

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Vegan

Clemence (Red sash)

Oof

Complete Loser

Oh so you think I'm cute when I'm angry. Well, get ready because I'm about to be GORGEOUS

Outburst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks 

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Tsunami 

 

I’m crazy and proud of it

 

 

Forum sibs:key,fallen,Shi,lily,lily-Anna,Alphawolf,Egret

 

 

Books! I am obsessed with books!

 

 

 

Wolfs are awesome 

 

I am:

 

Ravenclaw

 

Athena’s daughter 

 

Riverclan

 

Leavewing/Seawing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, thank you so much! 

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          vKEY

    

"Shadows will scream that I'm alone but I know, we've made it this far 

 

"You're facin' down a dark hall I'll grab my light and go with you"

 

Lets make pretend that you and me lived ever after happily.

I am not as fine as I seem..

I have a somewhat relevant question.

I heard once that some sites are "safe to talk about" or something - like, we can't link to them obviously, but we can still openly talk about it, like, "Oh hey there's this really funny video on YouTube it's called such-and-such." Is this how it actually works? And if it is, is there a Master List of these okay sites and what about them might not be safe to talk about (besides usernames of course)?

Thanks!

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Sanetra

 

 

We'll cherish all these simple things wherever we may be

Cuz that's Christmas to me

 

 

Reach me at /272727

 

Amigos

eurekaDarkseaBearBlackberryVertigoLectorGulfyCaleoZodiakTS

Oh, I remember when you permanently banned my other account for no reason at all! Thanks scholastic for the headaches!

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Scorch

 

 [incert mark twain quote here]

 

Ben Shapiro boiiiiiis

Thank you for posting this!

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~Emma~

#MatchingChristmas

 

Only..........................

12 Days till Christmas! 

 

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic

ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas."

                ~Peg Bracken~

Would the word idiot go through?

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Im Lily

Love Marcus!

 ☿

 

Forum Bro: Singly

Forum Sis: Fallon, Wing, 

Forum Mum: Drago

Forum Twin: Singly

 

 I will leave starting next week. It will not be a long Forum Fast.

 

Thx

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OceanFlower

 

 

Seawings

river clan

Forum twin with River!

 

 

 

 

Becky you are AWESOME!

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 HELLO

 

 

 

 ----hello----

 

ITS ME SEASHELL!

 Believe

Copy and paste the believe above if you want to stand for your beliefs!

 

hey becky, i'm guessing that the autofilter knows absolutely zip about trains, so how often do my posts get flagged? 

also, just to get it flagged, DDA40X. look it up.

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night

king of trucks, trains, diesel, derailments, and over-description

WoFRR! USE IT!

he/him

joined: 3/17/16

Fanwing

moonbli

one of the few WOFMBers who are country music fans

current mood: *DIESEL ENGINE NOISES INTENSIFY*

JOHN DEERE IS BEST TRACTOR

 

Thank you so so SO VERY MUCH :D

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ϮᎥოꂅ

He/Him/Timelord

 

This is my Forumfic sign-up thread: /339280, If you want to read it, here: /340457

 

Native to the WoFMB

 

Forum triplets with Rune and Tiger

 

God of magic and time (GGaD)

 

C H I L L

 

The truth is good even if it hurts

I am amazed by the auto filter it is so efficient

How did you make it? Do you filter stuff out or only allow words from a wordbank?

Sorry if I'm weird lol

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hello people

Wait.

I reread main post... and feel absolutely stupid right now.

oops

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hello people

Scholastic reserves the right to remove, or not display to others, any content which we feel is not right for our community. Remember, if you don't follow the guidelines above, your post may be deleted or you may be banned.

 

Did anyone notice this

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hello people

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