Flagging Boards and Classifieds Posts

Boards and Classifieds have grown like crazy, to the point where they are getting harder for us to moderate. A few of you suggested we add a Craigslist style “flag” link to help control spam… So BIL Bee went ahead and did just that!

Now, when you click our new “flag” link under any Boards post or comment, a little box pops up and you can type in the reason you think the post should be taken down.

We’ll get an email and check it out as soon as we get the chance.

Please note that you’ll only see the flag link if you’re signed into your Weddingbee account. Also, we won’t be able to reply to every flag report, but we promise to look at every one!

The main things we’re looking for are:

  • People posting things for sale on our Boards. Vendor or bride, this is always a no no. Please post things for sale to our Classifieds section.
  • People posting random things in the Beehive board. These should be posted to the separate Non Wedding Related board.
  • Vendors selling things in Classifieds outside of the Vendor category. Vendors can give away things in the Free Offers category (giving away “free shipping” doesn’t count!). But it’s not cool for Vendors to sell things in the For Sale category. That’s what the Vendor category is for.

If you guys could help us police the Boards and Classifieds communities, we’d greatly appreciate it! :-)

BLOGGER

Mr. Bee

Location:
New York City, New York
Wedding Date:
March 5, 2005
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  1. Member
    Mrs. Flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    again bil bee has done it! :) I think this is a great add-on.
    Cuz honestly there are soooo many postings on the boards, you would need someone full time to read them all.

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    July2008Bride 241 posts, Helper bee @ 12:42 pm

    I think this is great! I’ve noticed that all of a sudden vendors have started posting “ads” to the boards and try to pull it off by making it look like a hive member is posting. Like I’ve said before “Naughty, naughty” Especially when I know that *I* for one try to give my business first to a fellow bee.

    Yay to BIL Bee for the update. ;)

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    Ms. Dahlia 413 posts, Helper bee @ 12:47 pm

    That’s a great idea, bilbee!

  4. Member
    amysue 1492 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:49 pm

    Agreed, July2008 – totally annoying. “Hey, here’s some advice…and my website!”

    Great additions to the boards, guys. Well done.

  5. Member
    Mr. Bee 4409 posts, Honey bee @ 12:58 pm

    Hey guys, a quick clarification: we do currently allow vendors to comment on Boards posts, as long as they are not selling their wares. If it starts to become a problem, we can warn the commenter or revisit the policy.

    We’ll keep an eye out for reports of this sort of vendor comment – thanks!

  6. Guest
    Miss Mandy, Guest @ 1:01 pm

    Great! This will help a lot. Thanks, Mr. Bee!

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    July2008Bride 241 posts, Helper bee @ 1:09 pm

    Hey Mr. Bee… this is the specific post I was referring to:

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/worried-your-flower-girls-will-grow-out-of-their-dresses

    I’m assuming that type of post (which in my opinion isn’t a post at all. Doesn’t even offer advice… is just REALLY an Ad) isn’t allowed on the boards.

    It really irritated me on that particular day because yea, it’s a concern that my FI’s adorable little niece who’s 4 is going to hit a growth spurt in the next 4 months. So it was a good “hook” so to speak by the vendor.

    Not that it really matters, but I solved our issue by just buying a larger dress. You can always alter down but never up ;)

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    July2008Bride 241 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    ps… I have no problem with vendors I see posting on a legitimate bee’s problem. For example someone posted about their pictures and a vendor posted ” I’m a photographer and you might try this, that or the other because I’ve found that’s helpful.” and offered legitimate advice and then posted their website. That’s TOTALLY different in my opinion. (and super duper nice of the vendor!)

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    Mr. Bee 4409 posts, Honey bee @ 1:16 pm

    Ah thanks for that link. That’s definitely a vendor ad that should go in the Vendors section Classifieds. I deleted the post from the boards.

  10. Guest
    Maple, Guest @ 1:23 pm

    I’ve noticed a lot lately that a vendor will offer some great advice, but include their website at the bottom of a post.

    For example – posts asking questions about photography. A photographer will answer, but then include his/her website at the bottom of the post – which isn’t related to the specific photographer at all.

    To me, this seems like spam, but I’m not sure ?

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    Good stuff, Mr. Bee. Me rove you rong time.

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    Mr. Bee 4409 posts, Honey bee @ 1:58 pm

    @maple – That’s a good point. I personally think they are probably doing themselves a disservice by being so heavy handed with the self promotion. But at the same time, I think vendors can offer a valuable perspective… and as long as they’re not pitching their services directly, we can benefit from their extensive knowledge on the topic?

    That said, it’s an interesting situation. If you have any links to comments you feel crossed the lines, please email them to Mrs. Bee! She may post about this and ask for people’s opinions on how we should handle it. Thanks again!

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    babagrlshell 426 posts, Helper bee @ 12:42 am

    THANKS Mr Bee!!!

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