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Topic: What to do about members who consistantly give wrong advice? (Read 3 times) previous topic - next topic

Grumpy_Mike

The title says it all. There are some members who consistently give wrong or bad advice.
Of course this is shouted down by the more knowledgeable members and they normally go away. However, I know that new comers do not like this and what ever is said the bad stuff dilutes the perceived quality of the good stuff.

But there is one member a the moment with over 900 posts in less than two month and that makes him most prolific. He is persistent in giving bad advice that I think is designed to confuse a beginner. Often there is a miss directed grain of truth in what he says, other times it is totally wrong. I get the impression he like to be controversial and presents himself as being greatly experienced, but he never defends his bad advice.

So as a community what should we do, if anything, about him?

On one hand is the freedom of speech aspect, on the other he is misleading a lot of beginners and diluting the quality of this excellent forum.

What do other think about this?

Graynomad

Hmmm that's a tough one and I don't have an answer.

Maybe a "three strikes" policy. But who decides, and what constitutes a "strike"?

My wife is a moderator on another forum, she keeps a log of bad behaviour which has yet to be put to use. It's a lot of extra work I would think but she's an "admin" type and doesn't mind.

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Rob
Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

retrolefty

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Nov 12, 2012, 06:51 pm Last Edit: Nov 12, 2012, 06:58 pm by retrolefty Reason: 1

The title says it all. There are some members who consistently give wrong or bad advice.
Of course this is shouted down by the more knowledgeable members and they normally go away. However, I know that new comers do not like this and what ever is said the bad stuff dilutes the perceived quality of the good stuff.

But there is one member a the moment with over 900 posts in less than two month and that makes him most prolific. He is persistent in giving bad advice that I think is designed to confuse a beginner. Often there is a miss directed grain of truth in what he says, other times it is totally wrong. I get the impression he like to be controversial and presents himself as being greatly experienced, but he never defends his bad advice.

So as a community what should we do, if anything, about him?

On one hand is the freedom of speech aspect, on the other he is misleading a lot of beginners and diluting the quality of this excellent forum.

What do other think about this?


Not an easy situation to try and improve on. Just banning a member doesn't prevent one from just rejoining under a new ID, plus I am a pretty strong believer and defender of 'freedom of speech'. So I guess personally I'll just continue to respond to those posts that I feel are particular misleading or outright incorrect. This specific member doesn't seem to be the classic 'troll' like poster in that as you say she/he doesn't tend to respond to questions or any attempt to justify or defend his/her assertions, or the few times he/she does respond again it's never quite clear who or what comment he or she is responding to. Maybe it's just a drinking problem?  ;)

Other's thoughts?

Lefty

robtillaart


First thing that came in my mind was that I have given some incorrect answers or code with errors too, which were corrected by others.
Most of the time I adjusted my answers / code with an apology or I let the code as is and posted new improved (with better errors:) to show how progress is made.
In short I act upon corrections.

Think if someone does not react on corrections I would start sending PM to the account to discuss the situation and to help him/her to improve his/her answers.

If I would get a PM for every wrong answer I would think twice before I posted something I was not sure of. But if it would help for him/her?
Rob Tillaart

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(Please do not PM for private consultancy)

John_S

I browse another forum (aviation related), and there's a similar member there as well. His posts are filled with garble and mixed up facts and ideas. Nobody takes him seriously though, and his babble is great for the entertainment factor.

On here though, it's more difficult for a new member to sort out the truth from the "sort of" truth, especially when their knowledge of the subject in question is non-existent. An idea might be to encourage members to post links/diagrams when they want to give advice, and encourage new members to back up the answers they get here with other sources.

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