False IMDB warning on "The Sopranos" message board

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I received a warning notice today. (Friday October 25th, 2013) I feel that other posters on the Sopranos board have received this same warning. See Below :

Please remember to ensure all your postings are made in compliance with our terms and conditions. Please pay particular attention to the rules in section #2 and the punishments in section #3. In the event of a violation, IMDb may remove your entire posting history, not only the messages which are specifically in violation and your account may be permanently blocked from posting.

my account, as it does not apply.

I request that IMDB administrative staff look at "The Sopranos" message board for other warnings.

My feeling is that one disgruntled poster using many different accounts is the person behind the sudden flood of imdb warnings. Please assist me.

I respectfully request that you remove this warning from
Thank You,

HudsonDuster,
Member in good standing.
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Yeah it is a problem, and I've suggested a few fixes, which supply some background:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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FYI, the warning is automated. It appears when someone has reported one of your message board posts and remains there until the report has been dealt with by either the automated system or by review by a staff member. Staff would be likely to just let that happen, since it won't be there for long, rather than take the time to go look for your account (to which you didn't include a link, so they'd be guessing which account is you) and manually remove it.

Since they don't reveal much, I am guessing but, I think that it's there means it's in queue for review by staff. So, if your post is on topic, nothing particularly offensive and within the Terms and Conditions of use, you shouldn't worry.

Further, a warning is simply that. It is no implication you've done anything wrong. If you see a road sign warning that you should proceed with caution, it doesn't imply you've been driving wrecklessly. Do you complain they should remove the sign?
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Tuesday December 17th, 2013
As of today I received yet another false "terms and conditions" warning. Please remove this baseless accusation. Focus on posters who come on with more than one screen name, who report comments and ban them.
Thank You,
HudsonDuster  (Still a member in good standing)
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There is no such thing as a "false warning." A warning is a warning (not an accusstion). It will appear when someone reports you and stay until it's been fully processed (did you read above?). There is no reason for anyone to remove it as it's automatic and will remove itself.
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1. There is no such thing as a "false warning."
I disagree. I respectfully request that you remove the warning,

2.  A warning is a warning (not an accusation).
So what specific terms and conditions am I being warned about ?

3.  It will appear when someone reports you... 
Who reported me ? I ask because, if you cover for a poster who uses multiple screen names then you make everyone on the IMDB a suspect.

4. ...And stay until it's been fully processed. (did you read above?).
I suggest that you take action and remove the warning from my account. After all, you were swift to respond to my complaint, so it should not be much of a problem/challenge to you. 

5.  There is no reason for anyone to remove it as, it's automatic and will remove itself...
I though you just stated that the warning stays until it is "fully processed." You are biting on your own rules.

6. So, does this warning exist merely to cover you regarding  the possibility of lawsuits ?

7. I'll make it easy for you. I hope you read it.
A. one poster uses multiple screen names.
B. then the multiple hatched dummy accounts report another.
C. the reason for the person reporting ? The one that can get you into trouble.
D. So, do you err to be on the safe side ? If so, don't fret. You're safe.

I request that the warning be removed from my account.

HudsonDuster,
IMDB member since about 7 years ago.  And in good standing. 
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Nothing you said makes any sense.

Are you under the impression I am staff? I am not.  It seems to me that you should probably avoid the message boards.

1.  A warning warns you that action can have consequence.  It can't be "false" unless you're implying something it says is wrong, like there are not are no rules nor punishments in sections 2 and 3. 

2. You're not being warned about a specific rule.  But, the rules in general (as all users are). They don't know which, if any, rules you've broken as no one has processed the report yet.  It's warning, not feedback regarding your post, which no staff has seen yet.

3. It's none of your business who reported you.  And, staff will never tell you.

4. I can't take action to remove the warning because I have no more authority or access to the system than you do.  It's automated to appear upon a report and will be removed when the report has been processed.  There is no reason to ever manually remove it.

5. Gibberish that makes no sense..I don't know how to reply.  Yes, it's automated and it appeared before the system processed the report and will disappear after it's done processing.  I am not biting on anything and the rules are not mine.

6.  There is no possibility of lawsuits regarding this.  If you were being abusive, it's a warning to stop.  How could that possibly affect any lawsuits.  Further you have no rights to posting...it's private property.  They could block you just for being annoying, as in this thread, if they want to.  You could sue, but you'd just be out a bunch of legal fees (if anyone would even take your business...they more likely laugh their butts off when they hear what you're wanting to sue over). The boards are private property with Terms and Conditions.  If you can't handle using them, stick to the core features of the site and go chat somewhere else (as the Help area recommends).

7. More ridiculous gibberish...
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From

 "...bluesmanSF, "Champion"

Are you under the impression I am staff ? I am not..."  

"Champions" -
Respected and trusted members of the community appointed by the company to help provide expert advice to customers.

So you appropriated the "Champion" monicker ? Or is it made up ? 
You're NOT staff/admin and you reply to all of these posts ?!?!


Yours Truly With Iron Laughter,Hudsonduster
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Champion does not indicate employee.  Employees names say "employee" (of all things), or "official rep" instead of "champion."  Champions or those with no description are all users.

Employees present on this board are: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/details

Champions are : https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/details/champions


As you noted:

"Champions"Respected and trusted members of the community appointed by the company to help provide expert advice to customers.
I as your own post states, am a member, not an employee.  As your own post states, I was appointed champion.  I didn't ask for it.  It was done without me even knowing there was such a thing.  I've appropriated nothing.

You seem to just be trolling.  I'd say that the report of abuse about you was most likely for good cause and that the warning is more than justified.  It was, at first, a mystery...now, not so much...

Just a warning...site Terms and Conditions apply here as well.  You should pay attention to them.

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Hi Bluesman,
I've been a member since 1994-5 and have been in good standing the whole time. I've never changed names and follow guidelines. I now have this warning, out of the blue. I've read all your responses on this topic, and do understand the system.

I think it should be suggested to the higher ups that if indeed we've been reported for god knows which disagreeable comment, we should be directed to that comment so that we know what we are being warned about, that would be a minimal courtesy... specially since this warning is an automated process and would therefore require little additional coding.
I used to spent a lot of time on IMDB boards because conversations used to be good. I spend less and less time on IMDB, because of people not understanding what civilised criticism is. Civilised debate is not just some forum rule for me, it is a personal ethic.
In those nearly 30 years on IMDB boards, I've only reported a couple dozen posts. They have to be pretty hateful for me to report something, like "suicide suggestions" of flat out racists/sexist stuff.
I've never been reported in those 30 years... and suddenly I have a warning... I suspect someone is just trying to cause needless trouble and bring about full on censorship.

How long will I see this warning for ?
Will I ever be told which is the concerning message ?

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