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jafar
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January 23, 2023 - 4:45 pm

From @Rooney PM, he thinks we may be missing out on some community:

There's lots of lost reach here on the forums judging by how many people register for usernames and never post. I think the new users can't post because they click the auto sum instead of entering the actual mathematical answer itself. So test the auto sum feature instead of directing it yourself and let me know what happened.

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Rooney
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January 9, 2024 - 1:35 pm

Update: That previous issue looks like it's been resolved by the removal of the ill auto-sum.

Thanks Jafar.

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jafar
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February 13, 2024 - 8:15 pm

I'm slow to recognize this.   I think this got resolved by webmaster and/or the underlying Simplepress upgrade.

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John S
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February 14, 2024 - 9:41 pm

Sorry,

I probably should have helped too.  I'm not nearly as good at using computers as I am at growing food.

JOhn

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Larry_G
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February 16, 2024 - 11:30 am

I came upon a list of recently registered usernames on the forum a couple of weeks ago, and most of them

were AI or spammers that had entered one post and were then deleted by moderator(s).

I am wondering if these appear to be "lost reach" registrants, as the offending usernames had not been removed from the list.

4+8=12 for this post.

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jafar
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March 19, 2024 - 8:34 am

I think you are right Larry.  I've become cynical about new posters.  We've been interacting with generative AI a lot more at work and it makes me fear for the future of information sharing 🙁

I've noticed here that some of the spammy new posters have taken to generating posts that incorporate information from a previous post.  That makes it harder to single them out.

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John S
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March 19, 2024 - 11:48 am

They are definitely keeping us busy, and you all are definitely helping.

John S
PDX OR

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Rooney
Vancouver SW Washington
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March 28, 2024 - 10:36 am

Who devoted and mastered the 'unanswered topics' section at the top should make some additional changes for us. For example if we deem it important to escape new bots or potentially troublesome 'off-topic posters' (another after midnight), then another tag at the top should be created as 'screening box for new posters' as sort of a screening box where new applicants can apply to us before we agree they have something useful to us as a forum of 'fruit tree favoring like people'.

'unanswered topics'  (created several years ago my moderators as a better way to help answer questions)

'screening box for new posters'   (for a resume IE. 'where are you on other forums or what do you like')

This screening should be enough to 'scare' the bots away for a couple more years.

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