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June 16, 2018, 04:21:27 PM
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Ideas and propositions to help improve the forum, and reduce the amount of spams, bots, and poor quality posts coming from bounty campaign:

Related to bounty campaign:



Unrelated to bounty campaign:

 

EXTRA: And of course, we can all help by reporting spams and bots. Welsh just made a great [GUIDE] to report effectively. Thanks to him.


Please let me know what you think guys, and keep adding ideas, so we can help this forum. (Do not hesitate to edit your message to make a clear point, or just give me another link if it has already been explained somewhere else.)




I had this idea... and I would like to have a serious discussion about it, which is why it is here and not in meta !

This forum is full of bad quality posts, multi-accounts, cheaters, etc., and it makes it quite unpleasant to read. Let's be honest, it's all related to bounty campaign, and particularly signature's campaign.

Signature's campaign forces you to write at least 15 to 20 posts per week. It isn't simple to make 15 reasonably interesting posts every weeks ! And because some posts could get deleted, you might be tempted to write a couple more here and there, just in case, in those miserable 100 pages threads that no one has ever read, but where everyone keeps writing that Ethereum will/won't overtake bitcoin. I naively answered a couple of times in those stupid threads... What an idiot ! hahaha

So if no one ever read this kind of topics, it means that no one actually see the signature. Of course, it might still helps the project because your signature will be seen eventually, but no one will click on it after reading a bad quality post, or even something uninteresting.

But now, we have the merit system... So what if, instead of quantity of posts per week, we had quality of posts per week ? What if, instead of 15 posts a week, you had to get 1 merit a week ?

Just think about that for a minute.
It means, you could just write ONE post in a week to get your reward (and merits by the way). That would take you as long, maybe even less time to write it. You would bring some real contribution to this forum, instead of pollution. Now, imagine if we were all doing that... You could just divide instantly the amount of posts on the whole forum by 15 every week ! 15 !!! While increasing the quality a lot. Of course, it would also be MUCH EASIER to moderate the entire forum, which makes it a big double win.
And what about multi-account ? To me, you can write something interesting from whatever account you want. If you want to write 5 interesting posts from 5 accounts or from 1, who cares, at least you are actively contributing now. So you could basically also solve multi account issue at the same time.
Lastly, It would also make BM job easier and faster because they would just have to check your amount of merits every weeks instead of checking every posts from every participants.
(I remember one topic asking the BM to give merit because they were reading post anyway. That isn't what I mean. It's not their job. Merits should be given the way it works now. It should be merited and honestly earned, from other members.)


But what about the signature itself and ICO marketing ? Less signatures makes less audience.
No, it doesn't. Just think it through: with much less posts, people would actually READ the forum, so they would SEE the signatures. And who knows, maybe after reading something interesting from someone, you would even check his signature thinking that he looks smart, so his sig might be juicy...
Plus, I have to admit that when I see a post which has earned merits, I read it. So it is working, and it does attract attention.
And anyway, I am certain that a quality marketing will always be better than a quantity one. There is a balance to find, but polluting the whole forum, and every existing social networks doesn't really reflect good on any project.

Merit was a nice first step, let's keep moving.
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June 16, 2018, 05:13:10 PM
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I would agree to this. It does seem like a better idea to reward quality over quantity.
I don't know what sig campaigns would say about this, but I don't see any apparent drawbacks right away.

You might need a little tweaking with merit system, as it isn't very often to see posts that have merit on them, even if they are useful.
Not a lot of people seem to care and give out merit to every post that is useful. Getting a couple of merits is a rare thing where you need to be a bit impressive, not just useful.
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June 16, 2018, 05:32:44 PM
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I had this same idea few time ago and made this topic. But nobody liked the idea...

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3836012.0;topicseen


The correct board for this is meta, not serious discussion.
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June 16, 2018, 11:04:25 PM
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There was so many discussions about spam on Bitcointalk already and this thread also belongs to Meta board. Your idea sounds not bad, but I'm not sure that it would really work.
There few solutions how to solve problems mentioned by you:
Ban bounty campaigns completely on Bitcointalk. But I think that theymos wouldn't want to do that because forum would loose a lot traffic.
Punish campaign managers who aren't doing their job properly. We know that many bounty managers accept spammers, copy pasters, users with multiple accounts and people who are posting by using google translate. They aren't checking quality of posts, they are just paying for quantity. Now everyone can become bounty manager. I think that bounty managers should be approved by mods or admin. Similar like merit sources.
I noticed that campaigns which are paying in Bitcoin have less problems with spam. Managers are doing their job much better
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This forum is full of bad quality posts, multi-accounts, cheaters, etc., and it makes it quite unpleasant to read. Let's be honest, it's all related to bounty campaign, and particularly signature's campaign.
Not completely. I would argue that ICOs contribute the most to spam, and that's not because of the bounties that they offer, but any investment opportunity get's a lot of hype because people are hoping that it will be the next Bitcoin where they can be early adopters, and earn a little bit of money.

Signature's campaign forces you to write at least 15 to 20 posts per week. It isn't simple to make 15 reasonably interesting posts every weeks ! And because some posts could get deleted, you might be tempted to write a couple more here and there, just in case, in those miserable 100 pages threads that no one has ever read, but where everyone keeps writing that Ethereum will/won't overtake bitcoin. I naively answered a couple of times in those stupid threads... What an idiot ! hahaha

Signature campaign mangers need to be looking at their participates, and only accepting those that are already making that amount of posts. It only makes sense to employ someone who is already making quality posts, and to the amount specified. Yet, they don't because they are lazy, and only care about their payment at the end of the day.

Replying in one of those threads isn't that bad, and I'm sure a lot more veteran members have fallen into the trap too. As long as it's a unique reply, and is adding something new to the thread then I don't see the problem with it. I can understand why signature campaigns rule them out, and rightly so in my opinion. But, that shouldn't stop you from replying to them if you would like to point something out to someone for an example.

So if no one ever read this kind of topics, it means that no one actually see the signature. Of course, it might still helps the project because your signature will be seen eventually, but no one will click on it after reading a bad quality post, or even something uninteresting.

Although, it's probably true that more reputable, and helpful members get genuine clicks or exposure than just the average Joe. I don't think they get more exposure than the users which are posting hundreds of posts per day. At the end of the day depending on what is being advertised people will click because the advert has got their attention, and not the individuals post.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in the problem we have today in were low quality members are hired because they bring the best bang for buck. Even if it's detrimental to the forum.

But now, we have the merit system... So what if, instead of quantity of posts per week, we had quality of posts per week ? What if, instead of 15 posts a week, you had to get 1 merit a week ?
It could work. Although, a lot of people would likely argue that this isn't a guarentted payment, and therefore no one would go for it. However, let's be frank here they would as it's money at the end of the day. 1 Merit isn't going to be hard to earn every week, and I much prefer a system in which there's a on going requirement as opposed to the current system which is implemented that you need x amount over the initial ranks starting merit because all this system proves is that you've made good quality posts in the past, however you may not continue that once you've been hired on a signature campaign. Thus, an on going merit requirement is likely better.


Just think about that for a minute.
It means, you could just write ONE post in a week to get your reward (and merits by the way). That would take you as long, maybe even less time to write it. You would bring some real contribution to this forum, instead of pollution. Now, imagine if we were all doing that... You could just divide instantly the amount of posts on the whole forum by 15 every week ! 15 !!! While increasing the quality a lot. Of course, it would also be MUCH EASIER to moderate the entire forum, which makes it a big double win.
This just isn't going to work. The merit requirement would have to be in conjunction with the existing requirements of post count. There just has to be a certain number of posts made to be beneficial to the advertisers. 1 post unfortunately isn't going to get enough exposure, and wouldn't be worth while to them.

I like the idea of an ongoing merit requirement just because it actually requires you to make good posts. I don't think 1 merit is high enough of a threshold to prove effective though.


And what about multi-account ? To me, you can write something interesting from whatever account you want. If you want to write 5 interesting posts from 5 accounts or from 1, who cares, at least you are actively contributing now. So you could basically also solve multi account issue at the same time.
The multi account rule is more than likely about morals rather than anything else. Enrolling alt accounts when it's specifically not allowed is just greedy. Signature campaigns can pay well, and I would imagine that there's several users exploiting this with multiple accounts. I wouldn't be surprised if a certain few signature/bounty managers are aware of it.


But what about the signature itself and ICO marketing ? Less signatures makes less audience.
No, it doesn't. Just think it through: with much less posts, people would actually READ the forum, so they would SEE the signatures. And who knows, maybe after reading something interesting from someone, you would even check his signature thinking that he looks smart, so his sig might be juicy...
Plus, I have to admit that when I see a post which has earned merits, I read it. So it is working, and it does attract attention.
And anyway, I am certain that a quality marketing will always be better than a quantity one. There is a balance to find, but polluting the whole forum, and every existing social networks doesn't really reflect good on any project.
I think if theymos were to implement a feature where you could filter all replies on a thread by merit, and perhaps only show those that had been merited this might work. But, unfortunately more does mean more money. It's the way our brains work we are pattern recognizing machines, and if we continually see an advert then we will likely either be intrigued by it, remember it when your looking for that specific service or automatically ignore it.

Also, people still read the forum, and every reply in each thread.

I noticed that campaigns which are paying in Bitcoin have less problems with spam. Managers are doing their job much better
The fact is that Bitcoin is actually worth something, but a lot of the ICO payments are made in stakes which the majority of the time result in you being paid pennies.

The correct board for this is meta, not serious discussion.
No this can be the correct section. The OP is looking to discuss the matter, and isn't looking for an input of staff members, but a discussion from the community. It can be in Serious Discussion.

Getting a couple of merits is a rare thing where you need to be a bit impressive, not just useful.
I don't think so. A post doesn't have to be useful in order to receive merit. It doesn't even have to be that impressive either. Maybe I have lower standards than some of the merit sources, and yourself. But, any post which took time, effort, and was thought out is good enough for me to send it merit. It doesn't even have to be 100% right as long as it's on the right tracks. Even if someone is asking a question if it sparks off a thoughtful discussion then I might even send merit to them for that.
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You might need a little tweaking with merit system, as it isn't very often to see posts that have merit on them, even if they are useful.
Not a lot of people seem to care and give out merit to every post that is useful. Getting a couple of merits is a rare thing where you need to be a bit impressive, not just useful.
System isn't perfect yet, it's still pretty new. I saw bounty thread rewarded with like 50 merits. I see people trying maybe too hard to get some, and it doesn't feel like you wanna reward them. I believe that's wrong because someone who tries has as much merit as a legendary who gives a free advice because he has been in crypto for years. I see many legendary with a lot of merits. Of course their posts are above average, but they don't really need it. Maybe merit sources could lower a bit their requirement... Maybe not. Overall, I think it is working quite well, and it wouldn't take much to be an efficient system.
Anyway, I didn't want to mention that, as my point was about contributing a little to improve the forum, and not about complaining  Cheesy



I had this same idea few time ago and made this topic. But nobody liked the idea...
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3836012.0;topicseen

The correct board for this is meta, not serious discussion.
Sorry about that. I followed a few topics about merits at the beginning, but there are just too many of them ! I did mentioned it a couple of times, but was too lazy to open a thread about it. You had some interesting contributions already. Maybe it's not necessary to have 2 threads about it.

To me a discussion implies being able to answer each other. But when you get too many answers, with people just giving their opinion one after another without even reading what has already been said, it's hard to keep focus. That's why I chose to post here, where there are less poster. 



Why not ban all the signature campaigns? No trash, no shitposter, no merit abusing... Everything will be back to the way it was.
I think it's not an option. Too much traffic and money depends on it. Improvement is the only solution.



Punish campaign managers who aren't doing their job properly. We know that many bounty managers accept spammers, copy pasters, users with multiple accounts and people who are posting by using google translate. They aren't checking quality of posts, they are just paying for quantity. Now everyone can become bounty manager. I think that bounty managers should be approved by mods or admin. Similar like merit sources.
I noticed that campaigns which are paying in Bitcoin have less problems with spam. Managers are doing their job much better
I like your idea about approved BM, but it raises other problems as well. How to become BM at first ? You need to prove yourself to get approved. It's the egg and chicken problem: who came first? And how would they be approved ?
Punish bad BM could help, but it's hard to define the line between: bad / acceptable / didn't know but will improve next time / didn't know but don't care, etc. I think "encourage the good" is a better way than "punishing the bad", even if you always need some kind of both.



Replying in one of those threads isn't that bad, and I'm sure a lot more veteran members have fallen into the trap too. As long as it's a unique reply, and is adding something new to the thread then I don't see the problem with it. I can understand why signature campaigns rule them out, and rightly so in my opinion. But, that shouldn't stop you from replying to them if you would like to point something out to someone for an example.
Of course there is nothing wrong replying those threads, but when you realize people just read the title, click "reply" at the bottom of the page, and write the strict minimum they need for their post to count, it feels like a waste of time.
I truly think is it quite hard to write 15 valuable posts per week. It takes lot's of time, and you must have something to say. I don't think it is compatible with quality post.


Although, it's probably true that more reputable, and helpful members get genuine clicks or exposure than just the average Joe. I don't think they get more exposure than the users which are posting hundreds of posts per day. At the end of the day depending on what is being advertised people will click because the advert has got their attention, and not the individuals post.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in the problem we have today in were low quality members are hired because they bring the best bang for buck. Even if it's detrimental to the forum.
I agree with that, when you see something often enough, it will get inside your brain one way or another. But this is the point, much less posts doesn't mean that you don't see the signatures anymore. You would still see as many signatures as before, just less diluted.
 

This just isn't going to work. The merit requirement would have to be in conjunction with the existing requirements of post count. There just has to be a certain number of posts made to be beneficial to the advertisers. 1 post unfortunately isn't going to get enough exposure, and wouldn't be worth while to them.

I like the idea of an ongoing merit requirement just because it actually requires you to make good posts. I don't think 1 merit is high enough of a threshold to prove effective though.
1 merit was just an example, it could be more. I think the important is to make sure it stays accessible to everyone. New members just can't make interesting contribution everyday. Plus it doesn't mean you have to stop posting after getting your merit(s). Those who still have things to say would keep posting while those who don't wouldn't be forced to post useless message.
It's obvious that it would reduce project exposure a bit, but what I'm trying to figure out is: how much exposure would really be lost ? Would it really be that detrimental to ICO project in the end? I doubt that.


The multi account rule is more than likely about morals rather than anything else. Enrolling alt accounts when it's specifically not allowed is just greedy. Signature campaigns can pay well, and I would imagine that there's several users exploiting this with multiple accounts. I wouldn't be surprised if a certain few signature/bounty managers are aware of it. 
When money is involved, moral is forgotten. But they would write interesting stuff anyway, so at least it wouldn't bother anyone !

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Quality over quantity is a good idea, but as someone already said - merits are not indicators of post quality. It would work if the forum had a special built-in machine learning based mechanism that automatically rewards users for quality posts, but with people in the system it wouldn't work as expected.
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I like your idea about approved BM, but it raises other problems as well. How to become BM at first ? You need to prove yourself to get approved. It's the egg and chicken problem: who came first? And how would they be approved ?
Punish bad BM could help, but it's hard to define the line between: bad / acceptable / didn't know but will improve next time / didn't know but don't care, etc. I think "encourage the good" is a better way than "punishing the bad", even if you always need some kind of both.
We don't have to invite bike in this case. We already have list of "anti spam" campaign managers
 Overview of Bitcointalk Signature Anti-Spam Campaign Managers - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4412712.0
Offcourse, this list is based on subjective personal opinion, but I think that all users listed there could be approved bounty manager.
How new user can become bounty manager? Well, that's more difficult question. Maybe he would need to report a lot of posts with good accuracy, catch alt accounts, copy pasters and similar abusers and then he would have to apply to become bounty manager.
Before punishing bounty manager maybe mods would have to give him 1 or 2 warnings. If warnings doesn't help, then bounty manager would get some kind of punishment.
Trust me, removing signature features or enable "Don't show users' signatures" option by default are fastest option to fix spam problem.
Can you tell, how "Don't show users' signatures can help to solve spam problem? Ok, then you wont see signatures, but you still will see shitposts made by these spammers.
You can put spammers on your ignore list manually, but it's not very convenient solution.
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I'm fairly new here and I fully agree with everything that's been said. The whole board is just full of spam, and with signature bounties and the merit system, people are just posting for the sake of posting and hoping someone will find their post helpful. There's just an abundance of unnecessary posts, or posts which repeat the same thing.

The merit system I understand, however I think it could've been better. It still in a way forces you to post your thoughts, even if it's just the same thing that someone else has just said, in hopes that someone gives them merit. Then you go to the newbie board and instead of posts asking and helping about learning crypto, it's just full of posts about how to gain merit.

When I first started here I was members of other crypto boards, I still am. This board just really doesn't seem like the place to go to actually learn about crypto, since you really don't need to make a post to learn about something. For you to learn, you need a high concentration of quality, helpful posts, and unfortunately you just can't find that here.

In forums with no incentives for posting, people post because they're genuinely interested in the subject and they're trying to help. The majority of posts end up being helpful, or at least interesting or funny. Here, people need to keep their posts up, they need merit, so they try to pump out as many posts as possible. This results in posts being bland, not interesting, and just a repeat of information easily found with 1 minute of searching. It just feels like everyone is here to make a buck, and the post quality seen throughout the site suffers because of it.

The merit system is interesting, but I feel like it shouldn't be a "one guy sends you merit" kind of thing. In other forums they have a thumbs up/down system where the community decides whether the post is helpful or not. Unfortunately this system is also able to be abused, since it causes people to have a 'hive mind' so they don't say something that goes against the view of the community, getting their posts poorly ranked, but it also helps push up the more quality posts to the top of the thread, so that when you scroll down you first see the higher quality posts. This merit system, where it's up to one guy to decide whether a post is helpful or not, doesn't really do it for me. The merited posts still get lost under the sea of low quality posts, and a lot of posts that receive merit really don't deserve it.

I think the merit system should be changed to a more community-voted system. Where a post needs thumbs up from a certain amount of people to receive merit, and constant thumbs down can make you lose it.
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But now, we have the merit system... So what if, instead of quantity of posts per week, we had quality of posts per week ? What if, instead of 15 posts a week, you had to get 1 merit a week ?


The thing is, you never know if your comment is going to be merited or not.

Many times you make a very simple comment and someone for some reason likes it, and you get a merit, or even more.
In other situations you make a big research and put a lot of effort in a post, many people like and agree with you, but you don't get any merit.

If people are forced to get 1 merit per week to be paid, this will generate a lot of stress and people would be posting to get merits. Soon they would be begging for it.
getting merit does not depends solely on your efforts, you can't login and say "I will get one merit today".

I think merit requirement for joining campaigns is better.
This is why I gave up this idea...


I think the merit system should be changed to a more community-voted system. Where a post needs thumbs up from a certain amount of people to receive merit, and constant thumbs down can make you lose it.

You cannot have a voting system or a democracy when any spammer can make an army of accounts controlled by bots to vote.
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The whole board is just full of spam, and with signature bounties and the merit system, people are just posting for the sake of posting and hoping someone will find their post helpful.
No, not the whole board. Technical Discussion, Serious Discussion, Ivory Tower and Mining are really good with decent discussions. Unless those spammers post in Altcoin Discussion none of them find them useful and merit it. There is literally a lot of merit trading in Altcoin Discussion and we can never report them due to the huge spams generated there. Even good technical questions get buried in Altcoin Discussion within seconds of posting.

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Then you go to the newbie board and instead of posts asking and helping about learning crypto, it's just full of posts about how to gain merit.
Not only Beginners board, Meta is even too crowded nowadays and there is atleast a post on Merit for a day. Spammers just forget the whole idea of Meta. Meta is a place for us to discuss forum issues and not to beg for merits. They create a shit topic and wait for merits but they are slammed for their posts.

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I think the merit system should be changed to a more community-voted system. Where a post needs thumbs up from a certain amount of people to receive merit, and constant thumbs down can make you lose it.
If merit is changed to voted system, alt account holders will vote for their accounts and would receive merits easily. If a person is against someone, how good the post is, he would give a thumbs down. Hence, Voting would not work in longer time.

Merit is not a like or thumbs up we give out in other websites. It is just limited in number and will become scarce in upcoming years. Hence Merit Sources and members who received merit would be the only one to give out merits for the quality posts.

Merit is pretty new which cannot be judged now. Everything needs time to be completely implemented and work as intended. Some possibilities which would eventually occur:

*Spammers will force themselves to post high quality posts in order to receive merits.
*Spammers might leave the forum if they feel like they are not getting ranked up for long time. On the contrary, frustrations of not getting ranked up will force them to create multi-accounts and participate in campaigns as Jr.Members which will give them the rates of Legendary Ranks.

P.S : We can save the forum, if every one of us report spam posts, plagiarism posts, alt accounts and try to act like a MOD.
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*Spammers might leave the forum if they feel like they are not getting ranked up for long time. On the contrary, frustrations of not getting ranked up will force them to create multi-accounts and participate in campaigns as Jr.Members which will give them the rates of Legendary Ranks.

P.S : We can save the forum, if every one of us report spam posts, plagiarism posts, alt accounts and try to act like a MOD.

Many campaigns only allow Members. I am in favour of requiring 1 or 2 merit to be Jr. In 30 posts, you must have been able to post something interesting!
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Thanks for all your contributions.

I think I will keep a list with all interesting and viable propositions that has been made. The goal was to help improving this forum, so this way, we would have some concrete proposals, and Theymos would just have to pick what he thinks might be helpful, or what he wants to implement.

Related to bounty campaign:

  • Quality post requirement based on merit instead of quantity post based on numbers of post.
  • Reward good bounty managers and/or Punish bad ones.
  • Merit requirement to join bounty campaign - in addition to/instead of - rank requirement.


Unrelated to bounty campaign:

  • 1 or 2 merits required to become Jr. Member.
  • Show the merited posts at the top of the thread to get them more exposure.


I didn't speak about the voting system because I don't think it could replace the merit system. But maybe in addition ? 

Please let me know what you think guys, and keep adding ideas, so we can help this forum.



If people are forced to get 1 merit per week to be paid, this will generate a lot of stress and people would be posting to get merits. Soon they would be begging for it.
getting merit does not depends solely on your efforts, you can't login and say "I will get one merit today".

I think merit requirement for joining campaigns is better.
This is why I gave up this idea...
I'm not sure people would be more stressed to get a couple of merits per week, instead of having to post a whole bunch of post through the week. I mean, the only way to write 15 to 20 posts easily every week, is to write 15 useless one sentence posts. And if you get stressed because of bounty campaign anyway, well, maybe it time to move on to something else !

But I really like your idea to add a merit requirement to join campaign. That would leave aside every bots and multi-accounts.



Not only Beginners board, Meta is even too crowded nowadays and there is atleast a post on Merit for a day. Spammers just forget the whole idea of Meta. Meta is a place for us to discuss forum issues and not to beg for merits. They create a shit topic and wait for merits but they are slammed for their posts.
That's exactly why I opened this thread here, to have fewer but better replies.

P.S : We can save the forum, if every one of us report spam posts, plagiarism posts, alt accounts and try to act like a MOD.
I agree with that, but again, much less posts would make it much much easier.

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June 20, 2018, 06:55:54 AM
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It would surely reduce the number of spammers because they have to "think" of what to say. I think what would happen is that a lot of quality posters would be more seen because of the less spam.

For the signature campaigns, it still should be post count because you are advertising it, whatever campaign you agree to. Probably small steps to improve it has already been implemented, the merit system.
I don't think the punishment would be necessary because they can't really do anything when they don't get posts and not getting merit because it would result in no payment (if it's based on the merit)

Show the merited posts at the top of the thread to get them more exposure.
I think it would be hard considering that it will be the only first seen. I don't think the readers won't understand what the sequence of the discussion with this. Getting more exposure would result in more merits. I think spreading merits would be better.

P.S : We can save the forum, if every one of us report spam posts, plagiarism posts, alt accounts and try to act like a MOD.
I agree with that, but again, much less posts would make it much much easier.
Preach this! More reports, less spamming.

I have thought of limiting the registrations here in this forum, can that be done without sacrificing what Bitcointalk should be? There are a lot of newbies that just post one-liners just to make their ANN updated or go to the top.

They also have the hard time to get merits because of the possible posting quality that they have. If you think about it, you can get merit relatively fast. It should just relate to the topic and not just keep on repeating what a lot of people have already said.
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June 20, 2018, 12:15:01 PM
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I think something could be done with the way signature campaigns are handled.
In most of them, you can only post a certain number of times in local boards.
That forces non-English speakers to go elsewhere and unfortunately post unreadable or useless stuff in order to reach their weekly minimum.
If they could make all their posts in local boards, that wouldn't happen and we wouldn't have to read them.

And it wouldn't be such a bad thing for projects. As an example, in the French section most people chose a signature that doesn't require them to post elsewhere. As a consequence, everybody has the same signature and many other projects stay unknown to the community.

If BMs could change the way they do things, I believe it could benefit the projects (more exposure) and the forum as well.
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June 20, 2018, 03:48:31 PM
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I don't think bounty threads should receive any merit, In fact it is better to divorce merit from bounty promotions. Of course if a bounty poster makes a good post, then he should receive merit, but not if it is about bounties or other spammers topics.
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June 20, 2018, 06:35:47 PM
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Quality over quantity, for sure! There are so many junk posts that offer absolutely nothing to the conversation. When should I sell my crypto? or do you think the market will recover? do nothing but clutter the forum.

There will be people who are new to the crypto world who will ask questions that elementary. Perhaps they should be segregated to a separate forum thread. Judging by the number of posts on these profiles, many are purely spammy posts.
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Quality over quantity, for sure! There are so many junk posts that offer absolutely nothing to the conversation. When should I sell my crypto? or do you think the market will recover? do nothing but clutter the forum.

There will be people who are new to the crypto world who will ask questions that elementary. Perhaps they should be segregated to a separate forum thread. Judging by the number of posts on these profiles, many are purely spammy posts.

These questions are specifically for the Beginners, and help section. If they are "elementary" questions then that's where they belong. So something like "what is mining" gets asked semi frequently, and would belong in Beginners, and help.
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June 21, 2018, 01:31:09 AM
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I don't think bounty threads should receive any merit, In fact it is better to divorce merit from bounty promotions. Of course if a bounty poster makes a good post, then he should receive merit, but not if it is about bounties or other spammers topics.
Like the main threads just about a bounty? I have searched the bounty threads and had a hard time to see what threads where there are merits. I don't know why they have to give that. Anyways, it's not going to be easy to clean posts that exponentially increases (spam and exaggeration)
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June 21, 2018, 01:47:22 AM
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you could just write ONE post in a week to get your reward (and merits by the way). That would take you as long, maybe even less time to write it.
I can't clearly understand the red part, correct me if I'm wrong; If a bounty participant is a signature wearer, all he have to do is make a constructive post in a week and he will automatically get one merit? If this is will be implemented, I won't be complaining because all I wanted to be is someone who could wear an avatar, being a full member will be enough for me.

But if we have to get one merit from a random user, there would likely be 2 options for a bounty participant:
1. Keep on posting.
2. Stop joining signature campaigns. - this will likely be my option, I will only stick to social media campaigns.

If merit is an additional requirement to rank up, why not add something more. If there will be an option like this - "Show the merited posts at the top of the thread to get them more exposure", there should also be an easy way to see a topic created that gained so much merit.

Here is the last post that i made before I locked my thread, I can't write it all here cause it might be considered as double posting. - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4480810.msg40555278#msg40555278
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