How to get a profile unblocked?
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Earlier today there was (as far as I know) a single self-promotion post from a new author that got flagged quickly. I'm not sure if there were one or two posts in the thread, so it may be lingering.
He's concerned because he feels that he is now blacklisted on the site, and that his original post is still available out there so people will see his name and deliberately avoid him.
Is there anything that can be done about getting him back to a status where he can post? I honestly don't think he'll want to post at all after this (he actually sounds distressed), and I feel certain he won't abuse the rules after this. I'm also concerned because I didn't think it was supposed to work quite like this -- one or two (before being notified) unaware self-promotion posts aren't a reason to be banned.
Is there someone I should notify?
Member is here: http://www.librarything.com/profile/paulroy
Perhaps anyone who did flag the profile will see your message and go back and unflag. Other than that perhaps a message to someone in charge?
Yes, my thoughts too (on teachable moments).
Seems weird to me, though, that the person's profile does not show us that it's blocked, but he says he cannot post. Does anyone know what numbers of profile flags trigger these various stages? Were people aware there might be an intermediate stage?
He may also be stating "can't" when what he means is "my topics are flagged until gone, bummer" but that's just a suspicion.
Part of the problem is that if there are two (or more) spam posts in quick succession before anyone has posted a message on their profile, it probably looks to some people like they're ignoring the rules on purpose, when usually it's that they aren't aware of them. LT is (I think?) unusual in its restrictiveness, for which I am grateful.
Ah well, I think it's as fixed now as it's going to be, although I'm make a note to remember that lorannen would probably be the best person to contact if necessary.
I don't think this author has any intention of making spam posts again outside the designated areas.
Me too. Well, I'm grateful that LT is more restrictive than the new norm, not that its level of restraint is unusual. (As anyone who has been here for awhile knows, I don't think LT goes far enough in some ways.)
I used to think that it was common sense to lurk and/or read the basic material before posting to a community, and that thus obviously anyone who didn't follow the rules was deliberately choosing to ignore them. But the days when that was common sense are long gone, and nowadays most people seem to assume that if you aren't breaking the law or hawking pharmaceuticals, anything goes anywhere.