So now that threadshitting is back in full-effect ...

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk' started by Todd, Apr 25, 2012.

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  1. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    Then it would be like the old no post forums again where until it gets taken down, there's newbies thinking that they're newly released beer or off the shelf w/e brewery beer can get them world class retired stuff.
  2. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    you wouldn't be allowed to trade old no crust on the new forum? how would the OP be breaking any rules? is there a "don't trade past its prime beer" rule in effect now?
  3. RandomName7

    RandomName7 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Washington

    That's not what I said. The mod could override the lock or post something.
  4. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    so why are you allowed to lock in the first place...?
  5. RandomName7

    RandomName7 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Washington

    You post a legitimate thread and want no commentary?

    Which I suspect is more common than people trading infected beer.
  6. Agold

    Agold Defender (641) Mar 13, 2010 Pennsylvania

    so much over complication. I think a lot of these solutions are trying to be too clever for their own good. It isn't difficult. hundreds of forums do this every day. They have forums and they have mods who use their discretion to keep forums in line. It works everywhere, why would it be any different here?
  7. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader


    :( but trying to trade beer that people don't want is a legitimate thread. i think you're not seeing the point of rules...

    if it's okay to ask about the vintage of no crust, it's okay to ask about the vintage of old ruffian. why wouldn't the mod just be unlocking everybody's locked threads? is the lock just some sort of "light lock" until a reader cares enough to notify a mod?

    self-lock is a hard to justify feature, other than closing down a thread (and even then, it will be used to pretend unbalanced trades got done soon enough)
  8. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    i agree. you just need a good set of rules (which i think is what todd is asking for anyway; ie "what are we trying to moderate away from the forum?"). as long as you allow replies at all, i don't think any further functionality stuff (besides maybe posting privileges for contributing to the site) is necessary.
  9. Frankdrebin

    Frankdrebin Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012 California

    How about people just be adults and not be a bunch of nancies about peoples post?? it's the freaking interwebs people, don't see why you are so sensitive.
  10. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,088) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Since most of the only good suggestions on here require code hacking, and the def. of threadshitting is gonna be differrent for every person on this site, if you feel someone shits in your thread, report it, and let the mods do their job. The thinner skinned among us can even add, "Please no replies except to clarify this offer, or give info necessary to the entire community regarding this offer. All other replies will be reported by me immediately. Please make all offers of trade by convo." If they post this, and follow through, it will be much less hard for any mod, trader or non-trader, to make the call about threadshitting.

    I personally feel all my offers are fair, and appreciate any and all bumps I get for whatever reason, wanna shit on me? go for it and thank you, so I hope we don't go back to post only. Let's let the mods do their job and be done with this discussion til they stop doing it to everyone's liking.
  11. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,344) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    #1 - that's an actual mod option; more or less.
    #2 - that would happen by default, and detailed logs are kept for all actions.
    #3 - that's a lot of mods, but we'll see.
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,344) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Most? Nah. Only a couple. There's plenty of good ideas in this thread that won't require code changes.
  13. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    Well I reckon it would be important to have enough mods so that at least one is basically always online... In fact, it might be a good idea to have some one from Europe or Australia whose time zone would allow for moderating while us stateside are asleep.
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  14. stupac2

    stupac2 Disciple (387) Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Yes. You really don't want all your mods to be in the US. If BA is N times as active during US hours, have N times as many US mods, but there should still be some Aussies and Europeans (and whatever else). Even if we're talking 1 European, that's better than 0.

    Also, Pahn, the stuff you're talking about is basically just what the Bros need to decide. It's clear that there aren't obvious answers here, but once you have a set of rules then you just follow them. I think that replies about beer being old or potentially dangerous, even the FT beer, should always be allowed. While people should generally be given leeway to do their trades even if they seem dubious, no one has a right to trade potentially bad beer to an unsuspecting person (if the other party is aware the bottle is dangerous then fine, but they need to know).
  15. Photekut

    Photekut Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2006 Tennessee

    How about this for a solution...
    -Be accountable for posts?
    -Learn by watching / lurking before searching for those wales
    -Ask in the appropriate forum if you have no idea of relative value
    -Do not make the same FT posts over and over even when told it is not going to happen 100 different ways
    -Do not keep covertly bumping trade threads with one or two bottle additions that you find
    -Don't say stupid shit when you are drunk
    -Don't start a controversial thread or one that is your opinion without expecting different opinions coming back.

    If people did that, there would be less "threadshitting" and that would require no coding or big brother.

    If you still want to post any of the above ( or more that Im sure can be added to the list ) deal with the "shitting" or differences of opinion.

    If you cant ignore stupid comments on the internet, you probably should avoid it.

    Blatant personal attacking is a lot easier to define and take care of than arguing a gray area of what might
    slightly bother someone. Those can be dealt with and are few and far between.
  16. JoeySchlitz

    JoeySchlitz Aspirant (281) Jun 1, 2008 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    how about auto deletion of any posts that start "not to threadshit, but......"

    all of the above seems overly complicated. a simple solution would be to lock the ISO/FT forum and if anyone wants feedback, commentary, etc - just use the 'Beer Trading General/Help'. it would be quite easy for a new trader to run potential trades by, or for others to comments on a post that is asking for too much/too little. and it doesn't require any code hacking, etc.
  17. domtronzero

    domtronzero Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2007 California

    FT: Angels share grand cru (that's probably infected but I'm not gonna admit it up front) ISO: equally rare beers

    (immediate self-lock)
  18. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (6,373) Dec 25, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Flattered, but I've done my fair share of trolling in the past. I don't think I have quite the right disposition for this sort of job. Big fan of kzoobrew and thorpe429 though - don't think I've ever caught them misbehavin'.
  19. Agold

    Agold Defender (641) Mar 13, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Just a thought.
    When they created the SEC president roosevelt chose Joseph Kennedy, a notorious scam artist, to be the chairman. Its not completely analogou, and not saying you want someone who has been banned, but you probably don't want a choirboy either.
  20. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    my vote is to go back to post only. craigslist model seems to have caught on for many years and after all, it is a trading section, we have the general help section to bicker and argue about value and what should or should not get done. trading has always been the same to me, i see someone who has something i like, i BM them. if i want to give advice, i BM them (well...mostly). i want to trade some beer, i make a post. who needs the peanut gallery? whenever i couldn't resist and jumped in on the peanut gallery, no good ever came of it. so why keep it around? 95% of the posts in replies are either pointless or just within the guidelines of trolling/thread$h*tting. if i post FT: Beat ISO: Rare, and someone posts "how many beats" that is just a nice way of trolling/thread$h*tting in my opinion. if the person meant to offer 3 or 4, they'd have written that...probably.

    i definitely agree that if we go the route of mods there should be a few that span across geographic regions and "crews" and probably should need to come to an agreement on corrective action to prevent bullying or mods value controlling (insider trading anyone?).

    the list of those in the mod forum should also be people who steer clear of controversy 100%. there are a few in the list offered who fit the bill and i would do anything to help out if they needed brew that i could get, but there are others in there that i don't have nice things to say about. some names in the list above get into altercations pretty regularly. sometimes over nothing at all, perhaps the love of a good debate?

    in getting to know a lot of BAs i've also found that some of my favorite trading partners and posters have had bad experiences with others who i have had positive experiences with for one reason or another (whether via trade or even just a pissing contest in the forum). if you give those people power, surely they will be more lenient on their friends and tougher on their...well...not friends. lets not forget that this is a site about beer and activity seems to really spike during evening hours when most people are probably tossing a few back. sometimes your hysterical comment can be interpreted as hysterical, other times offensive or as thread$h*t. well all love jason and todd for creating this universe but most people who have been put on a timeout or received disciplinary action don't agree. i like it that it is up to jason and todd as this is their world and they write the rules, like it or not. i would be concerned if we gave that power to people who are not jason and todd, since they could come off just as arbitrarily. these are J&T's rules so they can interpret them how they see fit, but for others to interpret them? i dunno...seems a little orwellian (for lack of a better term) to me. who will police the police? will there be an appeals process...doubtful. so if i don't get along with a mod or for one reason or another they don't like what i have to post or what i'm looking for in a trade, then i'm screwed...even if i follow the rules as they are listed?

    there is no doubt that there is some grey area in interpreting some of the rules. aside for one trade that i got done since the change-over, i'm pretty sure that all my trades got done by replying to other ISOs and reaching out behind the scenes to trading partners. i've got 100+ positive trade references, but that doesn't mean anything if one of the mods doesn't like me and i post the "how many beats are offered" reply.
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  21. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

    but you already agree that that's a trolling/threadshitting response, so it should be moderated. i don't think you have cause for concern.
  22. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    I think you are assuming the worse. The first step is for the Admin to find trustworthy BAs, and then have a process to make sure the mods don't go rouge on users. I think having trustworthy mods will not be that difficult. At least I like to think there are some reasonable, mature, kind, adults in this community... though it is the interwebs so who knows.

    I disagree with this. I think a lot of ISO:FT post are very vague. I have asked if a poster was meaning 1 for 1 on a trade before because to me the offer seemed way off. My intentions were pure, and I was correct in my questioning, he did not mean 1 for 1. In fact we ended up working out a trade.

    I have seen it the other way too, such as:

    ISO: rare beer
    FT: Beer A, Beer B, Beer C

    Does this mean all three? pick 1? 1+ others not mentioned?

    I really don't see how asking for clarification is considered threadshitting. I think this is where people are a little too sensitive, either that or they think everyone is out to get them. When in doubt, I try to view others as having good intentions first.
  23. cpinto6

    cpinto6 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2010 Georgia

    I completely agree with you here. Clarification is not threadshitting since people's thoughts aren't always clear. Some assume you know they're gonna have to give up more than 1, some are actually expecting to give up one. I try to be as specific as possible when I post an offer and even then I've gotten someone asking about the offer and we switch a few BMs and I assume they weren't all that interested but then they say we were both beating around the bush and waiting for the other to make an offer and I'm like :confused: I posted my freaking offer to which you replied to so how am I beating around the bush when I already laid out my offer publicly? I don't see anything wrong with trying to get at what exactly the OP is thinking in regards to the trade they wanna make.
  24. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    Question: Will the moderators also be in charge of helping along newbies?

    For instance, in ISO/FT, there's a user (not new to BA) trying to trade Stone IRS for Abyss/BCS/Parabola. It seems to me that if part of cleaning up the forum is getting new users educated, it would be helpful if the moderators were also in charge of letting such users know that Stone IRS, as good a beer as it is, is very widely available. Someone might be the white knight, but more likely, they're going to want to switch up their offer to attract more attention.

    I also think if the moderators are the ones posting such information, you might lose a lot of the thread drama because, IMO (and this is purely conjecture), newbies are more likely to trust the opinions of moderators and not get all bent out of shape when they're told what to expect.
  25. slaphappysnark

    slaphappysnark Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2011 California

    I agree, and I don't understand why there is so much concern about how the mods will behave--in my experience, moderation has primarily led to good things for the community being moderated. People who love BA enough that they are willing to volunteer their time and who have generally had a positive presence so far probably aren't going to turn evil just because they have mod powers.

    Again, agreed. Frequently, something that seems completely clear to the OP could actually be pretty ambiguous--I think it's safe to assume that most people asking for clarification are just trying to rectify that. Some few may have devious intentions, but letting those few get away with it seems better than having every other thread blow up because someone was genuinely curious or confused.
  26. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    plus the few that are being snarky, if it isn't obvious by their first post, they typically get louder and more obvious as the thread goes on.
  27. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I think that while it is unlikely that the trade will get done it's not really anyone's place to voice one way or another. Let the user ask for help first- or private message them with your opinion or a link to the trading help forum.
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  28. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 13, 2009 New York
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    but is it? this kind of stuff goes on all of the time. in my opinion thread$h*tting is anything that can be construed as potentially indicating that the trade should not go down as proposed. there is definitely grey area.

    for example BA Yeti...definitely some reports of infection, but the majority of people who have tried it say it is amazing. if someone posts a FT, and another person mentions the possible that thread$h*tting or providing information? what about people who talk about bottle count or cost discrepancies...are those thread$h*ts or information? it's in the eyes of the beholder. there are several up and coming LI breweries that are starting to do bottle releases. some as low as 100 bottles. these are rare, hard to come by, but does that mean it should command something hyped like beat that costs the same and has a larger bottle count? does it mean it shouldn't? if you chime in to talk about the how inconvenient it is to get to RR, is that useful info or a thread$hit?

    depends on the moderator, depends on the poster, depends on a lot of things. if i posted the same grey area comment that a close friend of yours posted would you ding me with a demerit and not ding your buddy? who is to police the police when it comes to the grey area is my point? you (and others) make plenty of grey area posts about midwest beers...should you be dinged on them? what if you got dinged on a post and a similar post didn't get dinged? it is one thing if it is coming from the bros, but from some other BA'er who i may have gotten into a disagreement with who suddenly became a mod? i like this place (a lot) and i'd hate to be treated unfairly because a mod doesn't like me. it is different if the bros don't like me as this is their universe. i can't send the bros a killer box, but a mod, i can do that that fair?
  29. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    The key is to either not be a dick, or be an equal opportunity dick to everyone. ;)
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  30. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    I think you have a misunderstanding on how the moderating would work-- after reading this thread it seems to me like;

    Post gets flagged and reported.
    Message gets sent to the mods INSTEAD of Jason and Todd.
    The mods read the post, check out the context of the post in the thread and have two options:
    1). Ignore it.
    2). Flag it.

    Option 1 results in no action. The post remains and Jason and Todd are not notified or bothered with it, though they can look over all the moderating logs to make sure the mods are doing their job properly. If they aren't acting properly, they get relieved of their duties.

    Option 2 results in the post becoming invisible to the forum readers, but a message is them sent to the Bros who make any disciplinary decisions.

    The bottom line is that the Broa still have autonomy and the final word-- the mods basically review the case to determine if it is worthy of the Bros' time.
    I would like to know if the mods would be able to "edit" user posts-- possibly to make a public note like;
    "edited by Shogokawada: I removed a line from your post to eliminate a slightly provocational statement. Let's keep our replies helpful!"
    Of course a log of any such edits should be viewable by the bros to keep an eye on how the mods are handling things.
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  31. stupac2

    stupac2 Disciple (387) Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I would guess yes, although this form of moderation (which is really useful) hasn't been used on BA at any point, as far as I can tell. It would probably be a good addition.

    Also, I think some people in here are way too worried about overactive mods. In my experience with a few different forums (including running one and moderating another) it's just not that big of a deal as long as you get reasonable people. And unreasonable people are pretty easy to spot.
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  32. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,448) Dec 2, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    glancing at this thread again, my one bit of input for today is: i agree woth kzoobrew mod nomination.
  33. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    i am assuming the worst because time after time we've seen absolute power = absolute corruption. if it happened to col forbin, it can happen to anyone.

    i've seen plenty of posts looking for clarification and plenty of posts with the exact wording that were merely pointing out the wrongness of the trade which will all know is opinion. if an offer seems way off to you, it might not be to the poster (and true that could be an ignorance thing), but whose to say? i've seen people trade beers that were super expensive and hard to get (like some of the de struise beers) and i'm shocked what they were looking for...but if that's what they want, that's what they want...and it goes both ways, people looking for expensive and rare beers for something that was recently released and hyped and hard to what about new releases? they are always one sided at first and plenty of people are okay with that.

    looking for clarification on those confusing pick 2 from list A or 4 from list B or a combo of 1 from A, 1 from B and if it is the last 2 in B then you can get another 1 from these 2 is also different since it is a lack of understanding, but asking how many is almost the same as saying "is that all?" - the only time when it is appropriate to ask how many is really if someone says FT multiple and for some reason those posts seem to be fine and happen all the time.

    looking for clarification posts should be asking about bottle counts or cost of the beer retail, but even those could be construed as thread$h*tting, depending on what the offer is. what about instances where beer prices fluctuate from city to city? Rare was supposed to retail for $45, but went for $60 by me. there are lots of variables with beer these days and people value their beer differently.

    to put in a set of moderators to police that sort of stuff needs to be done carefully. those mods will quickly get on a power trip. i've seen it with mods in every community i've ever participated in. and let's face it, people develop opinions on each other. we all have posters that we dig and posters that we don't dig. there are also lots of personal relationships that are spawned from this site and more than a few inner circles.
  34. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    This year's stone IRS is extremely limited by me. Most stores that got it are doing 1 bottle limit. Parabola on the other had was everywhere. FW is super easy to get by me...sucaba is still everywhere. So what might be widely available to you, might not be to me. If we are to add moderators, dictating what is a fair trade vs what is not is beyond what they should do. They should work to keep things civil...that's it.
  35. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,082) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    in response to alewatcher's post, perhaps i don't get what the mod will do. if this is just reviewing flagged posts that is different. i was under the impression that these people would moderate in addition to flagged posts...and in that case, all my concerns remain. if it is as alewatcher presented, then i'm all cool with it. i just don't think it is right to have trade forum police/sensors.
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  36. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    In many other forums the mods have the power to edit posts that weren't flagged, but when they do they virtually always mention in the post that they've made an edit-- many times leaving the original text (sometimes written with a strike through) so that people can clearly see what that mod feels is a violation of the community rules.

    No doubt this could be arranged on this site (or even can be made impossible), but the bros would have a log of EVERY edit the mods made and I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't tolerate the mods bullying certain members.
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  37. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    I think the mods prob should be more for monitoring and observing and calling out inappropriate behaviors, not dictating trade value (that shouldnt be their "job"). If they decide to send a message as a mentor, not as a mod then that would be ok. We all know that there are some members who are quite influential and extremely useful for new traders, the mods being police could be a very slippery slope.
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  38. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    That's one of those things that sounds great in theory, and wouldn't be a problem if it were only 1 person doing it, but there is a real cost to pointless ISO/FT's. They clog up the forum and hurt legitimate offers from being seen by enough eyes. Given the sheer volume of noobs pouring in these days, and the fact that it can take many of those unanswered types of requests for them to even start to understand that they might be off base, there's some real value in telling them as early as possible.

    And as for private messaging, yes, you could do that. But private messaging only helps that one person. A public messages helps a hundred.
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  39. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    My only issue is NO one knows for sure what is and is not going to go down. I don't feel like we need mods to tell people what is/is not going to work.

    Honestly, I think I've actually seen the post in question done (although in reverse, FT parabola, ISO stone IRS). You never know.
  40. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Yes, but you're basically arguing for lottery odds at that point. Sure, there is always a chance, but we know damn well Stone RIS going for BCBS on the open market is akin to winning the ISO/FT lottery. And if it does happen, it's likely someone who doesn't know better, who would also benefit from the information.

    I'm totally with you on people shutting up about borderline cases, but when things are clearly posted out of ignorance/noobishness, as they often are, I just think we all benefit a lot more than anyone is hurt with public education.
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