Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Community guidelines guidance

When iReport.com launched a few months ago, we started off with a set of Community Guidelines that set the ground rules for the site. What's welcome, what's not, what's news. It's pretty simple by design, just a framework for all of us to lean on as we build a brand new kind of news site. But now that we're several weeks and thousands of stories in, it might be time to look at them again. Do you see something that's missing? Let's talk about it in the comments.

39 Comments
May 7, 2008

It would be nice if say once we post some photos say about 6 and only 3 get uploaded, if there was a way to put back the balance 3 in someway rather than having to upload it again in a new ireport.  I know ur very busy with a lot of work, and stuff and we are grateful for this site, it has given me immense pleasure to be with the CNN iReporters, and I have made a lot of friends too, especially my good friend Ryn, thank you very much Lila for what u do, and are still trying to do for us.  Great work, and oh, delete button too please.

May 7, 2008
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Lila,

You have been so modest-Why didnt you announce the new I-report program on CNN International, which featured you?

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/05/01/ireport/index.html

 

Or maybe you did and I missed it, but you did a very nice piece about I-report, its beginnings and intent.

It was very nice to put a more in depth detail of your mission here besides just a Jpg clip in your profile.

I look forward to seeing what comes of this new site, and perhaps some "CNNy" awards for those very "at the top for those who produce great stories?(Wow-That sure leaves me out!)

I think the show will do well.

 

Mark

May 8, 2008
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Some users (from China or Chinese government defenders) have been sabotaging our posts, comments, etc.

 

It first started by these people posting 1* ratings to people's commentaries so that they can move up in the line and people see their posts first... In a matter of seconds, your page has a one star rating regardless of what you post, and if someone comes around and gives you a higher rating, another comes immediately to lower it. (they are working in teams)

 

They are stealing others' identities as well by hacking their pages. I actually saw this happen right before my eyes (same pic, same name, but obvious different writing styles/knowledge of the language and opposite ideas)

 

When I posted something against all this happening (and China in general) they IMMEDIATELY took over my page (literally) some with comments that looked like another user (hacking their pic/identity) or by posting huge letters about six times against my commentary all at once. The page swarmed with comments in minutes. Finally, I guess they clicked the review button so my post was flagged as "this user violating the guidelines" (which I am sure i didn't; all i did was speak out against their sabotage and scare tactics)

 

Then (not happy with that) they got into another

post of mine (non-related, it was about the US political race) and began to do the same.

 

What can be done???  Please help!

 

i-report is being hacked and we can't get our word out because they have figured out how to flag reviews and make them temporarily null (aside from taking over the lead with so many of them working along side) They either have fake identities, hacked identities or no pic/no profile and just go around creating a ruckus.

 

Maybe by just putting a script people need to fill out would prevent them from doing this (as myspace and facebook do) or possibly fixing some of these glitches (i.e.: can't put a 1* unless person gives their identity or can't do it after a certain number of times) Someone should also monitor this hacking as well. We have the (whole) Chinese government against us... that's a pretty tough cookie to deal with.

 

 

Thanks

 

Janet

May 8, 2008
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PS they have also been posting links to porn sites on this other person's posts, which forced me to take my image off (personal pic) and add an image of a camera

May 8, 2008
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China's posters remain anon and have a habit of stealing both photos and posting endless copyrighted material which is in violation of CNN iReport standards.

May 8, 2008
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Ryn

Well, It looks like we got what we ask for. One of the "said" reporters finally posted a profile and icon. newssaying has a Real Nice one.

This is just not appropriate for this site. It is a slap in your face and all ireporters. If is allowed I don't know what will become of ireports.

I have noticed a lot of missing legitimate ireporters in the last two or three days.  A point was mentioned to me the possibility of using a tool like u tube and view comments before they are posted to our reports and to be able to block commenter's that harass us. Please, there has got to be something we can do.

Thank-you for listening

Ryn

May 9, 2008
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Ryn and Tibetvideos, Thanks for the support on this- it's truly getting out of hand

May 9, 2008
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Like Youtube, CNN could look at giving control of the conversations of iReports to the posters ... of course this would work with propagandists who do not have any sense of ethics, but it is likely that the average person would easily see what is going on.

May 13, 2008
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Ireport could add something to the private page for Ireporters to block/ignore people whom  E mail them, trying to harass them. I feel sorry for them.  This, for the most part is a fun site and hobby for many. But there are a few here that are either jealous,hostile, or outright trouble makers to us who are having fun.

May 13, 2008
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Ireporters who are not registered or dont exist should not be allowed on the site. Like Bobby1205 for starters. Another hacker.

May 14, 2008
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Lesson 1 in life: "Don't stand in the middle of a dog fight."

 

If something isn't done to quell the flames, the signal to noise ratio is too low to warrant spending time trying to sort things out.

May 15, 2008
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Ryn

I have been pirated! Someone by the screen name MediaBot LOL has stolen my screen name and icon. They are posting bull. this has got to stop. Is there nothing that can be done? I have also tried to up load two reports tonight and they failed processing. The name MediaBot was listed as the poster. I pulled up a profile and of course no face, no profile and no posted reports. They are using the name MediaBot. Isn't this used by CNN when a report fails to post? I do this for fun and relaxation, I don't need this aggravation, it is not worth the stress.

Please help us if at all possible. There has already been a lot of good reporters leave the site. These people have a right to post their own reports, but not to steal others icons and screen names and abuse them.

Thank-you for your help on this serious matter.

Ryn

May 15, 2008
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Ryn

www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-22447

/www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-22446

These are the two reports that would not upload.

You will see the name posted by MediaBot.

This person does have has a no face icon, no profile and no reports posted.

They have stolen my icon and screen name and are posting garbage .

Please help.

Thanks

Ryn

May 15, 2008
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Ryn

www.ireport.com/people/_MediaBot

Is this CNN? I have another report with this on it that did not post. Am I missing something here?

Ryn

May 15, 2008
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Ryn

www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-22441

This one of the reports that my icon and screenname was stolen and propaganda tacked on to my original comment. Don't know if it is MediaBot or not, but my thinking is yes.

I am livid!

May 15, 2008
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Ryn

Ok Ok so maybe I am wrong about the MediaBot thing. Sorry.

There still is the stolen icon and screen name issue.

Hope you can help.

I promise not to post anymore about this.

Thanks for putting up with me!

Ryn

May 21, 2008
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FIRST COLUMN SHOULD BE "MOST RATED" INSTEAD OF "HIGHEST RATED" to stop this viscious rating down all the time. Within minutes of submitting any report on any subject we always get rated down with 1 or 2 stars. The person doesn't even have the time to read the article. This system is really ufair to "rational" people like us. --All the best! (

 

this email was sent to me and asked to be posted on here) Please, this sounds like a good idea (or at least add a column of "most times rated") unless people who give out those miserable stars actually have to leave a visible trail and therefore take responsibility for what they do-thanks :)

May 22, 2008
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RedfIag user...please observe

IMPOSTER! Notice the I is not a small L

May 22, 2008
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R e d f I a g - it auto-corrected the spelling, it is an I not an L

May 22, 2008
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ok... again, R-e-d-f-I-a-g (i don't know why it keeps showing as an l; the person made it look like that but it is an I)

May 22, 2008
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Hi, Lila

I tried three different times, three different ways to post on this blog about one of these guys who are using names and changing letters to make them look like the person they are impersonating.. the guy is RedfIag - it won't show up here for some reason but notice that the letter after the f is a capital I (and not a small l). He goes on to my posts and writes the word "junk"... which i admit i in turn did to his two postings -i am pretty fed up with these guys. He also has another users link to a page under his profile, and on his profile, instead of a bio, he has the terms of i-report copied (?)

 

One thing is for someone to not agree with you, another is to harass you. They do this to a lot of people, mainly those who support Tibet. They vandalize people's postings, underrate them and use scare tactics, aside from stealing pictures, identities and using fake names that look like the real thing at first glance. Can we get these people off here? Somehow track their ip's pergaps?

May 22, 2008
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and i flagged his (or hers) two stories for review

May 22, 2008
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can we have a drop down menu where when we FLAG something for review, we can say why (i.e. spam, harassment, racism, impersonators, etc) and someone check these - i know it's a dbl edged sword and it can come back to those serious i-reporters, but you'd have to have someone reviewing it, but once that person reviewing it gets the hang of it, and starts to recognize the "usual suspects" we can start weeding them out.

May 25, 2008
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Ryn

What about the death threats to ireporters?

Not only is the reporter being threatened, but most anyone that makes a comment is also being harassed or threatened. I noticed on one report, no one was commenting and I am sure it was out of fear. This is just too much.

The death threats, the vulgar mouth and racist innuendos have many of us afraid to upload posts, or comment on anyone elses report. I am far from being a lawyer, but I thought this sort of thing was against the law.

May 27, 2008
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can we please, pretty please, get a true rich text editor?

 

Sometimes, when you go back to edit, your story gets all clumped up no matter how many times you try to fix it. I know I hate to read something clumped and it gets confusing.

 

If you could allow us just a bit more space between paragraphs, that would be wonderful!

May 29, 2008
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hey, ha-ha I didn't know I was on here...

Anyway, I think what I am about to propose is a lot more important.

 

I notice people using hateful words toward the gay community. I am not gay, but I know and have friends who are gay and loving people. I personally do NOT have a problem with someone's sexuality BUT I KNOW SOME DO. To each his own, I say (both ways, those who disagree and those who don't... and those who are in fact gay)

 

I know people who use the Bible and their beliefs against gays, and that is fine, although some of us do not go by those rules, BUT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE when you quote your bible and when you start saying that gay people are just as bad as pedophiles and people practicing bestiality. I find this HIGHLY offensive. Many pedophiles are NOT gay, and people who practice perversions (for lack of a better word) come in all shapes and sizes. If spewing hatred on a certain group: sex, race, ethnicity is not allowed on here (which I agree 100%) why is this?

 

I've just shown my dark side answering back at a couple people haters and I don't want to do this. I want this to be a good experience. Not everyone has to agree, but when people start getting personal, I fight back.

 

Can we please do something about this?

 

Again, I am not talking about shutting people up. I am talking about common decency and respect towards others who are not like you. Stop insulting people for being different.

May 29, 2008
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when are we ever going to get a visible trail of people who underrate others? it's cowardly what people do - some methodically go through ALL my postings (even if the posting is about something not at all controversial) and rate one star one by one, only because they have a beef with me personally. The problem is the people who usually do this don't EVER post anything. If there were a trail, then we'd all know who they were and they'd think twice before doing that.

May 29, 2008
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May 29, 2008
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http://www.ireport.com/people/srs

i want this user to stop harassing me please

July 11, 2008
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I was really shocked and outraged to see how much Anti-Gay Hate that was found under the search for Gay or Homosexual.  I thought CNN was a little more progressive than to overlook this and do a story on it.  HEY! You might want even to do a story about the Gay's and issues they face from around the world including the US.  Such things as the Killings in Iran, The arrests of people with HIV/AIDS and even though the one man they have is straight he is still charged with gay crimes under there laws in Egypt due to the stigma of HIV/AIDS being a Gay sickness.  You can even look to Iraq where the so called Morality Police arrest or kill gays so they have to flee their homeland.  Or what about the High Rise since 2005 were today 6 out of every 10 Homosexuals say that they have been physically assaulted or have had property damage.  Or what about all the gay men that have been murdered since Mathew Shepard on October 12th., 1998 (Wow, It been 10 years,  wonder how many Gay young men have been killed due to who they are,  I know of 3 in personally know of 3 in Florida and there have been way to much of an increase in physical attacks.  \

 

Seeing this is Mathew Shepard's 10th anniversary of his brutal murder, maybe CNN will show a heart and do a documentary such as they have given to other issues such as war, religion and Al-Qaida and do with the same passion as the other documentaries in the past and the up coming Black In America that I am excited to see.

 

Just some thoughts for everyone to think about.  There was a I-Report says the "Palestinian-Israeli Gay And Lesbian Alliance"(PIGALA) that linked any fall of the Jewish State and Palestine on the Gays from that Region.

 

In TRUTH Pigala is a very small city in Central Africa and there is no "Palestinian-Israeli Gay And Lesbian Alliance." This is on a small glimpse of the types of homophobic propaganda that is out there and in mass publications around the world and the US is not free from this ether!  All who promote this kind of bigotry should totally be ashamed but I am sure such reactions are way beyond you or your group. How sad that really is!

 

Signed,

Reach out and love one another in piece!

July 28, 2008
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7/26/08   So I don't know when it started?  One day about 5 or 6 years ago I get a pop up on my computer. (an instant message from G8something can't remember the full screen name. It said i was being video taped.  I didn't think much about it. I didn't respond to the instant message. I just closed out the window.

soon my troubles started.  People i was talking to on the computer in the pogo games bldcoll and topwater83 and gman all seemed like nice folk. as far as i know they still are.  Except maybe bldcoll he kept hinting that he could see me as i was getting up to go to the bathroom or what ever i was doing at the time.

Well then i start getting parinoid.  Could he really see me?  was that instant message true?  So i rack my brain trying to figure out who would do such a thing?  Could it be Amy and Bob ?  I did finally get really pissed off at amy and her gossip and went into a black out one night on vodka and called social services

on her.  That would certainly piss me off.  Or was it the nasty letter i wrote to george bush asking him what the fuck he thought he was doing? creating such a messed up war.  And now the economy, gas prices, poverty and the list goes on and on and on......  Well who ever it was it certainly has been causing

me alot of stress and pain for such a looonnggg time.  I came to the conclusion that it is definitely the government.  Every time i try to voice my opinion on this nobody will believe me and they sent me off into a hypnotic phsycosis type state.  Some body knows about this because they sent my son into one also

just a few weeks ago.  and then in that phsycosis state offered to buy me a house!!!! help!!  have i really lost it?  I think not.  I tryed to report this to fox news quite a few years back. But that was the first physcosis state they sent me into.  And boy it took me a month and a half to recover from that one. There

are some stories i could tell about that.  But i won't right now.  I'm too frustrated and pissed off to go into detail.  Fortunately I have been sober for the better part of 3 years now and am able to tell my story more rationally.  I don't care if they do anything to me because at this point i am so sick and tired of it

and i want the truth to be known!!!  Well I'm going to sign off for now.  I'm tired.  Oh yeah i forgot the bush lackeys are in town and have been ever since i moved here.  Right scotty?

 

 

7/27/08  Somebody said...alot of good people could lose their jobs over this.  I say how good are they if they do this and allow this to happen?  Especially just to get a paycheck?  Makes me cry.  I've been trying so hard to follow the 12 steps of AA and become a productive citizen and help people.  But these people do

not want that to happen.  Well it is happening and I seek truth and justice.  Will I get it?  and the people who have tried to help?  Well we shall pray and hope so.

October 24, 2008

I would like to invite you to a new forum called http://www.viewmyviews.com

 

Thank you

April

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