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  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Please make the title of news items longer than it is the current length is too short.

Very frustrating adding a story or two as i need to hack the title and the meaning is lost.

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  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Please make the title of news items longer than it is the current length is too short.

Very frustrating adding a story or two as i need to hack the title and the meaning is lost.
NSWGR8022
Headlines are for grabbing attention, not conveying a message - that's what the lead paragraph is for.


The ideal length of a headline is 6 words

How much of the headline for this story did you read before you clicked?

According to a post by KISSmetrics, you might not have read it all.

Writing for KISSmetrics, headline expert Bnonn cites usability research revealing we don’t only scan body copy, we also scan headlines. As such, we tend to absorb only the first three words and the last three words of a headline. If you want to maximize the chance that your entire headline gets read, keep your headline to six words.
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  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
For people on mobile devices, is there a way you can return the option of "jump to forum 1,2,3...x" back to the bottom of the thread list.

The one at the top is fine, but when you scroll all the way down to the bottom to find that the thread you want is on the next page, is annoying to have to scroll back to the top again to click next.

Thanks!
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
For people on mobile devices, is there a way you can return the option of "jump to forum 1,2,3...x" back to the bottom of the thread list.

The one at the top is fine, but when you scroll all the way down to the bottom to find that the thread you want is on the next page, is annoying to have to scroll back to the top again to click next.

Thanks!
seb2351
Done Smile
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Yes, its been 18 months since the last post, but the recent attack by that Spammer from the sub-continent no doubt aggrieved quite a few mods and effectively made the forums unreadable for a while - and thanks to those who put in the time to clean up the mess.

It gives rise to a couple of thoughts which were posted in the now closed thread, which I think are worthy of consideration, depending on the difficulty of course :

1. Limit creation (i.e. - mod approval or even a blanket ban) of new threads/topics for new users for a period of time - perhaps a month.

2. Some of these Spammers perhaps lurk for a while after joining, thus 'new' would pass without them getting noticed, so a restriction on posts (be they new threads or within existing) would be appropriate (which affects everyone of course). For me, anyone who can post more than 1 a minute would cause alarm bells, even longer than that perhaps.



A blanket ban on certain IP addresses is rather useless these days with the use of VPN etc (I even use one (not right now) as I like to watch Sport which is often geo-restricted and can't be seen from a Taiwan address where I am at present).
  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

I saw this too amazed at how many posts this idiot posted clogging up the system.

Does this happen regularly because it is the first time I have witnessed such a large number of stupid repeated posts.

Lastly and worthy of mention was the excellent way and speed this issue was addressed. Imagine this crap on Facebook (amongst the usually crap) and asking a large company like them to have it removed? I am really impressed about how well managed this was compared other experiences.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Other forums impose a time limit between posts. This would seem to be a great idea. If a "user" is using something to automate SPAM posting perhaps this could be detected by the number of posts over a time period, the user automatically banned and their posts removed. Not sure how hard this might be to code though!
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Does this happen regularly because it is the first time I have witnessed such a large number of stupid repeated posts.
MetroFemme
Fortunately, no. I can't recall the last time we had such an aggressive attack by a spambot, and I've been a Mod here for nearly a decade. Shocked

It's the nature of the internet that these things happen, and no doubt Bevans & MGH will have a good look at how things can be improved without overly limiting the usability of the site for the rest of the membership.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
My initial thought is to limit the number of posts a new user (less than 6 months old) can make in any 24 hour period, rather than all posts from new users requiring staff approval, which would become very high maintenance.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
In view of the current 7000+ attack by Shastri and his mates, who appear to have joined the forums today, perhaps the registration of new users should be temporarily stopped until appropriate defenses can be put in place.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Is it possible to search for a string in "My Post", whether
* in a title
* in the text
* in a title or in the text?

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