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Taxea (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
Is there any way you could put some kind of code...such as NP....at the end of a posters name (taxea-NP)to alert us and remind the poster that their profile has not been completed? When the season gets busy it would be very helpful to have that knowledge so we don't have to take the time to go to their profile page to see what's up with them.

Trillium (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
We had previously looked into some kind of color coding, but there was nothing that could be done. In any case, it's often good to check the profile of someone who you don't "recognize" - simply to be sure you're providing a response appropriate to the level of experience of the poster.

Taxea (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
mahalo

Taxea (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
What about adding No Profile to the end of the title on a post?

Trillium (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
When Kevin and I are on the site, a discussion from someone without any user info will be dealt with immediately, in one of several ways.

To start, we check the person's user history (i.e., edits), which often will provide an impression of the user's tax experience, and based on that and on the content of the question, we might immediately move the question out of the tax forum, and over to the consumer questions page, or - as one example of other possible actions - we might send a reminder to the poster that they need to take care of their user info to prevent that from happening. Those actions generally take care of the problem.

There are times during the day when we're not online, and then we catch up with that admin stuff later.

I imagine the ones you'd like to have labelled are the ones that we hadn't yet "dealt with" as described above. Unfortunately, since the only reason you're seeing those is that we weren't online right then to handle them, it means we also wouldn't be online to change the discussion title.

Of course, anybody can change a discussion title, but I'd also hesitate to recommend wide-scale use of this, since there are minor complications that occur in changing discussion titles. For example, someone posting when the title is being changed may end up with their post orphaned on the old discussion rather than posted on the new one; and a typo at the beginning of the discussion title could remove the discussion from the forum index. Also, the person who changed the title ought to commit to checking back frequently so that the discussion gets renamed without "no profile" at the end once the user page is updated.


If you really want to avoid the no-profile questions without consulting the user profiles each time, my recommendation would be to use the Tax Forum index rather than the All Topics index (Laura, I think you already do this, but I mention this for others), and if you don't recognize the user name in the "creator" field, just ignore the question until it's been around for at least a couple of hours, or has gotten quite a few responses - since it's rare that you'll see a high "reply count" in the forum index for a no-profile OP.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

29 February 2012
We do regularly move posts to the Consumer forum when we don't see a profile or history. As Trillium wrote, we can't be here 24/7 (although sometimes it feels like we are). We both have practices to run, just like you and everyone else. If we don't attend to our clients first, we won't be able to pay our bills. This TA stuff is purely voluntary on our part, and sometimes not very rewarding. You would not believe the amount of behind the scenes work Trillium does. For every post I have ever made, she has made an equal number of behind the scenes clean-up edits. Let me tell you that her edits take more thinking than my answers to tax questions.

This past 4 months there has been a HUGE increase in the number of spammers accessing this site. We each spend anywhere from 1/2 to 1 hour each day (sometimes more) just dealing with those spammers. This includes weekends. You may not even notice that. Look here: http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php?title=Special:BlockList&offset=20120329052141&limit=500

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

2 April 2012
This is to answer the folks who have wondered where I've been. What little time I've had for TA this tax season has been usurped by the spammers.

Belle (talk|edits) said:

April 2, 2012
(I've noticed , my dear....any idea why the robo-spamming has slowed down?)

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

2 April 2012
Spring break over? I've noticed on other forums that during spring break the bored kids start spamming boards all over.

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