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Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:29:05 PM »
I've seen this "Ghost Posting" implemented on another board and it might be a good feature to have in SMF. It's meant to discourage trolls and inflamatory posters. It would make a nice mod if someone would like to code it up.

How it works: Annoying users can be tagged by the admin as a "Ghost", and once they're tagged that way their posts only show up to them. Other users don't see their posts at all.

The troll/ghost makes a post and, yes, it appears, but only to them...no one else sees it. After a week or so of furious posting and getting ZERO response, they usually bag it and go elsewhere. Most of the time they have no idea what's happening, all they know is that absolutely no one is responding to them or their trolling. And that's because no one can see anything they post (except Admins).

It's actually a lot of fun to watch them get crankier and crankier, posting away in a frenzy, getting more and more provocative...and getting no response at all. None, zero, zip, nada. Almost like they're a "ghost" or something.  :D

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2008, 06:40:43 PM »
ROFLMAO  I like it! :)

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 03:09:55 AM »
Sounds fun :P

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 12:54:13 AM »
That's evil hahahahaha :D

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 01:05:07 AM »
Blabberizer is pretty cool.  Not as effective I suppose, but cool.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 05:18:53 AM »
wow ... what a really nice idea. Pretty cool to roll forums

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 05:23:22 AM »
This is a totally awesome idea. Someone has got to do this for a mod.  :D

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2008, 02:27:06 PM »
Consider this mod done. I'm on the job ;)

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008, 05:50:31 PM »
The way you say it's "fun to watch them get crankier and crankier", I'm guessing the admin/mods can see the posts still?

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 06:32:09 PM »
Yup.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2008, 07:40:16 PM »
The way you say it's "fun to watch them get crankier and crankier", I'm guessing the admin/mods can see the posts still?
Yes, the admin (and optionally any moderators with permissions) can see the Ghost's posts in order to keep track of what's happening.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 03:51:15 PM »
I LOVE IT!  Can't wait to download this mod! :)

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2008, 04:17:17 PM »
Looks like this will be pretty popular if I succeed.
I've had a few problems latly whit being sick and accidently removing a file I worked one for 1 week.. (No backup)
Therefor I haven't started, but I'll do it this weekend, or next.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2008, 06:56:07 PM »
No rush mate. Sort your own stuff out first. :)

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2008, 12:19:34 PM »
This is gonna be awesome. I wish I could use it on my main forums..but it is a drama based site. lol

However it would be perfect for some other sites I have in mind and can not wait to use it. haha.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2008, 01:22:23 PM »
What a good idea. Quality if someone could implement this.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2008, 01:27:53 PM »
What a good idea. Quality if someone could implement this.

Working on it ;)

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2009, 02:34:19 PM »
Any further progression with this?

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2009, 02:12:14 PM »
We used to have this feature, back in the old dial-in-BBS days, on Citadel BBS.  It was called "Coventry."

A user who was placed into Coventry could see his own messages, and the admins/moderators could, as well, but nobody else would see them.  This was done by marking the user AND the messages with a "Coventry bit."  That way, if the user posted something worthwhile, the "Coventry bit" that had been set for the message could be reset without affecting the rest of his messages.  Thus, the worthwhile message WOULD become visible.

Most of the time, such users would get increasingly worse for a short period of time, then never come back again.  In some cases, though, they realised that nobody would respond to their rants - only their helpful messages, and they would quiet down to become good, productive members of the board.

Needless to say, as a former sysop of a Citadel board, I would wholeheartedly encourage the development of such a "ghost posting" mod for SMF, and would be more than happy to help test it out.

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Re: Feature Request: Ghost Posting
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2009, 02:29:17 PM »
If you wouldn't like the admins to see the ghosts posts, I could do it in 5 minutes :P
Anyway, I'm working on it.