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andy_foster
post Sun, 30 Sep 2018 - 09:43
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Could/should we have a facility to report PMs (other than by PMing Fredd)?

One of my many pet peeves on forums such as this is users sending PMs to users (such as myself) who have no connection to their case or thread (and in many cases without even starting a thread for their case) hoping to get free one to one advice.

For those that don't know, the way that a forum such as this works is that somebody who has a problem/question/whatever posts in the appropriate sub-forum (well, we can dream), and those who have the time ability and inclination to help do so. That help is then there not just for the OP, but for anyone else looking for help with a similar issue, and can help to educate those that would like to help but didn't know the answer. It also enables those that would otherwise offer advice wasting their time replicating others' work if/when the question is answered.

Today, I received an unsolicited PM from someone calling themselves "Fatty_Pattie". Chances are than anyone else who was logged in at the time would also have received similar. This person started off by apologising for PMing me, proceeded to explain in a roundabout way that they were having trouble finding some kind of unspecified parking appeal template (templates are the work of the devil, and even if I was minded to help, my psychic abilities have been somewhat lacking recently), and asked if I could help.

Having responded as politely as I could force myself to be, by pointing out that "sorry is as sorry does", and offering some common sense advice on the problem described by the OP's username (eat less and exercise more), I received a response which was redacted by the swear filter.


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StuartBu
post Sun, 30 Sep 2018 - 15:37
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If its only occasionally you get these there is a facilty to block them from sending PM's to you if that helps
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post Sun, 30 Sep 2018 - 16:09
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Doesn't stop the next f*******


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post Sun, 30 Sep 2018 - 17:02
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QUOTE (andy_foster @ Sun, 30 Sep 2018 - 17:09) *
Doesn't stop the next f*******

Neither would reporting any individual sender. I think you can set your preferences to refuse ALL PMs but thats hardly convenient so dunno what the answer is except block the sender, delete the PM(s) and get on with your life.
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