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Why are you here now?
Of the new members that I've noticed this week, it seems that most of them (possibly all of them) are setting up to spam the site (advertise something on the site).
I really wouldn't mind hearing from some people about their reasons for using the site today.* Did you have a question?
Were you after some discussion and unable to physically go to a place where others with an interest in science can be found?
Did you want to help someone else and believe that you have some scientific expertise to offer?
Are you a moderator or member of staff and are you required to be here?
Do you feel strongly about some issue (scientific or otherwise) and have a need to talk about and try to influence others.
I sometimes wonder if scientific forums put off as many people from studying science as they encourage.
I don't habitually browse for trouble
I notice the quality of discussion has gone up with ****** gone.
I sometimes wonder if scientific forums put off as many people from studying science as they encourage.It's a good thing if it does. If you go to a forum about X and it puts you off, maybe your studies should be elsewhere. If you find your interest rising the more you discover what all you don't know, then your interest will be reinforced.
Do you have advice or a good strategy?
Ban trolls quickly.
Well, OK but what is a troll?
We could start with those who repeatedly make claims which they know are not true and who refuse to address the fact.
Hi again.Quote from: Bored chemist on 07/08/2021 12:04:56We could start with those who repeatedly make claims which they know are not true and who refuse to address the fact. Maybe, but most Science teachers do the first half of that sentence and repeat it every year with the new class. Hopefully, they mention once or twice in the year that they are only teaching simple models but it's never mentioned as often as it should be. Every discussion or reply in this forum should probably include a disclaimer, maybe pinned to the bottom of it. People who refuse to address errors that are pointed out ---> Well, yes that is a problem but there's no short-cut to giving the people time and opportunity. Psychology is also useful. You could reply to people with comments like "yes, maybe that bit is right" before getting to "this bit seems to be inaccurate" etc.Best wishes.