Is there any way to get questions or answers deleted?
After reading a few of the last posts, the questions (about handbags or developing websites for friends) have little to do with health, fitness, nutrition or wellness. Then a few of the answers, which were to their own question, use foul language. I've always thought of this site as a professional tool and would like to see it remain as such. Is there a way to flag these questions and answers to be deleted? I'd hate for the good intentions of the many to be ruined by the irresponsibility of a few.
I noticed that also. I flagged what I noticed with the 'flag as inappropriate' link.
I have also communicated with IDEA in the past on issues of the site. If you notice a post that is spam you can call them and they will be able to pass on the comment to, or connect you with the IDEA person broadly responsible for this forum. I have passed on feedback a couple of times, for example I think it would be helpful to have a different way to make a profile for a non professional who wants to ask a question. The way they sign up if you go back to their 'profile' it is configured the same as if they were a fitness professional. The phone number at the top will lead you to an actual human being with whom you can speak.
It is an unfortunate fact of our web based world that trolls and spammers exist. It becomes incumbent on anyone writing in a forum not to 'feed the trolls', to report misuse, and (and here I completely agree with you) to keep the discussions on a professional level. i believe it is also the responsibility of those who make such a forum available to monitor actively and take down such comments as soon as they are made, and to have a posted well understood code of conduct for the use of the site.
I agree with you. I just flag them as inappropriate. There has to be a better way of controlling which questions should be posted or not (before they appear here).
I, too, agree. I have enjoyed this site specifically because of the professional nature of it and the responses from an educated group of trainers/instructors. I have learned a lot from others. Hopefully the site is monitored for the inappropriate posts.
My assumption is that the more times a post is flagged as inappropriate the greater likelihood it will be removed, and the quicker that would happen as well. As such thank you to everyone who otherwise keeps this forum friendly, supportive and professional and additionally who takes time to flag the inappropriate or out of place comments as well.
Thumbs up for everyone!
in a way, this site is monitored by all of us who are flagging inappropriate posts. I know that they are taken down very quickly by the website owner.
Thanks so much for the feedback. As a few people have mentioned, the flag function is really the best way to help us monitor which questions are inappropriate.
Questions that are flagged are reviewed daily and inappropriate questions are normally removed pretty quickly (within a few hours).
Thanks to everybody for helping us keep the questions and answers on topic.