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.
After teaching strength training classes for years, I have found that there always seems to be a few people who have a bad habit of not putting their weights away or preparing a workout station (i.e. cleaning) for the next person, or even using the space for which it is not designed. But when a greater majority of those using such resources take ownership and responsibility to do a little – such as everyone putting their own weights away, plus just one extra; the quicker it’s clean and more likely it remains organized for everyone’s benefit.
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!