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.