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Duplicate Posts

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
edited 08/19/2012 - 10:40 AM in New Member Introductions
I wish I could stress that members creating duplicate posts make it more difficult for everyone else.

Besides the fact that making duplicate posts is a forum violation, the trouble that it causes the member community
makes it a much worse offense.


Member "A" posts in Forum "X" "I have a problem"
Then Member "A" posts the same topic in Forum "Y"
A day goes by, no responses, so Member "A" posts the same topic in
Forum "Z", "Z1" and Z2"

Now the problem. Besides have the same post duplicated in many different spots, what should the other members
respond to?

Should they respond to Forum X, Y or which one.. Some members will post in one forum , while others will
post to the other forum. The result! A thread that really does not have any continuity. You WANT all the responses to go to one spot...

This has been an ongoing problem since day 1. I dont know how to stress to new members and everyone that duplicate positing causes problems..

Everyone needs to read the FAQ and Forum rules. It would make a big difference on this site
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • I see more and more often that people will hit the save button and when their post doesn't appear immediately they hit save again, sometimes 3 or 4 times. eventually all of these post will show up on the same thread. My suggestion is for everyone to have a little patients. Your post will show up, although it seems that posts take longer than they used too to appear. This can be just as annoying as double posting to 2 or 3 threads.

    Oh, and Ron the title of this thread made me think, what would I do with duplicate pots. Plant extra flowers? Or maybe something like duplicate pot? Sorry, I just couldn't help myself, it looked like a freudian slip to me.
  • JRnFLJJRnFL Posts: 56
    edited 08/19/2012 - 1:27 AM
    That's a little harsh don't you think! Not everyone on here is a "blogging expert" and there many topics that do not necessairly fall in one category but sound like they fit multiple categories. Also, I imagine most folks on this board are not 100% or at the top of their game and they are desperate for some help, even if it is just kind or supportive words. I expect you know what it is like to be so very desperate. We all appreciate these boards because it allows us to not only get great and very helpful information but it also boosts our morale to know that we are not alone in our pain and despair. Are duplicate posts really so onerous? I thank you for the time and effort you spend maintaining this forum for all of us.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    I could give you details about dozens and dozens of posters that made duplicate posts and then had some replies to one post, some to the other and none to the next one. They were TOTALLY CONFUSED..
    And as you said, many new people are coming looking for help, so when help starts to come but its only confusing, that makes matters worse and it has for many.

    So, I would rather spend the time up front with new members so that they know not only that duplicate posting is a forum
    violation, but it creates havoc and confusing for so many!

    And as you stated IF a topic does not fall into an exact category, then there should be a different post written to address
    that area. A simple copy/paste to five different forums is not the answer.

    Right now, I would say the three biggest problems we have to deal with daily are:
    - Spammers
    - Members handing out medical advice
    - Duplicate posts

    We are putting software in place to try to reduce the Spammers. We are very strict regarding medical advice and members can be banned for doing so. Duplicate posts... We've warned, so I figured it was a good time to give examples on just how that type of posting will backfire.

    Our intention is not to be rigid, in fact I think we are totally more flexible than many other forum web sites. Many of them, you are not allowed to post until you have been a member for at least 2 months, others, at the first offense, even more, you are banned permanently, and many items can deleted and edited without any explanation. At Spine-Health when we take corrective action, we do our best to let the member know as well as the general community.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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