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Heads Up - Throttle Violations


Just a heads-up, but it appears that SB Nation has a function that will, without the intervention of moderators, automatically ban a user for posting comments with too many links (apparently five or more), which it considers spam.  It's called a throttle violation and apparently it results in a ban from all SB Nation blogs.  I just found out about it when one of Arrowhead Pride's regulars, who has no previous history of issues, showed up on the moderators' banned list tonight.  It appears that he's been reinstated by one of the SB Nation moderators, so there shouldn't be an issue for him, but if any of you find yourself getting booted from AP and you hadn't been warned off by a moderator (we warn every poster before a ban is issued) then please contact Chris via his e-mail to let him know.  Here's the piece I found that discusses it and the text of the article:

The system (unaided by mods) will flag a comment as spam if it contains more than five links. It's called a "throttle violation". I've been ignoring those flags, as the ones I see on BE are informative, not spam. However, this morning someone (not a BE regular) has been banned by the system for having too many throttle violations. I don't know how many are too many, but those of you who tend to put lots of links in one comment may want to keep those to five or below. You can always add more later. (This doesn't apply to Ben's front page stories.) Update: Sorry; they are links in replies, not in the original fanshot, fanpost, or story. I don't know if Dave can undo a system ban; I would hope so.

For the limit itself, it's not unusual for commenters to use frequent hyperlinks in their comments to back up their arguments.  Obviously, we don't want you guys to have to limit your sourcing and potentially compromise your arguments, but we also don't want you getting booted for being a spammer when you're not, so be mindful of the five hyperlink limit in comments and if you encounter a problem with your account, again please notify us immediately.  Thanks.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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