4 Reasons Why Your Post Doesn’t Appear in the Space Community
So you shared a post with the Space community, but there hasn’t been any response to it. You check the community stream and shock - it’s not there! What’s happening??
Well, there are several possibilities, some more common than others, but not all of them may be obvious. That’s why I’ve decided to make a list of the most common reasons why posts don’t appear in a community.
Of course, different communities may have different policies (or none at all), so this might not apply everywhere.
Well, this should be a no-brainer. You’ve posted spam and your post has been removed - and you’ve possibly been banned from the community. So what constitutes spam? In the space community the following is considered spam (beside the usual):
- unrelated topics
“look at this picture of my cat!”
- rapid, repeated posts.
- right topic, links to dubious site
”[random astronomy fact]. Link: MakeCashNow,hackme,com”
- foreign language images and video
_If the text in a video or an image isn’t in english, I can’t know what’s been posted_
“Follow me on Facebook/YouTube/etc!!!”
These posts will be removed without comment and user may be removed/banned/reported depending on the severity.
There’s another kind of spam though, but it deserves its own topic:
Pseudoscience / Conspiracies / Nonsense
There’s a common misunderstanding with the word “theory”: many people think scientific theories are “just theories” and therefore their “theory” is just as valid. That’s not the case... A scientific theory is our best model of how something works at any given time. What you’d call “just a theory” is what a scientist would call a hypothesis or - more often - just an idea.
So, with that settled I hope it’s clear what I mean when stating that we will not accept
- your “theory that’ll prove Einstein wrong”
- any “explanations” of what the current planetary positions means for our future, aka astrology
- any “proof of UFOs!!” / Chemtrails / etc
- any “world will actually end in 2015!!”
These posts will be removed mostly without comment and with repeated offenses leading to ban.
If you’re in doubt whether something is science or not, just ask (though a good idea is to look it up on Wikipedia first).
No / Poor / Repeated Content
These are most often the following kind:
- “Hello everyone! :D”,
- Link (and nothing else), and
- A newly published image/story that’s already been posted in the community.
So first of all, it’s understandable that you’ll want to greet everyone, but with the community currently increasing by roughly a thousand members a day, we’d get a flood of “hello!”-es if we didn’t remove them.
Regarding the other two points: Well, simply put, you can do better... Spend some time, make an effort. You felt like sharing something, tell us why it’s interesting / fascinating / awesome. Don’t just share a link without a word - again, if everyone did that...
In the end it means that when you look at this community after a day’s work or a nights sleep, the new posts will be interesting to read.
And of course, there's a search tool on the left. It's friendly, it's helpful, it won't bite.
Automatic Moderation Filter
That's the build-in filter in Google+ - though not necessarily the official name... This is probably the reason you can’t see your post in the community, if there’s nothing “wrong” with the post. It’s quite strict and will hide many posts that shouldn’t be filtered, but your post has not been removed. It’s invisible until a moderator actually clicks the “make visible” button - which should happen shortly.
If your post has been removed unfairly you’re welcome to tag one of the moderators in the comments. We can make mistakes - or we can explain why it’s been removed.