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© Copyright

If you want to share an image publicly ...

Most often you are faced with an insoluble problem. You neither find any note on the image which points to the creator or owner nor the Copyright symbol.

Don't share images which source is unknown.

Also ...

Don't share images which source is known and the author (e.g. Apple) doesn't allow their usage without written confirmation.

I'm sure you heard about cease-and-desist orders most often regarding illegal download of media content. Wether it's spamigation or legal you'll get into trouble and it may cost you a lot of bucks which would be much better invested in an awesome Apple product, right?

The details
including cases in which you can even
use images retrieved from Apple's website without permission
http://wp.me/p2MLx1-1om

Apple's Guidelines
https://www.apple.com/legal/intellectual-property/

Thanks for reading.

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Illegal Content
in the light of recent events

I'm sure the owner +Stefan Svartling won't be amused if members post illegal content.

Despite the fact that it's still not really clear (for non-advocates) who is responsible for illegal content in a community (the owner, the moderator who let the post pass, Google, or just the poster) we all have a feeling for what's not allowed and should help to keep the community clean.

Usually the corresponding content will be removed and in blatant cases the poster will be reported to Google and banned.

Why do I post this note?

Well,

1 we have links posted by members to self-operated websites. The sites didn't provide any legal information about the responsible people. A no-go.

2 we have posts with copyrighted images/text neither referring to the source nor with a proof of entitlement to use the content.

3 we have How-To guides which are against Apple's ToS (Terms of services) and SLA (Software License Agreement).

I know that this topic is quite difficult and the majority of us isn't experienced in legal aspects. So just think of it like this:

If it's not yours, don't take it.

An exception is sharing links (to legal content).

Moderators and Google are asking you to help keep the content legal.
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6320425

Don't be evil.
Stay fair and legal.
Thanks for reading.

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Etiquette

Intro
We are here in an awesome content network to make friends and discuss things. Apple is the main topic here but from time to time it makes sense to reflect some aspects of today's social media engagement. It's the task of moderators to fight against the buggy behavior of members. Don't forget, they do it for free in their leisure time and it's not cool to attack them without any good reason.


The community of +Stefan Svartling is dedicated to the brand Apple. So on Google+ it's located in Android territory. This may cause problems because likes and dislikes may come into conflict.

Everyone is entitled to express his opinion on the internet.

But ...

there is no need to flame anyone down just because you disagree. If both publishers and commenters are mindful of what they’re saying we will get to enjoy even more fruitful discussions. Keep it civilized. We are here to connect and make friends not enemies.

Stick to the truth and reduce the prejudices you might have just because others have different preferences. Be respectful.

In severe cases ask yourself or others what's going wrong in your brain or what went wrong in your education. Maybe a patch of your personal operating system may help to coexist more peacefully.

Google+ Etiquette
http://www.gplusinfo.com/google-etiquette/

Note
The size of the logos in my image roughly represent the market share of well-known operating systems for mobile devices. It's neither a statement about importance nor quality. Sadly I had to zoom the Windows 10 logo otherwise you wouldn't see it.

Thanks for reading.
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Link Litter
is a Waste of Everyone’s Time

Intro
We are here in an awesome content network to make friends and discuss things. Apple is the main topic here but from time to time it makes sense to reflect some aspects of today's social media engagement. It's the task of moderators to fight against the buggy behavior of members. Don't forget, they do it for free in their leisure time and it's not cool to attack them without any good reason.


What is link litter?
Dropping a link with no explanation or text, just the title of the article and the link.

Why is link litter bad?
It doesn’t encourage engagement or gather interest. The link is dropped and bam just sits there gathering dust.

Think of it this way. You want some people to click on your link, to stay there and read for several minutes, then hope they share the content with their friends, add you to their circles, +1 your post, or start a meaningful discussion.

Are you really telling us you can’t take a few moments out of your own day to first craft a post with more information than just a link?

So link litterers are either being lazy or spamming.

"Not kosher" says Google.

It's not what Google intends with its network. You can do that on Twitter, Facebook, or other networks.

A thought from Mark Traphagen from Google+ about link litter and spam:

“Spam is any link posted to a community that is obviously irrelevant to that community and is posted with only some commercial intent. Link dumping is posting a link which may be relevant, but adding nothing to it – either a comment to help us understand its importance or a question to get discussion going.”

Thanks for paying attention.

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About Spam
a major issue in large communities

Intro
We are here in an awesome content network to make friends and discuss things. Apple is the main topic here but from time to time it makes sense to reflect some aspects of today's social media engagement. It's the task of moderators to fight against the buggy behavior of members. Don't forget, they do it for free in their leisure time and it's not cool to attack them without any good reason.


SPAM is defined as
irrelevant, inappropriate, off-topic, or unsolicited messages (usually commercial) sent on the internet to a large number of recipients.

It's a commonly occurring issue in social media beside disrespect for others, meaningless content without any added value, and fake news.

Many people ask why their posts to Google+ communities are flagged as spam by the Google+ spam filters.

Google doesn't share details about how the spam filters work (because that would make it easy for spammers to stay just on the legal side of what the filters would block and annoy us all), but we know - or at least believe we know - a few things based on observation:

1 Identical or substantially similar posts shared or reshared with multiple communities are more likely to be flagged as spam, especially if they are shared/reshared within a relatively short period of time. To avoid this, I recommend never sharing similar material to more than three communities within about a two-hour period.

2 Posts which contain only links or links with only a minimal amount of additional information (also known as "link litter") appear to have a higher probability of being flagged as spam. Such posts violate the rules in many communities. As an aside, there are also strong indications that posts like that also have an extremely low click-through rate.

3 Posts which are identical or similar to posts that have been removed from multiple communities for violating the communities' rules appear to have a higher probability of being flagged as spam.

It is extremely important to become familiar with the community's rules before posting in the community because the rules vary significantly between communities, and a pattern of violating the rules in some communities might affect your posts to other communities.

Posts containing the same link or similar links (e.g., links to other posts in the same blog) as posts which were previously flagged as spam appear to have a higher probability of being flagged as spam.

4 Posts which are reshares of non-community public or private posts which were reported as spam appear to have a higher probability of being flagged as spam. Note that selecting the option for email notification when sharing non-community posts can lead people to report the posts as spam because many recipients do not appreciate the unwanted emails. You should virtually never use that option unless people have asked to be notified by email.

5 Posts by individuals who have previously been identified as spammers by the spam filters have a higher probability of being flagged as spam. If you get indications that your posts are being flagged as spam, it is best to review and change your posting habits promptly. The longer you persist in the same behavior, the longer the spam filters appear to treat you as a spammer. In serious cases, it can even lead to your account being suspended or revoked.

Spammers are like bugs.

But in Stefan Svartling's Apple Community the member list is regularly patched by moderators. So they don't have a chance to survive.

Thanks for taking your time.
(h/t John Skeats)

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Please welcome our newest moderator +Thomas Unterstenhoefer

He will be helping me moderate this community from now on.

700,000 members.


Congratulations!!!

I just wanted you all to know that this community has an easy URL (link) that you can share to People:

http://apple.svartling.net



Soon 600k members guys :) Amazing!
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