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What to do
after Google flagged you as spammer?

Recovering your ability to share posts freely in communities after Google has started treating you as a spammer takes time and effort. There is no magic formula or overnight solution to resolve the problem, and it won’t go away if you ignore it or stop your activities for some days or weeks.

What seems to work is demonstrating to Google that you are not a spammer over a period of time.

Start with posting one post a day into just one community in which you know a moderator who is willing to help you getting rid of being seen as a spammer.

Regarding your posts keep this in mind:

Make sure that your posts comply with the rules of the communities you are sharing them in.
Every community has its own rules. They can generally be found either on the community’s About this community card or on a pinned post in the community.

Make sure your Google+ posts include real content.
Posts that contain links with no or very little meaningful content in the Google+ post itself seem to be much more likely to get flagged. Besides, posts like that are against the rules in many communities. And if that isn’t enough incentive not to share “link-litter posts,” consider the fact that the click-through rate of posts that contain meaningful information is much higher than for posts with little or no meaningful content.

Use hashtags with care.
The presence of hashtags does not appear to cause posts to be flagged, but make sure that there is a meaningful amount non-hashtag content. It is possible that hashtags might be ignored. Besides, posts with an excessive number of hashtags or hashtags spread throughout the text look spammy to readers.

Don’t make all your posts look the same.
In other words, don’t use a standard formula for your posts. When posts appear to be too similar, people tend to view them as being spammy, and the goal of the spam filter is to catch things that people would consider to be spam.

Sources

https://plus.google.com/+ThomasUnterstenhoefer/posts/Q2Q9k1jRtbE

https://plus.google.com/+JohnSkeats/posts/hhXC44DD5fU

Note
Regarding the post in my image:
This guy posted the same content to more than 10 communities in 5 min. Furthermore his intro is focused on himself not on the content. The content is off-topic. I banned him because of spamming, violating community rules, and ignoring the intention Google has with its community concept.

Thanks for paying attention.
Feel free to contact me privately
(not in the comment section of posts)
if you need further help.
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How Google deals with allegedly illegal content
We need your help to keep the community clean.

You might know that our community was suspended some weeks ago because of a suspected violation of Google’s User Content Policies. It turned out that everything was within the rules but we all should be vigilant.

In the light of recent events here’s what you should know about content restrictions ...

Google doesn’t allow illegal content on Google+.

When they gain knowledge about such content, they will review the report and remove or block content that they identify as illegal. Active moderators play an essential role in identifying illegal content. In communities they are the first who can reject and report posts from members which either appear in the SPAM or REVIEW queue of their management tool.

But members can also take action.
And they should do it.

There is a user-flagging system to alert Google to content that violates the Google+ Global Content Guidelines. This is a voluntary self-regulatory system that exists outside of any legal obligation. Anyone who is signed in to his/her Google account and finds a piece of content that may violate the Global Content Guidelines can flag it by accessing the feedback option of Google+ - represented by three dots on the top right corner - then clicking “Report abuse” and selecting the category of the content violation. When flagging, users report what policy they believe the content violates.

Policy reporting categories and removal reasons include: sexually explicit content, violent or dangerous content, hateful, harassing or bullying content, and spam.

Please help us and the G+ Team
to keep this outstanding content network clean!

Reporting and review mechanisms
https://transparencyreport.google.com/netzdg/googleplus

User Content and Conduct Policy
https://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html

About the Copyright
https://plus.google.com/+ThomasUnterstenhoefer/posts/4idrhHCJq6B

About laws of the European Union
Cookies consent
https://eugdprcompliant.com/cookies-consent-gdpr/
Legal information (see Article 5)
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32000L0031


Thanks for reading.
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Nasty journalism
Clickbait at its best
Suddenly, Confirmed, Nasty, Serious
Master of the rumor mill’s confirmed fake news

“‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features and biggest problems hidden behind the headlines”,
says Gordon Kelly about his work as a journalist.

To avoid TL;DR here are just some examples. I could easily add a bazillion more.

You mustn’t read the posts, just the headlines to understand what I mean and why I’m criticizing this kind of journalism.

Apple Leak Suddenly ‘Confirms’ Expensive iPhone XC
Sep 9, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/09/apple-iphone-xc-xs-max-new-iphone-upgrade-release-date-price-cost-iphone9/

‘iPhone XS Max’ Name Revealed In New Leak
Sep 6, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/06/apple-iphone-xs-max-plus-new-iphone9-se2-upgrade-release-date-price-cost/#6c4eb89c593b

Apple’s New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise
Sep 14, 2017
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/09/14/apple-iphone-x-iphone-8-iphone-price-cost-release-date-battery-life-specs/

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus Have A Nasty Surprise
Nov 2, 2017
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/11/02/apples-new-iphones-cost-repair-cracked-glass-specs-availability-stock/

Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem
Sep 2, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/02/apple-iphone-8-problem-upgrade-iphone-9-xs-repair-price-cost-release-date/#133bde362cf2

Apple’s iPhone 9 Has More Compromises Than Expected
Aug 28, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/08/28/apple-iphone-9-x-plus-xplus-release-date-specs-price-cost-iphone-xs/#35c8ae3c25dd

Apple’s New iPhones May Have Underwhelming Performance
Jul 3, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/07/03/apples-new-iphone-x-x2-iphone-xplus-se2-specs-camera-release-date-cost/amp/

Apple’s New iPhones Have An Expensive Surprise
Apr 12, 2018
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/04/12/apple-iphone-x-2-iphone-se-2-iphone-x-plus-price-cost-release-date-specs-upgrade/

Just replace “Apple” with “Samsung” or “Microsoft” and “iPhone” with “Galaxy” and you’ll get the headlines for Gordon’s other surprising articles. Keep on reading about Apple’s nasty surprises, serious problems, and alleged confirmations. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not always fake news but it shouldn’t be called news either.

Sorry Gordon.
Lots of colleagues do a better job.
Btw, it also casts a poor light on Forbes.

Serious research?
Abiding by the Copyright or Fair Use policy?

No, that’s not the way you get attention today. Quality of journalism today seems to be measured by clicks and followers not the published content.

To be fair, there are also some articles (despite the headline) which raise hope. Here’s one:
Apple’s iPhones Years Away From In-Display Readers (Sep 4, 2018)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/04/apple-iphone-xs-xplus-se2-iphone9-faceid-touchid-upgrade-release-date-price-cost/#4b516b983ba5

Yours truly, Thomas.

Note
Gordon Kelly’s
https://plus.google.com/+GordonKelly
reaction wasn’t a nasty surprise for me. He restricted his Google+ profile immediately after I criticized one of his posts so that I’m not able to comment any longer.

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In English please!

This is an international community where only English is accepted. It’s why automated translations of other languages into English are most often distorting the meaning. Please read the community rules pinned at the top before you post or comment.

In some cases moderators let Google translate your content and it might happen that you’ll get banned.

Posts or comments in other languages than English are removed. Keep in mind that removed content doesn’t have a good impact on your reputation on Google+.
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Publishing copyrighted material
Usually wallpapers are NOT public domain

You might know that this community was suspended for about 2 weeks because Google detected an infringement of its policies. It wasn’t the case but what we learned is that there is an implied responsibility of moderators to keep the community clean.

In light of current events - which let me take down some posts because of copyright infringements - here’s what you should know about using images in your posts or on your website which link you like to post here in our community.

The Copyright is an automatic right which attaches as soon as the original work is created and does not require the author to file special paperwork. Immediately after creating the work he gets the right to use the “©” showing the work is copyrighted (but he isn’t under an obligation to do so). Laws in nearly all countries state that nobody is allowed to use copyrighted works without an explicit permission of the creator.

FAIR USE is a legal exception to the exclusive rights an owner has for the copyrighted work.

A classic example of fair use of an image to use online is product reviews. If you want to review a new piece of Apple’s technology, you’ll likely head to Apple com, right-click that image and save it to upload to your site. A photo will not substitute for the actual product, so the owner’s rights should be very minimally affected. Therefore, your right to use the copyrighted image would likely be permitted under fair use. Fair use is in place for the greater good, to allow copyrighted works to be used without permission for the benefit of the public. Section 107 (USA Copyright Act) allows the usage of images for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, and so it’s not an infringement of the copyright.

This is definitely not the case if a website offers the download of wallpapers created or licensed by Apple.

For software which includes wallpapers coming with it, Apple reserves all rights not expressly granted to someone.

More ...
It’s not peccadillos what we are talking about when it comes to protect the rights of authors. So if you are a content creator please read this article
https://plus.google.com/+ThomasUnterstenhoefer/posts/4idrhHCJq6B
and abide by the mentioned laws.

Note
I took this image from my family’s garden with my iPhone. So it’s no copyright infringement. Even if I would have used an Apple wallpaper it would be legal under the Fair Use policy. But it’s most likely that offering Apple wallpapers on a commercially operated website increases the number of visitors and with it the money the owner gets for ad.

Thanks.
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900,000 Members
in the largest Apple community on G+

A big THANK YOU
to the owner +Stefan Svartling
who created this fast growing community.

Also a big THANK YOU to all members, particularly content creators and discussants as well as +John Elstone who helped us to come back after a 2 weeks lasting suspension of the community.

We‘re trying to keep Google’s intention of a clean and rich content network alive.

Posting
Please read about „How to post“ to stay in compliance with the community rules.
https://plus.google.com/+ThomasUnterstenhoefer/posts/Qn4nkq9WkAU

Commenting
We consistently support the Google+ Team in identifying trolls and spammers with a zero-tolerance policy. Useless content without any relation to the posted content like “Hi“, “Hello”, “OK”, “Call me”, profile links, mail addresses, phone numbers, selfies, requests for following, blatantly obvious advances, off-topic comments, or some kind of not classifiable bullshit is not welcome and is followed by a ban in most cases. Our community is neither a dating platform nor a marketplace or a trash can for meaningless stuff.


Outlook for 2018
In fall 2018 it’s likely that member #1,000,000 will join the community. Sadly we can’t see who it is and so the prize money of $ 1m can’t be paid out. So +Stefan Svartling , there is no good reason to fall into despair. :)


Thanks for being a member.
We would like to see you creating great posts and engaging in civilized discussions, based on facts, with respect for others.
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Restricted Profiles

Currently the Google+ Team still allows people with restricted profiles to be members of all kinds of communities. They deliberately restrict their target audience because they don’t want a group of other members to see what they post.

This is a no-go in the Apple community and will be punished with a ban. We like open-minded, active members engaging in interesting discussion. It can be seen as discrimination if people think they must exclude others from looking at their content.

There might be some good reasons to restrict a profile but in our community there’s nothing which could justify any restriction, neither of age nor of specific countries.

Moderators on Google+ still do not have the privilege to see what members with restricted profiles post in comment sections. So they can’t do their job to keep the community in compliance with Google policies. Until today Google didn’t change this bad situation although it’s a well-known problem and filed many times as feedbacks.

But even if moderators would be able to see activities of restricted profiles a membership in our community wouldn’t be allowed.

In our community
there is nothing to conceal from others.

Thanks for understanding.
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Copyright infringement
Don’t adorn yourself with borrowed plumes.

In the light of recent events
(blatantly copying complete articles from The Verge, 9To5Mac, and Business Insider into privately managed blogs/websites)
I strongly recommend to read about the copyright.

We cannot accept illegally copied/illegally used content. It’s against the laws in nearly all countries all over the world and it’s against our community rules. It’s not peccadillos what we are talking about when it comes to protect the rights of authors.

Members who copy/paste content without the permission of the original author or violating the principles of Fair Use are immediately banned without a second chance to come back.

Thanks for understanding.

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Shit happens!
Something went wrong or
somebody wanted to damage our
community without any good reason.

“We depend heavily upon users to let us know about content that may violate our policies. After we are notified of a potential policy violation, we may review the content and take action, including restricting access to the content, removing the content, refusing to print the content and limiting or terminating a user’s access to Google products.”
(User Content And Conduct Policy)

So the owner +Stefan Svartling got this message from the Google+ Team:

”The Apple Group appears to violate our User Content and Behavior Policy. It can only be displayed by moderators at this time. Remove the objectionable content and send an appeal if you want the suspension to be removed. If you do not do anything within two months, the group and its contents can be deleted. We apologize for the inconvenience. The team behind Google+.”

After reviewing the community the Google+ Team lifted the suspension today. Thanks to the team.

A big THANK YOU to +John Elstone who escalated the issue successfully.

I personally think that one of the machines just doing what their human counterparts advised them to do was buggy or, which is more likely, the humans creating the algorithms had a bad moment.

Note
Here’s Google’s
User Content and Conduct Policy
https://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html

Anyway, welcome back to all of you.
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Watch out!
It happens faster than you think.

People aged 13+ are allowed to create a Google account and so they can join Google+ communities. They shouldn’t get the impression that our community is open for more than Apple related stuff. Google explicitly forbids profiles which are just created to contain sexual content expressed in images or words.

We support the Google+ Team in identifying trolls, spammers, and people trying to express sexual related tendencies with a zero-tolerance policy. Useless content without any relation to the posted content like “Hi“, “Hello”, “OK”, “Call me”, lots of emojis, profile links, mail addresses, phone numbers, selfies, requests for following, blatantly obvious advances, off-topic comments, or some kind of not classifiable bullshit is not welcome and is followed by a ban without a second chance to come back.

Our community is neither a dating platform nor a marketplace or a trash can for meaningless stuff.

Thanks for understanding.
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