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João Carlos

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about ask to join
I'm a moderator of the gaming community and until now we were a ask to join community to prevent spam.

Problem is that it seems google is finally pushing the new browser layout. And this layout doesn't allow to accept all requests, it forces us to accept one by one, which is practically impossible.

But I noticed that if we turn the community to open to join, it will automatically accept all requests made during the ask to join. So my idea is keeping the community ask to join and from time to time turn it open to join to accept all requests.

I wanted to ask for opinions and if this seems like a viable way of doing things or if there's a better idea.

PS: the big picture here is that ask-to-join prevents bots from spamming and discourages youtubers from spamming our community.
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+João Carlos I believe that. I am talking about large communities.
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Seth Burgess

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Time to switch or be switched...
 
When you share feedback, we listen. (If you're in doubt, take a look at Luke's post on all our recent updates: https://goo.gl/C7f6HM). We're excited to share some more big updates with you today. Check out the changes we're making so the new Google+ works even better for you!
From better commenting, to showing you more of what matters, to bringing back Events, we’re making a bunch of improvements to Google+ based on your feedback.
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+Christian Nalletamby We have been complaining and suggesting for the last year. It hasn't done a bit of good.
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thomas o'brien

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Why isn't Google doing anything about rampant spam and pornography getting posted to communities?

The last thing I want to do in my limited time I have in a day is to have to look at and click multiple times to have to remove and ban a user for pornography. Right now every time I log into g+ I ban dozens of users from the night photography group. And have gotten multiple notifications that the community has been shut down for pornography. If Google knows there is pornography why the hell is it allowing the users to post in communities and why the hell is it keeping the posts up??????

I ABSOLUTELY know that Google has the ability to automatically filter and ban users from the platform for posting this shit. If they know it's been posted they would rather shut the community down rather than remove the user from the platform, community and remove the post.

Why is Google doing this and why does it keep communities around?? I am tired of having to look at hard core pornography every time I log into Google + 
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+Scott Kleinberg sorry to hear that, though I can add here that moderation tools have improved hugely over the last few months, though the communities that are heavily effected by spam currently are ones that are either unmoderated or where the owner has chosen not to implement the new moderation tools. :(
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Margaret Tompkins

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How Does Google Count Followers? How Do You Count Them? Do You Even Care?

I've been on G+ since late 2011 and have always been active in the photography themes. Two of those, created by the great Ray Bilcliff, are #WaterBirdWednesday   and #GrassTuesday  !! He gave them up a couple of years back and I inherited them. I love them both and they are very active. Each one is hosted by a page and there is a circle on each page with I presume are those following the page. Each circle had about 3500 profiles in it. #WaterBirdWedneaday  has about 5600 followers according to G+ and #GrassTuesday  has about 5230. I thought the difference between 3500 and 5000+ was my lack of maintenance of those circles.

A few weeks back, I tackled those circles. I basically just removed the inactives - those that haven't shared anything this year - 2016. To my surprise, I ended up with 1200 profiles remaining. 2/3 of the profiles were eliminated!! - 2500 profiles!! Most appeared to become inactive in 2013 and 2014. It was a mass exodus from G+.

Google says there are 5600 following the page and I have determined that only 1200 of them are active on G+ this year. 300 are routinely participating in the theme.

So how do I count these profiles? Do I count the 300 that are actively participating in the theme? Do I count the 1200 that are active on G+ sometime this year? Do I count the 5600 that Google says are following the page?

Google says that for my own profile, I have 154K followers. If 2/3 of them have left G+, then I only have 51K followers who are still on G+, and maybe just 13K that show any interest in my work here on G+.

There was an interesting thread here yesterday evening and we were discussing members in our communities. +Mike Rigsby discussed how he reviews his members list looking for special keywords that might indicate a spammer. I was interested in this technique so I went to the Landscape Photography Community and entered "sexy" into the member list search box. I don't recall any profile posting a legitimate landscape photo with the profile name including "sexy" so I figured this would be a good test. 76 names came up!! Wow!! Was I surprised!! Where is the "delete all" function Google?

It so happens that the LPC is very near the one million member mark. Do I leave these 76 obviously worthless profiles alone just so we can hit one million members sooner? Do I get rid of them and probably a few hundred thousands other members who haven't been active on G+ in the last couple of years?

What's an owner or moderator to do? I really want to hear your thoughts!!
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+Eric Smith ~ It took me a little bit to figure out the image search, but it has proven useful :-)
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Ben

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A Video about Communities :(
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+Margaret Siemers none taken :)
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John Skeats
moderator

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New Community Vanguards Program for Community Owners and Moderators

Google just announced a new program called Community Vanguards. "This private Community, moderated by the Create team, is a space to share best practices and advice on running successful Communities and to ask for help with a range of issues including how to boost engagement, writing Community guidelines, and mentoring new members."

You can learn more about it from the post below.
 
Google+ and the Create program are happy to announce a new program for Community owners and moderators - introducing Community Vanguards!

Vanguards is a supportive network of Community owners and moderators on Google+ interested in learning about community management! This private Community, moderated by the Create team, is a space to share best practices and advice on running successful Communities and to ask for help with a range of issues including how to boost engagement, writing Community guidelines, and mentoring new members.

If you own an active Community on Google+ and would like to join a group of dedicated, supportive Community owners to learn more about community management, then Vanguards might be the right program for you!

Apply by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/HluOa0

Check back in this Collection to learn about Vanguards members, the Communities they run on Google+, as well as our tips for running successful Communities!
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+John Skeats LOL Good one, and definitely us.
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Optimus Prime

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When I approve some posts in "Held for review" section, at some point they again go back there or they go to "Likely to be spam" section. Do you have the same problem?
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Sometimes it happen. Same thing when you ban someone, sometimes they show back up
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James Shewmaker

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Manage members and Send Feedback = Screenshot is impossible.

The new Google Plus desktop interface is not only a failure for us, it is also a failure for the Tech Support's feedback system.

Today I tried to send feedback which involved Manage Members.

But you cannot access "Send Feedback" while "Manage Members" is open. Therefore you cannot take a screenshot of the problem.

And its not just this one element of the New Interface. There are a number of things which cannot be visible when sending feedback. For example, the Community Categories menu and most of the rest of the left sidebar are blocked when one attempts to send feedback.

Someone at Google simply was not thinking right when they designed the new interface because the interface itself is doomed to failure.
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+John Skeats hmm ohkay .. 
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Steven Akn1

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So it seems on 8.6 were unable to share pics to hangouts. I hope this isn't the wrong place for this. It seems permissions are messed up thanks.
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Jenn Akin's profile photoAndrew Hatchett's profile photo
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This is being mentioned on the Hangout Help Forum...
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/hangouts
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Don McCollough

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Here's another spammer to be on the lookout for. 
Gmail Help Call on 1-877-729-6626 for Hacked Your Gmail Account #GmailHelp #GmailHelpNumber #GmailTollFreeHelplineNumber #GmailPhoneNumber Gmail is an… - Ruth Carter - Google+
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Thankyou 👍
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John R. Ellis
owner

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Resharing because I agree

It gives me a headache just to look at the atrocious New View for a few minutes. It is so jarringly ugly - are all the coders color blind? What would be nice is if they let the long-time users remain on Classic G+, and let people opt to move to the New G+ if they want a faster platform with vapid content and spam.

Rather than throw away the old platform when they retire it - they should just give it away (open source it), like we do with a big old community we Created that we no longer are interested in. Lots of people are working hard to create platforms to compete with G+ and FB, now that they have gone down the tubes, and could make good use of the old code or this platform. Yes, I know none of this will happen, but it's good to ventilate the frustration with New G+.


#NewView   #SharingIsCaring  
 
Please Reshare
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+Robert Langdon as Google Top Contributor I assure you that Google listening what users have to say. Every feedback is valuable and many changes are made because of users feedback.

+Dave E platforms and apps are not the same thing, you have to understand that. Gmail has web interface and Gmail App (desktop and mobile access to Gmail). Inbox by Gmail is different app and we are not here to questioning Google's choice how many apps they will provide. As user of Google products you are able to share your thoughts through feedback.
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Dave E

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Has anyone else had their Google spam filter page full of posts by this guy, over the past couple of days? If so, hopefully everyone has Reported her/him/it, as well aa banning....

https://plus.google.com/112199684415708111864
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+John R. Ellis +Margaret Siemers
I apologize for not making myself more clear. During the Bang Girls Fiasco we had our Community set to Request To Join.
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Johnny Eric M.

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Hi fellow owners and moderators of G+ Communities. I just created basic G+ Community Guidelines: https://goo.gl/d9X0MT to share with my community members. I would like to hear what do you think? All suggestions are welcome.

PS: Happy New Year! :-)
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+Margaret Tompkins thanks a lot.
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Margaret Tompkins

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Happy Holidays Everyone!!! Tis the season for giving and receiving presents!! If you're all been good owners and moderators of your communities this year, what would you like Santa Google to bring you in the New Year?

Please list just one feature per comment but feel free to discuss them all. You may already know my #1 wish!! I want the ability to "Report, remove, and ban at the comment level" with the option to remove ALL content from a poster - comments and posts anywhere and everywhere in the community.

What feature do you want Santa Google to bring to you?
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+Viana I'm not getting the blue head bots. Maybe we aren't as much of a target as we used to be. We have Hold for Review in place along with strict filters. The porn bots may have moved on to easier targets. We do get blue heads in the HFR filter but if it's a decent landscape post, I auto-approve it.
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Margaret Tompkins

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Who here is an owner or moderator of a large public community - say one million or more or close to it? I'd like to start a discussion about some of the problems and issues that are unique to these large public communities and how you are working to resolve those issues and solve problems.
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Robert Langdon's profile photoMichael Alperstein's profile photo
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Hi All. I have pinned a message to the top of my community that many members have appreciated. I will paste it here in case anyone wants to write something similar in their community.

Take care,
Michael

Pinned to top:

I am sorry about all the spam and porn being posted in this community lately. Please flag any inappropriate posts. They are not just here, many communities are experiencing it lately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve the situation. As of this moment each new member who joins will not be able to post right away. Their posts will be "held for review." I am told this will cut down on the spam.

Long-time members should still be able to post.

Please don't take it personally if you just joined and have made a real post but it doesn't show up. It just means it has been filtered out automatically.

As I said, many communities are experiencing this problem. There is not a clear solution. I am told Google itself is aware of it, but unfortunately it's a "cat and mouse" game. The spam bots keep outsmarting Google's filtering system.

Hopefully it will get better soon!

Thank you,
Michael
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Don McCollough

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Seems the porn bots are back again. Keep a close eye on your communities for a while. 
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Hello John I really wish I could be of more help but the Info I provided was sent to me by +Margaret Siemers. Here is he link I shared here in the community that goes more in depth about the subject. If you figure out any additional info please let me know:)). Thank you

plus.google.com - Hello Currently we have an overwhelming amount of member requests in the P2…
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João Carlos

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A small story and an explanation about IP blackmails

A friend of mine was recently threatened to hand over his community to a guy or else he would release his IP and city. Fortunately he told our group chat about what was happening and I prevented him from giving up his community by explaining how having his IP leaked is not that big of a deal and how easily he could change it if he wanted.
The guy ended up releasing his IP but considering his following, no one probably even saw his post. Never mind that no one can really do much with that info.

I just wanted to share this story in case anyone here is being victim of blackmails. Hopefully this post will prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Generally speaking, your IP is your's device public address, it's what allows servers and other device's know who they are speaking with. Other people knowing your IP is not that big of a deal. An average joe will not know what to do with your IP, other than pasting it in some website and discover from what city/state it comes from.

And as long you have your device and your firewall updated, you have nothing to fear because the hackers that may have the know-how to hack you, will not bother with you. They prefer to hack bigger fish like public figures and whatnot. Same thing with DDOS'ers.

So yeah, if someone throws in your face an IP, check first if the IP is indeed yours. You can do that by accessing this website: https://www.whatismyip.com/

If it is yours, don't be afraid and fall for their scare tactic. 99.9% chances are that he doesn't know what to do with it other than shoving in your face. You can go ahead and report him for harassment and go to sleep. But if you really want to make sure that you're safe, here's an helpful link to change your IP: http://whatismyipaddress.com/change-ip

But before you go on with your life and forget about the poor sod, make sure to report him to google+.
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That is also an FBI crime, so the little Rats can be reported to the Feds for Blackmail and Electronic Coursion. I hate crooks.
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Dan Eastwood

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Our community of 40,000+ members is not appearing in community search results. One of our mods scrolled through the search results and finally saw it below ~400 other communities. To check if your community has this problem, try searching communities from an alternate account that is not in the community.

+John Ellis +John Skeats
You may recall we had this problem over a year ago, and it took months to get it fixed.
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+Dan Eastwood I'll share anything I can with you. 
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Ann G

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Well, this horrible new "feature" is rolling out despite many community owners speaking out against it. Here's the official post on how to turn off the algorithm in your communities. Unfortunately, each user must turn it off. We owners can't decide it's bad for our communities and turn it off for everyone. Yuck! 
 
Never miss another great Community post

Great conversations make for vibrant Communities, and there’s no better conversation starter than an interesting post. But with all the activity lively Communities have, even the most compelling posts can slide out of view before you have a chance to see them. To make sure you never miss out on what’s up, we’re changing the way Community posts are displayed to show you the good stuff first.

Starting today, whenever you visit a Community, you’ll see the most high quality, relevant posts up top, rather than the just the most recent ones. Of course, if you’d like to switch back to chronological view, it’s easy to do so from the Community Settings / Preferences menu.

We’ll be rolling this out gradually, so please visit your favorite Community and let us know what you think!

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+Ann G​ I have sent feedback about it before through various channels. It's not the first, second or third time I've seen mod posts in Spam. I've even had my own posts wind up in Spam in communities I own. It's frustrating. 
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Alright so today I woke up and found a message from a member wondering why they were banned. After some research, guess what, our community was deleted. Poof gone. Anime World, a 300k members community gone, just like that. Now I've been talking with one of the owners +João Carlos​​ (I'm a mod BTW). And he has no idea what's going on. There are two other owners and I doubt any of them would have deleted the community like that unless their accounts got hacked or something. Maybe this is a glitch on Google's part? Or the community might have gotten falsely reported... Idk, can anyone give us any advice or help.
I'm in utter disbelief....
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+J DL You're welcome. I love volunteering my time helping other users.
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