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A thank you to +John R. Ellis for allowing me to join.
My first question is, has anyone else noticed that when opening the members tab, members are no longer listed alphabetically?
I have found myself in this situation which makes it difficult to remove spammers whose accounts seem to commonly start with "!".
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+John R. Ellis Thanks. I had deleted a batch last week, but when I checked the next day there was another load of them. I now realise that it was just that they were old ones that had "jumped" to the top of the list, when the page was refreshed.
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Rapidgame7

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Hello. I'd like to ask everyone what do you think about the following:

In Google+ there are several communities related to games, where the members are usually fans of a game. Naturally, there are people that dislike these games and often have a specific tag in their names.
Also, there is also this thing about "Bang Girls" that are basically entering the community to spam whatever.

So I thought about two things that might have been discussed about before: a "mass member deletion/ban" and an username blacklist, both using Regex.
Would that be useful? You can basically bulk ban users whose profile name only consists of a single "!" or those that have a specific tag in their name, or just block the entry of people whose name consists of something in special, using the Regex syntax

Would a Regex "bulk kick/ban" and a "username blacklist" function be useful?



For your information, Regex means Regular Expressions, the which allows more flexibility when searching certain patterns on strings.
Just like the Windows search function that let's you use "*" and "?", but with more options.
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I think we've all been asking for an easier way to act on multiple members - if you combine that with the existing ability to search, which returns 20 accounts, it would allow you to ban 20 troublemakers at a time, if their names were so predictable.

I think though that Google are working only on things which most people need - even if 5% of g+ users is a lot of people, it might not be enough for G to get to work on something they need (or want) - so g+ is becoming less valuable to people who use it in interesting ways. Still great for filling a stream with photos of cats though.
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beruk H

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can you  find out who deleted another moderator?
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Hi +beruk H. Adding to what +John R. Ellis said, I encourage you to use Send Feedback from the Google+ main menu to request an activity log for moderator actions if you believe that would be useful. 
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John R. Ellis
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Membership List in Random Order

I see that as of a few hours ago, the membership list of all communities is now random, instead of alphabetic.  The Invited list has always been random, and still is.  The O/M list, and the Banned Member list is now random too.  Is this the G+ "solution" to the Bang Girls problem?  


#BangGirls   #EPGs  
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Same results for me in uptodate Chrome.  :)
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Doug Essinger-Hileman

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Because of the information I learned here, I set my community to AtJ in order to deal with the BangGirls. That worked -- except for one occasion. About a week after we changed to AtJ, two new BangGirl accounts showed up in our membership list. They had not asked to join, nor were they approved (there are only three owners/mods, so I am fairly confident of this). 

I realize that responses might be more speculation than fact, but . . .

Is this a case of spammers getting around the AtJ button on the new interface? Or might this be a case of transactions on one server finally catching up with other servers? Or . . . has my community entered the Twilight Zone?
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+John Skeats Good to know. I might update my picture/avatar but I don't see any reason to change my handle. I have worked hard to learn the Internet social media marketing system and see no reason to start from scratch.
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Noernberg Stamps

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I have effectively managed to tackle the issue of the onslaught of non-legitimate new member applications for my community by use of a pinned hyperlink to a google form at the top (and I can review the very few that take the time to go through it), but I still have 16,000+ users in my 'Member Requests' area. I want to mass-reject them. I click the "Ignore all 16,423" button, but it doesn't seem to do jack and they are all still there. Is there any way to clean house and wipe them all en masse? 

And yes... I know I don't need to do it, but It's the OCD in me. That's the way stamp collectors are! :-)
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So much for that, I guess! Still about 7300 to clean up. With the weekend here, I should be able to knock a bunch out. Not so many Bang Girls. They don't seem to take the time on mine (yet), although I do get couple here and there.
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Dan Eastwood

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For a closed community, can someone who has asked to join and been rejected immediately ask to join again? I guess what I really want to know, it there anything to prevent them from asking again, if they are not banned?

I did try to search this question, but didn't find this question.
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+Margaret Siemers I typically clear my Blocked list every few months. Spammers don't generally come back.
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Marko Pavlov

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Q for guys - someone has been banned from community. I s there any chance to get him/her back. When I invite I'm getting a message ' None of the people you listed could be invited. They are either already members or ineligible to join this community.' 

Thanks in advance.
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Happened to me as well & I did the same as you. 
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Lucas Almanza

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I don't have much time, so I'll ask in one go.

1. How can I see all the mods and owners at the top of my members list?
2. Can I bypass the 2-Week wait to promote someone to a owner?

Thanks!
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George “Jolo” Lavall's profile photoJohn R. Ellis's profile photo
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1)  On Desktop the Owners and Mods are listed alphabetically in the Member list, but you can pull up the list of just them.  On mobile I think they are on top of the member list.  They are also the ones with the gold star listed first in viewing the little box of members of a community.
2)  You have a "few" days to bypass the 14 day rule when you create a community.  After that, you have to wait.
3)  Clarification - Mods can demote other Mods, but they can't promote member to mods - only Owners can do that.
4)  Only another Owner could ban Owners along with Mods - so someone either gained Ownership or they hacked an Owner account.
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Shey Smith

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Having a hard time finding a community member in my members list, especially in the new Google+.  Is there a quick way to find them?  Their display name is only two letters so search doesn't work.
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You will never get past the first 100 members trying to scroll down. The page loads dynamically, so you can't just zip-scroll to the middle of the list. 

I really wish G+ would do something to improve community membership management.
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Frozen Daisy The Cat

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This bug I recently encountered with my new community is really driving me insane. It says I have 5 members but it only shows me. It also isn't showing all the posts that people put on them. It also seems to have randomly deleted someone's post, even though it wasn't spam or anything like that. And on top of that, it said "Can't post comment." Can you guys help? I tried rebooting my tablet, but I'm still struggling through this.
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+John R. Ellis Thank you John.
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Ben Miller

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Experiencing a strange issue. A moderator of a community received an email notification of a post by the other community moderator. When he goes into the community he doesn't see the post, but he does see the post on the other moderator's wall indicating it has been posted to the community. Any ideas of what might be happening?
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+Ben Miller Did you ever find the post?
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Liyma Sal

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How can I approve all or multiple requests on my google + community at once. I have thousands of regeuest and don't want to approve them one by one, it's taking me hours. Please help. 
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Thank you
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Jacin Mariam George

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I want to mention a person on my post. But the problem is that person's name is in another language which I don't know. So how can I mention that person? Plzz help. 
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Cool!
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Sepp Stuibhart

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I have a simple question: Well, I'm certain it's simple to many here. While I've been a moderator of several communities for a few years, I'm a new Owner. How do I make a moderator of my community an owner (that is, co-owner)? There's no option in the menu that I can see.
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+John Skeats Sounds like a good precaution.
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Emma Kelly

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Ive noticed on some posts , they have been pinned by a moderator, am just wondering how do you pin a post? 
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Ok thanks everyone. 
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Catherine Gruener

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Hi! I'm owner and moderator of the Parenting, Positive Parenting and more community. I get members that don't have faces and have ! as their names. I'm assuming they are spam? Would that be correct?
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+Super Crazy Disco Kangaroo 9001. Bots are programs. The members with exclamation points as names are profiles not programs, so they cannot be bots. It is conceivable that they were created by bots, but even that is not certain. 
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Gene Carboni

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Does anyone know if Google changed the policy for using Hangouts in a Community?
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Thanks for this information. Have a good weekend.
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inuyasha girl

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Is there a way to show some community posts on your profile, but not others? I understand that you can unable them to not be seen on your homepage… but what about your profile? If a community is public… is there no way to post to it and not have it show up on your profile? I sincerely doubt it, but thought I’d ask… 

I clicked to not share to my homepage and didn’t put them in the “Communities I’ve Joined” section. I would like some to be shown, but not all… my interests can differ from the norm. I don’t wish to offend anyone OR be reported! Again!

Been there... the 2 week ban almost killed me and then, I was constantly considered spam for the next 2 months after I got my account back!!! Sometimes I still am...

Help, if you can...
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Thank you all for the information!
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