Bug 68309 - ASKLIBREOFFICE: 'Flag offensive' option for comments.
Summary: ASKLIBREOFFICE: 'Flag offensive' option for comments.
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: WWW (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-08-20 07:53 UTC by Owen Genat (retired)
Modified: 2013-08-25 01:11 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Screenshot showing answer and comment options. (70.39 KB, image/png)
2013-08-20 07:53 UTC, Owen Genat (retired)

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Description Owen Genat (retired) 2013-08-20 07:53:25 UTC
Created attachment 84312 [details]
Screenshot showing answer and comment options.

Problem description: 
There have been numerous attempts to SPAM the AskLO site and one technique is to place comments in old questions. Because comments do not cause the question to move to the front page they can go unnoticed for some time. It may help if comments had a "flag offensive" option like questions and answers (refer highlighted areas of attached screenshot). Currently all questions / answers flagged in this manner send a notification to the inbox of moderators.

Current behavior: Comments containing SPAM can presently only be deleted (karma=200).

Expected behavior: Comments containing SPAM can be flagged as offensive (karma=5).
Operating System: All
Version: release
Comment 1 Owen Genat (retired) 2013-08-20 08:15:18 UTC
I am setting Importance to LOW ENHANCEMENT as this appears to be an extension of functionality and the current option of deleting comments is a possible workaround.
Comment 2 retired 2013-08-20 09:58:11 UTC
Setting to NEW. Noticed occasional spam on AskLO as well.
Comment 3 Florian Effenberger 2013-08-21 11:13:51 UTC
For enhancement requests to the upstream AskBot software per se, I recommend we directly raise/file them upstream.
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-08-22 13:53:38 UTC
Regarding comments affecting the activity of questions, I asked about this feature on the Askbot.org site:


Evgeny mentioned that there'd be a way for comments to affect the activity of questions, but I'm not sure if this has been implemented yet. In conjunction with the ability to flag comments for SPAM, this would help us to more easily police the site.
Comment 5 Owen Genat (retired) 2013-08-24 07:35:29 UTC
Thanks for the reminder Florian. I had a look on the AskBot forum and found this related thread that dates from 2011:


Evgeny indicates an "issues database" but I can't find a bug report. The enhancement is also listed on the Fedora Project AskBot wishlist:


Searching the RedHat bugzilla using Product:Fedora and Component:askbot without any search terms merely returns a list of seven closed bugs:


Am I looking in the correct place? Does anyone know if this enhancement was actually recorded? I am happy to close this bug report if we can point to an existing one on the appropriate site (assuming one exists).
Comment 6 Florian Effenberger 2013-08-24 10:04:54 UTC
I sadly lack insight into the AskBot project itself. Maybe you ping them at their forum again? That seems to be the official way of contact.

I'm a bit hesitant of throwing all requests over to Evgeny as part of our current contract, as this had a very specified lists of tasks, and I don't want to extend it endlessly. :-)
Comment 7 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2013-08-24 17:19:20 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> Am I looking in the correct place? Does anyone know if this enhancement was
> actually recorded? I am happy to close this bug report if we can point to an
> existing one on the appropriate site (assuming one exists).

Oh yes, from what I'understand, Askbot doesn't have a separate bugtracker anymore...

AFAIK bugs just get filed in the Askbot 'forum' (i.e. the same place):

It's not how we (or most FOSS projects) do things, but hey... whatever works, right? :-)
Comment 8 Florian Effenberger 2013-08-24 18:21:05 UTC
Yep, I definitely recommend using the upstream tools to file properly ;-)
Comment 9 Owen Genat (retired) 2013-08-25 01:11:38 UTC
Thanks Florian and Qubit for your assistance. I have added a comment to the answer in the Askbot forum thread indicated in comment #5. If I don't get a response in a few days I will add an answer to pop it to the top of the list. It seems appropriate to follow this matter up over on that forum rather via the bugtracker here for the reasons indicated. I am therefore setting the status to RESOLVED as NOTOURBUG.