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User-Generated User Guideline

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There have been some debates that are going on on the acceptability of certain pong-soliciting means. While we at our side agreed that the current pong system is easily gamed upon, simply due to the fact that we do not only record pongs from registered Ping.sg users but from anyone who followed through the ping.sg/read/xxxxxxxx links, some of the regular users have felt that ‘pong-gaming‘ have affected the integrity of our ranking system.

While we at Ping.sg’s team is working towards the next update which would change how pong is recorded and how popularity is determined, arzhou from arzhou.com has kindly done up this user guideline for all of us to refer to, while we are all awaiting the new pong system.

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Ping.sg User Guideline
v0.01 alpha (Reproduced completely from arzhou’s)
[Edit this guideline here at wiki]

Does Ping.sg accept all kinds of blog post?

Ping.sg has no restriction on what you can blog, we do not have editors to monitor and approve all posts. It is up to the community to decide what is good and what is not. But we would appreciate it if you blog responsibly. This would include:

· No flaming or strong personal attacks on people

· Making allegations against someone or some company with out any proper evidence.

· No attacking of other religions/ races/ beliefs. If possible we would like everyone to hold hands and sing “it’s a small world after all”

· Try to keep your blogpost family friendly as possible, we do have young kids viewing. That means no explicit pornography.

· Label post that are considered not safe for work viewing as NSFW, do not “sabo” your fellow pingsters should they view your post at work or at school. Seriously… I mean it

What is Pong Cheating?

Pong cheating is essentially artificially inflating the number of pongs a particular blogpost gets with the intention of getting into the ping.sg daily top 10. There are several known methods that are clear cut pong cheating:

· IP Spoofing

· Embeding the ping.sg/read/ url into a page

What about other methods like getting my friends to pong me?

Getting your friends to pong your post and several other methods listed below are still often debated as whether it is considered acceptable or not. There are several names for such methods, eg: Plugging. This is currently a grey area due to the nature how ping.sg calculates pongs. Since anyone can pong, not just a registered user, this system can be used to inflate a post’s pongs.

Several known methods of plugging

· Spamming the Ping.sg shoutbox with the ping.sg link and telling people to visit it.

· Placing the ping.sg/read/url link on high traffic forums

· Mass sending the ping.sg/read/url link or user page to friends on various forms of IM (eg: msn, AIM, yahoo)

· Using the ping.sg/read/uri link instead of the blogpost permalink when linking to a particular URL.

What is wrong with such behaviour?

Whether or not such behaviour is considered wrong is subject to debate especially when it concerns plugging which is seen as a grey area. But such behaviour messes the ideal way that ping.sg should work, which is to reflect that the blogging community or user community on ping.sg things is a good post or a bad post. This can also include unregistered users who visit ping to keep up to date on the Singapore Blogosphere and random people who stumbled upon ping.sg as well.

Are there any other user behaviour that is frowned upon by the community?

Another popular trick which is linkbaiting, which is using a rather catchy post title to get reader attention but the actual post has no relevance to the title or does not live up to what the title suggests.

Please be aware that some users use creative punning in their blog titles and this is often seen as acceptable.

I see that ping.sg has a shoutbox, what is the purpose?

Well, the ping.sg shoutbox is where pingsters go to the avoid doing work or study. We waste away our time chatting, talking cock, planning outings. In general it is seen a one of the most important community building tools here at ping.sg. We would appreciate it if you adhere to the following rules on shoutbox:

· No spamming of commercial websites for the purpose of soliciting sales

· No plugging, which means soliciting pongs for the purpose of increasing the pongs on a post.

· Pls do not try and pick a fight on the shoutbox aka flame war. We do not mean you try and burn each other literally, but more like scold, shout scream, use vulgarities etc

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Want to change something? Edit the guideline here at the wiki.

Written by uzyn

September 4, 2007 at 1:54 am

Posted in ping.sg

15 Responses

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  1. Uzyn,

    I accept your apologies. I hope all the best to these new guidelines. I believe everyone is naturally good and I’m sure everyone will follow these rules.

    What about the PONGS you (accidentally) took away? Hmmm?

    DJ Lamb

    DJ Lamb

    September 4, 2007 at 2:03 am

  2. I edited the guidelines again to make some parts a bit clearer with regards to language.

    arzhou (adrian)

    September 4, 2007 at 2:19 am

  3. I edited some grammar and spelling

    paced

    September 4, 2007 at 2:39 am

  4. eh ever thought of those who pong through the facebook app? LOL legal plug? haha..

    HighwayBlogger

    September 4, 2007 at 7:43 am

  5. also I think link-baiting here like used in the wrong context? Maybe click-baiting might be a better term? From Wikipedia: Link bait is any content or feature within a website that somehow baits viewers to place links to it from other websites

    HighwayBlogger

    September 4, 2007 at 7:45 am

  6. Yup, perhaps I used the wrong term. Thanks Highway

    arzhou (adrian)

    September 4, 2007 at 8:59 am

  7. guideline noted🙂

    xinyun

    September 4, 2007 at 9:24 am

  8. I think we need a proper protocol when someone is caught doing pong cheating. For example, email the person and give maybe 12hr for the person to revert before resetting the pongs.

    Lets hope misunderstanding like this will never happen again. Cheers.🙂

    DK

    September 4, 2007 at 12:18 pm

  9. EULA Nicely done up!!

    Felix

    September 4, 2007 at 8:56 pm

  10. Dear Uzyn,

    When a reader finds a ping.sg member’s blog deleted comments without valid reasons, how does the reader go about getting answers to the sudden deletions. Even queries to the deleted comments were also deleted. Comment’s deleted administrative message did not appear. I have come across this kind of happening in the current most ponged member’s blog. I sensed something not right here. So, I write to you for clarifications.

    Concerned Reader (Ping.sg User)

    deleted

    September 9, 2007 at 4:11 am

  11. Hi deleted, I guess there’s nothing much we can do because it’s their blog after all.

    One way is you can raise questions on Ping.sg’s forum. That way not only will you be sure that the blog owner doesn’t get to delete your comment, you will also be sure that whatever comments that may follow are done by the actual person as they will have to be authenticated to Ping.sg to post a message. I personally have also come across quite a few of spoofed comments on users’ blogs.

    uzyn

    September 9, 2007 at 2:00 pm

  12. Will pingsg ever offer an external pinging service to advertising on weblogs, Yahoo!, weblogalot, etc….?

    Richard Ward

    September 10, 2007 at 1:45 am

  13. how about banning the blatantly spamming “internet marketing” blogs that provide nothing in unique content but are getting all the linkages back to their spamblogs for pageranking manipulation?

    for example, now johan mok has 3 “different” blog posts on the same blog on the same topic published? yeah.. internet millionnaire.

    Peter Ramirez

    October 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm

  14. It’s obvious what the guy’s trying to do. He’s trying to boost the keyword on his blog. As much as I detest internet marketers (or scammers as I usually call them), it’s very hard for me to have a policy that can clearly discriminate them. Any suggestions?

    Peter, you’re surfing in from the States? Quite interesting that the comment on Ping.sg came from someone in the States and your comment shows that you care about Ping.sg and have been following the site for awhile.

    uzyn

    October 29, 2007 at 11:09 pm

  15. indeed i am from USA, and i’ve been on ping.sg for a while. Ping.sg is one of my favorite portals to study social network and its evolution from an asian perspective. It’s part of my own research work that i’m doing…

    Peter Ramirez

    November 3, 2007 at 12:36 pm


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