Anyone else get a PM like this?

Or am I the only lucky one?

Didn't find your answer?

Received this interesting PM yesterday - did anyone else or am I the only rude on here?

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By JCresswellTax
20th Oct 2017 11:01

I also just noticed how bad the grammar and spelling is!

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
20th Oct 2017 11:05

I got one too.

Crazy fruit loop!

Edited to add if you DON'T get one then you are just a nobody darling, a nobody.

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By Accountant A
20th Oct 2017 11:09

ireallyshouldknowthisbut wrote:

Edited to add if you DON'T get one then you are just a nobody darling, a nobody.

That explains it.

Not sure my PMs work. I've sent several to the site owners and not one response.

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By Portia Nina Levin
20th Oct 2017 11:07

I didn't get one, so you're looking for a thread where you both were mean to some poor curt, and I wasn't.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
20th Oct 2017 11:15

You must feel hard done by to have been left out.

Although they could just be really scared of you.

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By User deleted
20th Oct 2017 11:43

You might be mean (often) but, at least we know what to expect.

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By lionofludesch
20th Oct 2017 13:56

Portia Nina Levin wrote:

I didn't get one, so you're looking for a thread where you both were mean to some poor curt, and I wasn't.

That's outrageous. Your rudeness is a fair few levels above everyone else's. I'd complain.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
21st Oct 2017 12:25

Portia Nina Levin wrote:

I didn't get one, so you're looking for a thread where you both were mean to some poor curt, and I wasn't.

JCreswell and Ireallyshouldknowthis, you were both mildly rude to an OP in a thread a few days ago. Eventually, the mods edited and locked the thread.

On that occasion, the freshly minted OP's spelling of fulfil was with double l's, fulfill. The PM you received warns you to be carefull.

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By lionofludesch
21st Oct 2017 14:13

Ah - the "Careful Consonants".

Reminds me of French lessons.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 11:07

Not me . . . yet. I know the moderators have got pretty slack of late, maybe this is the new crackdown.

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By mrme89
20th Oct 2017 11:13

Ages ago, I got a PM from someone threatening to shoot me.

The internet is full of weirdo's.

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By Ruddles
20th Oct 2017 11:19

Still waiting for mine.

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By Mark_NW
20th Oct 2017 11:22

Personally, I find it appalling that these sorts of PMs are sent at all. If it is undirected spam then that is one thing but if intentionally sent that is another. I have always found the advice you and many others have given on these forums to be practical and sound - perhaps some people are too sensitive when they don't get the answer or support they want?

Mark

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
20th Oct 2017 11:30

The forum is fairly "robust" and I think people do get upset about some of the fairly brutal responses and put downs, however you are quite right there is no excuse for sending round threatening messages.

Personally i think its quite funny to receive an email with such daft threats, but I can see if the 'wrong' type of person got one it could genuinely be upsetting.

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By Ruddles
20th Oct 2017 12:11

Just as well that I’m the ‘right ‘ kind of person ;)

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 14:04

More upsetting if it is the 'wrong' type of person making the threat!

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By JCresswellTax
20th Oct 2017 11:32

Thanks Mark, I agree.

If people don't get the answer they are looking for, or even the answer they are looking for in a particular way, they take the huff and resort to crap like this.

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By User deleted
20th Oct 2017 11:41

Whilst appreciating that the internet, in many ways, lacks "policing", it should be reasonable to assume, in my humble opinion, that Aweb would be able to prevent private messages being transmitted, between members, without carrying the members identity.
It does question what safeguards Sift does actually employ?
For me, I find this quite worrying. There are some seriously dangerous people out there and, for me, this is fundamental stuff, which should be immediately prevented.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 11:43

Absolutely, Chris.
When Sift's priority is to prevent people saying words like '[***]' but personal threats are OK you know there is a stench of something rotten there.

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By Tom Herbert
20th Oct 2017 11:49

Thanks for flagging this JCresswellTax, and I'm really sorry that someone has used the site in this way. My apologies to you and anyone else who got one of these.

I can confirm that this is not our new moderation policy :-) The offending member has been zapped.

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By JCresswellTax
20th Oct 2017 11:51

Thanks Tom.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 11:56

Zapped? Deleted, I guess.
Not good enough, really, though is it.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
20th Oct 2017 12:02

Well what else can they do Andy?

PM's are quite useful once in a while so its not good to disable them.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 12:08

I think it comes down to the signing up policy.

It's a long time since this was a genuine site for accountancy and tax professionals. Sift is a slave to stats so they are desperate to welcome 'bodies'.

It should be more difficult to sign up. In my opinion anyone who issues a threat should themselves be threatened with having their personal details made available to their victim. That would soon put a stop to it.

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By stepurhan
20th Oct 2017 11:58

TomHerbert wrote:

I can confirm that this is not our new moderation policy :-) The offending member has been zapped.

Have you also checked to see if the member had other accounts?

I cannot help thinking that this looks like an account set-up solely to send these unpleasant messages. As others have already said, the likely culprit is someone that didn't like the answers they got, and that account will still be extant. So the offending member is actually still here.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 12:12

Good point. Doesn't Sift always sides with the offender? No transparency ever. You have to put your faith in Sift to do the right thing and take another leap of faith that they have done the right thing. Hmmmm, exactly.

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By Jackie0802
20th Oct 2017 12:12

Some expressions used are typically English yet it is composed as though to appear that English is not the first language.

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By User deleted
20th Oct 2017 14:09

This is surely a crossroads, an opportunity, for the Sift/Aweb strategic team to review the membership and, how the forum works, for; the benefit of all who visit and, equally importantly, the safeguarding of the members?

Whilst these events can at first seem trivial or innocent, one does have to question the psychology of someone who takes the time and trouble to post such a threatening message.

It would be useful to know precisely what tangible measures will be put in place, in the very near future, to assure members that this should be an event which will be not recur.

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By andy.partridge
20th Oct 2017 14:32

I suspect you are mistaking Sift for a company that gives a stuff. This is a modern remote internet organisation of 2017, not the mutually supportive professional community of 2000.

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By Tax Dragon
20th Oct 2017 14:42

The law will catch up at some point.

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By Jackie0802
20th Oct 2017 11:54

I know there are a lot of freaks and gentle souls about. But I have to say, I would be sticking a serious 5uck into anyone who alluded to my family in the way this cowardly piece of 5hite has. It's dripping in threats, and if it came through the PM function on this site I would be demanding full disclosure. The fact that he or she is probably reading this as they jerk off (possibly) is even more reason to shut them down.

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By sosleepy
20th Oct 2017 13:01

Thank you for that mental image!

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By Portia Nina Levin
20th Oct 2017 13:10

I think I love you!

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By Jackie0802
20th Oct 2017 13:30

Portia Nina Levin wrote:

I think I love you!

It was always only a matter of time

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By tom123
20th Oct 2017 12:22

I have used PM usefully for sharing specific info - (usually just Sage 200 stuff..), but that kind of PM is not on.

Particulary, JC, as you are probably one of the less 'hidden' users.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
20th Oct 2017 15:36

Well this week there was a new Aweb member who wanted backing to join ICAEW via the "jump" from ACCA.

He'd left his name and website practice url in the Any Answers public forum, and it turned out that although he was indeed ACCA qualled neither he nor his practice had bothered to obtain a practising certificate. Modrators cleaned up the posts to remove all trace of his id or, for that matter, any posts making any reference to his shortcomings.

Why? What possible justification is there for covering the hide of such a charleton? To respond to the objections of a new recruit "member" by obliterating his tracks at best condones his illegal actions, and at worst encourages this sort of behaviour.

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By User deleted
20th Oct 2017 15:55

From what you say, it is only a matter of time before a "bringing the profession into disrepute" charge will be laid at the door of Aweb?

Or, has it already been delivered?

And, no doubt, this thread will soon be closed!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
21st Oct 2017 09:11

Thanks Chris - We may be zapped come Monday morning's clean-up, but it serves to illustrate how easily day trippers are able to post garbage, retract it, and then petition for removal of anything unpalatable to them.

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By andy.partridge
21st Oct 2017 09:19

All in the name of free speech, but without the responsibility.

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By DJKL
21st Oct 2017 15:00

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

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