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Empty nodes and other irritations

by muppetBoy (Pilgrim)
on May 18, 2000 at 14:25 UTC ( #12442=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I've just noticed that an anonymous monk seems to have created a whole load of empty nodes. I know it can be easy to create an empty node but they are quite annoying. As an empty node contains no information shouldn't there be a simple filter to prevent them from being generated? eg. if the body of the post is empty then reject the post and return error message.
Also another/the same(?) AM has created a load of what appear to be useless nodes in every category (code/snippets/discussion etc). This leads me to ask, and I'm sure I'm not the first, if this sort of thing happens should AMs be allowed to post?

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RE: Empty nodes and other irritations
by turnstep (Parson) on May 18, 2000 at 18:02 UTC
    Yes, they should be allowed to post, but perhaps their posts should not appear until they are approved by a moderator somehow. On a similar note, I notice that a lot of AM create empty nodes with a title of "A HREF="/index.pl?node_id=XXX" etc. Is this a bug, perhaps? Were they really trying to post something?
RE: Empty nodes and other irritations
by marcos (Scribe) on May 18, 2000 at 18:32 UTC
    I noticed the same problem, but I admit that the first time I posted something on perlmonks I created some empty nodes too: I never understood how that happened. Anyway I'm almost sure there is a way to recognize empty nodes, so why not writing a nice perl script which may run daily and delete all these useless nodes? In this way everybody is still allowed to post, but if someone post empty nodes - either for mistake or on purpose :( - these are soon removed.
    marcos

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