Hi Fellow Moderators,
Let's welcome a new moderator to our little team! Jake (or JAK3) has
joined us yesterday.
I also want to take this opportunity to mention sort of a new kind of
spam which we are now recognizing (and of course deleting, along with the
member). The discussions about it happened on the dev mailing list, and I'm not
sure if all the moderators saw it.
Regarding images which could have been made with Inkscape, but you
suspect, for one reason or another, that it wasn't. For example,
-- You're trying to figure out why they used such a tiny blur value, when you
suddenly realize it's not a blur, but a raster image which has been saved or
format converted too many times.
-- Or maybe the name of the image is a long string of random characters.
-- Or maybe (and yes, we have seen this) the image actually has a copyright
symbol on it, or even a watermark claiming a copyright (license).
-- Often they are JPGs, and often uploaded in the wrong category.
There are many of these reasons, and I can't think of them all at the
moment. But for any image you think might not be made with Inkscape, you can
try searching for it on https://tineye.com/, which is a reverse image search.
If you see the image has a page full (or more) of results, and associated with
all kinds of different people, it likely was not made with Inkscape, or by the
member who uploaded it.
In these cases, remember to also flag the member, so he or she can be
deleted as well.
Anyway, thanks again to all the moderators who are helping with our
mission to keep the gallery clean and awesome!
(As a reminder, unfortunately not all moderators are subscribed to the
mailing list. I have to copy this message to the website messaging system for
some. So we can't really develop a discussion thread where everyone is
involved. But if anyone is interested, the team has a private chatroom, where
we could meet for a chat. Just let me know.)
I'm seeing something on the Moderation Page which I don't understand.
Regarding the item titled "Wensen en Grenzen" by member Koekiepoekie.
Look at kokiepokie profile. It shows no avatar, and 2 reported images -
a thumbnail (pineapple) and resource is a b/w cartooon.
On Moderation Page are 3 items related to this -- the reported member
(no avatar showing), "cool ananas" which is the b/w cartoon, and item titled
"Wensen en Grenzen".
The "Wensen en Grenzen" item is showing a grayish-blue and rust colored
abstract background with (I think) a puppy or some kind of cute baby animal in
Where is that blue puppy image, in the gallery? It seems they have
somehow uploaded 3 image files for one resource. But I can't find where the
blue puppy image is being displayed.
Thanks for your help :-)
Hi moderators (and website developers and/or editors too),
We have some awesome new features in the gallery, regarding moderation.
Gone are the yellow "sheriff star" placeholders to indicate a hidden resource.
Yay! With the amount of spam we've been getting lately, I would literally
cringe to see a third or half page of yellow star images (when looking at Last
Updated view). And no one will be seeing those, anymore!
Moderators will still see the hidden resources, but they have a dashed
red outline around them, and highlighted very light pink. Non-moderators
(regular members) will just see a beautiful gallery, with no hint of moderation
If a moderator needs to look at the resource (whether resource,
thumbnail, or other) they can click on the resource and see the regular resource
page. But now, it has a nice bold red label "Removed by Moderators", so there's
Martin, would it be possible to have a similar label for flagged
members? Just to prevent confusion? Or is the idea more about identifying
hidden things, while members don't get hidden?
I'm not sure if all the moderators saw my last message on the Docs
mailing list (because I didn't think to address it individually to moderators).
We've been getting a type of spam called "flood spamming" where someone posts 4
or 5 (or more) spam images or comments at a time. A new wrinkle is they are
pushing toll free phone numbers for fake support desk or customer service. Not
much we can do except be vigilant, really. I just wanted to notifiy about this
slight uptick in spam.
Thanks Martin for the improvements! And thanks for everyone's hard work
and dedication to keeping the gallery clean and well-organized. As always,
please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
This is something which has never been discussed. But recently we've
had some images being reported by a regular member, which moderators have
approved, and they remain in the gallery. In one case they reported a member.
Should we contact a member who reports an image, thank them for helping,
and explain our decision, why we decided not to delete the image?
In this particular case, I'm thinking we may need to contact him or her,
just to try and prevent more unnecessary reports. But in general, I wonder if
we should take the time to explain our motivation, since the member is taking
the time to help us.
(Hah, for these recent reports, maybe I should try to recruit him or her
as a moderator....?)
Thanks for any comments :-)
I'm happy to announce that the former "inkscape-docs" (i.e. manpages,
keys and mouse reference and tutorials) has a new home!
You can now find the "Inkscape Documentation" at
After migrating the repo to GitLab some time ago I finally got around
and tweaked some last bits, so it's now in a production-ready state
again. Obviously there's still a lot to do (on my short list: getting
updated docs onto the website and make translation statistics work
again, preferably using some CI automation) but I think the repo is at a
point were contributions should be possible without too much effort
again and I'd appreciate any help in getting it updated in time for the
If you have any questions let me know!
Hi moderators (and other interested folks),
Just a heads up for moderators. You may have seen the spam which came
in today (if it hasn't already been deleted by now). Five separate uploads,
each into a different category (even in the pastebin!) advertising a toll free
phone number for tech support for Malewarebytes (MBAM).
Since I've known mbam to be an excellent and reputable anti-malware
program, I was shocked. I had to investigate. As it turns out, the spam isn't
coming from the mbam community. They are the target, or victim, and yes, along
with us and our gallery.
Anyway, long story short, there's a rash or outbreak of a type of spam
known as "spam flooding" throughout the internet. It's happening in forums,
galleries, and email....social media too, I suppose. The spammers typically
post several to many identical messages, in one go. And most commonly it gives
a toll free phone number, offering software support or customer service. (And
lord only knows what's on the other end of that number!) And many, many
businesses, corporations, products, whether software or otherwise are being
targetted by this.
Well, all we really can do at this point, is be vigilant. Thanks for
your help :-)