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Flagging Incorrect Sightings

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

I have now introduced a long-overdue feature which should help reduce my workload administering the website - the ability for people* to flag incorrect sightings.

When viewing the sightings of an individual record, for example https://ontrackplant.com/otp/79235 , you will notice a big red "flag" button on the right of each sighting. Clicking this shows a little popup where you can fill in details about why you're flagging it.

Some good reasons to flag:

Vehicle was scrapped before the sighting date. **

Vehicle was exported so the UK sighting is incorrect.

Vehicle was stored elsewhere. **

Vehicle not delivered/built yet.

Location is obviously wrong.

Sighting date is in the future. **

If a number is wrong, mention the possible correct number.

**Automatic flagger - we do have a behind the scenes system which flags obviously incorrect sightings, including those submitted by budding Marty McFlys & Nostradami with future dates; and a few stored machines seen away from their storage locations (hello 79234/79235).

Things to note:

The sighting will remain on the website, along with a red message beside it.

You can not edit/delete someone else's sighting.

It is up to the initial member to deal with/delete their flagged sighting.

You can see if any of your sightings have been flagged by visiting the your sightings page.

Remember:

Please be polite when flagging other sightings. If you're rude or abusive then your flagging rights will be revoked.

No need to leave your name/email address in the note!

Hope you find this feature useful. If there are any problems or questions then post a reply here.

*note: this feature is only available to limited group of people with full roll-out expected soon.

Hez avatar

Hez

Hello,

I have just noticed loads of my sighting have been flagged as futur date, I dont understand why or what I have done wrong when submitting sightings

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

The message beside each flag is pretty clear.

This sighting dated "November 23 2020" was added to the website on August 14 2017.

The system thinks your 2020 sighting was added to the website in 2017!

As you say, "loads" have been flagged accordingly. So this leads to the problem I'm currently having- I don't really understand how you are using the site?

Are you editing/overwriting your older sightings with a newer date each time you see a machine, instead of adding new separate sightings?

If so, please add sightings instead of overwriting old sightings! Having all old sightings helps fellow enthusiasts track particular machines' histories or helps them find out what can be found at locations.

Overwriting/editing/removing old sightings helps no-one, and may lead to your "new" sightings getting automatically flagged.

Bryan Blundell

Bryan Blundell

Is there any quick way to see if you have any Flagged sightings?

Or do you need to trawl through every sighting you have made in each year tab?

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

Hi Bryan - I've tried to make them as visible as possible, so they will all show at the top of the "your account" page, and also at the top of the "your sightings" page (regardless of year).

Bryan Blundell

Bryan Blundell

Thats ok then as I note nothing flagged.

Thanks

Dan Adkins

Dan Adkins

As with the same system in use on Trainlogger, when used correctly, the flagging system, with the visible notification, is a really useful thing to have. Without it we wouldn't realise we'd made a typo somewhere, and I'm really grateful to those that have spotted something amiss (touch wood I've not had any on here yet, but have had a couple on Trainlogger), and it's good to see those flags I've made that have been corrected when I next look - I consider this action to be a 'thanks for spotting that!'

Hez avatar

Hez

Vince,

Yes I think all the flagged sightings have been previous sightings that have been unknown place/time and as i have seen them again i have updated the sighting. Going forward I understand now cheers

Paul Bartlett avatar

Paul Bartlett

What happens if the flag is incorrect? There doesn't appear to be a way of flagging that the flag is false.

I have one 979511 which says I added it in 2015 when it is clearly from 2017 and I have photos and an electronic record of this, as well as a number of other records accepted for the same date.

Paul Bartlett, York

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

PAUL- please see literally the above discussion about why sightings like your example are flagged as such.

Paul Bartlett avatar

Paul Bartlett

Vince Sorry no idea what you are referring to. As I say it says I added it in 2015 when it is from 2017. Its not an incorrect entry I didn't enter it in 2015.

Paul

Vince avatar

Vince Website editor

I've now added "Revision History" to the "update a sighting page" (where applicable) so people can see that they added a sighting in, for example, November 2015 and then subsequently updated it in October 2017.