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Moderators

Post by jennypenny » Sun May 03, 2015 7:25 am

Despite what the FAQ at the top of the forum says, moderators on this forum don't have the ability to edit, lock, or delete posts/threads. All we can do is address spam, and even then we can't delete it, just move it somewhere for jacob to delete. I thought I should make this clear for the new members since searches of old threads turn up posts that refer to the old rules.

Honestly, mods don't do much on this forum. If anything, it's only a sign that we've been around awhile, so we might be helpful in answering questions.

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Re: Moderators

Post by jacob » Sun May 03, 2015 9:55 am

The FAQ is generic (came with the software) and not accurate. As said above moderators are restricted to moving messages around. Historically it has been shown that it's best if more destructive moderating falls at a single point of responsibility.

And that is me.

Basically my aim in moderating is to preserve the quality of the forum both in terms of content/function but also in form to some extent. This means I occasionally have to clamp down to prevent Eternal September from infecting the forums. If you do not know what Eternal September is, please read up on it.

Before Eternal September, people behaved according to a well-established Netiquette that generally lead to a highly informative and respectful exchange of ideas.

It is this culture I try to preserve here on this forum.

Specifically ...

I WILL lock down threads if they appear to degenerate into personal attacks on other forum members or other people in general. Basically I will give anyone ONE chance to say something stupid. It is my hope that other people will be mature and ignore the flamebait. If this does not happen, there's a 50% probability that I will lock it down. If the first person comes back again, that probability just increased to 100%.

Sometimes if someone says something truly stupid or abrasive, I might delete that post if it means saving an otherwise good thread from degenerating to a flame war.

But overall ...

ABUSE OF OTHER FORUM MEMBERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! This is to preserve the integrity of the community. I will sacrifice the continuation of the the thread for this. If this is not enough, I will sacrifice individual posts for this. If this is not enough either, I will terminate access for individual users.

ABUSE OF PEOPLE IN GENERAL WILL ONLY BE TOLERATED IF IT IS CONSTRUCTIVE! This means statements have to be factual and useful. Threads or posts hating on particular persons or groups of persons based on simple opinion amount to bullying and will not be tolerated. If this does not make sense to you, please read the Netiquette above again.

Like various other online forums I will also but very rarely lock down threads if the signal to noise ratio has degenerated to zero, but basically, if you see a thread being locked down it means that more than one person in that thread clearly behaved in a way they shouldn't have.

As a forum member the best thing you can do when you see someone making a (hopefully rare) asshat comment/post is still to IGNORE it. Don't take the bait!

On the issue of bandwidth we no longer have to worry about actual line bandwidth, but we do still worry about reading bandwidth.

Here are two HIGHLY ANNOYING behaviors that will cause me to edit individual posts!

1) Don't include your signature at the end of the post. We already know who you are. You're writing forum posts not emails.

2) Don't quote 20 lines of text to make a 2 line reply. Use the quote function only if there's doubt as to what you're specifically replying to, e.g. specific sentences. If you want to reply to a person, just start the post with @whoever.

That is all for now ...

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Re: Moderators

Post by slsdly » Thu May 14, 2015 6:04 am

The forum software itself can help you if you find yourself losing self control. Edit your profile, go to the Friends & Foes menu tab, and add the offending user to your foes list. By default it will hide those users' posts (although you can hit "display this post" to show it). It has helped lower my blood pressure on a few occasions, and saved me before my public attitude deteriorated too far. Often it isn't even somebody being an asshat truly, so much as there being too great a chasm between my beliefs and those of others on display in a particular thread. You can clear the list once your heels have cooled.

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Re: Moderators

Post by m741 » Thu May 14, 2015 8:23 pm

I've got a request for an ability, as a moderator: could we be allowed to rename threads? This is just about the only thing I've tried to do (to update or set a date in meetup threads), and it's not available to me. I don't think it's destructive.

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Re: Moderators

Post by jacob » Fri May 15, 2015 7:13 am

I looked and I didn't find such an option. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but generally changing the title means editing the OP post (which the thread title is part of) and giving post-editor rights to moderators might backfire spectacularly.

However, if you PM me with title changes (e.g. dates and locations for meetups), I will fix it manually.

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