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On moderation skills and unwanted discussions

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by AlexT, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  2. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I personally feel that thread drift is a part of topics, so unless the OP specifically requests that the thread stay dead on topic, I allow it - proviso being that people play nice.
    Jake Bunce likes this.
  3. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Don't blame Jake.
    He's between a rock and a hard place.
    He knows no new news is coming any time soon.
    Endless speculation and whining is tiresome.

    What is fair ? Hard to say.

    Xenforo 1.1.3 is working fine.
    I still like it.
    I think support is still working.
    Jake is working for free.
    Development obviously stopped some time ago and isn't going to restart any time soon. 6 months ? a year ? never ?
    No idea.
  5. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Avatar removal is my preferred course of action, if that fails then I may greyscale the thread by using the thread ID class and conduct a mass avatar removal which relates to that quote from the movie spiderman "with great power comes great responsibility" . It's now everyone's cup of tea but it's my cup of tea.
  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Jake has been flawless just Like brogan was. End of subject they both contribute/contributed to this community for the better.
    Lisa likes this.
  8. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  9. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    In my experience, threads generally drift back to the topic at hand most times - a gentle nudge here and there helps. It depends on the forum niche really.
  10. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    No, it gives everyone else something to snigger about. She didn't mention what happens to the iPad.
  11. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    OK. Sorry. I misread your post.
    I assumed you were somewhat referring to the plethora of closed threads that were closed minutes before you posted your topic.
  12. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  13. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    We do one of three things.....

    1. Delete or close
    2. Move to an off-topic forum (we have one just for that)
    3. Move to an even worse off-topic forum (we have one just for political stuff and erase it every month or so).
  14. AlexT

    AlexT Well-Known Member

  15. DaKat

    DaKat Well-Known Member

    I guess I've been doing this so long my patience runs a little thin sometimes.:( If a thread degrades to the point where I step in as the Admin, I remind the thread participants of who has the ban hammer and ask them to resume playing nicely so I don't have to use it.
  16. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Here's my take on it after ten years of running a big board: I like to keep censoring to an absolute minimum, with a few exceptions (regarding very sensitive things). We allow members to have conversations about basically everything, of course without breaking any law.

    So moderation is mild and only used when really required. However some moderation is absolutely required, because there will always be some members that are simply unreasonable or forget about the forum rules.

    Although we allow almost all topics, we do not allow public discussions about our forum policy or decisions. Any complaints or problems members have can be send to me personally. If they feel they have been treated unfairly by a moderator, they know I will listen and see if the issue can be resolved. I may even discuss the issue with a moderator, not necessarily siding with the moderator. This has worked much better for our community than public discussions, which in the past often have lead to more problems. Our members have accepted this and none of them have any issue with this.

    What works for me in thread moderation (unwanted posts):

    1. Strong public warning (in bold), this works better coming from a moderator that has already gained a lot of respect from members, it works even better coming from an administrator. The message has to be clear, make sense, and respectful to everyone. It should be general not aimed at one member or a group of members. This works very well, especially after cleaning up unwanted posts.
    2. If some member ignores this a first time, we will send a friendly private message, explaining the policy and the rule that has been broken.
    3. If that member keeps ignoring this, he or she will get the yellow card warning, a second time may either lead to the red card or a thread ban. Their post will be removed or edited.
    4. Threads are rarely locked. We prefer to clean up and save/restore the discussion rather than killing it completely. Locks are only used in case of double threads / reposts, or threads so worthless that their only purpose ends up being off-topic slow chat.
    Basically it all comes down to how you communicate with members. The better the communication, the better the atmosphere, and the lower the probability for problems. Also clarity about the rules and what people can expect is essential. Hope this helps.
    User and HWS like this.
  17. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Why do you lock double posts? I either delete them or merge the topics, to keep it clean. In some categories a double post even leads to warnings, though those are special cases.

    As for the topic at hand, I am generally very relaxed with moderation. I only moderate when it is required, for example obvious copy paste content (had to do that once, though after a PM to the user it never happened again), porn, illegal stuff or personal attacks. In terms of offensive material, I only moderate what my members report. I have been a part of communities where moderators are very eager to moderate, and that usually killed many discussions, cause people were afraid of posting. IMO, moderation is a last resort option, though also a necessary tool.

    I also let my moderators more or less have free reign on what to moderate or not, I rarely overturn any of their decisions.
  18. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Usually what happens is a moderator locks and leaves a link to the other thread, then later on I merge the threads and remove the double post.
  19. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Our rules (on my site) are simple

    No spam
    No illegal content

    Everything else is allowed.

    Spam is automatically deleted and the user, banned. Illegal content is given a warning (but removed) and if someone doesn't listen, banned.

    It's very easy to manage our community.
  20. User

    User Well-Known Member

    In my experience moderators need clear rules to go by so that their own emotional response to something that is posted doesn't leech over into their moderator duties. Good mods are able to emotionally distance themselves from the work they do and are thus able to perform the task at hand in an unbiased fashion. Good mods are also hard to come. Moderators can easily completely destroy your community by power tripping and/or applying their own standards how things should be run. A mod handbook goes a long way there.

    At the end it doesn't really matter what the standards are and they will likely be different for each community. What matters is that the standards are known to the community and that they are consistently applied.

    Once forum owners and/or mods try to obfuscate things, deleting threads or posts especially without to notify the poster about which of the stated rules he or she violated that lead to the action that was taking against the user things go downhill fast.

    In an enthusiasts community users may move on to a competing forum that covers the same topic if they feel more comfortable there. In a professional community where the forum is used to sell or support a product mods who are unhinged can easily seriously harm the brand name and make a large negative impact on the reputation and future sales of a product or service. That then goes back to that you need to pick your mods carefully and not just select people who are willing and able but also people whom you can trust to keep their cool and remain objective even if things don't go their way.

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