Dan's Views on Moderation

dan's picture

Simply put, I think it's necessary to have forum rules, and to enforce them, in order to have a successful forum. I've been doing the online forum thing for nearly 30 years, starting with the early BBSs in the late 70s. (110 baud modem, anyone?)

I've seen many forums - BBS, email lists, CompuServe, arpanet, usenet, IRC, and web-based forums. The ones that succeed are the ones that have set rules and enforce them. The ones that don't do this eventually die from spam, personal attacks, endless bickering, or some combination of the three.

The rules and their enforcement inevitably reflect both who runs the forum, and what that person or those people envision the forum being. I envision this forum as being a place that youth and kids can read without their parents being concerned, where people can find out about the neighborhood in a positive atmosphere and get involved, where people can meet each other and plan things together, and where people who disagree can dialogue with each other on important topics. I also like it to be fun.

Will the rules be enforced 100% fairly? Not until there's perfect people runnning the site, and I don't see any around volunteering. But I think they're enforced as fairly as I can. Some days everybody will "get away" with more than on other days. Sometimes there will be differences in opinion on what something means or whether or not it is a violation of the rules. Sometimes a person's attitude, intention, or meaning are misunderstood. And some days are just more irritating than others.

Inevitably, the person who bumps up against the rules is not going to like it. Some will accept it and move on. Others will "push back" by accusing the moderator of being unfair or petty or a control freak or (to try to make it personal about me) too religious or preachy. It comes with the territory. I view the role of the moderator to be keeping the forum healthy and on purpose, not making people happy or making people like me (or any other moderator).

Simply put, while I'll be sad to not have you here, if you can't live within the guidelines of the forum, you're telling me you don't want to participate.

brooke's picture

Here I expected that this

Here I expected that this would be a post about 1 beer is fine, but you can't drink the whole case.

NEW KENZO's picture

Dan, that's too wordy.

Dan, that's too wordy. There's no way I'm reading all that.
Could you sum it up to a catchphrase? something rhymey?

rtsaidred's picture

Dan Rules.

Dan Rules.

dan's picture

brooke wrote:Here I expected

brooke wrote:

Here I expected that this would be a post about 1 beer is fine, but you can't drink the whole case.

You can drink the whole case!
I just recommend taking at least 12 days to do so.

dan's picture

NEW KENZO wrote:Dan, that's

NEW KENZO wrote:

Dan, that's too wordy. There's no way I'm reading all that.
Could you sum it up to a catchphrase? something rhymey?

rules make the site work
'though perfect they're not
they will be enforced
live with what you got

Lisa33's picture

First of all, I think Dan is

First of all, I think Dan is totally reasonable. Second of all, wow, I sure must have missed something crazy.

dan's picture

Lisa33 wrote:First of all, I

Lisa33 wrote:

First of all, I think Dan is totally reasonable.

Don't be ridiculous.

But, seriously, you're just bucking for extra burgers on the 31st, right?

Lisa33's picture

dan wrote: But, seriously,

dan wrote:

But, seriously, you're just bucking for extra burgers on the 31st, right?

BWAHAHAHAH!! Dan is onto me and my ridiculous nonsense!

Lisa33 wrote:

I must have missed something.

I was just over at the other thread, and all has been revealed. Or enough to figure out the context!

stein's picture

Some boards can handle a

Some boards can handle a lack of moderation, though they periodically need to endure periods of near-unreadability to wait for spamming trolls to get tired and leave.

Most can't and I have seen boards deteriorate to the point of splinter boards forming by groups of posters who desire a little more moderation and so I agree with the rules.