feedback about moderation

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby horizon » 9 May 2019, 10:41am

It's slowly dawning on me that, for whatver reason, internet forums require fairly severe moderation to be usable. While I consider the moderation on here to be a little on the strict side, the fact that the forum's name is that of an organisation, the forum is visited by a range of people (and many newcomers) and it lends itself to being a valuable resource, I cannot see how the moderation can be anything but strict. The fact that it is still possible to enjoy a laugh is testament to the moderators drawing a fine but well-judged line. The forum has been going over ten years in its present form. I think that is an incredible achievement. Long may it continue.
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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby thirdcrank » 9 May 2019, 11:16am

There a relatively few frequent posters on here. :oops: It's not hard to get an idea of their varying styles over time. The overriding thing for me is good faith, which tends to show through. It's my impression that the Brexit thread has been poisoned by a very few people who are not posting in good faith.

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby Psamathe » 9 May 2019, 11:58am

Vorpal wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:.
It is, quite frankly, censorship.

It was temporary, and meant to be a 'time-out' not censorship. There was a lot of sniping early today and a number of posts were removed.

Couple of things:
1. If it was a temporary "cooling-off" block then probably would have helped had the "Time-Out" post said that.

2. I wonder if the Brexit thread is a bit different from most other threads in that it is longer and ongoing (and does seem to have solved the earlier issues with 101 different overlapping threads swamping the forum). I suspect were it to be locked permanently then we'd quickly get vast numbers of different new threads starting up as each new "amazing" news report appeared.

I suspect that generally, when a troll starts prosing abusive content to different threads they get warned, then banned for a period then banned permanently (at which point they re-register under a different user ID - I've seen one pretty obvious currently active one).

So an idea: if somebodies posts to the Brexit thread are causing too much moderation (or issues that would cause action elsewhere), then why not just ban them from the Brexit thread (for a period, as for other bans). No need for a technical block, just tell them via PM they can no longer post to the thread for <n> days and if they do then it will become a forum ban for <n> days which does have a technical option.

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Jun 2019, 7:08pm

But is it technically possible to prevent a certain user from posting on certain threads or subfora?
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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby Graham » 7 Jun 2019, 8:40pm

brynpoeth wrote:But is it technically possible to prevent a certain user from posting on certain threads or subfora?

Specific Topic ban . . .. pretty sure "No".
Specific Section ban . . . . probably not.

I guess that something else might happen if a User was banned from ( only a ) part of the forum . . . .

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby thirdcrank » 14 Jun 2019, 8:43am

While the Brexit thread is locked, I can't think of any other way of raising this.

We are left staring at a gross insult directed at leavers from an unusual source in the form of Al.

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby Vorpal » 14 Jun 2019, 9:31am

Sorry about that. I did not have the time & energy to deal with it, and no one else volunteered :lol: :lol:
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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby thirdcrank » 14 Jun 2019, 9:51am

Vorpal wrote:Sorry about that. I did not have the time & energy to deal with it, and no one else volunteered :lol: :lol:


No need to apologise. In reality, I suspect it's a sign that nobody bothered to read it. :D

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Re: feedback about moderation

Postby bovlomov » 15 Jun 2019, 9:26pm

thirdcrank wrote:
Vorpal wrote:Sorry about that. I did not have the time & energy to deal with it, and no one else volunteered :lol: :lol:


No need to apologise. In reality, I suspect it's a sign that nobody bothered to read it. :D

I read it and mentally substituted what I took to be the correct target.

All this talk of Brexiters, Leavers, Remainers, it's no surprise when sometimes the wrong thing is typed - especially in the heat of ...err... battle. There was another one yesterday (can't be bothered to find it), where someone who I took to be a Remainer made an uncharacteristic comment. Perhaps wrongly, I took it to be a mistake. Perhaps a 'not' missing, or something.

In other words, we all know each others' thoughts. We just skim read to confirm how right or wrong they are.