Moderation on Most Open Forums


 

Earlier today, the following question was posed:   If the list is monitored by moderators is it not their responsibility to make sure that all posts that contain web links be checked before allowing such posts on the list?

It isn't, and they're not, on virtually any forum you can name.  I don't moderate here, but do elsewhere on Groups.io and on BleepingComputer.com.  The vast majority of group owners and moderators are volunteers, and we have neither the time nor inclination to try to closely monitor the offerings of the membership.

Some will moderate the first post, or first several posts, of anyone joining just to make sure it's a real person and not a bot and that the real person is not a spammer.

If someone finds something problematic then they should report it.  I haven't hit a bad click-through link on any one of the three blind technology forums I participate on in the entire time I've been haunting their cyber halls.

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No me neither. The main crime forum me and others is topic drift, too many replies in a thread and off topic posting.
I do have some excuses for the middle one due to the odd order posts here turn up in at times!

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Vogel" <britechguy@gmail.com>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:42 AM
Subject: [nvda] Moderation on Most Open Forums


Earlier today, the following question was posed: If the list is monitored by moderators is it not their responsibility to make sure that all posts that contain web links be checked before allowing such posts on the list?

It isn't, and they're not, on virtually any forum you can name. I don't moderate here, but do elsewhere on Groups.io and on BleepingComputer.com. The vast majority of group owners and moderators are volunteers, and we have neither the time nor inclination to try to closely monitor the offerings of the membership.

Some will moderate the first post, or first several posts, of anyone joining just to make sure it's a real person and not a bot and that the real person is not a spammer.

If someone finds something problematic then they should report it. I haven't hit a bad click-through link on any one of the three blind technology forums I participate on in the entire time I've been haunting their cyber halls.

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Brian *-* Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134

The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another. Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

~ Bertrand Russell


 

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 04:24 AM, Brian's Mail list account wrote:
topic drift
Is a fixture on every forum in which I've ever participated unless you have someone exercising really strict moderation, and when that's the case participation tends to dwindle to nothing.

These venues do have a central purpose for being, but the nature of a given conversation is that it can and will meander at times.   Little side loops, for me, are a feature, not a bug.  There are also times when those who know each other well in the context of "the central topic" of a given venue will want to ask an off-topic question because they trust that they will get an answer they can use.  That should not be discouraged, in my opinion, provided it's something that any given member does only every once in a great while.

With Groups.io allowing the muting of a topic with the activation of a link (at least if you receive your messages/digests in full-featured HTML format) it's very easy to block out those conversations (possibly including this one) that pop up once in a blue moon and in which you have no interest.
 
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Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134  

    The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot co-exist with a serious affection for another.  Everybody knows that this is untrue. . .

           ~ Bertrand Russell