About moderation - Feedback

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
lenshoarder
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Re: About moderation - Feedback
In reply to DonA2, Jun 27, 2013

DonA2 wrote:

lenshoarder wrote:

DonA2 wrote:

lenshoarder wrote:

In my experience on various forums, community moderation doesn't work. There are users and there are moderators. It seldom works when the two are the same person.

Your statement should read, "there are users and abusers". All societies require policing because of abusers. Moderation does work for the good of the vast majority. If you are one of the minority you are best to conform or live with disillusionment.

No. My statement stands. You're statement is besides the point. Users should not be moderators and moderators should not be users. I suggested that if a user is to be a moderator then they should only moderate forums they don't participate in. Anything else doesn't work.

I cannot think of a single reason why a moderator should be excluded from commenting in a thread. They are every bit as interested and knowledgeable as any participant. I have not seen an instance where a mod has bullied anyone elses opinion and have often offered solid advice. Just how are they threatening your views? They are volunteers, give much of their free time and take some uncalled for abuse. A bit of respect is small payment.

Here's a couple of reasons.  1) Just having that "mod" symbol next to their name changes everything  There's a concept of acting under the color of authority.  2) I have seen threads where the mod makes the last point and then declares the thread closed.  3) As you've said, they are volunteers.  If they don't want to do it, then don't do it.  It's a priviledge, not a burden.

My suggestion that mods only moderate forums they don't participate in solves these problems.  They can participate in the forums they are passionate about.  They can moderate in the forums they are inpartial about.  What's the problem with that?

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