About moderation - Feedback

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
SigmaChrome
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Re: I think that is a bad idea
In reply to Kendall Helmstetter Gelner, Jun 28, 2013

Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:

AllMankind wrote:

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Civil is fine. Over moderated (as it current is) is not.

The problem is - you get to chose just one. That's just the way the internet is. Reduce the level of moderation and civility drops exponentially.

It's not just the level of moderation, Kendall, it's quality of it too.

If moderation becomes over-zealous, lively discussion is suppressed. People need to feel that they can express themselves without their personality being policed -- censored. All this does, IMO, is to drive people away. Don't get me wrong; I'm not suggesting that aggressive personal attacks should be tolerated, but I do think a moderator should suggest that a poster should use a more civil tone -- before they get too abusive. Simply censoring a comment is not necessarily moderating -- sometimes it is just 'butting in'. I really think a moderator's job is analogous to that of a chairperson, not a policeman.

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