About moderation - Feedback

Started Jun 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kendall Helmstetter Gelner
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In reply to lenshoarder, Jun 29, 2013

lenshoarder wrote:

More importantly, most forums allow users to ignore other users. So if someone "trolls", simply ignore them and they can't troll you since you don't even see their posts. Some prefer to censor what others write. I think it's better that we simply censor what we choose to read.

That helps you, but ignores a huge number of people that read DPReview without ever creating an account.  They don't know who is a troll.  If they decide someone is a troll they cannot block them from future reading (because they have no account).

You have to remember that inherently each forum is a body of work meant to help ALL people interested in the forum topic, not just one person or even registered users only.  So all moderation should err on the side of making threads generally useful to readers in that forum who are there specifically for the topic the forum is built around.

Trolling and flamewars do not help the causal reader coming in to learn more about the subject under discussion.  On top of that it is really inefficient for each user to have to individually figure out what is trolling and flaming and so on.  Instead it makes a lot more sense to have a small handful of dedicated forum readers who understand every subtlety of a forum and the users posting there, to help shape as useful and interesting a stream of information as possible for everyone to enjoy.

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