Una Salus Lillius, on Apr 17 2004, 11:53 PM, said:
I think that people need to know *at the time it happens* or as close thereto as possible when they have crossed a line. I don't mean any kind of public lashing but a note in a pm or an email or something. I get the sense that maybe this is an area where there is a bit of a lapse in moderation (not intentional or anything).
I hear what you're saying Lil
, and we try to do our best, but this an area where it's not always possible to react quickly. Sometimes delays occur because the mods aren't online, and sometimes there are delays because we discuss certain posts in the ML and debate whether or not to take action. Sometimes there are posts that we discuss and then decide to leave alone, because the thread has moved on, and sometimes we decide to take issue over things that happened a day or two ago because the thread has become active again.
Time is a funny thing on message boards, because I think it varies depending on the user. Some members are very active, checking the forum each day, and for them a thread can go stale and "old" in hours, or a single day - but some users only check in a few times per week, or even once a week, and for them the lifetime of a thread (and any problem posts within that thread) may be much longer. If a thread is growing very quickly, with a lot of posts added to it in a short time, we might not immediately act on problem posts within it for fear of stifling discussion (mod warnings and edits have a chilling effect on most conversations), but we may act later and "clean up" the thread so members who check in on a slower basis won't be disturbed by the problem and bring up the issue again. This sort of thing - the speed with which we should react - varies a lot
between individual mods and admins, and it's something we discuss frequently.
I voted "somewhat more" myself because I think that OT by its nature gets hotter than the other forums (at least recently) and I think moderation needs to adjust accordingly. I also feel that there needs to be as much agreement as possible between the mods of this forum and the admins as to what specific conduct constitutes crossing *the line*. Just as examples of things upon which reasonable minds might differ: a thread making fun of immigrants, a thread disrespecting our soldiers during a time of war, a post in which someone calls someone a liar, a post in which someone accuses someone of "bashing"...and the list goes on. I think that the key is consistency and I'm sure that this is what everyone moderating and administrating strives for but does not always get achieved.
We try our best, but it is difficult to always be consistent. That's why we try to stick closely to the guidelines. Believe me, there have been plenty of posts I wanted
to edit, but could not because they didn't violate the guidelines. And in the end, that's probably best. With this system, the standards are posted in AQG, and you can judge for yourself if we are being too lax, or too strict.