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FAQ about moderation of this site

1. how far do the moderators make their own decision to moderate someone?

Small scale stuff Ė keeping a thread on topic, or cooling things down if the discussion gets heated, is usually done by any member of the moderation team without asking the others.

Anything bigger Ė from hiding a post that the mod thinks is offensive, to banning someone Ė is discussed by the whole moderation team. Mostly, the team will all agree, though sometimes itís a majority decision. As lead moderator, Pomona always gets the casting vote, and as site administrator, deebs has final say should no agreement be reached amongst the moderating team.

2. what sorts of moderation take place here?

We try to keep it as light as possible. When we do act, itís mainly behind the scenes. So we engage with the member by PM, to explain what weíre doing and why. Thatís why youíll not see most of the moderation that actually goes on.

3. How do people react to being moderated?

A lot of folk donít like being moderated, so sometimes feelings boil over into the threads, or someoneís blogs. Unfortunately, when this happens itís not merely half the story (in our experience) but itís often a highly coloured viewpoint that may miss out a few essential facts. Or even be a pack of lies. On the whole, as the moderators donít tell other members what has passed between them and a person being moderated, itís best to view anything said about a personís experiences of being moderated with an amount of skepticism.

4. what sort of things do people say to moderators if they complain about being moderated?

Usually, that theyíre being picked on, while other folk are allowed to get away with murder. Thereís a lot of accusation of moderators having favorites. Itís sour grapes Ė we donít have favorites. Just because you donít see someone else being moderated, doesnít mean they havenít been.

5. what do I do if I disagree with a moderatorís action?

Send a mod your complaint. Weíll discuss it between ourselves and one of the moderators will give you a response. Youíre free to respond to the response. If you remain dissatisfied, you can PM the lead moderator (Pomona) or site administrator (deebs).

Eventually, if we feel youíre whingeing without good cause, weíll tell you that thatís the end of the matter.

6. what donít I do if I disagree with a moderatorís action?

Argue publicly against it, either within a thread or via a blog. We view that very dimly indeed. We regard it as trolling and you may be asked to leave the site. Or, if you continue despite being warned, you could be ejected.

7. do moderators have feelings?

Yep. And we donít like being sniped at any more than anyone else. Please donít do it. We keep the peace for everyoneís benefit. Donít make it harder for us. We do actually have lives beyond the forum and prefer to keep the moderation to a minimum.

8. how do I know whether a moderator is posting as a moderator, rather than expressing a personal opinion in a thread like any other member?

When we talk as a mod, we usually colour the text red. So youíll know.

9. What do I do if I think someone else is behaving badly, or is taking pot shots at me, or has broken the rules?

Report them to a moderator. Donít, please, have a go at them yourself. Especially not in public. And remember not to act as a moderator to a post someone else has made Ė leave the moderation to us.

Originally Posted by Moonhunter 07 September 2009, updated by deebs 29 May 2011