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[SOLVED] Regarding moderation

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  • [SOLVED] Regarding moderation

    I just joined chessforums and seeing the rules and attitude of some of the moderators almost made me want to leave. I don't mean to be rude, for that reason I haven't listed any specific names, but over moderation can hurt the activity of any forum.

    I believe some of the moderators need to take it down or take the boot. You can still moderate the forums while maintaing a friendly environment that encourages posting.
    Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
    -John von Neumann

  • #2
    I feel this forum is actually pretty fair and tolerant - one of the reasons I stick around!
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Transient View Post
      I just joined chessforums and seeing the rules and attitude of some of the moderators almost made me want to leave. I don't mean to be rude, for that reason I haven't listed any specific names, but over moderation can hurt the activity of any forum.

      I believe some of the moderators need to take it down or take the boot. You can still moderate the forums while maintaing a friendly environment that encourages posting.
      (Sorry if this is a wall of text)
      We currently have one active moderator on the forum and he welcomes feedback. If you have any issues, lay them on me and I promise to treat them seriously.

      There are rules in place on this forum, they're there for all to read. Feedback about them is also quite welcome I assure you; it's pretty much your standard package of rules with a few forum-specific ones I amended to them. I don't enforce them like iron laws either, they're only there to legitimize (a) the clean up of obvious spam and (b) keeping the peace. Those rules are only a tool to that end, I only clean up and ask people to be nice (which is more than merely being courteous) to eachother; if anyone feels this is not the case, again: tell me please, I need to know!


      Some stuff I do around here:
      -1. Some people (if they are that and not bots) post a rather meaningless line of text here like "I think the game is great!" in the middle of a thread on the subject of chess clocks or whatnot. They don't care for posting here, they do care about getting hits on google for the link they include in their signature or post. It's not a link to anything remotely related to chess, but to a website for buying fake designer handbags --> Spam = ban user + delete posts
      -2. There are your general threads that aren't quite as general as their posters think they are. Threads on Fritz 10, 11, 12 (what number are we at anyway) can happily go into the software section to avoid overcrowding in the general section. I move them; usually without an expiring redirect.
      -3. There is the actual moderating; or in short: telling people to be nice. If they don't listen, I'll tell them again. And again if need be. And once more even. There is no set number of warnings you'll get before I ban or whatever. When I feel something crosses the line, even if not for me personally, I'll inform the user first and edit the post accordingly. It's only natural that certain words should not be used here, not in that funky k3yb04rd t@1k either.
      I hope people believe me when I say I always make serious effort to keep contributing members aboard. I've failed more than once, but not for lack of trying I feel.

      Concluding:
      Coming back to my first line in this post, I'm this forum's last best hope for peace. All alone in the night.. Okay, that may be exaggerated . I paraphrased from the television series Babylon-5 there.
      If I'm not doing my 'job' right, well, then it falls to the members to tell me; I'll then try to improve. If that isn't enough, I'll be more than happy to call it a day and return to being a regular poster. The forum owner appointed me as such and I've taken it seriously; I believe I've made every effort.
      One problem is that without me there is no one to moderate; I don't see that working too well either. Part of me would be relieved to just be another poster, since I never asked or particularly wanted to become a moderator. It would save me a lot of time I could throw into analysis..
      Have you read the Forum rules?

      Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
      Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
      Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
      Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
      Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
      Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
      Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
      --Red Dwarf

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      • #4
        Thank you for the response. Don't worry about the length of the post, if anything it demonstrates your care. Your post did clear some things up for me.

        May I ask why there isn't a a report post option? I did some moderating on a forum that was using v-bulletion and boy did that make things easy. If that feature already exists, my bad!
        Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
        -John von Neumann

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        • #5
          It's a pretty small community, here; the bad posts stick out like a real gnarly N blunder.
          Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

          An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

          My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Transient View Post
            Thank you for the response. Don't worry about the length of the post, if anything it demonstrates your care. Your post did clear some things up for me.

            May I ask why there isn't a a report post option? I did some moderating on a forum that was using v-bulletion and boy did that make things easy. If that feature already exists, my bad!
            I would love a report option, trust me. That would be one good addition to this forum. Alas, as a lowly moderator I've 0 ability to actually edit the way this forum works. For that, intervention from the owner is necessary and he's around only every once in a great while. It's a shame, I agree.

            Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
            It's a pretty small community, here; the bad posts stick out like a real gnarly N blunder.
            That's the general idea. I scan through the ends of all updated threads by clicking new posts. This morning is a quiet one, but there are times I have to go through like 20-30 of them. A capacity issue to be certain.
            Mostly, I find the rotten posts immediately. I miss things every now and then; in addition forum users sometimes catch on to bad posts before I've had a chance to. I'm fortunate that people will come to me with their concerns in a PM or something.
            Have you read the Forum rules?

            Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
            Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
            Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
            Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
            Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
            Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
            Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
            --Red Dwarf

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
              I feel this forum is actually pretty fair and tolerant - one of the reasons I stick around!
              Seconded
              "The most significant contribution to civilization since the invention of the wheel" Irving Chernev, on castling.

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              • #8
                And Babylon 5 rules!

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                *I found I needed a change in study material as what I felt there was a difference in 'just studying chess' and 'studying chess for tournament play'.

                The King In Jeopardy
                Perfect Your Chess
                Sharpen your Tactics
                The Middlegame, Book I
                ICC Tactical Trainer bot


                "It's not the book. It's what you can understand and learn from it."

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                • #9
                  Sorry to come late into the discussion! I have to compliment Perseus on being a kind person. I would like to post my point of view all day long however there comes a point where you have to take the concern of others into account. Thank you for being kind about it. If I were Perseus, I would have been angry at me for posting the things that I do a long time ago. However, I feel I get to express myself enough to feel like I have the freedom of self-expression. I do not get to encroach my point of views on others. However, I do get to voice my opinion in a polite way. After all, I would like to think that we are all "CLASSY PEOPLE" here!hehe Thank you Perseus!

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