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Moderation policy

Moderation requires some of the good old-fashioned skills of editing, to aid the creation of content that’s readable.  It is also a way of signaling that this ‘public’ space actually has a owner that cares about what goes on there. And it keeps things legal. At root it is about helping to culture good conversations.

But it’s at moments when the red mist descends, for the commenter and possibly for the moderator themselves that calm analysis is most needed. Develop your sense of humour and realise that …

  1. very few things that happen online are ever a big deal… and
  2. everything on the Internet is eclipsed by something else within a few minutes

It is almost impossible to be impeccably objective. The best you can do to is to avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls. We recommend Wikipedia’s shorthand list of biases: http://tinyurl.com/cognitivebiases

We have notional Yellow (a serious warning) and Red (banning from the site for a fortnight, for the first time) ‘cards’. As well as helping to keep things clean, it helps retain a competitive edge on the ‘dialogue’ and can greatly enhance the speed and quality of the game!

Our moderators are voluntary, and fallible. All decisions can be appealed, by contacting Mick using this spam-proof e-mail link.

Last modified 19 April 2010

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Comments (5)

  1. Sounds admirably fair and reasonable, Mick.

    But you might like to reconsider [i]very few things that happen online are ever a big deal[/i] in View of the Increasing Significance and Sublime Lead which the Virtual Community, and Enabled and Enabling Non State Actors being Creative in Quantum Communications Fields within the AI Sectors of ITs Virtual Terrain, now Play with Special Advanced Services Providing Increased Traction and Influential Command and Control InterAction for Virtual Reality and any Present Reality being Shown for and on Media and Communications Channels to Beta Manage Human Perception and Create the Future with CyberIntelAIgent Security Systems Software and NIRobotIQs into NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive Intellectual Property Share and Hardened Core Software Cell Sales.

    When such is the truth are all things happening online the real big deal, which would surely also explain the frantic scrabbling about by the old analogous establishment models with secretive mogul figureheads, as they battle so vainly and madly to preserve their earlier predominance in and with now clearly out-dated and out-moded SCADA systems and ancient ritualistic hierarchies.

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  2. HeinzGuderian (profile) says:

    I agree………….I think ?

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  3. carl marks (profile) says:

    dwatch
    im not a republician in the sense that i dont vote sf nor am i supporter of the just a note for your info

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  4. Whilst I was typing a comment earlier it said I had received a ‘black spot’ from Mick Fealty. What does that mean?

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  5. jonno99 (profile) says:

    Yes I noticed that too. What is the black spot? And more importantly why did I receive it?

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