Moderation and website technical issues

February 2024 Forums Website / Technical Moderation and website technical issues

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  • #81544
    PJShannon
    Keymaster

    The 'report to moderator' button in the forum and the 'bookmark' feature have been temporarily suspended in an attempt to decrease page loading times across the site.

    I also intend to add functionality which will make it possible for posts from certain users to go into a moderation queue before being published. This would provide an alternative option to suspension for moderators. The feature could also allow for more permissions to be granted to users who wish to participate in editing and adding other content to the site in general.

    I am also asking for further volunteers to come forward to assist in forum moderation. As traffic to the site increases this task will become increasingly more time demanding.

    #90320

    Does the forum software allow threads to be closed?  This could be another alternative to banning, closing a thread that is getting fractious is quite common elseplace…

    #90321
    PJShannon
    Keymaster

    That does appear to be an option. And doesn't add any extra drain on resources. Good thinking.

    #90322
    steve colborn
    Participant

    We must be very careful if we go down this avenue. Just because this is "common elseplace…" does not mean it is appropriate for a website set up by a party that prides itself on it's freedom to express and and discuss issues.We must be very careful, lest the charge of censorship be levelled by others outside the party. It is the nature of politics and political parties that not everyone agrees. Is it not more hazardous to ban threads, than to deal with any fractious incidents on them?I would rather take part in frank and open discourse than go down the route of proscription. 

    #90323
    DJP
    Participant

    Any moderation has to place within the framework of the rules. There are no rules that ban discussion of any topic, or the use of any particular words for that matter. It's the rules related to personal abuse and flaming that unfortunately have proven that they are the ones that need to be enforced.I think that anyone who puts up a charge of censorship against us is not really making a valid argument. Surely if you follow your argument to its logical conclusion we should print everything that ever gets sent to the Standard since not printing things amounts to censorship.

    #90324
    steve colborn
    Participant

    I was replying to a post which suggested the possibility of DELETING whole threads. This would indeed be censorship. So I don't get the gist of your argument!

    #90325
    DJP
    Participant

    Ah I see. 'Closing threads' means that no further comments are allowed, not that they are deleted.

    #90326
    steve colborn
    Participant

    Indeed DJP. : )

    #90327
    SocialistPunk
    Participant

    Hi Admin,I notice there is now a, moderator 1, posting forum rules etc.This may sound daft, but I assume you (Admin) and moderator1 are separate entities? Meaning there are two individuals monitoring the conduct of this site?

    #90328
    PJShannon
    Keymaster

    'Admin' is 'DJP' is Darren Poynton'Moderator1' is Dave Chesham who for the most part has been assisting in deleting automated spam posts but also has moderation rights.Also the internet department has a total of 5 members, 3 of which do not get involved in moderating directly but have been involved resolving the recent moderation issues. 'Moderating the moderators' so to speak.

    #90329
    SocialistPunk
    Participant

    Thanks for the clarification Admin (DJP).

    #90330
    SocialistPunk
    Participant

    Hi Admin,I am lookingfor some clarification, regarding moderation of this forum.I see a member has had posts censored and is now suspended from the forum.I was under the impression that the whole idea of censorship on this forum was to stop the use of suspensions?Cheers.

    #90331
    SocialistPunk
    Participant

    Hi AdminJust wanting some clarification? Suspension or censorship? Or is it to be both?

    admin wrote:
    I also intend to add functionality which will make it possible for posts from certain users to go into a moderation queue before being published. This would provide an alternative option to suspension for moderators.
    #90332
    PJShannon
    Keymaster

    I don't understand what you're asking me. The functionality you have highlighted is not yet up and running.

    #90333
    SocialistPunk
    Participant

    AdminI apologise for the misunderstanding but I think the last bit about an alternative to suspension is relative in light of certain recent events.You can delete posts now, so we can't see the offending material. So why is there a need to also suspend?I assume a moderation queue may result in partial or full censorship/deletion? So if the aim is to avoid suspension, why delete and suspend members now?Is not one method enough?

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