Moderating vs. Policing
I would suggest moderating from the standpoint of (within reason) letting things play themselves out rather than launching pre-emptive strikes and stifling further discussion. I would like to hear how other Forum members see this.
Yeah, in most cases I would like to see how things play out, but none of the nasty stuff should be tolerated.
For a moderator, it is a very difficult decition... on the one hand, let thins play out; but on the other hand, take the flak if someone runs amok... I am very bad at taking flak...
Sort of like a referee's job. Half the spectators will throw kisses for your call, and the other half will throw rotten eggs. You never win. But I will always support whatever you decide, sir.
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I’m a moderator on a couple Facebook pages, and the first back and forth name calling I see gets the comment(s) deleted, and if the originator of the post is the instigator, the entire post is deleted. They are “PG” sites, and extremely foul language and/or images also gets a comment (or entire post) deleted.
Don't worry about me or my behavior. There are those members that I just will no longer engage. They were difficult at TrumpetMaster and certainly have not improved here. Sometimes I wish that there was a member or theme block feature like on Facebook.
I am not sure that moderating or policing produces different results. The truly technical blogs define moderating as submitting text and after approval of the moderation team, the text is published for others to see. This requires a team to make judgements about everything. Not really suitable for us here.
Moderation can also be moderators interacting with members - publicly or behind the scenes through PM.
Policing is after the fact. The damage is done, but what damage is that (other than members leaving)? Locking threads leaves the content for everyone in the future to read and draw opinions upon. I only wish that there was a solution to make stuff more easily searchable.
I firmly believe that the problem is the sense of "protection" behind a keyboard. Much of what is posted would NEVER be said face to face.
I am in full support of Elmar.
I say, "delete 'em all!"