By way of explanation, we have had some difficulty in the past few weeks… the moderators were overworked, with two moderators handling five forums. In addition, one of our outstanding moderators had to cut back on his time for personal reasons. It is therefore possible, indeed likely, that moderators were not paying close attention.
We have now extended the moderating staff, effectively each moderator responsible for one forum. We hope to do better.
Even so, we can’t be everywhere all at once. I try to look at my forum at least once a day, but that isn’t always possible. We rely upon you-all to notify us of potential violations; we rely on each other ditto ditto.
We are essentially moderating for two things:
- potential legal ramifications (such as use of copyright material or other issues that have possible legal consequences)
- basic good manners (language, ad hominem insults, etc.)
Some of the questions are subjective, of course, and we try to lean in favor of openness and expression, but the goal is to make the boards enjoyable for everyone. If we can’t make them enjoyable for everyone, we’ll tend to favor making them enjoyable for as many as possible, and unenjoyable for as few as possible. That seems only reasonable.