We are three regular posters on the board. You can find a list of the current moderators here
Moderators have the right to step in to edit or remove posts that fail to follow the board guidelines described in the general categories below, and in the good post guidelines.
We ask all posters to avoid:
- Aggressive or insulting posts
- Ad-hom attacks
- Hounding or brigading
- Referring to other posters as trolls, idiots, snowflakes or other such terms
If you feel like a topic or a post is neither important nor interesting, then simply don't engage. If you feel that a post is inappropriate then please flag it for the moderators to take a look. In general no individual poster should act as a gatekeeper for the board.
We ask all posters to avoid posting any personal details about any other posters. This could include:
- Full names
- Place of residence
- Occupation details
In general, please only post details of yourself that you feel comfortable being publicly available on the interweb.
The moderators may also remove any posts containing content deemed to be potentially libelous, or illegal. We encourage our posters to read Discourse's Acceptable Use Policy
, and Content Standards
. Such posts could end up taking down the entire board and might even leave moderators and/or the admin exposed to possible legal trouble. That's not a risk any of us should have to take.
We are generally reluctant to enact sanctions, however there will be a sliding scale of sanction for deliberately and repeatedly breaking board rules:
- An official warning
- Poster will be silenced for a week
- Poster will be suspended (banned)
All moderator decisions will be made public on the board. Moderators will reach out by PM to any poster that is being sanctioned, to explain the reason, and seek a resolution.
If the mods make a decision that seems unfair or plain wrong then, in the first instance, please get in touch with us via the private messaging system
. We want to encourage all users to feel welcome to challenge the mods, but we do not want to disrupt the day to day discussions on the board with endless threads on moderation. We also don't want to encourage the public posting of what might be private information about any posters. If, after our private discussion, we feel that there are issues that need to be discussed or voted on publicly, we will create a thread to handle that and bring it to the wider board attention.
And when you do PM us, please keep it civil. Abuse against any poster here, including the moderators, will not be tolerated.
We do want this board to feel community owned and run. Posters can actively help to keep the board running smoothly by:
- Following the guidelines
- Flagging posts that are inappropriate
- Avoiding factionalism and brigading
- Not enabling or supporting abusive posters and not encouraging abuse
- Not gatekeeping or trying to decide for the entire board which posts are important and which posts are not.
- Using your judgement to decide which posts are important to you and limit your engagement to those areas
- Making use of the in-built Discourse trust level system