Hi folks, moderators are always a good idea but can lead to censorship if procedures and guidelines for their operation ( including appeal procedures) are not clearly and transparently set out - to date we have nothing to worry about imo.
One thing in the post on moderators is slightly confusing:
" If You See a Problem, Flag It
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community."
- how do users of the forum “flag it” ?
The other question is how do we ensure that future moderators don’t abuse the position given the wide words used above: “moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time”
Query 3 are there any formal appeal procedures to say an appeals panel different from moderators?
On selection/election of moderators - election is usually preferable, maybe 1 year renewable automatically unless new volunteers add their names to the hat at a reasonable time before elections, similarly for any appeals panel that may be set up as a back stop.
- just thoughts, I’m happy to follow the majority on this.