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  • #16
    Originally posted by imaginative
    It appears, as I originally feared, that the time issue is
    problematic. One possible way of addressing this is to give limited
    mod rights to selected (volunteer) posters---something which is quite
    common on other boards.

    (I assume, for the sake of argument, that there are no political,
    legal, or other issues that would prevent this.)

    As a possible procedure:

    1. Ask for volunteers among posters with 1000+ posts and a 2+-year
    participation.

    2. Filter out any that have a history of getting into fights, have
    been previously suspended, or otherwise may be unsuitable.

    3. Hold a one-day poll for each of the remaining (presumably very few)
    volunteers, and remove any candidate that turns out to lack the
    support of the community.

    Rights of these volunteer mods could include:

    1. Officially admonishing other posters.

    2. Deleting/editing individual offending posts. This could include
    major clean-ups of a thread (that would otherwise have been deleted as
    per bhall's above post) on the indication of an official mod.

    3. Moving threads between boards.

    4. Temporarily disable posting on individual threads.

    The rights to suspend users and delete threads would remain
    exclusively with the official mods.

    The powers that be could also create a hidden forum that only the mods could access. If there was a questionable thread, the mods could move the whole thread there until gh has time to review it. It would keep things from getting out of hand and make it much easier to snip the bad bits out of threads without letting them get out of hand.

    Or, as mentioned above, the mods could just lock it.

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    • #17
      Re: Removal of unsuitable posts and related issues

      Originally posted by malmo
      It's just not that important.
      You think anyone disagrees with this?

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      • #18
        This forum is not a democracy, nor should it be. If your literary or statistical masterpiece gets zapped, don't blame the moderators. blame the poster who could not resist the urge to vent a personal, gratitous, opinion on a clearly verboten subject in violation of the ground rules.

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        • #19
          Re: Removal of unsuitable posts and related issues

          Originally posted by Daisy
          Originally posted by malmo
          It's just not that important.
          You think anyone disagrees with this?
          Given the propensity towards manifesto over nothing, YES.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by lonewolf
            This forum is not a democracy, nor should it be. If your literary or statistical masterpiece gets zapped, don't blame the moderators. blame the poster who could not resist the urge to vent a personal, gratitous, opinion on a clearly verboten subject in violation of the ground rules.
            In light of lonewolf's post and a few similar remarks from other posters, I
            stress that I am not blaming anyone. I make suggestions to improve what IMO
            is a weakness in the current (otherwise excellent) forums---nothing more,
            nothing less.

            As for losing own writings: I write almost everything in an external editor,
            which makes me more or less immune.

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