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« on: February 27, 2008, 11:41:13 AM »

Ek weet julle weet alles, maar ek herrinner julle net aan hoe 'n forum hanteer moet word :

I moderate the forums on my site, and I would say that my #1 piece of advice is to establish expectations / ground rules / tone ahead of time. During the signup process, in the forum descriptions, everywhere that people see *before* they post something stupid/offensive/off-topic/whatever. There's no need to be mean about it of course -- just be sure to be clear.

The only rule that should be hard and fast is "being an asshole is not allowed."

Then enforce it, patiently, wisely, and, if necessary, ruthlessly.

("Complaining about [company you work for]" does not breach the above rule, which hopefully your bosses understand.)

Basically in the early days you want to try and create a sensible set of community standards, and then make them stick for long enough that they become "the way things are done around here." It sounds like your main challenge might be getting lots of new posters all at once before a sense of community has a chance to develop - your best bet is to be a model user yourself, replying to threads with useful information, listening to people, praising good replies and taking the time to thank people, messaging people that are getting too close to the Asshole Line with polite requests to chill out a little... all that sort of thing.

Apart from that, encourage all the users to message you with ideas and requests for how they'd like to see the forum operate, and take them very much into account. Later on, you'll probably want to delegate some authority to trusted members of the community to take the load off a bit.

Essentially, you have to start out by being the most obsessive user of the forum, until there are other equally obsessive users happy to help you out. It will be very time consuming to start with... if you or your bosses are under the impression that you can do your daily moderation in a few minutes while your morning coffee is brewing, this is a massive underestimation - unless all you're expected to do is check nobody's posted a picture of their gender-specifics.

Having said all this, it isn't always appropriate to be 100% hands-on. Members of the community will have their own perspective on what character the forums should have, and you need to allow leeway for this to take place organically. It's not your job to aggressively lock every mildly derailed conversation or intervene whenever a thread drifts offtopic or administer smackdowns for minor breaches of etiquette.

Being the admin of a forum can be a big job. If you get consistent contributors that you trust, consider getting permission for them to be moderators - of the forum section where they contribute most often, say. If you find the right people to help you, that can be a great relief.




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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008, 11:45:14 AM »

Cool post.

Weet jy van enige hostile jerks wat wil oorvat ?  Evil Evil

Ek dink ons reels is duidelik - geen kaal tieties, geen porn, geen rasisme, baie respek.

Daar was nog nie te veel moderation nodig nie en die rigting waarin die forum beweeg tot op hede is vir my eintlik soos ek graag wil h dit moet wees.

Die enigste ding waaroor ek my wenkbroue lig is die nou en dan se galbraak in die 'Weg forum' thread. Maar selfs dit is nie 'out of hand' nie en ek glo dit sal ophou op 'n stadium.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008, 11:47:06 AM »

Terloops - goeie punt oor die idees wat ge pm kan word.

Daar was al een of twee wat ons actually toegapas het.

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008, 11:50:32 AM »

Ek dink ook dit gaan ophou... Roll Eyes


Die enigste ding waaroor ek my wenkbroue lig is die nou en dan se galbraak in die 'Weg forum' thread. Maar selfs dit is nie 'out of hand' nie en ek glo dit sal ophou op 'n stadium.


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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 11:51:18 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2008, 11:57:28 AM »

Ek weet nie van die galbraak nie...klink vir my meer na n ligte sooibrand.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 11:59:03 AM »

Being the admin of a forum can be a big job.

 Eek!

Wat? Niemand het vir my gese dit gaan werk wees nie... Angry
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 11:59:46 AM »

Ek weet nie van die galbraak nie...klink vir my meer na n ligte sooibrand.
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Yip - dis hoekom ek die 'nou en dan' ingesit het!

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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 12:06:09 PM »

 Angel Ek dink julle ouens doen 'n goeie "job" Angel
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 12:09:56 PM »

Die enigste ding waaroor ek my wenkbroue lig is die nou en dan se galbraak in die 'Weg forum' thread. Maar selfs dit is nie 'out of hand' nie en ek glo dit sal ophou op 'n stadium.

Ek dink ook dit sal ophou op 'n stadium. Die dinge wat hier gese word word ook net hier gese omdat dit daar afgehaal sal word.

As hulle Nuwe! Verberterde! forum eendag tot stand kom sal hier dalk prys ook wees. Dis maar net 'n ding wat bespreek word.
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2008, 12:22:32 PM »

Angel Ek dink julle ouens doen 'n goeie "job" Angel

Hahahahaha!

Jy beter!

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2008, 12:33:28 PM »

I am one of the guilty ones. I will watch what I say about the other forum in future. It just makes my blood boil when so called veterans start mouthing off at other people. This is a breach of the rules that they profess to uphold. And the administrator lets it ride. That said, consider this as my last posting regarding him on this forum.
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2008, 12:42:10 PM »

Grey Kollege , the famous school in Bloemfontein is not big on
rules.

The only school rule that they have is :     " Grey gentlemen do not need rules"

Really.........that is the only rule in the school (it rhymes, nogal!)

The same can be applied to forums.
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2008, 12:47:07 PM »

I am one of the guilty ones. I will watch what I say about the other forum in future. It just makes my blood boil when so called veterans start mouthing off at other people. This is a breach of the rules that they profess to uphold. And the administrator lets it ride. That said, consider this as my last posting regarding him on this forum.

No need for that R - freedom of speech means just that.
You can talk about what you want. If something irks you, name it.

My comment wasn't meant to be negative about it - I just pointed out that IF I had to complain about something, that thread would be it. Not many issues then really...

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Sometimes there's a fine line between making a point and talking about it and flogging a dead horse.
As far as I can tell the line haven't been crossed yet.
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2008, 12:48:36 PM »

Grey Kollege , the famous school in Bloemfontein is not big on
rules.

The only school rule that they have is :     " Grey gentlemen do not need rules"

Really.........that is the only rule in the school (it rhymes, nogal!)

The same can be applied to forums.

True, maar dan het Gray Kollege ook 'n BAIE streng keuring sisteem.

Wat sal hulle s oor bv matchfixers ?



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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2008, 12:53:41 PM »

Grey Kollege , the famous school in Bloemfontein is not big on
rules.

The only school rule that they have is :     " Grey gentlemen do not need rules"

Really.........that is the only rule in the school (it rhymes, nogal!)

The same can be applied to forums.

True, maar dan het Gray Kollege ook 'n BAIE streng keuring sisteem.

Wat sal hulle s oor bv matchfixers ?



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Ja........maar Grey is onskuldig..........the devil made him fixing matches.......remember!  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2008, 12:54:53 PM »

Gentleman is mossie so hansie Smile
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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2008, 01:01:03 PM »

Het julle nie respek vir die dooies nie   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2008, 01:03:24 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2008, 01:07:25 PM »

And this, ladies and gentleman, is a classic example of a proper forum hijack.


Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!
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