Originally posted by huntingbear
I'm curious about forum moderation. How is it done and what exactly happens when one clicks the alert moderator button?
The only reason I ask is because I hit that button the other day and I just sort of got to wondering what happened when I did it. At the moment, it's a lack box to me
(Incidentally, the post for which I hit the button was removed, so I guess I didn't misuse the moderator alert).
Currently there are ten members who are moderators.
We try and maintain the forums so that they are enjoyable and useful for everyone. This is done by removing any posts that we feel are inappropriate. Some of the reasons for removal include inappropriate language, flamming and personal attacks on members. Flooding and spam-type junk posts are also removed. Basically, anything that we feel is disruptive or abusive will be removed.
I should point out that we do not have the ability to go in and 'edit' someone else's post. We can only leave it in place or remove the entire post.
I can't speak for the other moderators, but I don't personally read every post placed in every forum. That could turn into a full-time job at times! I do pop in and out to see what's happening, but I'm here to play chess like everyone else, so I don't 'live' in the forums...
When any member comes across a post they feel is inappropriate or offensive, they can click on the 'alert moderator' link at the bottom of the post, and this will bring that post to the attention of the moderators. We look at it and decide if it needs to be removed or not. If the reason is obvious we will probably remove it right away. If we have questions about why someone alerted it, we will usually contact the person who alerted it and discuss it with them, or we might discuss it with other moderators before any action is taken.
Moderators aren't always logged onto the site, so it may be a while from the time a post is alerted until it is dealt with.
Hope that helps...