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    chown linux:users\ /world Hartmann's Avatar
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    Keeping forums under control.

    I have a forum of college students and I need to know how to keep the forums under control without seeming like a forum dictator. I don't want people to look at me like all I do is kick people, warn them, and delete their threads.

    Any ideas on keeping the peace?

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    Re: Keeping forums under control.

    Originally posted by Hartmann
    I don't want people to look at me like all I do is kick people, warn them, and delete their threads.
    The fact is to be a truly "good" forum administrator, you are going to have to accept the fact that that is how some people are going to see you, no matter what you do.

    I keep the peace by having an established list of guidelines and a staff to enforce them. Upon breaking a guideline, a user is contacted and made aware of it in a polite and positive way. If it was a serious offense (something like using extreme profanity, in my case) the message will be more serious than if they did something silly that they were probably unaware of (like having a signature that was too long).

    If they disregard your messages and your guidelines and continue to disrupt the forum environment, then you will have to kick (ban) them.

    But, I would say that an established list of guidelines and a competent and professional staff are the way to go. Promote a positive community.

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    Here are a few suggestions.


    1. Get someone to lead the moderation team for you that can act like a 'heavy'. Could even be someone not from within your college community, to remove the effect of peer-pressure.

    2. Set up an anonymous moderator and allow the moderating team to enforce rules using that identification.

    3. Depending on what type of trouble your users are causing, you could blame your correcting them on the host. For example, "you can't post porn, or my host would delete my account, sorry I'll have to remove that post!"


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    Having a community under control is good because it breeds better posts and discourages useless drivel and unintelligent conversation. As as figure of authority, you will not be able to avoid coming down hard on abusers with a hard hammer, it's just a fact you'll have to face. However, it's important to establish yourself as a friendly and active community member in addition to be a figure of authority. If the only time you post is to lock threads or warn people, people's attitudes to you will be much less friendly and obeying.

    It's hard at times, but try to put yourself in position to use authority when needed, just contribute in other ways so you seem like less of a dictator. Make sure you have guidelines to refer to and a competent moderator team, but don't rush in promoting people -- the worst thing in the world is promoting someone and finding out they aren't the right material.

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    I am working on some guidelines for the forums and I will stick to them.

    There are three other forum administrators that work with me. They each have different ideas on what is appropriate and what is not. I think that the guidelines I lay out will put any problems that the admins might have to rest.


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