moderating through security groups

webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
1) Create a security group containing all current users.

2) Allow only users in that security group to post messages, except in one forum where any registered user can post. We'd call this forum "New Users" or something like that.

3) When new users register, don't add them to the security group until after 30 (or some arbitrary number thereof )days have passed. keep this number changing constantly changing so newbies cant figure out the system.
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  • SherryLSherryL Registered Users Posts: 82
    I definitley like the idea of using the security group. Great idea!!!

    I also like the idea of lurkers not being able to read the messages before they post, but I think that this may infact deter members from joining-- since many people like to get a feel for the vibe of a board before they register.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    Maybe when new members sign up, they will get a welcome letter explaining why things are the way they are and how important it is to NC.com to create the best member experience. I know rules sux but if it's for the saftey and sanctity of the members, I think it's worthwhile.


    I also found a huge list of naughty words for the word filter that encompases international naughty words.
  • svtsvt Registered Users Posts: 19
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>
    3) When new users register, don't add them to the security group until after 30 (or some arbitrary number thereof )days have passed. keep this number changing constantly changing so newbies cant figure out the system.[/QB]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think not adding newbies to the security group after a certain number of posts would be even better. That way I could get a feel for their communication style to determine how to interact with that person.
  • SpankMeCurlySpankMeCurly Registered Users Posts: 20
    SVT...I'm assuming the purpose of the security group is not so that you (generic you) can decide how to interact with them but rather, to protect the integrity of the board. I have other ideas that might be better but I'd have to flesh them out.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    SVT I thought that would work as well, but one of the posters was a member for a bit, and did post normal stuff at first. Then I found nasty potty mouth posts that needed to be edited.

    To my limited knowledge, there's really no fool-proof way of making things work, but hopefully with enough roadblocks trolls will find it not worth their time.
  • svtsvt Registered Users Posts: 19
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SpankMeCurly:
    SVT...I'm assuming the purpose of the security group is not so that you (generic you) can decide how to interact with them but rather, to protect the integrity of the board. I have other ideas that might be better but I'd have to flesh them out.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Okay, I understand about protecting the integrity of the board. I just wanted some sort of way to figure out or predict someone's online personality before they became a regular member.
  • svtsvt Registered Users Posts: 19
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Moderator2:
    SVT I thought that would work as well, but one of the posters was a member for a bit, and did post normal stuff at first. Then I found nasty potty mouth posts that needed to be edited.

    To my limited knowledge, there's really no fool-proof way of making things work, but hopefully with enough roadblocks trolls will find it not worth their time.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yeah, that's true about no fool-proof way. I'm glad you're having this brainstorming discussion though. icon_cool.gif
  • svtsvt Registered Users Posts: 19
    SMC:

    I reread my response to you and it sounds sorta catty. No cattiness intended chickie! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Sam_DickensonSam_Dickenson Registered Users Posts: 1
    I think most troll attacks are only one off things, like the phase dies off within a day or so.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Registered Users Posts: 8,002
    I like the ideas. I might have mentioned this before, too, but here goes:

    What about lurkers not being able to even read the non-hair board? In other words, you have to be registered to read, let alone post.
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  • Sugar Plum FairySugar Plum Fairy Registered Users Posts: 178
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Springcurl:
    I like the ideas. I might have mentioned this before, too, but here goes:

    What about lurkers not being able to even read the non-hair board? In other words, you have to be registered to read, let alone post.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    But surely then the trolls wud just register anyway, it's no skin off their nose(s) to have to do this. The security groups a good idea, but then again it might be a lot of trouble for gretchen and michelle. i suppose if others were helping (i.e.- moderators) it wudn't be so bad.

    Good idea webjockey!
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    Godd ideas Web icon_smile.gif
  • kurlykittykurlykitty Registered Users Posts: 162
    I'm not sure how productive this idea would be. Honestly, one of the most well-moderated boards I know has an open posting policy - guests can post without registering - and this is a board with fairly heavy traffic. The only time that board has had problems with their "guest" posters was when it was hacked overnight.

    The one and only constant I've seen in well run bulletin boards is not the rules they adopt or how restricted they are or whether its a free board - it is that the moderators are visible and active participants in the forum community that read and post to the boards daily, and by their example demonstrate acceptable posting.

    Since we are adding mods right now, I suggest that NC.com wait a while before making additional board changes. Very likely, adding mods (especially when you've added a European mod for near 24 hour coverage) will improve the board environment so that no other changes are really necessary.
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  • AmyWOMANAmyWOMAN Registered Users Posts: 6
    I tend to agree with KurlyKitty. Adding mods will probably do a lot, and doing other things may cloud some issues. Then you're not going to know what change had which effect, and then when you want to make changes, you don't know what to remove or revamp. Just my opinion, of course.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Registered Users Posts: 2,786
    KurlyKitty - excellent points. I've been more in "data gathering and brainstorming mode". Every suggestion has it's pros and cons, and some of the arguments presented made me think of things that wouldn't have occured to me originally. Like the restricting hotmail/yahoo accounts - I'm much more in agreement with the rest of you that said no way jose.

    This is why feedback and collaboration is so important.

    Keep sharing!
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  • curliefroggiecurliefroggie Registered Users Posts: 1
    I know I'm probably a little late for thisbut it raises a question for me. Several very active members have lost passwords, had account problems, or for some reason needed to open new accounts. Would they be forced to endure the probationary period again or could they e-mail the mods to get reinstated?

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