Nov 07, 2005 10:55 PM|Rochak_Singapore|LINK
Thank you for updating the asp.net forums. While you guys are working on it, I would like to give in my two cents regarding the current procedure of moderating posts. I know this question has been raised several times before but the suggestions are never
more significant than now considering that changes are actually being made.
The main idea of a community forum is a free exchange of ideas and suggestions at an "interactive" level. When a user posts a question, he is generally frustrated at that moment and would want as quick a response as possible to his query. By the time the
user has his post approved after 2-3 hrs.and the subsequent replies being delayed as well; he has either given up/lost interest/ or solved the problem on his own. This is not the idea of a forum being run on community principles.
The idea of moderation is baffling to new users like me as well as to many others. Why on earth in a technical forum, would a user be posting obscene stuff which would necessitate a "pre post moderation". And if there is a concern that users may link up
to their own blogs or products, there is always "after post moderation" in all popular forums. It is here that the moderators play a lively part in ensuring that all posts that are live falls under the "approved" category. If the moderator finds a post that
is not suitable for that forum category, he has the power to move it to the right category or delete the post giving reasons. This would not just significantly speed up the flow of ideas but also reduce the work of the moderators who have to work round the
clock doing the pre post moderation to ensure that posts are approved as quickly as possible.
A forum where the above method is actually being used is wwww.accessvba.com It is by far the best example I could find of a community driven forum. The posts are quick, the responses are quick and everyone seems to know each other in a few weeks time. In
our forum. the moment a user sees that somebody is going to moderate his post, the first feeling he gets is that his post is not up to the limit of the "knowledgable" and hence requires to be moderated. This is a big turn off.
I know I am very new to this forum to suggest this but my impression on seeing moderation is a big let down and I am sure others feel the same. I can't move away from this forum because this just has the largest database of users and the posts are all very
My idea of presenting the above suggestion is not to take away the powers of the moderator but to channel their time and resources in something more effective. I hope my idea would be implemented and not just be a part of another suggestion. Thanks for
all your efforts on this forum.