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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Moderating Groups on the Internet


I moderate several groups on Yahoo.

The rules are simple.

1. You have to write an introduction to be able to join.
2. You are moderated until you make a sensible post.
3. After a first sensible post you are unmoderated.

Since these rules were put in place, we've only had spammers join occasionally and they can't resist sending out junk on their first post.
They are immediately thrown out by one of five moderators.

Perhaps another rule is to have at least five moderators. That way, you don't get too much delay in approving joining and posts.

The main group I moderate on Yahoo is UK-Coeliac and you can look at that to see how it behaves pretty well. Incidentally, if you are someone who needs gluten-free diet, then feel free to join.



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