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  1. #1 Moderating this sub-forum 
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    Following a few PM's, I thought it might be helpful to set out the moderation philosophy here as it presently stands.

    First let me say that this site is, when all is said and done, an internet chat-room of sorts - it is supposed to be a fun place to visit. That said, if we members are to have any pride in our sub-forum, we had better do our collective best to ensure the highest possible level of discussion. This of course means correcting mistakes, and generally keeping our fellow members on the straight-and-narrow.

    Now, as to moderation:

    It is expected that any post here will, within reason, have some mathematical content. (I say within reason, since sending Xmas greetings, for example, seems quite reasonable to me). Otherwise posts will be removed.

    Note there is no expectation that mathematical content be mainstream, or even coherent, simply that it must be there. I expect members to point out where so-called errors lie, and that the "culprit" will take such correction with good grace.

    It is also expected that threads with a high level of relevant content not be willfully, or possibly maliciously, disrupted by posts which, though purporting to have mathematical content, appear to have the intention of disrupting and nothing more.

    This "appearance" is a matter of judgment, of course, and that is why moderators are so highly paid (!!!). If the moderator seems to get it wrong, there is a simple appeal system - PM an admin (InSanity & SkinWalker, as I believe)).

    Finally: This is not cast in stone, so I open this thread to general discussion.

    -G-


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  3. #2 Re: Moderating this sub-forum 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist
    Following a few PM's, I thought it might be helpful to set out the moderation philosophy here as it presently stands.

    First let me say that this site is, when all is said and done, an internet chat-room of sorts - it is supposed to be a fun place to visit. That said, if we members are to have any pride in our sub-forum, we had better do our collective best to ensure the highest possible level of discussion. This of course means correcting mistakes, and generally keeping our fellow members on the straight-and-narrow.

    Now, as to moderation:

    It is expected that any post here will, within reason, have some mathematical content. (I say within reason, since sending Xmas greetings, for example, seems quite reasonable to me). Otherwise posts will be removed.

    Note there is no expectation that mathematical content be mainstream, or even coherent, simply that it must be there. I expect members to point out where so-called errors lie, and that the "culprit" will take such correction with good grace.

    It is also expected that threads with a high level of relevant content not be willfully, or possibly maliciously, disrupted by posts which, though purporting to have mathematical content, appear to have the intention of disrupting and nothing more.

    This "appearance" is a matter of judgment, of course, and that is why moderators are so highly paid (!!!). If the moderator seems to get it wrong, there is a simple appeal system - PM an admin (InSanity & SkinWalker, as I believe)).

    Finally: This is not cast in stone, so I open this thread to general discussion.

    -G-
    So far as I am concerned the philosophy that you defined is the proper philosophy for this subforum.

    There are disruptive influences that need to be handled clearly and decisively. There is at least one on my ignore list, but even there the long lists of consecutive ignored posts are disruptive.


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