BogMonster Posted April 29, 2006 Share Posted April 29, 2006 Now that the LR4x4.com forum is firmly established, the moderating team feel that it is time for a Forum Charter to establish what constitutes reasonable use of the forum and take into account recent concerns expressed to the moderating team about a number of aspects of the way the forum is managed, such as: - the need for clear direction on posting rules and regulations for new members, and clear direction for moderators to ensure consistent action by moderators - the relevance of some posts on the forum and whether there should be more restrictions on keeping things to Land Rover content and/or a separate forum for Off Topic posts - the need for transparency and user input in the way that moderators and administrators are appointed and dismissed - the need to take into account the wishes of all forum members and particularly those who have contributed to the upkeep of this forum whether financially or otherwise Please would any users who have a view on any or all of these issues, or any other issue related to how the forum is administrated and how decisions are (or should be) made, post a reply to this thread with their views. In view of the need for this to be an open discussion for all to see, people should please post here rather than PM individual moderators. In order to try and structure this discussion and the way forwards, the moderating team propose that a forum charter be crafted taking into account current policy as modified by the comments received, which will cover all of the matters listed above and any others which a significant number of users feel are important, and this will then be published in draft form for further comment. Once any comments are incorporated, a decision will need to be made on the adoption of this and a practical solution to this might be to have a poll for members to vote on with a majority of the votes cast required to be "for" the adoption. Again comments on the requirement for this are welcome! Current situation The current situation on this forum is relatively straightforward, in case users are not aware of the current processes we follow the main points that would be covered in the forum charter are outlined briefly below: Forum values This forum has been established to provide an independent and open place for discussing and sharing information and activities relating to Land Rovers. The forum's independence is maintained by the generous contribution of its members, which keeps us free from the influence of magazines or other sponsors. Contributions are not disclosed and do not secure the member any additional rights, they are a gift to the LR4x4 community enabling all to share equally in the benefits of an independent forum. Appointment of moderators If a need is identified for a new moderator, somebody in the existing team will usually put forward a suggested person for discussion, though there have been cases where users have nominated themselves by PM'ing a moderator/admin and this is perfectly acceptable. If a suggestion is put forward then the user will be approached to see if they are interested and willing to do the task. The moderating team will then discuss this for a few days and take into account things such as the contribution the member makes to the forum (number and quality of posts), whether they have knowledge relevant to the forum subject, whether they are likely to have common sense in deciding what is and is not acceptable, and so on. If the general feeling is that the candidate is suitable then the appointment will be made, or if there is a choice then the one felt to be most suitable will be appointed. Moderating actions/policy Generally anything blatantly inappropriate (e.g. commercial spam, porn, gratuitous swearing, obviously libellous comments) will be removed immediately by the relevant forum moderator when they see it and if it is deleted by one of us will be stored in a Recycling Forum which only moderators have access to, so it can be undeleted if required for any reason. If a persistent offender is identified (which is very rare) then discussion will occur in the moderators forum as to whether the username should be banned or other action taken against them. Usually if somebody is taking the mick then a stern PM asking them to behave is all that is required. The use by individuals of multiple usernames by is strongly frowned upon and actively discouraged (experience has shown they are often used by people to cause mischief). Likewise people who register as new users simply in order to post advertising material (whether spam or a genuine classified advert) without contributing in any other way to the content of the forum. The "20 post rule" covers this and details of this rule are posted at the top of the Classified forum. Rules and regulations Rules and regulations have deliberately been kept simple and have been left to "common sense" rather than trying to write them down in minute detail. Users are basically not permitted to post material (including avatars) that would be looked upon as obscene or offensive by the average man or woman, or likely to land the forum in hot water legally. The general litmus test of our current policy on content is that if it is spam or if you wouldn't be prepared to let your children see it, we probably don't want it on this forum, but a large amount is down to the discretion of the individual moderator. Our experience suggests that the vast majority of users understand the general principle of this and few step over the line, there is the occasional rapped knuckle but usually the only problems occur when somebody new comes in determined to cause trouble. Please, in responding to this post, offer solutions where possible and not just problems. We don't want to hear "I don't like X." - we need to hear "I don't like X, because of Y and I would like you to do Z instead". Initially this post will be "sticky" for replies for 2 weeks and we will consider the responses at the end of that time. We look forward to hearing your views! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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