Re: [DML] Moderation, yes or no? (was: Re: Limit users.)
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Re: [DML] Moderation, yes or no? (was: Re: Limit users.)

I am not displeased.

The thing to remember is the rules for the list.  It is about the car, the man 
and the company.  Bill talking about putting carburetors on his car or any other 
modification does not break any of the site rules.  It's when the discussion 
disintegrates into personalities is when we start to run into problems with the 

As far as moderation goes, I get about the same number of complaints about a 
moderated list as an unmoderated one.  Towards the end of the moderated phase, 
the list was not seeing much traffic and discussion continuity was suffering.  
And quite frankly, there wasn't enough traffic to keep the moderators engaged, 
so the delays between when a post was submitted and when it went through was 
unpredictable and lengthy.  The ratio of post that went through was almost 100%, 
so all the moderating team was doing was adding delay.

Unmoderated we have a lot more traffic, but we also seem to have a lot more 
noise.  A lot of the noise is down to the fact that responses go through 
immediately and we wind up with bursty behavior.  The funny thing is, the level 
of noise and the rate of posting is completely up to the participants.  

Let's try an experiment.  Pretty much everyone involved with the list recently 
has been around a long time and should have a darned good idea of what content 
in a post would pass moderation and what would not.  How about, for the next 
couple of weeks, everyone puts on their moderator hat and takes a good look at 
what they are writing before pressing send.  If there is any question in your 
mind - fix it or click delete.  


From: James Espey <james@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wed, March 21, 2012 2:21:55 PM
Subject: [DML] Moderation, yes or no? (was: Re: Limit users.)

Mike, are you pleased with the results?

What about everyone else?

I started a poll – your choice will be kept anonymous. Poll will close and 
results made public April 4th.


From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Michael Griese
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:02 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [DML] Re: Limit Users.

Not quite. This forum had always been moderated from the beginning. It went 
unmoderated the first time just recently.


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