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Ingo

28 July 2011 at 8:46pm Forum Moderator, 801 Posts

Hello everybody!

In the light of a recent spike in spam signups and posts on this forum, we're looking to widen our circle of moderators to deal with the traffic. Its as simple as monitoring the RSS feed frequently, and clicking "mark as spam" on a post/thread.

It's also a great responsibility to keep with our open community spirit (<Yoda quote here>).
Lacking distinct community guidelines, I'd like to point you to a great online book resource for this:
The "Communication" chapter of "Producing Open Source Software" (http://producingoss.com/en/communications.html).
To be clear, we're trying to get rid of spam, not members you might not agree with (or that behave unprofessionally).

So: If you've been around here for a while (at least three months), have been an active community member (at least 150 posts), we'd really like your help in keeping this forum a high quality resource.

Please apply for moderation with me (ingo at silverstripe dot com), and briefly outline why you're a good fit for the job. Also let us know if you want to cover all forums, or just a specific subset. We're particularly keen on people outside of the NZ timezone, as we've got a reasonable moderator coverage with core members there.

Thanks for your help!
Ingo

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MarijnKampf

29 July 2011 at 6:08pm Community Member, 164 Posts

Would be happy to give it a go from the UK, but don't quite make the 150 posts mark yet.

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moloko_man

30 July 2011 at 2:52am Community Member, 72 Posts

I'd do it from the US, but even though I've been around for 3 years on here, I don't have nearly enough posts. I guess I could spam the forums to get my quota of 150 posts :)

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Willr

31 July 2011 at 6:21pm (Last edited: 31 July 2011 6:21pm), Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

The 150 limit is simply to show us you have dedicated time previously to being involved with the forum and have plenty of experience! Quality over quantity is always important as well.

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Howard

2 August 2011 at 2:08pm Community Member, 215 Posts

More than happy to help out - I'll flick you an email Ingo. Also It would be helpful if each post had a "Mark as spam" link that logged in users could click which would send an email to the moderators for their consideration.

Just an idea...

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Willr

3 August 2011 at 9:47pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Also It would be helpful if each post had a "Mark as spam" link that logged in users could click which would send an email to the moderators for their consideration.

Moderators do get a mark as spam - but this also removes the user account completely. I see the point of having a mark this as spam, perhaps that itself could get spammed though? We would need to limit the use of the spam button as to not spam the moderators!

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Ingo

5 August 2011 at 6:37am Forum Moderator, 801 Posts

A "community-voted" spam marking would be awesome, but as Will said - prone to abuse. The forum codebase is open source - pull requests with well thought-out solutions welcome :)

We've had five members raising their hand and fulfilling the criteria, which is awesome! I think this should give us a good coverage for now, and we just see how we go. Depending how much of a burden the shared moderation is to individuals, we might ask for more volunteers :)