Process Post W12 – Moderating your Commentariat and Navigating the Social Waters

Here are the guidelines for my site that viewers and myself will follow:

As a general implementation to enforce these guidelines I can turn to a comment voting system. Comments can be reported for violating guidelines and brought to automatic removal or manual review. Using community moderation can lessen the strain for me to moderate my entire blog myself. If discussion gets too big, I may have to recruit some moderator to help tackle the moderation work load.

  1. No politics
    Description:
    Keep political opinions to yourself. Unless there is a way to make money off of it, political opinions are unwelcome.
    Implementation:
    Utilize the voting reporting system to moderate these users/discussions.
  2. Keep discussions civil, on-topic and polite
    Description:
    Off-topic discussions or attacks towards members of this community or public figures will not be tolerated. There is always a way to express an opinion without attack the opposing side. Be respectful and think about what you write.
    Implementation:
    Users brought to attention who violate this will receive an immediate ban.
  3. Do not look for advice
    Description:
    The blog is strict to be used for informational and educational purposes. Do not seek advice to pertain to your specific situation. There is no absolute right answer.
    Implementation:
    Utilize the voting reporting system to moderate these users/discussions.
  4. State your sources or clearly state your opinion
    Description:
    State your sources behind claims and events. I will not tolerate misinformation
    Implementation
    Users who continuously spam unsourced material will have their commenting privileges disabled until they learn to separate facts from their own opinion.

I foresee moderation becoming very difficult when commenting volume increases. To remedy this, I believe the addition of automated moderation may help deal with this problem. In theory, the moderation bot will scan through new comments and do its best to detect any violation of the above guidelines. Since I have programming skills, I am confident I can build this system. Any comments that get past the automatic moderation system will rely on the community moderation tools set in place.

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