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Fri, Jul 5 2019 6:56 PM by esssy. 5 replies.
  • Robert1893 United States
    5,140 Posts
    Fri, Jul 5 2019 8:47 AM

    I'm starting this thread to discuss the discussion board moderation policy. The idea here is for players to (politely) express their frustration with the policy. I'm hoping WGT will look at this and reconsider its policy.

    Here are my thoughts. 

    While I understand it's not that unusual for a discussion board to have a short period of moderation for new members, I've actually never been a member of a discussion board that actually did that. And, over the years, I've participated on a number of discussion boards.

    Community members have always been very good at helping new members understand the norms of the board regarding what's allowed and what's not allowed. I don't see why that can't happen here as well.

    On top of that, the moderation policy on here is much too vague. Supposedly, after 35 or 40 posts, a person is taken off moderation. But that doesn't always happen. Some players are never taken off moderation unless they ask to be taken off.

    But how would a player know that he or she can ask or who they are supposed to ask? The only way they find out is from other players. That highlights the fact that it's the community that helps with this process. 

    So, I think the moderation policy should be eliminated. That's especially so since, as it currently works, the policy inhibits conversation or discussion. The policy does not enhance discussion. 

    It's especially frustrating for events such as the Christmas in July event. I try to maintain the list of unfulfilled requests. But then I (literally) received 132 emails last night indicating new posts. Now, even if one cuts that in half (because I get 2 email notification for each new post), that's approximately 60 new posts all at once. Then this morning I received over 80 new emails. 

    Seriously, I think we can do better than the current system.

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  • opyeuclid United States
    6,090 Posts
    Fri, Jul 5 2019 9:29 AM

    Some players join a CC and can have many posts within said CC that are not seen by WGT at all , But when they post in the open forums for the first few times it goes thro moderation ,  If I remember from last event we asked WGT to please let any new posters replying to the event to let them thro .  

    And in my time here I have seen players get off moderation only to go off in a bad way .

    OPY 

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  • DoctorLarry United States
    2,171 Posts
    Fri, Jul 5 2019 10:36 AM

    I have been involved in online discussion boards since the days of BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) when I got my Apple ][+ and a 56K baud modem in 1980 (!)  There was no moderation then, but it came soon after.

    There should be a standard short period of moderation based on post count (e.g., 25 posts), followed by unmoderated posting but with review of posts reported by forum members.

    The terms and conditions should be clear, and violations should result in specific penalties from warnings, to limited moderation, to varying periods of bans, up to removal.

    Note that the reporting requires scrutiny as well, with penalties for undeserved and/or malicious reporting receiving penalties proportionate to the harm proposed.

    The goal of the moderation system should be to allow the free discussion of ideas within the confines of the Terms and Conditions that the forum users agree to when we sign up - with a dash of common sense and forgiveness when we fail and then show contriteness.

    The current system seems to be shrouded in some secrecy or uncertainty, at best, and should become more clear.  We do not need to know private details of individual incidents - just policies.

    These are my opinions and I am happy to discuss them further!

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  • craigswan United Kingdom
    14,814 Posts
    Fri, Jul 5 2019 11:10 AM

    I got banned for 3 or 4 days for an inappropriate gif so they said .

    I contacted wgt and apologised and they let me back on posting immediately .

    but

    They said they had e-mailed me a couple of times before to watch it but I took no heed .

    The reason I took no heed was because my e-mail notification is switched off as I do not want hundreds of messages telling me about every game being set up or every new forum post .

    I think a warning would have been better sent to my personal messages .

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  • SamSpayed United States
    1,307 Posts
    Fri, Jul 5 2019 11:41 AM

    I would suggest that the moderation policy be changed to allow players to post to the Main Forum immediately.  There is really no reason not to.  Based on my past experience as a discussion moderator in other non-WGT forums, I'm sure that well over 99% of us behave ourselves while posting, even if our post count is low.  If there were any blatant abuse, I'm sure somebody in the community would hit the "Report Abuse" button and report the post.  The offender could then be dealt with as WGT sees fit.

    This could reduce the time WGT CS spends on post moderation and encourage more open and timely discussion here.  Everybody wins.

    Just my thoughts.

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