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Forum behaviour, edits and bans
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:27:36 pm »
The forum guidelines and agreement make clear that racist comments are not only not welcome on this forum, they are banned. A number of forum users are continuing to break the agreement which they signed up to when registering. It is becoming increasingly unpleasant having to read these posts and extremely tedious in having to edit them in order to remove the repeated racist comments.  From now on such posts will simply be removed - I have not got the time to edit them. No explanation will be given - it's made clear in the agreement and guidelines and trying to explain the policy time and time again seems to have no effect. Also, repeat offenders will now be given an enforced break from the forum without any further warnings given.

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Forum behaviour, edits and bans
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 07:17:39 pm »
There are a couple of forum members who continue to post inflammatory comments of a racist, abusive and cruel nature. That is not allowed in this forum. These forum members are also taking far too much of the volunteer moderatorsí valuable time. Writing to the offending member in order to explain the edits that have been made often results in replies containing personal abuse. We are not here to have to deal with that. This is a community forum that exists for the benefit of the community, not for a minority to rant, post obnoxious comments and hijack threads for political ends. In future, posts that break the forum rules will be removed and no explanation will be given. Itís not worth the grief trying to explain the reasons. Those who continue to abuse this free community facility will be banned. Constructive debate about community life, local issues and national and international politics is welcome as are discussions about current affairs. But racists rants containing sweeping generalisations that add nothing to the discussion will be removed.
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Re: Forum behaviour, edits and bans
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 07:16:30 am »
I just wanted to clarify why edits are sometimes made to posts.

We have 10 volunteers running this site, made up of two administrators and eight moderators. Together we try to keep the forum running according to the site's editorial guidelines and the forum agreement that were drawn up when the site was launched. We are able to edit posts, move them if they are in the wrong category, merge them if there is already an existing post on the topic, change the subject line (headline) of the post if needed, link the post to the siteís calendar if the poster has forgotten or didnít know how to do it, and remove posts.

When changes are made, a notification is automatically added to the foot of the original post saying that it has been edited, who edited it and when the edit was made. In all cases where there has been a significant edit, we write to the author of the original post explaining the reason for the edit. That message is sent via the siteís internal message system. So, if anyone sees that their post has been edited there will be a related message in that personís forum inbox, which is called ĎMy Messagesí and appears on the top of every forum page. If there is a message that has not been read that link will be bold. For minor, cosmetic/functional edits we sometimes explain the reason for the edit below the original post. So, for example, you might see a variation of the following. [Note: Edited to fix broken quote box]

The majority of edits are fairly minor, often to do with forum housekeeping issues such as the appearance of strange fonts if people have copied and pasted material to the forum, the use of capitals (which comes across as shouting online), broken links, and incomplete quote box references, etc. Some are to do with the tone and language, others could be about removing words and sentences that contravene the forum agreement that all sign up to when registering. However, the moderators will never edit or remove a post because they dislike what is written. Moderating is not a subjective exercise but, rather, a team effort based on maintaining the forumís standards.

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