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    The always interesting BoingBoing.net has an elegant post about how and why they moderate postings to their forum - great reading and possibly appropriate rules to bear in mind here in the Bilge
    Not that anyone here would behave inappropriately, of course.

    It's Here.

    Q. How come the moderator nailed me for a comment that didn't contain any swearing or personal attacks?
    A. It's remarkable how many people believe that "you're good as long as you don't swear or launch personal attacks" is a universal rule. We'll tolerate both those things if you do them perfectly. (Few people can manage that. Best not to try.)
    Q. What happens if I re-register and come back under another name while I'm suspended?
    A. If we catch you, all the comments made by that false identity will be unpublished, and your suspension period will be re-started from the point at which the false identity was caught. It's okay to change your username when you aren't suspended, though we'll look askance at you if you do it too often.

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    Default Re: How to moderate a forum...

    Are you saying Scott is not doing his job?

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    Default Re: How to moderate a forum...

    That's an excellent FAQ.

    And the concept of disemvoweling is awesome

    Kaa

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    Default Re: How to moderate a forum...

    Y'all think Scot hangs out over here: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/

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    Default Re: How to moderate a forum...

    In all matters that relate to moderating, the upshot is that when you sign on, you abide by the moderator's rules. They don't have to make sense to you. In fact, if you plunge over the edge a lot, they probably won't anyway. To state the blatantly obvious, Scot does a commendable job here.
    On my forum, which is characterized by much less activity, and has no bilge, I tolerate almost no personal ranker. Scot has made allowances for the broad range of temperaments here and also allowed us to be self policing to a significant degree. This is in my view as it should be on a widely appealing public forum. I think Scot must be tremendously tolerant; a quality that is both laudable, and rare. The forum is the better for it.

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    I tolerate almost no personal ranker.
    Not many of us would make it over on your forum would we?

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