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Moderator Basics

These are the basic instructions for moderators:

Most of what you'll be doing is approving (or not) blog posts and otherwise keeping things running smoothly.

With blog posts, the key things to check before approving are:

  1. Does the post start with an image/video or at least have one very close to the top?
  2. Are videos embedded? (Not a link to a video elsewhere)
  3. Is the post informative, rather than asking a question or a request for help? (Those should be sent to the discussion forum).

Feel free to make modest edits (such as moving a photo to the top, or turning a video link into an embed) yourself. If the post should be in the discussion forum instead, paste the text into a Friend request to the author explaining that and delete the post. (Using a Friend request will hopefully take some of the sting out of having to reject their post ;-) )

When Moderating Comments:

Deletion is really the course of last resort, and tends to cause more trouble than it solves. Instead, we follow this escalation process: 

  • 1st course of action in case of TOS abuse: Gentle note in the comments asking people to play nice
  • 2nd: Edit the comment to remove offending piece and add: "[Moderator: Text edited to comply with site TOS]". It's nice to PM the member with an explanation, warning
  • 3rd: Lock comments. Also PM member with explanation/warning
  • 4th (only in cases of gross abuse): Delete comment. PM member
  • 5th (very rare, and only after multiple warnings): Ban member

Our Culture and Values:

Mark Harrison, one of our star moderators, articulated our culture and policies best with this post, which I'll just quote verbatim:

Here's my general feeling about a lot of things on this site; in fact, it's pretty much my general philosophy for large parts of my life:

        "It's more important to enable good things than prevent bad things"

For diydrones, this generally means:

--Be generous in accepting blog posts. We're not at a point where there are more submissions than can be confortably digested in a day. Likewise, the term "drone" is evolving at such a fast rate it's hard to pin down exactly what it means for everyone. So, I'm happy to lump in quadcopters, FPV, gimbals, RC, artistic aerial videos, electronics, radios... all kinds of stuff that meets my nebulous criterion of "generally interesting to the diy drone community."

Now of course it can be protested, "what if we're flooded by dozens or hundreds of posts on marginally related topic X?" And my response would be, "let's wait until that happens; we'll have tons more context and it will be easier to make a specific decision then than make some globally encompassing set of rules now. We may all even be a little bit smarter and a little bit wiser!"

-- Be generous in approving users. Lots of people aren't comfortable with revealing too much information about themselves, or may not have a particularly cogent reason for joining a site. I'm somewhat of an exception to this case... "Are you asking what I'm interested in? Let's talk about me, it's one of the most interesting topics we can discuss, don't you agree?" But for a lot of people, they may interested in the topic, but not interested in telling you why.

-- Feel free to make mistakes, and be nice when other people are making mistakes. Sometimes the most interesting things happen when things go awry. For better or worse, sometimes the most education things as well!

I think this is pretty much in agreement with how the site has been run historically. It's a site for amateurs, by amateurs (keeping in mind the defintion of "amateur"... from the French "lover of"), and as such has had a pretty wide-ranging scope of what's acceptable. That's served the site well, enabling it to be as relevant (or even more!) in 2013 as it was when it was founded.

Of course there are big exceptions to this "don't sweat the bad stuff" philosophy -- brain surgery, rocket launches, and skydiving come to mind -- but I think it's a useful guideline for a site such as ours.


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  • I'm assuming by the "mod edit" that the "Bitch Face" blogger has been notified that the title does not conform to site rules.

  • Ok guys, I just got an explanation from Julian about his post on the firmware update.  Apparently, someone approved it while it was in draft stage and the approver added an image before I did. Make sure the blogs are complete, before approving them, folks.  I think by the time we get email notices, the blogs are usually out of draft phase.

    He does not like either of our images, and I noticed that the blog is now pictureless.  I again requested that he put an image in the blog.

  • Well, Julian decided to remove the image I added, saying that it was not related to the post.  I informed him of the policy, and asked him to an image of his choice to put it in. I really would like to know who's approving posts with no image. It does make our position on having images in posts hard to enforce.

  • Not too difficult a problem, I just added an image.  I'll notify the member.  How did it get posted without an image?

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    Also the waiting blog post New tiger motor may not be of general interest and maybe should be posted in a discussion forum?


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    I know that we want to get the word out concerning firmware upgrades, but the" New ArduPPM firmware version 2.3.16 in the downloads section" blog post does not really qualify as a blog post according to the guide lines.


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    Ya, we got a lot of those two letter spammers today. I put their IPs in the blocked IP list, but it does not seem to do any good as they get through with the banned IP anyway the next time they request a bogus membership approval.


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    Thanks for editing the video link. I am still trying to get the hang of converting the UTube link to embedded video.


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    Drone_Savant was indeed baiting this morning, but he was not getting too out of hand. I was keeping an eye on him to make sure it didn't get into a flamming war. Boy I go to the dentist for a couple of hours and all hell breaks loose. LOL!


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    @Mark Harrison,

    I edited that blog post and moved the video up so it would be at the top of the post. The blog post was still there with some text and video at the top when I went to the dentist around 3pm EST. I wonder if the author removed the blog post?


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