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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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  • Moderator
    3DR Y6 discussed here, if anyone wants to work up a blog:

  • Admin

    Should this FPV blog post go in the blog area or in the Video Forum: Link



  • Developer
    It looks like round 2 with Monroe and Drone Trend/Savant. Not that surprising considering this is what happened the last time they sparred. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/game-of-clones?commentId=705844...
  • Moderator

    Toby Mills post has been in the queue for almost 48 hours, yesterday i asked him if it was still being edited and got no reply. Should we not bin it?

  • Moderator

    Oh dear I go out for a few hours and look what happens ;-) I really don't understand the high horses that are ridden with the clone stories. I remember not being able to get on any horses because flight controllers cost $10k for basic stuff. Lets avoid feeding the trolls and let it move down the page. It will be tomorrows chip wrapper. 

  • Admin


    KF is a pretty smart operator and knows the ins and outs of the web and, most likely the US laws concerning the web, so I suspect he would not be doing what he is doing if he could be violating a specific law or set of laws.


  • Tom:

    Not being a moderator here but being an experienced moderator otherwise, I had to deal with the likes in the past and - at least in Europe - if the operator of a website explicitly excludes a person from a service and informs this person so, returning to this service under another identity is subject to civil and criminal prosecution.

    IANAL, but I do remember reading something about in the USA using a fake identity for an online service is illegal. Not sure if it was in effect or just planned, though.

  • Moderator

    sure Chris, TCIII. I didn't suspect it was KF. 

  • Admin


    He sent me a pm:

    "I already discussed this with Crag and Chris. Man up. Let the conversation play out. 

    I can proxy the topic in via several people. Don't MAKE me play games. IF you want to... pull that trigger. 

    I am here to be civil. 

    I'll even make you a pact to NOT say another word. Let that content stay though." 

    KF was permanently suspended as DS, however we are pretty sure that he comes back as proxy members like Drone Trends.



  • Developer

    I think you are too generous Tom.  I thought Finistere was permanently banned regardless of his choice of user name.

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