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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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  • Admin

    Looks like we will probably hit 75k in a couple of more hours.

    I will make the announcement as soon as we are there.


  • Moderator


    • Male
    • pune
    • India
    Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
    Another spammer
  • Admin

    @Hai Tran,

    Gary and I have warned the Onagofly blog posting members that we will suspend them if they continue to either post Onagofly blog posts or discussion threads in the Forums.


    I just sent a Onagofly blog post by sasiska sasiskauri back to him and deleted two of his Onagofly discussion posts.


  • Moderator

    sasiska sasiskauri you mean that person Hai who also had a user name with those two joined. I vote we ban that Onago altogether. 

  • Moderator

    And the poster posted the exact same text in the forums

  • Moderator

    Besides not featuring a photo/video at the start of the blog:

    I don't think we should approve "Big News for Drone Industry: FAA Unwraps New Drone Rules".

    It just quotes old news, and is just about advertising kickstarter drone

  • Moderator

    Be careful out there, very English name Indian address James churchil

    • Trichy,tamilnadu
    • India 

    Was busy filling up comments

  • Admin

    Moderators please keep an eye on the Last-sell for many legacy 3DR products discussion thread as some of the members have been getting a little aggressive in their responses.

    There also seems to be a fair amount of cross posting in the 3DR telemetry no longer supported by 3DR....options? discussion thread.


  • Moderator

    I just included a link to diydrones onto a Facebook page I was on just now, and it created an icon of that renaissance painting on the front page that goes with the http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/six-trends-driving-the-commerci... post...

    What the hey?

  • Moderator

    TCIII:  looks like you're going to be bang on with your estimate for new members... 100 to go!  (unless something unexpected happens to change traffic patterns, such as media events, etc.

    Chris:  there have been some slanted takes on your most recent clarifications on the blog http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/3dr-telemetry-no-longer-supported... recently.  Putting words in your mouth and unfair extrapolations:  don't know if you can get it back on track (?)


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