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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
    Hi all, I'm martin. I run a remote sensing company using all manner of machines including rovers/boats/submersibles and aircraft. Ex helicopter pilot/flying instructor/paramedic. Just looking to give something back to the forum that has given so much to me. Current project is a lightweight/ ultra high speed uav :-)
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    I am Nicolas, 22 year old, computer engineer graduated last year. I live in Lebanon and I've working with drones for the past 3 years. I used on-board computers in order to create autonomous flight with Pixhawk. The on-board computer processed Augmented Reality Markers in order to all drones dock precisely.

    Currently, I have a startup www.dox.tech.

    I hope that I can add value to this forum and group.


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    Hi intro -

    I'm just me a moderator, Bo. I too have been involved with multirotor drones for a few years, wandering down the rabbit hole of learning. I'm a Brit/Limey born in England but very much of Irish - Catholic family, I figure I would offer different hours of moderation than American mods so thought I would help out. I have been running a blog for a while now, and have to moderate there too, so I feel more comfortable talking and acting on issues here.

    I also recently discovered The Walking Dead, and have been ploughing through episodes trying to catch up.

    best wishes

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    MarioSpeedwagonDwgsparky : Welcome guys!

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    Sorry, poor wording. I didn't think I could do it from the phone, but I did suspend for spam.
  • Developer

    Please don't delete accounts. Best to suspend them for spam. DAHABO MABOU is suspended 

  • Moderator
    Just delete him. I just added him an hour or two ago. He looked a little suspicious, but I'd rather approve members at first, and revoke it later if need be.

    I'm on a road trip now, though. Would you mind deleting his account?
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    Hi Guys

    looks like we have a little problem   This guy seems to want everyone to email him with something very important

  • Moderator

    Going with the flow...

    I'm Derrick Westoby, a career firefighter/EMT in N.E. Oregon. Originally from Bend, Oregon. I'm prior service Air Force, and have a completely random job history (Zipline guide, fishing guide, residential electrician, etc). 

    I've only been involved in RC for about the last year and a half, which I started building a pixhawk powered fixed wing with a gimbal mounted Flir Tau2 for wildfire monitoring. 

    I own www.omnifoxaerial.com and am primarily focused on agriculture at the moment. Once I'm comfortable enough with handing off the majority of the "work" on the ag side to the other members, I'd love to get back into the UAS+Firefighting projects. 

    As Chris has probably guessed by now, I'm pretty damn OCD and have long bouts of Insomnia. It's great for "getting shit done", but sometimes I forget that it's 4am when I fire off a text or email. ;) 

    Just here, looking to contribute to the community in the capacity that I'm able to. 

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    New Moderator. 

    from Marks request. 

    Dwgsparky has been active in Rc for more than 40 yrs, yes i'm an oldie with a brain. I am a safety and controls engineer living in Quebec and I run www.Air-Vision-Air.com building Catapult launch systems for the last 3 yrs. 

    I build and fly both own designed fixed wing and multicopters for fun and mapping and photography is my game.


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