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Rule reminder.

For the love of all that is good and graceful, stop deleting/screening comments without mod permission. We have had a rash of people breaking the rules, being given a warning and then immediately deleting their comments, thus breaking the rules again in the process. This is incredibly frustrating for us moderators and gives us more work for absolutely no reason.

We have gotten a lot of new people lately who apparently do not read the rules before participating. I implore all members, new and old, to take a bit of their time to familiarize themselves with the rules listed in the userinfo. In the meantime, I am going to be discussing a harsher punishment with the other mods for people who do what I described above, as it is getting entirely out of hand when we are handing out double to triple warnings left and right from people deleting their comments after being told to stop flaming/using hard to read fonts/going off-topic/etc.

"I didn't know it was against the rules" is not an excuse. They're right there on the info page.

Again, DON'T DELETE YOUR COMMENTS! We have to warn people for this almost every day, especially lately, and that is honestly ridiculous. It is only polite to familiarize yourself with a community's rules before participating in it, so please do so.

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anjel_kitty
Oct. 5th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
The moderation on the community already seems to be a huge time sink on a volunteers. I agree with the ban policy, and then maybe sending them a link to the rules and ask them that they read over them in the interim until their ban is up
Trying to moderate membership or send quizzes is just a silly amount of time and effort that most of the volunteer mods could not expend
kayla_la
Oct. 5th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
That's the plan! I'm gonna be announcing what we decided on later today.

I think people would be surprised how much effort we put into AB. They can't really see it because 90% of it is in the background, but trust me, it's a lot more work than occasionally telling someone to not namecall or what have you.
oceandezignz
Oct. 5th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Trying to moderate membership or send quizzes is just a silly amount of time and effort that most of the volunteer mods could not expend

This, basically. If A_B was on a private forum rather than on LJ, than I could see quizzes or something working out, as they'd be embedded into the sign up process. Otherwise, unless LJ changes up how the sign-up to comms works... yeah the plan we have is a lot better.
frazzled_niya
Oct. 20th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
You can do it here too, just set up a post to read through, post your answers to the "rules" thread (have everything screened on that post so no one can cheat.) Have membership set to moderated and if you get the answers right the mods let you in.

Type of thing, obviously it would take a bit to set up but it is possible.

Or have a hidden password....
oceandezignz
Oct. 20th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Entirely too much effort for something that we'd more likely have to keep POINTING people to, than people finding themselves. As well as issues of being able to quickly and easily pinpoint who has or has not posted to said post and grandfathering...

Its a good idea, but its just not a good one for A_B.
frazzled_niya
Oct. 20th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
I certainly don't disagree, it is a lot of work. Personally I think the system you guys have atm works pretty well other than the few people for whatever reason break the rules.

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