Originally Posted by MarkvW
Now we're getting warnings for defying "universal truth" and bans for the expression of an insubordinate thought.
The best moderated forums are those who are moderated less.
And this works when the moderation of the discussions goes to the users so no one can feel that someone else behaved unfair to someone else.
I know a very successful and with high traffic cycling forum that has no moderation at all. 6th in my countrys rank, 20.000 members, 5000 unique and active members every day.
The only rules that exist there is to open new threads in the right place and don't have double accounts or spam with adds etc.
The most interesting and polite discussions are taking place there and this happens because members moderate themselves. Even trolls don't bother to get in this forum. How it works this?
Example. There was a guy recently who was trying to troll in a fixed gear's bikes thread. He got such appreciation for his trolling that in a couple of days disappeared..Some members started talking to him seriously, other started teasing him, other just ignore him, others wanted to print Tshirts with his nickname " I 'm Tony's fan" some print them and posted photos and female members asked him "seriously" to date them!
He expected to create tension and quarrels and he got back fun and appreciation. And some serious proposals to meet people. Not quite what a troll expects eh??
After a while some members missed him and posted pleas to have him back.. but no signs of Tony three months now.. The discussion continues till now with a couple of pages of real fun!
The concept is that beside nicknames are real persons. You can't talk to somebody badly if you have him face to face, and probably he will ignore you the next time. And nobody is going to save your skin if you talking to somebody face to face and you are rude. You have to deal with it yourself.
Same in this forum. The members ensure the rules. And if someone gets beyond limits, there's nobody there to save him. So he has to be careful and respect other people.
The admins and mods have other more important works to do.. to maintain the site and not to bother for what said the one to the other. Things run flawlessly and people discuss there peacefully and polite because no one feels that someone was unfair or tried to regulate the discussions. Everyone is responsible for himself.
It is different but it works.