Moderators or Self Moderation?
As moderators we can encourage people to use “Reply in linked topic” much more, or to PM when that’s even better. I think we’ve not really tried that so everyone have a go now and see how it pans out!
Mods do also clean up threads by gathering together a bunch of replies and spinning them off new topics from time to time but this is time consuming, or just impractical because they are too mixed up with the OP to separate in a meaningful way. So it is still best if the community can help out as above - new folk then pick it up as they see others already doing so - so less work for mods, and less people feeling we’re police in a place that’s supposed to be about freeeeeeeeedom!
I;ve been thinking about the potential benefits of the “reply in new topic” category. as It not only has all the more obvious benefits of preventing people veering wildly off-topic and disrupting interesting conversation…but another personal benefit too . - It could potentially resolve all the major issues and concerns I have had whilst being on this forum actually and I think there will be an interesting emergent property too I think… anyway, we’ll see - you won’t hear an off-topic peep from me from now on anyway
I just wondered if others had thoughts around any of this, or how a proper de-centralised modding system based on reputation might possibly “evolve naturally”…in this or any other way?