Hi everyone, here’s the seventh update about how our forum is doing and what’s going on in our community (read the previous one here). First of all I would like to welcome all new members. The community is growing quite fast and the stats show we’ve gone over 2200 members compared to the 1913 in the update last month.
New Forum Guidelines
The greatest news to share with you all is the update to the Forum Guidelines. Moderation is getting more busy and we looked for a very clear set of rules. Before we made any update we checked a number of forums to see what others do when it comes to moderation and guidelines. We started with some of our neighbours. Ethereum uses the same set of rules for both their forum and Reddit. They’re not that different than the ones we have and some devs take care of moderation. StorJ and Factom have a more limited version of guidelines but all their topics seem to be on-topic and StorJ for example has a combination of devs and active members as moderators. Things are quite strict on this Battlefield 4 forum. No discussion about moderation allowed. Same for religious and political topics. Swearing isn’t allowed on that forum either. Another thing we’ve noticed is that no forum was “democratic” or had any voting for admins, rules or moderation. Seems we’re not that different from others after all. Here are some other typical rules we found on different forums (don’t be afraid, we didn’t add these ones to our new guidelines ;-)):
- “News articles that do not contain the word “Bitcoin” are usually off-topic.” on reddit/r/bitcoin
- “Do not post homework assignments verbatim.” on linuxquestions.org
- “Use common sense. We want to show this website to our mums.” on Bitcoinforum.com
- “Please do not use Mint Forums to promote other projects.” on linuxmint forum.
- “Do not openly argue with a moderator.” on Steam Forum.
- “We do not tolerate any rudeness. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive may be banned without warning.” on webhostingtalk forum.
- “Don’t be a pain in the ass: Or we’ll add some really embarrassing music to your profile and email all your friends.” on lastfm forum.
- “The forums in general are not a roleplaying venue.” on Battletech forum.
So where do we stand? Well, check out the updated Forum Guidelines for yourself! We think they’re quite clear and don’t leave room for wrong interpretation. Overall we are a very open forum. We do allow almost all discussions in off-topic including religion and politics. Next to that we have a whole category called “other projects” where other crypto projects can be discussed.
Yes we’ve been more busy over the last few months. Remember we have people in different continents so half of the team is asleep while the other half just woke up. Next to that moderation isn’t the only thing we do. So to have 2 mods online to reach consensus is already a little miracle sometimes. We added both @smacz @chadrickm to our team over the last few days. Welcome to the team! Great to have you both on board.
That’s all for this update.