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Message 1230841 - Posted: 12 May 2012, 6:07:40 UTC

With a few fresh faces here in the Politics forum, now is a good time to reiterate that the forum rules here are more relaxed than in other areas of the message board.

As I'm sure you all know, discussing sensitive issues such as religion or politics can cause intense disagreements and emotions. I would strongly encourage anyone that is getting upset or angry to walk away before posting things that might cause more tension. If necessary, write a response but don't post it, then wait a few hours and decide if the post is a good idea.

Try to remember that discourse is very important, and though we might not agree with what we read on the board, we should be respectful of other's views (even if they're wrong! :-))

I fully expect issues to arise in this part of the boards, and I fully expect a few verbal brawls. All we ask is to keep it "above the belt".

Thank you.

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Message 1230865 - Posted: 12 May 2012, 7:36:48 UTC

Fred, thank you very much for reminding everyone of the ground rules here. As you rightly say, we have a few new faces in the politics forum, and I believe this will have been helpful to them.

My own view has always been that we may have our own firmly held opinions, but "let's agree to disagree". That seems to me to be a sensible and responsible way to behave.

As you will know yourself, we have a damn good Mod team at present, who are adept at keeping a benign eye upon us all, and only rapping our knuckles when really necessary. We can help them in that task by treating each other with basic respect.


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Message 1231493 - Posted: 13 May 2012, 10:56:14 UTC

I speak only for myself. Thank you to Fred and Chris.
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Message 1237034 - Posted: 26 May 2012, 5:00:06 UTC

As a reminder, racially offensive words are not allowed on these forums, even in Politics. Posts containing racially offensive words will be removed.

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Message 1237045 - Posted: 26 May 2012, 5:09:53 UTC - in response to Message 1237034.

I agree Fred, there's better ways to make your point than to use certain offensive words.

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Message 1237508 - Posted: 26 May 2012, 19:04:16 UTC

There are some subjects on these boards and forums that are always going to end up in tears before bedtime. With people getting hot under the collar, losing their temper, and either getting banned, or the threads being closed. One is religion, and another is racism.

The fact that we have a politics board at all in a scientific project like Seti, is by the generosity of the Admins. If some people here wish to discuss these subjects in a no holds barred environment, then they are perfectly at liberty to start up their own bulletin board somewhere else, where there are no limitations upon what is said.

In the meantime, the Seti boards are open for the general public to view, without needing a login or password, or indeed being a cruncher at all. And, most importantly, without restrictions upon age. Therefore posts HAVE to be kid friendly, and need to be moderated to ensure that the necessary rules are complied with.

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Message 1349452 - Posted: 22 Mar 2013, 16:05:45 UTC

Regarding off-topic posts, I have instructed my moderators to allow conversations to wander like all good conversations do. If a thread owner does not wish to see off-topic posts, please state the rules for the thread in the opening post. Note that if a subject is mentioned by the thread originator and someone else comments on it, this is then considered "on topic".

Complaining in threads that posts are off topic only serves to further drag the conversation off topic. Please Red-X any posts that may be off topic for consideration, and if found off topic (as stated in the opening post's rules), it will be removed.

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Message 1353320 - Posted: 4 Apr 2013, 15:47:39 UTC

Hi Fred,

+1 Seems a quite sensible approach to me.

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Message 1476447 - Posted: 13 Feb 2014, 9:50:49 UTC

In light of recent events, may I remind everybody that if you have issues with moderation decisions, the place to appeal is to email the mod team.

The modlist contact email is visible in the 'Rules' section at the left, each time you post, about half way down.

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Message 1628618 - Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 21:13:20 UTC

The red X is there for a reason and not everyone feels comfortable confronting things head on.

No one should feel obliged not to use it any more than they should feel obliged to use it. Its an alert system and the mods may or may not act on what is reported. So if posters could please refrain from a competition about who is the most badass for not red Xing posts, and try a little harder not to make posts that may be insulting to other posters, that would be nice.

There are just 7 Mods in the team, and given the spread across the timezones, it is likely that only one or at best two may be on duty at any one time. There isn't any rota for being on duty apparently which is surprising to me, but it is a voluntary position.

There are 11 forums available to post in and hundreds of threads across all of them. It is impossible for the mod team to monitor all of it at any one time. Therefore it makes sense to provide an alert system to allow posters to assist the team by letting the mods know that there is an issue that should be looked at.

Having said that, they will not take any notice of reports that "I just don't like him or her". You can all see the rules on the left when making a post, if you genuinely think that a post breaks one of those rules, then say which one. I happen to think that the rules are out of date and badly need amending, but that is just my opinion.

But ES99 is right, the Red X system is there for a good reason, and it would be very helpful if it was used responsibly and only when necessary.

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Message 1628630 - Posted: 16 Jan 2015, 21:27:23 UTC
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There isn't any rota for being on duty apparently which is surprising to me, but it is a voluntary position.

Exactly it is a voluntary position and and unless you had at least 2 mods per time zone how else could it work.

Having said that, they will not take any notice of reports that "I just don't like him or her". You can all see the rules on the left when making a post, if you genuinely think that a post breaks one of those rules, then say which one.

Personally I don't believe it is for anyone but a mod to say what they will or will not take notice of.

Speaking for myself I will read all Red X posts and act accordingly, please do not put people off using the Red X

But ES99 is right, the Red X system is there for a good reason, and it would be very helpful if it was used responsibly and only when necessary.

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Message 1660510 - Posted: 1 Apr 2015, 22:29:38 UTC

Just a reminder as there seems to be some confusion in the policy regarding swearing:

*) Swear words need to be self censored. (&%(^##^ is perfectlly accpetable as is f***, f**k, f-ing, and WTF. If you do not censor yourself, we will be forced to do it for you. Recidivous offenders will find themselves banned from posting. Bannishments may increase in length of time for repeat offenders at the request of the Mods. This applies to swearing in foreign languages as well.

Do try to keep it clean and to a minimum though. Exercise your cunning linguistics by showing off a better way to express yourself.

As always, if there are any questions regarding moderation, bring all concerns to the Modlist at set_moderators at ssl.berkeley.edu. You can always PM me or email me at setiforums at ssl.berkeley.edu.

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