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We know, the forum Moderators are the guards of the message board. Here we are providing some guidelines for them.
Authority of the Moderator
Edit messages and titles
Delete topics or messages
Move topics or messages
Merge / split messages
Mark the topics as [Solved], [Moved], [Closed], [FAQ] [Article] etc...
Lock and unlock the topic
Prevent other Users to reply except the poster
Warn or Ban a user
Post a new topic
Attach files and images
Be notified via email of each new message or topics
Send or reply private messages
Authority of the Global Moderator
Can Moderate all the available forums
Authority of the Site Admin
Authorize user Registrations and select moderators
Responsibilities of the Moderator
Generally, moderators have a threefold responsibility: to ensure that members are following the Forum Rules, to assist new members, and to foster lively discussion. A good moderator ensures that his/her forum is inviting, active, and an asset to the community as a whole. Of course, the purpose of the community will determine how strong the presence of the moderator should be.
The moderators should always be familiar with the specific rules and regulations of their board, but these are some general guidelines for good moderation.
When to edit a message
Contains off-topic content
Violates the board rules in some other way (contains advertising/other forum links/copyrighted materials etc.)
When to delete a topic or message
Unacceptable behavior (as determined by the tone of the community; e.g., profanity)
Completely off-topic and useless discussion
No part of the topic/message is salvageable by editing
Violating any trademarks and copyrights
In general, it is preferable to edit a message rather than delete it entirely.
When to move a topic
Posted in wrong forum: Move the topic to the relevant Forum.
Repeated Post: Simply move the topic to 'FAQ' forum.
When to close a topic
Discussion is heading off-topic, but does not merit deletion. The initial message and replies contain valuable information, but further discussion is not desired
Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether to close a topic or delete it. In general, deference should be given to the members participating, and it's better to lock the topic than to delete it.
When to Warn a user
Moderators have the rights to WARN a user, if the user is violating any of the Forum Rules.