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Sony Veron

The Big Chief

Joined: 09 Sep 2001
Posts: 2
Location: Inside the Matrix

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2002 9:47 am
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Dear friends,

Welcome to support forums!

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
Post replies
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.

Moderator Etiquette

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 profanity
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
Illegal/defamatory statements
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.

Also read our Forum rules here:
Board Rules

Becoming a moderator

Usually we will promote a user as Moderator based on his/her activities. If you would like to become a moderator, please send a Private Message to the Site Administrator.

Thank you friends for your valuable time.

The Founder of
Perfection Thru Performance
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Joined: 07 Aug 2006
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Location: kerala,india

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 6:28 pm
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all the best for This is one of the best forum with less spam posts and strict validations. Thanks for all moderators and admins
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Joined: 05 Oct 2005
Posts: 309
Location: Vizag / US

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:19 pm
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Thanks for the update
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