Go to any home improvement supply house, hardware store, industrial
supply house or anywhere a bunch of reprobates hang out and talk about
anything and everything and that's what you'll find here. Many of us,
out of consideration, will put "OT" Off Topic in the title of any post
that has nothing to with home repair, construction or improvement. This
is for the more sensitive among us who may be upset if something about
politics, religion or naked women is posted. It makes it easy for anyone
to filter out Off Topic posts. You may also filter out certain
individual posters if you hate and despise them for the content of what
they may write. It's very easy to moderate what you see by setting up
your newsreader to filter out anything you don't like. ^_^
We live in a world of almost instantaneous communications. Why
should an inquiry wait until a moderator deigns to post it and wait
still longer while the moderator decides if responses are on topic?
The U.S. put men on the moon with less computing capacity than a
teenager carries in his pocket.
Moderation does not have to work in that manner. I am not advocating
moderation of any usenet group...simply pointing out the error of the
assumption you seem to have made.
Moderation can be an "after-the-fact" process.
I am one of several moderators of an on-line help forum for a specific
software application. All posts appear in the forum as soon as they
are posted. It is my responsibility to log in every now and then and
review the posts. I then have a number of options, including:
1 - Edit individual posts, including filling in a field that explains
why it was edited, e.g. deleting plain text email addresses or spam
2 - Delete individual posts
3 - Delete entire threads
4 - Escalate the issue to the site administrators and let them decide
what action to take, including deleting the member's account.
My point here is simply to show that moderation does not have to mean
a delay in posts appearing in the group. The moderation involves the
decision as to whether or not the posts (or thread) *stays* in the
If I go on vacation or if my PC is down or if I just don't give a crap
on a given day everything that is sent to the forum shows up in the
forum. Since all moderators can moderate any forum on the site, I will
often let them (or the site administrator) know that I won't be
available for a few days. If they choose to keep an eye on "my" forum,
that's fine. If not, I can look it over when I get back.
Are you aware of any Usenet groups that work on that model? I don't
believe that the distributed nature of Usenet allows for that to work.
Once something is posted, even the originator is not guaranteed to be
able to cancel it.
Over in talk.origins (moderated) it seems to work that way.
The moderator warns people, then bans them.
I believe he does this with an automatic filter followed up with
manual action. So he doesn't have to read every post, his scripts do.
Please see my response to D. Hoffman on how moderation can occur
without any impact by making it an "after the fact" process.
Sure, moderation can be set up such that posts are checked prior to
appearing in the forum/group but more often it is handled by deleting
the posts after they appear.
With that process, there is no delay in the appearance of the posts.
It then becomes a matter of whether or not the moderator feels that
the post is appropriate and whether or not it should be edited or
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