Saturday, July 06, 2013

How to run a forum: Have a clear purpose and expected behaviour. Publicly call out offenders

Notes from a 2007 interview. On his Theory from the Closet podcast, Clyde L Roher interviewed Ron Edwards and Vincent Baker on their moderation policies at the Forge. They had three conclusions:

  1. The site's purpose needs to be explicit.
  2. The behaviour you expect from members of the community needs to be clearly stated.
  3. When a person is behaving problematically, the moderator needs to call them out publicly.

(A fourth principle: you never need to apologise to the moderator.)

It's a good listen, with some other conversation about running Spione and Dogs in the Vineyard. The interview is here:

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