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Proposed Policy - Forum Guidelines
Closing comment: I think it is safe to close this proposal and implement these guidelines, as I imagine that anyone who wanted to oppose would have done so by now. Oscuritaforze (talk) 03:48, February 26, 2015 (UTC)
- Support - I feel that these guidelines are quite thorough and well thought out. The points are well explained and clear to understand. I can't think of too much else that needs to be added, so I am satisfied with these guidelines and fully support them being implemented. 01:23, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
- Support - Clear forum guidelines have been something this wiki has lacked since time immemorial. Oscuritaforze (talk) 10:34, February 20, 2015 (UTC)
Although I wouldn't be hugely opposed to these guidelines being incorporated as written, I do have some thoughts on how they can be improved:
- Rather than a general guideline which states "Post threads on their respective boards", there should be a section which makes it more clear what content belongs in which part(s) of the forums. This would be especially useful for non-obvious distinctions like users offering help (rather than asking for help) belonging in the Game Help board.
- I think the "Leave the moderation to the forum moderators" guideline should be slightly rewritten. Specifically, rather than leaving the moderation of all forum issues to the moderators, it should be noted that people should leave the moderation of social issues such as heated arguments to the moderators. I don't think maintenance issues (such as a thread being posted on the wrong board) being pointed out by users who are not moderators could actually escalate into anything particularly negative; if anything, it gives the opportunity for the creator of the thread to right the problem without needing any moderator input at all.
- The "Respect other users" guideline works in TW:CHAT because there is only one chatroom (two if you count IRC) which all users need to share. In the forums, if users aren't interested in discussing something (and said something doesn't violate other rules by itself), they can just not post in the associated thread.
- I think the "Respect the opinions of other users" guideline currently seems a bit too heavy and in-depth for its purpose as a guideline on this wiki.
- The following changes would be specifically to the sections dealing with forum moderators:
- I think the "Forum Moderator Guidelines" section could be split into several subsections, including sections which explain what extra abilities moderators have and how they should use said abilities.
- It should probably be mentioned that moderators do not have the ability to restrict users from posting in the forums while admins do (whether it be by editing the abuse filter or using the block tool, not that I think the latter would make much sense in most cases of forum problems).
- From my understanding, rollbackers retain some additional abilities when it comes to forum moderation. If this is true, then they should be mentioned in the section(s) dealing with moderators. (This is also something that should be clarified on TW:ROLL.)
- (I'll probably have a version of how I think the page should read up by tomorrow.)
- I wouldn't at all be opposed to the changes above, so I think it's safe to say (given how little attention this got) that you can go ahead and just make the changes directly to the guidelines. :)
- (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻Swaggins ~ (The Terrarian Bugle) ~ (Contact me)┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ) ~ 16:51, February 20, 2015 (UTC)
- The changes look good! The guidelines still follow the general direction that I had intended for it to go in and now it contains even more helpful information that I had previously missed. Thanks a ton!
- So with that settled, I believe that we can close this *soon*, eh? It's been up for the longest time now, with no response to it except for Squazzsies.
- Yeah, I believe we can refresh the notification one more time, then give it another 1-3 days, depending on if anyone else responds.
- Alrighty, that sounds like a good plan. '-')7