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    Posted: 11 September 2007 at 23:40
I thought it might be useful for new Dyxum members to have a quick overview on how and why we moderate the Dyxum forums.

How we moderate

As it says in the Forum Rules and Guidelines the forums are actively moderated and have simple (and non-onerous) set of rules which we expect everyone to follow.

Well over 99% of the posts from our almost 10,000 members appear are posted and require absolutely no moderation.

A moderator may, on occasion edit a post to bring it into line with posting guidelines for example a change to the title. We might also insert the codes to make it easier to navigate to a URL link you have posted. Where this happens, like all edited posts, a note of who edited and when appears at the bottom of the post. Only the orginal poster and moderators can edit a post so don't worry about others changing what you have said.

Occasionally there is a need for a moderator to remove a post if this, as examples, openly abuses another member or takes a matter way off-topic.

What normally happens with posts with which a moderator identifies an issue is that the moderator will ‘hide’ the post and ask a fellow moderator to review the hidden post. This ‘check and balance’ ensures that the post is not deleted without reason and that, as example, a moderator has not simply misinterpreted the original poster’s intent or language. We are a worldwide community and sometimes there are subtleties of language that may be misconstued. If two moderators, and as required, the admin team, are in agreement, the post is deleted. If not, after further discussion, the post may well be restored.

Dyxum does not leave ‘post deleted’ flags in the thread. Moderators will normally be quite open, if you send them a PM, to discuss the reasons for deleting a post. Sometimes, we get it wrong and, if you feel that we have, then we are always are willing to listen. What we never do is embarrass members by discussing the reasons a post was deleted in open forum.

Remember though that Dyxum is not a commercial enterprise and is run as a service to fellow photography enthusiasts by its founder (Kiklop) whose decision is final.

The exception to the hide/discuss/delete process is the ‘Buy & Sell’ forum where, as example, ‘bumping’ or multiple 'same day' posts are simply deleted without notice. Equally, posts in the 'external' sales section that do not contain a link will hidden and deleted after 24 hours if no link is posted.

Serious or repeated infringement of the Forum Rules and Guidelines may lead to a PM from a moderator or a member of the admin team asking the original poster to abide by forum rules. Refusal to accede to requests to follow the rules or cases of open abuse, again as example, of ethnicity or religion, may result in the poster account being suspended or deleted from Dyxum.


Please remember the admin and moderator teams are volunteers, members like you, who would rather not spend 90% of their time moderating 1% of posts.

One thing to note. 'Truncated' links such as goo<dot>gl may trigger the Dyxum spam filter and cause a post to be automatically hidden. If you need to post a link to an external site, please use the full URL.

The rules are not onerous, keep posts civil and on-topic and everyone enjoys the benefits.


Why we moderate



Simply, to keep Dyxum civil and an enjoyable place to discuss and learn.



If you have any major issues related to the above, or if you wish to give constructive critisism about the way in which Dyxum is moderated, please contact us collectively via the report button (below) or individually via PM.






Edited by nigelbrooks - 18 April 2012 at 08:51
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 September 2008 at 22:45
Since I started this thread just over a year ago, Dyxum membership has almost doubled (even allowing for the 'culling' of non-active members).

Still well over 99% of posts need no moderation.

Thank you all for keeping this such a friendly and informative place.

Happy Shooting.

Edited by nigelbrooks - 29 September 2008 at 22:46
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 August 2009 at 11:40
Bumped as a reminder that members are free to disagree with the way Sony does business, and are free to disagree with the opinions of other Dyxum members. Members however are not free to state those disagreements in a disparaging or inflammatory way. Please keep comments polite.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2013 at 21:33
The AMAE team at Dyxum is sometimes accused of over-moderating: In truth we do have a low tolerance for ‘robust’ posting – we don’t see why photo forums should have to resemble the ‘Wild West’, and we like to think that our stance makes for a more comfortable atmosphere which is less intimidating for newcomers as well as those of a more mellow disposition. I stress we do not claim that all forums should be like us – there are some great forums out there; but we try to be a little different.

We find that once members are used to the spirit of the forum the majority find it very easy to fit in - this is helped in part by a constant trickle of ‘lurkers’ who have already seen how the forum works by observing over time (a good supply of lurkers is a very healthy thing for any forum to have). It is genuinely heartening that our members adopt an ethos of constructive co-operation so wholeheartedly.

Dyxum is amazingly self-moderating: the vast majority of posts made each month cause no problems at all. As an example of how busy our forums are and how seldom we have to intervene, I’ve done a search for the number of times our ‘behaviours’ reminder was deployed in threads: the behaviours reminder is our first line of intervention; it is posted in threads that are getting heated and is sometimes posted pre-emptively in threads that we think are likely to bring out strong feelings.

In the last year 14,387 topics have been active in our forums. Twenty-seven of these have needed the reminder posted in them. This means that only 0.19% of topics (less than one in 500) have given the team any cause for concern.

Thanks for your co-operation.
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