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How do you keep forums clean? (Free from abusive postings)

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by 1associate, May 30, 2007.

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    I'm developing a website with a forum. How do forums verify their members? How do they ensure no abusive postings are made?

    I've noticed a few members on here have been removed - what did they do and how were they discovered?
    SEMrush
    How big is this forum and how many people work on it?

    Is this information available anywhere else on here?
     
    1associate, May 30, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
  2. kirby009

    kirby009 Peon

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    dont' allow guest to post.
     
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  3. petehols

    petehols Well-Known Member

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    You will have to moderate your forums to make sure these posts get deleted also make sure you have a report the post to moderator links on all posts this we members can make you aware of spam and abusive posts. Also everyday make sure you login and click the view posts since last visit and you can review what has happened and delte posts if necessary.

    Thanks

    Pete
     
    petehols, May 30, 2007 IP
  4. sweetfunny

    sweetfunny Banned

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    Most forum softwares have a bad words filter, so if you swear it will come up as **** which will makes things less objectionable until you get online to delete it.

    Also you can set boards permissions to disallow new members with less then a certain post count from posting live links. This slows down people signing up just to spam their website's URL.
     
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  5. Providence

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    This is one of my favorites. I would never let a guest post. I have seen forums with a LOT of stupid posts by guests.

    Anyway, I really think the best way is to get a group of moderators who can actively patrol the forum(s)
     
    Providence, May 31, 2007 IP
  6. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    1associateasks in post 3293568
    I'm developing a website with a forum. How do forums verify their members?
    CAPTCHA and Email Verification.

    How do they ensure no abusive postings are made?

    By using fair and active moderation... Keep the board moderated, but not over moderated. No one likes posting behind iron curtains and great walls.

    I've noticed a few members on here have been removed - what did they do and how were they discovered?
    The report post button ([​IMG]) and an active mod team :D

    How big is this forum and how many people work on it?
    Not as many as you'd think...

    Is this information available anywhere else on here?

    http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showgroups.php
     
    Qryztufre, May 31, 2007 IP
  7. YourSiteKindaBlows

    YourSiteKindaBlows Peon

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    Use the bad word filter, always run the latest edition of your forum software, and create special rules for allowing the posting of links and such.
     
    YourSiteKindaBlows, May 31, 2007 IP
  8. Analyst

    Analyst Well-Known Member

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    Sharing my personal experience, i'll recommend to have an efficient team of moderators. though disallowing guests to post, censoring abusive words etc help alot, but moderators are the crucial need of a forum.
     
    Analyst, May 31, 2007 IP
  9. inworx

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    Install mods freely available at developer's sites.

    Be active at moderation. Ban IPs who post some bad words...

    Ban censored words like a$$h0l* etc
     
    inworx, Jun 2, 2007 IP
  10. Nick_Mayhem

    Nick_Mayhem Notable Member

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    Make a set of rules and some moderators and see that the rules are followed.

    If they are not followed then give an infraction or a warning. After some warnings if the user is not behaving properly, ban him.

    If he comes back again and again then block his I.P.

    If he uses other techniques then make a I.P. lookup and call the ISP and report him.
     
    Nick_Mayhem, Jun 10, 2007 IP
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    i have a lot of return spammers on my forum, i think what i am going to do is ban the websites from being posted in the word filter.
     
    rhino56, Jun 10, 2007 IP
  12. ApeXX

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    You need a lot of active members to report the posts and quality, reponsible moderators to help wade through and delete the spam.
     
    ApeXX, Jun 10, 2007 IP
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    1associate Peon

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    How does one employ a moderator? what are standard costs? what would you budget in a business plan per operator?
     
    1associate, Jun 10, 2007 IP
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    Endurer Well-Known Member

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    Moderators are basically active members of a community that the admin selects to do the job and they voluntarily do the housekeeping.
     
    Endurer, Jun 10, 2007 IP
  15. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    Most work for gratitude.

    Though offering special perks like a mod forum where they can rant about member, larger avatars, huge inboxes, maybe an email account...all of these things (perks) are minor compared to the service they can (and do) do.
    Q
     
    Qryztufre, Jun 10, 2007 IP
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    chrisj383 Well-Known Member

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    i would like to know, how big does a foum have to be before you start employing moderators.
     
    chrisj383, Jun 10, 2007 IP
  17. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    Big enough to earn enough to pay them. That varies by forum... DP does not pay it's mods, so seemingly it's not big enough ;)
     
    Qryztufre, Jun 10, 2007 IP