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About Community Moderation

Community moderation is a feature available at this forum that is intended to allow regular users to moderate the discussions in order to make moderation a mostly hands-off activity for the administrators and official moderators.

The idea is simple: Users receive points for positive contributions to the community, lose points for negative contributions, are permitted to vote whether comments are positive or negative contributions a number of times proportionate to their current number of points, and are not allowed to contribute to the community at all if they lose too many points. How long a user is unable to post or edit comments depends on how negative his score is and on how often he visits the forum during the probationary period.

Assignment of Points

When a user accesses the forum for the first time, he receives 10 points as a bonus to start with. Each subsequent day the user logs in, he gets 2 points as a bonus for visiting. For each intervening day the user has not logged in, he is penalized 1 point for absence from the forum, up to a maximum penalty of 10 points. This penalty is also limited to the positive points that the user has received for non-moderation actions, specifically to the net sum of the user's sign-up bonus, login bonuses, and absence penalties on record. This prevents a user from having a negative score unless he has actually received negative moderation votes.

Users may not have more than 25 points unless they are granted a permission to avoid this limit.

Probation for Negative Points

If a user has a negative points score, he will not be permitted to post or edit comments until his score rises out of the negative range again.

Voting and the User Bonus

In any 24-hour period, a user is permitted to enter 1 vote per point he has. A user can vote up or down on a comment. Each up vote increases that comment's score by one point. Each down vote decreases the score by one point. For every 10 positive moderation votes received for comments posted by a given user within the past 30 days, that user gets a 1-point bonus. This bonus is temporary and simply calculated based on moderation activity in the past 30 days.

Comment Bonus and Penalty

If a particular comment reaches a net score of 10, then the user who posted it will receive a permanent 1-point bonus. If a comment reaches a net score of -10, then the user who posted it will receive a permanent 1-point penalty. The comment bonus or penalty will be revoked if the comment's score crosses the relevant threshold again.

Discussion Bonus and Penalty

Each discussion has a score, calculated as the sum of the scores of all comments in that discussion. If a particular discussion reaches a score of 10, then the user who initiated the discussion receives a 2-point bonus. If a discussion reaches a score of -10, then the user who initiated it receives a 2-point penalty. The discussion bonus or penalty will be revoked if the discussion's score crosses the relevant threshold again.

Meta Moderation

When a comment has a score of 10 or more, or a score of -10 or less, then users will be able to vote that its moderation was unfair. If 10 unfair votes are recorded, then the moderation actions that caused it to reach such a high or such a low score are revoked and each user who moderated the comment in that direction receives a 1-point penalty.

Automatic Actions

If a comment reaches a score of -15, it will automatically be hidden. If a discussion reaches a score of 10 or higher, then the discussion will receive special styling, depending on the forum's theme. If a discussion reaches a score of -20 or lower, it will automatically be closed to further comments being posted.