Ex-ante moderation?


#1

Hello, I know very well of the spam problems… but the “Please wait a moderator approves your post” is not less irritating :frowning:

I would opt for a ex-post moderation (maybe with a “report this item”)…


#2

Currently we operate on a progressive moderation scheme: New users who sign-up are on TL0 (TL = trust level)
TL0 is subject to the following moderation criteria:

  1. First post is moderated
  2. Every new topic is moderated

Once a user spends enough time on the forum they get auto promoted to TL1 and we do ex-post moderation.
There is a flag button at the bottom of every post to notify moderators.


#3

The system is designed to improve the experience of the people receiving messages, not writing them. There’s exactly one sender and many recipients, so ex-post moderation optimizes for what’s essentially the inverse of the utilitarian objective.

Note that on julia-users we had ex-post moderation at the start and many people disliked it, which led to moderation of new authors.


#4

You’d be surprised by how much recruiting spam gets posted to technical forums. So far none on Discourse, but it was common on julia-users and julia-dev. Maybe spammers aren’t onto Discourse yet in general, maybe we can change this, but for now, we do first-post moderation.