[Python-ideas] Moving to another forum system where moderation is possible

Jonathan Goble jcgoble3 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 11:02:03 EDT 2018

On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 10:49 AM Robert Vanden Eynde <robertve92 at gmail.com>

> About moderation, what's the problem on the list ?

The biggest moderation issue I see with mailing lists is the inability to
lock threads and delete posts (i.e. those that are spam or a Code of
Conduct violation). Both of those are basic features that are core to
virtually every forum system in existence today.

Mailing lists offer no moderation of posts or threads unless every post is
held in a moderation queue and manually approved before being sent, which
isn't practical for large high-traffic lists like this. Instead, the only
recourse is to moderate the user by banning or muting them, which can
sometimes result in essentially using a sledgehammer to kill a fly. That is
particularly the case if the only problems are on one heated thread where
five people are attacking each other, but all are contributing
constructively to other threads, in which case the best response is to
simply terminate the argument by locking the thread. But on a mailing list,
one would have to ban or mute all five users instead, impacting all of the
other threads those users were contributing to.
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