Recently we had a few people unethically trolling by posting some violent images, so I want to address a few things. Moderators
Yes, we need some moderators. It's on my list of things to do, but so are other more important things which currently take priority.
I'm picky about who I give moderator permissions to, as they can cause a lot of trouble if I don't choose well and train and supervise them properly.
Moderation is about more than just removing posts and banning users. I have high standards when it comes to moderation and community stewardship. I like communities to be enjoyable, fair places. So until I have more time available, supervising one person (me) is easier.
I did create a way that community helpers can report things to me more directly. People who are active, helpful members of the community will given access to that.What to do about questionable posts
Out of all the recent violent posts, I think we had two people out of almost 30,000 report it to me.
About four other people made comments that will not result in anything being done about it, which shows they probably haven't read the community guidelines. Maybe that's because Google+ isn't what it used to be and doesn't show them up on mobile or something, but anyway, you can find the guidelines here: https://plus.google.com/+BruceAchterberg/posts/jHjPFxBkia3
Please read them.
If you see a questionable post, the best
way to get it addressed is by reporting it to a moderator. The easiest way to do that is to +mention a moderator in the comments of that post. Who are the moderators? Currently, me.
One report (+mention me in the comments) is enough for me to take notice of it, but more is helpful, too. If I don't deal with something a few days after reporting, report it again.
You can also:
* Report the post to Google
* Mute the post
* Block the posterModeration response time
Typically it takes me a few days to respond to something, depending on how busy I am. It could be faster, but that's reasonable enough.
If it's something really concerning (like a death threat or harassment), I'll generally address it ASAP. Community ownership
From the beginning when this community had a few hundred members, I encouraged people to see it as their
community, rather than my
community. I'm just a steward. If you see a problem, report it. if you don't report it, don't expect anything to change.
It's like seeing trash on the side of the street: if you complain about it, or just walk past it, nothing changes. You have to take action and be an active member of your community. It's also about taking intelligent action that will make a difference, such as reporting, rather than complaining.
I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm really into promoting community ownership and participation. I'm not into community entitlement and if I alienate people who are, so be it.
Being a member of a community is a right, but it also comes with responsibilities. Shirking those off to other people to deal with isn't helpful. We all have a role to play in keeping the communities we are a part of nice places to be.
If you have questions about how to do that, please ask. I also welcome other feedback that is constructive and actionable. Overall community status
The community is doing okay. :)
Much worse things could be happening than a few people trolling and posting non-vegan recipes. If that's the worse we get (which it is), we're doing okay.