Hello everyone,

How come some of the forums over here are 'entirely moderated' in the sense that posts need to be approved by a moderator before they're displayed? An approach like this doesn't sound that democratic to me and actually reminds me of the pracitce of some well-known heads of state who used to control what kind of opinions people were allowed to express.
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I believe it is only the 'contraversial topics' thread that is universally moderated and if you saw some of the posts that turn up there and we have to delete, you'd know why. We don't delete posts willy-nilly though. We just cut out anything obscene, advertising, offensive, or personally insulting to previous posters, not just opinions we disagree with. Clearly we have posts with a very wide range of, and often wildly conflicting, viewpoints, many of which would be completely opposite to my own personal views, but as a moderator that is not the point.

We don't control the views that people want to express. We only control the way in which they express them. Some ways are not acceptable on a public forum.

Anyway, no-one claimed that this is a democracy, it is a privately owned website. However, all moderators are volunteers recruited from regular users, and we represent the interests of all users.
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Yeah but, dont you think that by being so stricts you're kind of taking out the spontaneity that the forums are supposed to have? And by the way, why isn't there a thanks button like in other forums?
Well, cutting out advertisements isn't being too strict is it?

And no, I don't think that people deserve the chance to spontaneously post nothing but obscene words.
Hi nona the brit,

You wrote:
Anyway, no-one claimed that this is a democracy, it is a privately owned website. However, all moderators are volunteers recruited from regular users, and we represent the interests of all users.
Yes, indeed. I would, however, like to emphasise that even owners of private websites are subject to their local laws and regulations. Therefore I believe it is possible for a person to take legal action against the owner of the domain should they like to.
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Of course, and that is another reason we have to sometimes delete posts. If we allowed a post that was libellous, for example, then the owners of the site can be sued.
Hi nona the brit,

I totally agree with you when you say you need to delete posts for legal purposes, too. Many people think you're allowed to write anything you like just because you do it on a website, which of course isn't the case.
Nona The BritWell, cutting out advertisements isn't being too strict is it?

And no, I don't think that people deserve the chance to spontaneously post nothing but obscene words.

Of course not! I'm not talking about the obscene words. I just haven't read anything inapropied; on the other hand I just got to this forum so I guess if you`re doing it, you have your reasons.
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