Moderating Political Posts in Online Communities?

Ghost

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Forum administrators and site owners should be careful when publishing any sort of public political statement. It is all too easy to get invested in politics to the point of debating, or even arguing. There are times when one side of any issue can be considered factual, with opposing arguments perhaps lacking any facts, evidence, or convincing theories. Those can be the most troubling to deal with for any moderator, whether they are in a televised debate or handling post reports on an online community board. It’s important to understand the difference between providing a good user experience for your members and forcing your members to help you have a good experience. When it comes to violence, harassment, or illegal activity, the choice to moderate is easy. However, politics, belief systems, and other controversial topics can require a bit more finesse (note to reader: I am no master in this field by any means).



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Jason76

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I think some people can hold their cool on the matter. However, then again, even those people cannot operate in highly biased forums. Also, in some forums, people don't like the "wild and crazy" so they cannot handle even slightly bold political statements.