So I've been seeing moderation discussed lately, by forum staff.
And, while I don't disagree with the need for more moderators, I think there might be a more valuable method to reduce a little of the *need* for moderation.
I'm technical but I'm not at all up on the various flavours of forum software, just as a disclaimer. [The classic, "I'm not an expert, but I'm going to give an opinion anyways..."]
I think it would be valuable to close the feedback loop of user behaviour.
I mean, that's what all efficient systems do, right? Self correct, after a fashion?
I'm sure there could be some really fancy setups imagined, or human moderation could be kicked into higher and higher gear [but thats an n+1 kind of scalability ... time goes past/userbase grows,changes = more/different mods needed], but I imagine that a simple solution is what's wanted.
I see on some forums that I occasionally frequent, ways of "feeding back" community opinions on individual users' behaviour. These include,
a "Thanks" button, "itrader" points/reviews, and "Rep" counts.
There might even be more, it's not something that I actually pay attention to all that much.
Now probably, just displaying those counts under somebody's profile pic will encourage the general population in the direction the general population wants to go. And that's what we're talking about here, right?
It'll provide, I would think, a good incentive to self police, keeping the middle of the road people in line, and it would provide excellent info and history on *what the community considers a troublemaker* to the mods.
Anyways, I thought I'd mention it as one hopefully efficient tool to achieve the ends wanted here.