A note re: forum moderation

Daniel HaynesDaniel Haynes Posts: 379 admin
edited 6 June in The potting shed
Hello everyone.

It seems we're having one of our periodic outbreaks of bickering and general grumpiness on the forum.

While it's inevitable that disputes break out in any online community, if it continues we're going to revert to the stricter 'no bickering' policy that we've used in the past.

We don't have the time (or inclination) to get involved in the detail of arguments between members, or to take sides. Instead, we'll start routinely closing or deleting threads when needless, unproductive arguments break out. If any members persist in starting arguments and stoking conflict then we'll have to start the tedious business of issuing warnings, muting them and then ultimately removing accounts (regardless of how longstanding or prolific a forum member they are).  We really don't want to start doing doing this. Apart from being time consuming it's also really boring.

Please help us to avoid this unnecessary situation by:

  • Remembering that this is a gardening forum - a place to help each other, swap ideas, share enthusiasm (not a place to pick fights or argue about Brexit  - there are plenty of other message boards available for that).
  • Resisting the temptation to respond to every provocation.
  • Using the 'ignore' function if somebody particularly annoys you.
That said, do please flag up any content that you think is inappropriate or that contravenes our code of conduct. Please bear in mind, though, that we're not going to spend all day getting involved in arguments - we have a gardening site to make.

Many thanks,

Daniel Haynes
Editor, gardenersworld.com 

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,870
    Thank you, Daniel.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 3,708
    Well put Daniel.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,992
    Thanks Daniel. The whole subject was becoming ridiculous.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,701
    Act like children, get treated like children. Got it.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,608
    Thank you Daniel 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,264
    Thanks you Daniel.
    Devon.
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,617
    That sounds fair enough Daniel.

    PS - I don't suppose you could have a go at moderating the weather could you ?  ;)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,608
    Its pretty well moderated over here @philippa smith2 ... a couple of hours of soft rain overnight and today blue skies, sunshine and a gentle breeze  😎 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 5,045
    You've put that all very tactfully Daniel!

    Personally, I've just been shouting at the screen for people (some of whom have been forum members for years and should know better) to grow up and behave. Very sad that you've needed to step in at all IMO.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,617
    Its pretty well moderated over here @philippa smith2 ... a couple of hours of soft rain overnight and today blue skies, sunshine and a gentle breeze  😎 
    I could well do a DISLIKE thingie for that Dove ;)
    Weeks of dry and then rain, rain, rain - extra peeving because I am still trying to install water butts and keep roof dry.
    Still, looks like we are still set to be a Nuclear Waste dump here - that should warm us up a bit no doubt :/
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