2013 Moderator Rules of Engagement
The SCN Community consists of hundreds of spaces, where thousands of content items are being submitted and unique visitors log in daily. Our community has been evolving for 10 years (since 2003) and continues to develop and grow. In order to maintain quality content and provide a platform for genial conversation it requires well managed Rules of Engagement for users to follow.
As this community grew bigger and interests began to vary it also required moderation to help maintain SCN objectives and spirit. In 2011 community leading moderators established their first Moderator Rules of Engagement. This set of rules and recommendations was created by moderators for moderators and has been updated each year since. Moderation is subjective therefore differences in moderation occur. These guidelines serve as a common baseline for moderators to minimize the differences.
The Moderator Council which is a small group of moderator leaders, that are elected each year, play a key role in revising and updating these guidelines. This year too, the Moderators’ Council helped update the Moderator Rules of Engagement (MoRE) so that it aligns with changes such as Gamification and pre-moderation. The Moderator Rules of Engagement were updated following these and other changes. A new approach was introduced on topics as frequency of content review, discussions moderation and misuse of designated content types.
We believe in transparency in our community and our moderators support it, therefore the Moderators Rules of Engagement were made public. You can find the MRoE in the About SCN space under the Copy of Moderators’ Rules of Engagement document. These rules address various aspects of moderation and you are welcome to familiarize yourself with these rules in order to understand what is expected to be a good community minded and what is not.
These guidelines were created for more than 1000 moderators and space editors (as both roles share moderation responsibilities). Check out the SCN Space Contact List to find team members of the space of your interest.