I have seen some downright ugly stuff before it was removed, so... Somebody has been busy cleaning things up.
Most things are not a big deal so we don't make a big deal. We have too many small deals to handle. Often someone makes a post only to decide later they didn't really want it written the way it was posted. If you make a mistake you can report your own post since there is a limited window of time to edit or remove it yourself. We do that for members willingly. Reporting anything allows you say why and all moderators are informed at the click of a button. We track them too. you also have a Thanks button to thank anyone you think helped you. These little behind the scenes tools are yours to help make this a better place. Thanking helpful members make them post more.
Most days we are but janitors sweeping up. Most is spam and there is more of it now yet we have added additional automation and tools to deal with it. It still is a large job. Spammers get better! Reporting has been one of the new tools that help us the most! Please report spam! If it is indeed spam it's gone and the perpetrator handled swift and sure.
We clear out a lot of commercial
stuff that is almost spam or may seem like spam. Some people join up to post subtle ads and make innocent chit-chat, but it's really spam. You won't get to know them for long here.
The above is most of what we do in terms of the number of posts by a large margin. You don't notice it because we want it that way.
The next group of posts are the cases where members get into rules issues. Most of those only require a simple request and the problems never happen again. That includes most of what was left over from the first group. It's why CF is as nice as it is. We ask people and they help. We ask a question and someone helps you. If it were not that easy we couldn't do this job and you wouldn't want to be here.
The next group of posts includes copyright
issues. You can't cut and paste copyrighted material here. It gets CF in trouble with other people's lawyers. As a "publisher" CF is expected in the world community to take that responsibility. This is a case where we can't negotiate. These problems are usually resolved quickly.
The last group of posts are the times when thread drift, off topic material, unintended, or misinterpreted posts generate arguments. Arguments are not desired but disagreement is expected and required to explore the complexities the topics here. Some members are better at it than others. Both starting arguments and making them worse are issues we can't leave alone. In the heat of an argument we can all cross the line. It's why we stop them before they hurt other people. Some controversial topics generate this easily. If you have been here more than a few months you know some of them. When they go out of control we stop them.
Religious, political debates, and current
are common in everyday conversation around the world. With so many different countries represented we request those topics are not appropriate in this forum because they are off topic. The internet
has other forums and they may not be as nice as this one
but there are places devoted to almost anything you want to discuss.
Gray areas are a judgment call to determine where the line was crossed. It's not just one member
of the staff in those decisions. All serious issues are reviewed internally with the team. We disagree and agree and work out reasonable solutions in our own forum. We work with each other and do what you do here in the public forums to learn more. We may decide the line has to be drawn in the better interest of CF as a whole and some members in particular. Making the decision is what we are forced to do. We take the time and make the effort to sort things out to the benefit of the members involved.
We can't do it instantly and as a consequence it can't be perfect. We may close the tread and / or prune out some posts. It is a measure of last resort. The forum moves along all day and every day. We can freeze a thread but not forget the growing sea of information. At some point everybody needs to move on. Popular topics come back to try again another day.
If at any time any member
involved or not feels something isn't being done right they can contact any
member of the staff directly in private mail including Andy. We are open to any
issue you think is a problem.
The civil discourse at CF is the main reason we are a leading web site community. We learn from each other because it is better to learn from people that do it. Today you learn and tomorrow you teach. It's why we can attract the best experts on topics to help us all. We know this is what most members really want and like about CF. If you want access to people willing to share then you need to meet them on those equal terms. It invites new members and more experts.