I'm In My Prime
- Jan 28, 2010
The first two are definitely important yet underappreciated skills. Far too many people take sides and pick favourites when running communities, at the expense of enforcing the rules equally. It's sadly especially true on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube, where those in the 'in crowd' seem to be virtually immune to punishment whereas those with less money/popularity get the short end of the stick.I would say a good forum admin would have a good sense of impartiality, the ability to not rise to situations and competent technical skills.
No.. I have seen many forums go down because of this kind of thinking.Strong arms, to swiftly swing a big heavy banhammer with confidence and grace.
Yes, impartiality and patience. Its easy to jump on the bandwagon and start banning people but that's the wrong approach IMO. Strategic and long term thinking and the discipline to not take the bait and overreact.I would say a good forum admin would have a good sense of impartiality, the ability to not rise to situations and competent technical skills.
My post was in jest. But I have seen problems arise when mods are too scared to ban anyone.No.. I have seen many forums go down because of this kind of thinking.
I know, but some other member will come along who doesn't know you and will take you seriously..My post was in jest.
Absolutely. Sometimes its better to give a day or two off to get the member to reset their thinking a bit and let them know they pushed too far. Unfortunately, too often people do month or even longer bans for stupid stuff, causing the member to never return or return with an even worse attitude because they felt unfairly treated.Sometimes people just need to be forced to take a break for a while.
I have one board where anything goes. There’s a warning that if you have thin skin or tend to get your panties in a twist, don’t go and read. But I also have it closed to visitors, bots, new members. Members have to have 30 days and 50 posts to access it. Someone can be a member for a year but not have enough posts to get in.Almost 20 years of forum operations, I don't feel "successful" if you do, you probably are missing something else you need to do. One of the things that has helped me greatly in community building is the old "praise in public, criticize/correct in private". When somebody strays outside of the defined boundaries (usually politics), I use PM's to gently remind them of the rules regarding that sort of thing, or explain why I removed their post. They are not always happy, and I often cheerfully refund their membership money (if they are even a member). It has paid off in the long run.
Not overreacting - or really, not reacting as others have said is as important as anything. Try to be Switzerland!
Strategic and long term thinking and the discipline to not take the bait and overreact.
fwiw if this was directed towards my site, my site is 100% void of any nah sayers, its hard enough to get right wingers to join a “militia” site let alone a left winger they wouldn't touch my site with a 10 foot pole, if they did they wouldnt last longI think it very much depends on the nature of the forum.
In general the ability to put your opinions, beliefs, political leanings etc to one side and tread a middle path is essential. In fact balance in everything is usually a good maxim to live by no matter what.
On the other hand if you want easy traffic, extremism rules the day. Triggering the so called snowflake generation is guaranteed to get you a busy forum. Does that make you a good admin? Probably not but it'll certainly get you a busy forum.