Online Forum Moderation Strategies

Having set up an online forum, it becomes necessary to undertake moderation: lest it be misused, potentially leading to legal problems. For instance, if it is a forum about plastic money, in the form of things like the debit cards discussed at citicards.com, from where the www.citicards.com login page can be accessed, there is a possibility of it being infiltrated by scammers who can end up doing a lot of damage. That necessitates moderation.

One strategy for online forum moderation would be that in which the moderation is undertaken by volunteers. Responsible members of the forums can act as moderators – this is a tested and proven model.

The other strategy for online forum moderation would be that in which the moderation is undertaken by paid moderators. To get the money to pay these moderators, donations can be solicited from the forum users. Alternatively, the users of the forum can be made to pay subscriptions, though there is a risk of this pushing them away from the forums (and onto the numerous ’free’ forums in existence out there). Yet another strategy to get the money to pay the moderators can be that of opening up the forum to ads, through the various pay per click advertising programs.

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