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Is there a place or way to nominate moderators? RRS feed

  • Question

  • A couple of the forums are severely lacking moderation, but have some very active, very mature responders.  Is there a place where forum moderators can be nominated by the community?

    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:46 PM

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  • There is not.  The current forum admins have adopted a policy where the corresponding group at MSFT takes care of the forum and decides who moderates it.  This policy has been in place for a while, starting roughly around the time the previous-to-last main admin took the job.  And got established firmly when the web site switch-over took place.  Previously, moderators were elected by, what amounts to, popular vote with a nod from the admin.

    This new policy essentially stopped community mods from being elected, I know of only one in the past year at the MSDN forums.  MSFT groups are not engaged with the forums.  Many forums have no corresponding group, especially for technology that evolved several years ago and got stable.  Windows Forms would be a good example.

    At least for the DevDiv and STO forums, there are MSFT employees from India and China that do moderator like duties.  Their primary goal is to get threads closed by marking them answered.  The Chinese group, active in the forums you post to, has had a very high turn-over rate and has had trouble keeping domain experts staffed.

    It is very unlikely this policy will change any time soon.  The community moderators lost their site-wide rights after the site change and most have stopped being active.  There are about four left that still post anything to the moderator forum.  The only chance I see for another community member ever to be elected is at a forum where the MSFT group was active but chooses to no longer pay attention anymore.  There is no know way to get in touch with such a group, you'd have to know a member.

    Hans Passant.
    Friday, July 24, 2009 1:11 AM
  • This is horribly sad, as the forums here are a great resource, but in desperate need of better moderation.  There are a couple of moderators that seem to follow the 10-12 forums I post in, but they seem like there is far too much for them to do in order to keep up with the forum volume.

    To anyone at Microsoft listening: These forums need help.  There are many active, willing, mature, reliable people in these forums who would help make them a better place, with just a little bit of guidance and the ability to be setup as a moderator.
    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
    Friday, July 24, 2009 1:17 AM
  • There is not.  The current forum admins have adopted a policy where the corresponding group at MSFT takes care of the forum and decides who moderates it. 
    This is a shame.  My guess is that this is why so many excellent former-contributers (e.g. Marc Gravell and a few others) have all but left for other sites where the forums are more community driven.
    David Morton - http://blog.davemorton.net/ - @davidmmorton - ForumsBrowser, a WPF MSDN Forums Client
    Friday, July 24, 2009 1:20 AM
  • >This new policy essentially stopped community mods from being elected, I know of only one in the past year at the MSDN forums.


    Happily (for me) the SharePoint forums apart from having Redmond-based Moderators for the Developer (=Programming) forum and (in this case, good) Shanghai-based Microsoft staff for most of the rest of the forums (MS staff who have a team leader whose guidelines include not proposing or marking own posts) also have a policy of giving Moderator rights to at least some SharePoint MVPs.

    There are only two of us who are particularly active Moderators but at least a couple more have been given Moderator rights.  All were as far as I know given Moderator rights first in the new versions (since ca a year ago) of the forum software.


    This is probably just the exception that proves the rule.

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    > MSFT groups are not engaged with the forums.  Many forums have no corresponding group, especially for technology that evolved several years ago and got stable. Windows Forms would be a good example.

    Another example is Project Server 2007. I tried hard to get one or more Project Server forums established as I was fairly often getting Project Server questions in the SharePoint forums. This didn't happen. Instead a single read-only forum was established contained one MS message saying to post Project Server questions to the Project Server newsgroups. (I now refer to that message and move Project Server questions in the SP forums to Off-Topic)




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    Friday, July 24, 2009 7:34 AM
  • Wow, this is the second time this was mentioned in a week
    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division, http://www.tfdg.com
    Sunday, August 2, 2009 5:24 PM