Add moderation of new forum posts
All posts and replies are published immediately (subject to the user having appropriate access rights on the particular forum)
Ability to moderate posts/comments
- Administrator can specify whether forum should be moderated or not (maybe by each membership level?)
- Administrator can assign moderators
- All new posts/replies according to settings go into moderation list
- Moderators receive notices (probably option: each message/daily digest)
- Moderators have online list of messages to be moderated and can approve/reject/edit them
- once approved, message is displayed.
Lynda Chidell commented
It's been two years since Chief Apricot posted implementation ideas. Am I going to see moderation implemented within my lifetime? ;-)
May I add to the request the ability to move a post that is in the wrong thread or forum? Merging threads when the same topic is in two different places would also be handy.
Please implement this!
The implementation suggested is exactly how we would like forum moderation to occur.
Thank you, all good suggestions and they match our own ideas well.
Thanks for investigating ways to provide this functionality.
I recommend that we provide an easily implemented level of functionality. If an org needs "rich" functionality like a google group, etc., other avenues would probably be better options.
For communicating rapidly and easily with a group of members, simply emailed postings are perfect.
Here are two suggestions regarding the issues you mentioned:
1) When someone emails a post, send a verification email to the email addressed on the message. A valid sender would click a link in the email to verify that the email was real. Once validated, the other processes, such as moderation, etc., could occur.
2) I believe that "plain ascii" text could be a valid way to handle emailed postings. If someone needs to have formatting, they could log into the site and format/post the message online. One thought is that URL's in the emailed post could be retained to faciliate web navigation. Furthermore, you could include the message to be posted in the verification email. If someone did not like the way it looks after conversion to plain text, they could either revise their email and send it again or log into the forum directly.
For example, I receive an email from the local theatre. It is plain text, but has a link to their website. I forward that to the forum's email address. WA sends me a verification email, which includes my posting. It looks fine. I click on the link to verify the posting and the forum rules take over from there.
Another example, I receive the same email, but it is in HTML format. I forward it to the forum email address. WA scrubs it and sends it back in verification email. The message is difficult to read in ascii format, so I simply delete the email. WA drops the posting since it doesn't hear back from me and it never appears in the forum as a posting.
3) Disregard attachments on emailed posting.
This is indeed a very common request and we have been investigating ways to address it.
Two major hurdles yet to overcome:
1) Reliably parsing emails from different systems in different formats to create a nice tidy forum post
2) Spam prevention - anyone can fake an email as coming from 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. How do we avoid spammers flooding the forum through this hole (if they find it)
Thank you for working on this enhancement idea.
Being able to email a posting to the forum, i.e. email@example.com (where "upcomingevents" is a forum) would be outstanding. The email of the sender could be used to determine the member's (sender's) priviledges. Also, the configuration settings of the forum would control how that posting was posted.
This feature would enable a forum to work like a "forum" or an "email distribution list" for the members.
Without this feature, a google groups email list is needed, as my members need to simply email their posting without going to the website.
Tim Rowe commented
This would be really helpful! I also would like to see this combined with the ability to have a daily/weekly/monthly digest of the posts. This would create a robust newsletter function for many small organizations.
I have this need now, so that I can stop using Google Groups for moderated discussions. I hope that it will be implemented soon. Keep up the great work! Thanks. Jerry
Thanks for your feedback.
Different discussion groups can currently be implemented as multiple forums. What we do miss is an overview page of a bunch of forums.
HTML editor - this is in the works, the biggest consideration is security (most forums online have huge security holes due to their HTML forums and we are a bit paranoid since we host all this private member data).
Danielle Libine commented
This would definitely be a plus... a more complete "Forum" module in general would be great with
- an HTML editor
- different discussion groups (like your support page)