Just some quick feedback on moderating in Civil Aviation. Today I had two threads I was really interested in, one about odd departure procedures out of Kennedy this morning:viewtopic.php?t=1392461
And then this one about jetliner types that have been fully withdrawn from use:viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1392445
Both got moved out of CivAv, the Kennedy ops one to TechOps, and the retired types on to Polls and Prefs. They clearly fit in the other forums they got moved to, but doing so gives those threads a lot less play on the site. Additionally, by moving these slightly more niche discussions out of CivAv, it makes CivAv more dominated by these long threads that often end up in toxic flame wars about A v. B or United or Detroit or whatever the latest conflict is. It feels like the moderating has been a bit more aggressive lately, moving the somewhat more narrow threads out of CivAv. I would like to push the mods to consider letting some of these more geek threads stay in CivAv. They attract less flame, and it seems like the more we can all do to keep a.net more about information and less about internet drama the better.
Thank you to the mods as always for doing the work you do!
In general when we move threads it comes from a decision that the thread is better suited in another forum, examples above are good examples. Unfortunately we have has some instances where users have used Civil Aviation to post threads which belong in other forums just to get more attention. This is something we don't want to see happening so we need to tow the line somewhere. While I can not speak for the other moderators thought process, I personally only move threads when they are reported with the exception of if the thread is rather obvious it should be in a different forum. There will always be the case where some users will say they don't agree with us moving a thread but on a site like this we can not please everyone.
I appreciate your comments on the flamewars whether is be Airbus vs Boeing, United, Delta, Detroit etc. As a moderator living in Australia in a lot of these threads there is a general lack of respect amongst some users. I have to say as someone who engages with the other Australian posters in the Australian thread there is a high level of respect between all the users, to the point where you can disagree on something and still come out the other side on friendly terms with each other. I wish this was more widespread over the site but unfortunately it isn't. All I can suggest is that if you come across the Airbus vs Boeing, United, Delta , Detroit flamewars is to report them and bring them to our attention so we can deal with them. I appreciate you can be frustrated by these sort of threads, trust me they are frustrating from our point of view as well.
I dont agree that our moderating has been aggressive. Sometimes we may need to take a hardline approach if we feel that a user or users are breaking a particular rule. For example at the start of this month over a period of 5 days I would have deleted at least 30 copyright violations over those 5 days which at the time was a lot higher than normal. Rules such as copyright rules you either follow them or you dont, there is no middle ground where as other rules there is some middle ground of which we can be more lenient if required. When there is an issue that we see over and over again we generally discuss it with the rest of the moderators firstly so everyone can keep a look out and secondly so we can work to a common goal to try and address it, one of our main goals is to try and improve posting quality.