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    The Tutu Rule

    Years ago I watched a very good friend present a seminar on public relations strategy. She was speaking on the subject of writing Press Releases, and she walked out on stage with a child's ballet Tutu in her hand. Holding it up, she announced to the audience the Tutu rule: two pages is too long!

    What a great mnemonic!

    So, Press Release... Forum Moderation Policy... the Tutu rule seems to apply.

    A number of folks have indicated an interest in the contents for a policy on the use and moderation of our forum.

    So, I encourage you to comment here. However, keep in mind the Tutu rule: if your entire policy takes more than a page... well, a page and a half at most... then it's too long, and no doubt overbearing. (that would be a page of 8.5" x 11" paper with 1.5-2 linespaced text.)

    The policywriting is in process... now's the time to have a say.

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    During WWII Winston Churchill demanded that all memos sent to him be no longer than one page.

    One page for the moderation policy is an admirable goal. The rest of the administrative necessity may be put in exhibits and appendices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT9766 View Post
    And most of what he wrote, not only his books but his speeches, were more than a single page.
    well... we're not talking world war II here... although sometimes i wonder.

    the main goal is to get a brief, friendly english language policy for use and moderation of our forum.

    and... member contributions welcomed.

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    So can I go with my four rules in life then?

    1. I am not prejudice, I hate everyone equally
    2. If you are not sleeping with me, I do not care who you are sleeping with
    3. Do not see anyone you work with, without their pants on
    4. When in doubt, be polite and give people the benefit of the doubt


    These are pretty much my version of the rules to live by, they are humorous (to me at least) versions of some common sense thing
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    "Tutu rule...."

    Do unto others.....

    [All the rest is appendices]

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    Moderation

    In deference to the Tutu Rule;
    Moderators Characteristics: Fair, Mature, Sense of humor, No personal agenda, Not looking for a stepping stone to something else at MOA, Able to discern sarcasm and play from personal invective, Introspective, Excellent people skills, Genuine vs. disingenuous manner, Independent thinkers versus politically motivated "finger in the wind " pols, Able to check own verbosity
    Term of moderation: One year in, one out, before reapplication.
    Selection: Invite members to volunteer and create a list. Poobahs of forum get first crack at list, from then on it's by the numbers. Expand the number of moderators per category to odd number i.e. 3.
    Banning: Not a unilateral decision regardless of your level of self importance. Due process of private and personal warnings and probation unless intolerable behavior as determined by common sense rule. Records of PMs sent to Poobahs of Forum if banning based upon these interactions. Decision to ban is a function of discussion among 3 mods plus oversight by Poobah. Tied decisions go to member.

    That's all for now.

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    1. A moderator must have the name 'Moderator' underneath his/her avatar.
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    2. Remember that we're not curing cancer, or saving or killing puppies

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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    2. Remember that we're not curing cancer, or saving or killing puppies
    So, it's okay to kill kittens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    So, it's okay to kill kittens?

    If that helps you keep some perspective, go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    1. A moderator must have the name 'Moderator' underneath his/her avatar.
    Sephen-

    I disagree with this one a little. Cause one of the challenges is letting the moderators still enjoy the fun of the forum without always being "on duty" What I have been doing is when I am posting an "official" comment I sign it as

    -=Brad
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    So that way I can still have fun and make posts without speaking as an official by default.
    -=Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn View Post
    Sephen-

    I disagree with this one a little. Cause one of the challenges is letting the moderators still enjoy the fun of the forum without always being "on duty" What I have been doing is when I am posting an "official" comment I sign it as

    So that way I can still have fun and make posts without speaking as an official by default.
    After watching the documentary 'This Film is Not Yet Rated' last night, I don't think moderators should be anonymous.
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    The moderators aren't anonymous. To be anonymous, their identity would need to be hidden.

    At the bottom of any forum home page is a list of moderators for that forum.

    You can also click on the "forum leaders" link at the bottom of the main forum home page (not very obvious, I know). This page lists moderators at the top, administrators , and supermoderators. A moderator is just that, someone who is assigned to moderate a specific forum or forums. A supermoderator is a moderator with a little more power on the backend. An administrator is someone that can see some of the backend - some are in this group, like me, to be able to help people with login issues, maintenance, etc. A few are there so that they can take part in conversations in how we handle login issues, moderation policy, etc. Some of these reflect when this forum was founded and was built by board members and a few key volunteers.

    What that page will tell you:
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    BradfordBenn - moderator/supermoderator: Gear, How do I....., Rally Forum, Ride Reports, Web Tea

    BubbaZanetti - moderator: Campfire, Chartered Clubs & Local Events, G & F Bikes, Oilheads, Rally Forum

    DATA - moderator: K-bikes

    k12koop - moderator/administrator: Chartered Clubs & Local Events, Presidential Palace

    phactory - moderator: Vintage

    robnye - moderator/administrator: Election 200

    username - moderator: Airheads, Campfire, How do I....., Rally Chairs

    Visian - moderator/administrator (aka Forum Liason): Ambassadors, Clubhouse, Doghouse, Moderator Forum, Online Central


    ghanlin - administrator. He's the office IT guy.
    Greg Feeler - administrator
    KBasa - administrator
    knary - administrator and all around swell guy
    moaoffice - administrator user for the MOA office
    MrsKbasa - administrator
    Ted - administrator and IBMWR vet
    vincewinkel - administrator and media yoda

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    what scott said.

    and, fwiw.... trinity is dead.

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