For general-discussion sites, maybe.
In the case of topic-specific discussions, though strong moderation
can be very effective. CNI-COPYRIGHT is a mailing list devoted to
copyright and IP law issues. The former moderator left the organization
running the list, rather suddenly, last summer, and traffic stopped
dead. Apparently the rest of the organization had no idea what he was
doing or the importance of it. A new moderator has been working the
list, but results are very inconsistant, with posts coming through in
bursts several times a week, and with poor filtering of what are and
aren't appropriate posts.
I think the point is less that moderation is or isn't harmful, and
more that appropriate moderation is hard to do. Scoop,
moderation, and Mojo are a rough cut at getting this right, and seem to
do a decent job, most of the time. Better than other automated systems
I've seen. However, real intelligence can't be overrated.
I suspect a mix of time, possible HP pressures (though I tend to
discount the view), and just a general lack of compelling reasons and
connectedness at Technocrat. Bruce does tend to get involved in a lot
of things. He's brilliant when he can commit an appropriate amount of
energy to something. And I'm thrilled with the K5 endorsement.
Karsten M. Self
SCO -- backgrounder on Caldera/SCO vs IBM
Support the EFF!!
There is no K5 cabal.
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