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Old Sep 16th 2002, 6:26 pm
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To all members of www.britishexpats.com Forum - Migration to Australia & New Zealand

The purpose of this posting, which is not (I hope) being mirrored on the misc.immigration.australia+nz board is to ask all FORUM members if and how we want this FORUM to be moderated. NOTE: we are not proposing to moderate the misc.immigration.australia+nz newsgroup. We want your suggestions for this FORUM and this post will remain open until the end of September.

First off, DO YOU WANT THIS FORUM (as opposed to newsgroup) MODERATED?
If the vote is greater than 50% for YES, then I will collate all suggestions and objection in response to this posting and then draft a supplementary charter with the other moderators and put it back to the FORUM for a vote.

If you don't want to post any suggestions and/or comments, please feel free to send me a Private Message.

Call for comments is: IF "YES" HOW DO YOU WANT THIS FORUM MODERATED TO MAKE IT MORE USEFUL TO THOSE OF US SEEKING IMMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA? see below for starters.

Please don't copy the body of this proposal in your replies. It will just wreck my printer when I have to print it all out. THANX


Important distinction - FORUM vs NEWSGROUP
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This call for comments is ONLY about the www.britishexpats.com Forum - Migration to Australia & New Zealand. There is no intention or ability to moderate the newsgroup misc.immigration.australia+nz.

To clarify the situation 100%, britishexpats.com simply pulls in all messages from misc.immigration.australia+nz. Adding a level of moderation would add filtering of posts from the newsgroup to the FORUM and filtering of direct posts to this FORUM. If anyone wants to use a news browser to look at misc.immigration.australia+nz, they will see every message, whether it has been deleted on British Expats or not.
THIS PROPOSAL ONLY APPLIES TO THE FORUM AND NOT THE NEWSGROUP


Justification for this posting
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Over the past 18 months the character of this Forum has been changing. Some of this has been for the better, some for the worse. The key thing to me is that there have been a marked increase in the number of requests for moderating across a range of posts. Also, there has been some discussion over the charter of the forum . As we follow the misc.immigration.australia+nz newsgroup, we use the same charter (see below). Strictly speaking, this is an UNMODERATED NEWSGROUP and therefore, this posting is, strictly speaking, irrelevant , however this is our forum and if we want moderation on this FORUM, so be it. Also according to the charter, no Aus or NZ resident should start a thread but that is unrealistic Heck we break this charter every few hours. So maybe we need to change the charter?

The aim of the FORUM is to assist people in their research and the immigration and moving process in a constructive manner. It is not to convince people to go elsewhere, or stay at home. By all means we should be made aware of potential potholes in moving to Australia, but it does not help the purpose of the FORUM for postings based on scare stories, personal rants etc. Informative YES, scaremongering NO. Many have said that they would like to see the forum to get back to basics, and into the spirit of what it was designed for. This is the reason for this post.

If you voted yes, some suggestions please. Also, if you object to any of the suggestions, SAY SO!
If you voted no, also, please say so.

THIS THREAD WILL BE CLOSELY MODERATED TO STOP ANY FLAMING OR ABUSIVE POSTS. PLEASE BE CIVILISED AND CONSTRUCTIVE.

For starters:

In addition to the misc.immigration.australia+nz charter, the Migration to Australia & New Zealand FORUM moderator will:

A. delete all posts that are, in the opinion of the moderator, racist, spam or advertising messages other than those from sources recognised in the misc.immigration.australia+nz charter.

B. add the letters OT to the subject line of any posting, in the opinion of the moderator, considered Off Topic to the process of obtaining the visa and moving across to Australia and New Zealand, this includes posts related to humour, sport, house prices, quality of life, etc.

C. delete all posts that simply consist of cut and paste from newspapers and other sources, unless they relate to the process of obtaining a visa or citzenship, e.g. officially released visa processing times. html links to newspapers and other sources will not be deleted, unless they contravene any other part of this charter.

D. delete any thread that is started by a post which is simply, in the opinion of the moderator, meant to convince people to go elsewhere, or stay at home

E. only on receipt of a complaint, review any personally abusive and/or problematic (harassment, fighting, or rude) posts. If the posting is considered to be abusive or problematic, the complete post will be deleted rather than edited by the moderator. The complaint has to be accompanied by a considered reason why the post needs to be moderated.

F. close any threads that are, in the opinion of the moderator, turning into arguments and which add no relevance to the forum.

G. not delete any posts simply due to a disagreement of personal opinion.

H. Moderators have to be voted to their position, by a simple majority, every six months. This will take place by use of the poll. If no new names are put forward, the Moderators will remain in their volutary posts.


Right gang, I have left myself wide open here but it is our Forum so lets say what we want on it. Bear in mind, moderators are not on the FORUM 24/7 and so any moderating will take place when we are around, that is if we want moderators.

CAST YOUR VOTE NOW AND COMMENT AS YOU SEE FIT

Nigel db

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The misc.immigration.australia+nz group addresses:

1. Pending immigrants (definition: persons who are planning their immigration to Australia/New Zealand but still live overseas) to Australia seeking advice, employment and a new residence in Australia/New Zealand, also for exchanging views and news on current immigration regulations.

2. Australian/New Zealand recruitment agencies, private companies/businesses, government employment services, universities etc. who wish to post job offers; real estate agents and private home sellers; all Australian/New Zealand residents who wish to respond to queries posted by a pending immigrant. As most job offers posted to already existing groups address residents of the same country (no sponsorship required) job offers posted to this new group shall specifically address overseas migrants.

3. The readership and the purpose of this unmoderated group being clearly defined above, we hope that common sense will prevail and that no messages that are irrelevant to migrants will be posted to this group.

 
Old Sep 16th 2002, 6:40 pm
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[Good idea,

At last some sense amongst all this chaos!

Although maybe some of the humourous posts by some of the more well known characters on this forum could be left on (please) They keep some of us sane through all the trauma's of emigrating. If they can't be left on it looks like hitting the bottle (LOL)

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Old Sep 16th 2002, 6:55 pm
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Originally posted by ndaltonb:
The purpose of this posting, which is not (I hope) being mirrored on the misc.immigration.australia+nz board ...
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Old Sep 16th 2002, 8:48 pm
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Although I along with a many others have been increasingly irritated by certain posters comments, I believe that to moderate the board in the way suggested could reduce the amount of valusable if slightly off topic information that can be gained.

It is very easy to identify who the "offenders" are and choose not to read posts or threads added by these individuals. I also believe that "people power" can be brought to bear for example the rants that we have been seeing from PB seem to be tempered now with some more positive information and opinions and although I fundamentally disagree with many of his earlier postings there seems to be a change in attitude.

I believe that increasing the moderation will remove much of the humour on the site and also the genuine expressions of good will when people are finally able to make the fabled " I have got it!" post.

My plea is for self control and self regulation by all users ( I agree that some of the scare mongering posts are unhelpfull if not down right pathetic) and I would like to add a vote of thanks to the moderators for a sometimes thankless task which keeps this board a mine of information and a place to come for all views and experiences, however expressed.

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Old Sep 16th 2002, 9:04 pm
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Petafray, Juls,

Agreed some of the humerous, "Got it" posts and other ore off topic posts are part of the spirit of the FORUM, which is why I proposed part B, i.e to put OT at the front of the message. Maybe this could help

BTW thanks for spending the time to put forward a considered response.

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My comments below (sorry, had to quote some of the original otherwise my comments would make no sense)
In addition to the misc.immigration.australia+nz charter, the Migration to Australia & New Zealand FORUM moderator will:

A. delete all posts that are, in the opinion of the moderator, racist, spam or advertising messages other than those from sources recognised in the misc.immigration.australia+nz charter.
Agreed
B. add the letters OT to the subject line of any posting, in the opinion of the moderator, considered Off Topic to the process of obtaining the visa and moving across to Australia and New Zealand, this includes posts related to humour, sport, house prices, quality of life, etc.
Yes, but be careful what you consider to be 'off-topic'. Information on house prices or quality of life or cost of living for example is not necessarily off-topic if it is genuinely informative and the sort of information that a potential migrant would have difficulty finding elsewhere.

C. delete all posts that simply consist of cut and paste from newspapers and other sources, unless they relate to the process of obtaining a visa or citzenship, e.g. officially released visa processing times. html links to newspapers and other sources will not be deleted, unless they contravene any other part of this charter.
Agreed.

D. delete any thread that is started by a post which is simply, in the opinion of the moderator, meant to convince people to go elsewhere, or stay at home
Agreed. There is nothing wrong with posting contructive information about life in Australia or NZ - no matter how 'good' or 'bad' - that a potential migrant may otherwise be unaware of. Posts with the deliberate intention of solely discouraging or encouraging migration for the sake of it should be removed though.

E. only on receipt of a complaint, review any personally abusive and/or problematic (harassment, fighting, or rude) posts. If the posting is considered to be abusive or problematic, the complete post will be deleted rather than edited by the moderator. The complaint has to be accompanied by a considered reason why the post needs to be moderated.
Agreed


F. close any threads that are, in the opinion of the moderator, turning into arguments and which add no relevance to the forum.
Agreed


G. not delete any posts simply due to a disagreement of personal opinion.
Agreed


H. Moderators have to be voted to their position, by a simple majority, every six months. This will take place by use of the poll. If no new names are put forward, the Moderators will remain in their volutary posts.
Agreed if you think this will work. I don't envy anyone the task of having to read through the whole of this forum every day though ! You all deserve a pat on the back.
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Old Sep 17th 2002, 4:39 am
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A dissenting voice from me, with respect as I recognize the thought that has gone into the proposal. I just don't see that this problem is large enough to be an issue.

What I personally object to is spurious 'third level' swearing but that seems to be moderated already.

Isn't there a way for members to put irritating posters on 'killfile' so that you just never see their posts?

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Originally posted by pleasancefamily:
Isn't there a way for members to put irritating posters on 'killfile' so that you just never see their posts?
Yep... in the form of an ignore list. You can edit your own personal lists at this URL:
http://britishexpats.com/forum/membe...serlist=ignore
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Thanks Paul.
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Old Sep 17th 2002, 6:50 am
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Yes, but be careful what you consider to be 'off-topic'. Information on house prices or quality of life or cost of living for example is not necessarily off-topic if it is genuinely informative and the sort of information that a potential migrant would have difficulty finding elsewhere

Nick, just wanted to point out that the group I've just set up, [email protected], will be aimed at just those sort of questions. Stuff regarding life after moving to Oz, rather than info on immigration, visas, etc. So it's not all quite so hopeless. We've had a good number of people joining, hopefully we'll get lots more as time goes by.

All the best,
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Sorry, but I disagree, and for several reasons:

1) I consider that somehow, it is important to preserve a certain "fredom of expression".

2) I prefer to have a larger range of information, even if it sometimes goes out of the topic and to choose myself my readings.

3) I'm able to ignore or to read carefully any message which is out of purpose and I don't need (and I don't want) anybody to sort the threads instead of me.

4) My own level of tolerance couldn't be exactly the same than a moderator and I think this is true for all of us.

I am rather new to this forum and so I didn't see how it changed over the past 18 months. I understand (and I saw myself) that there were some abusive posts. But I'm convinced that if you write a thread to ask people what they consider to be off-topic, you will never reach a consensus. Therefore, how a moderator could do a good job ? I think that people who are seeking for relevant info about immigration are smart enough to ignore themselves unrelevant theads...

By contrast, I deeply agree with the recommendation you wrote concerning abusive posts and I suggest that people on this forum can adopt a common line: each time somebody sends a thread which is unrelevant or abusive we could simply contest and send the same recommendation.
We saw for instance that there is an actual unity between us when somebody send that ridiculous thread about "Fake marriage"...

As a conclusion, I suggest not to create a moderated forum, but to promote people cohesion.

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If you wish to continue the validity and usefulness of this board some sort of action definitely needs taking.

I've been monitoring this forum for over a year, and in the last 3 months or so it really HAS changed for the worse. I used to refer to it as a valuable source of NEWS and INFORMATION. However, as it has expanded and been updated, it has degenerated into a house of commons style opinionated, entrenched arguement, with no obvious end. This would be fine BUT as with all message boards I've ever setup myself (I'm a web/graphic designer), inevitably chaos ensues. It's just human nature, and the sad, sour, darker characters with way too much time on their hands begin to get undue influence.

Either the forum should be carefully (NOT heavily) moderated OR SPLIT. There should be two main sections - NEWS AND INFORMATION, and YOUR OPINIONS, with perhaps a clear statement to accompany the OPINION section like 'The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent..' etc etc.

I have no problem in reading 'real' views - we all feel very strongly about issues. BUT - if I want to find pertinent information it should be clear and available. I got the impression originally that this was an excellent source of TECHNICAL emigration process information, the latest news and developments and what have you. But that's been put aside by a bad case of whinging pom disease. I just feel that new users MUST be feeling put off by the bickering going on right now - several people I've directed to this forum are bemused and disappointed.

I leave it with you as to what to do, but for now the forums content is becoming increasingly irreverent (and irrelevant?). Still, leaves me more time to actually work productively during the day...still waiting for that visa (21 months, a deeming date nightmare, and counting - be warned).

PS Nigel - Dredd Rules.
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I agree with Nick. I do think we should have some degree of moderation and the OT note will just hopefully mean it is yet another weird and wonderful comment from Baldbutts and Tipper (sorry Tipper for extremely drunk phone call last night but not every day you sell your house).

Thanks for this site- whoever started it was a wise man/woman indeed.

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Hi,

Just think monitoring the forum would open a pandora's box to be honest. if people rant and rave, so be it, it's up to whoever reads it to take it seriously or not.
hopefully we can all get what we want from the site. If the 'thought police' are involved then I think it's a bit of a sad day.
it's just like watch tv really isn't it. if you don't like what you see or hear turn off or over.
generally people on this site are thinking of/ in the process of/or have moved 'down under' so ask a question and some one will answer. you can tell who is being help with positive criticism/advice.

leave as is is my view!

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I kinda know where you are coming from with the moderation angle...although I already thought that it was moderated to an extent! Okay so there are individuals that may post stuff that people dont agree with, the arguments etc etc...to me its all part of the group..

I have not been in the group as long as some but have noticed it does seem to go in cycles, I remember a couple of members not so long ago that caused a bit of discent with the rest of the group, arguments flew back and forth (although I am sure it was moderated to some degree)....in the end they sorted out there differences and now are invaluable in the group. Most people that popped up just to insult soon got bored and left.

The forum is a 'community', and every community is filled with a range of people, from those that may come across as argumentative and nighbours from hell...ranging through to the more parental types who try to look after everyone. I like the mixture to be honest, I like the banter and as long as the really nasty stuff is cut out ie racist remarks, swearing then I am a happy bunny.

Just my 10pence worth...
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