We edit and remove material that is in violation, move posts and threads to appropriate forums, remove duplicate posts, merge threads on the same topic, and split threads when necessary. We clean up obvious formatting issues if we see them. We may note in the post if we've edited it (and for what reason.) We document and archive moderator correspondence regarding policy issues.
If your post "disappeared," be sure you're logged in, click on your name, and then click the Find member's posts link from the Profile Page that opens. (If you have a lot of posts, this could take a few seconds to load.) On the Search Results Page, you'll be able to see your post list. The forum in which it now appears is listed at the bottom of the post. If you click the thread title in the upper left of the post, you'll navigate to the post. If the post doesn't appear on the list, check your PM mailbox or email. If you still have a question, send a PM or email to a Moderator or Administrator. If you are a New Member, send an email to us using the "Contact Us" link at the top right of each page.
If upon registering you do not give us your full name and location (city and state/province for US and Canada, and city for all other countries), your first post is in violation, or we find that your posting pattern is questionable, we will put you on "Moderated," and notify you via Personal Messenger (PM) if you are a Member or via email if your PM box is full or you are a New Member. "Moderated" is a status that is not noted in any public way, but it means that your posts must be reviewed by a Moderator before they are "published" to the board, edited and published, or deleted.
- For new registrants, when we receive your missing information, we will remove you from Moderated and remove your posts from hold.
- For new posters, we do this to be sure you don't repost until you've seen our email, and once we get confirmation that you understand the policy and intend to follow it in future posts, we'll remove you from "Moderated."
- If you are on "Moderated" for violations, we will review the posts as we have time, and we will edit and/or delete them at our discretion. We do not notify the original poster about changes or deletions.
Moderators may miss something, be sleeping at the time of a post, or may read content or tone differently than you. Please do not take matters into your own hands by responding on the board. Instead, use the "Report" button under the post and the Moderators will review it. It's not that we don't appreciate your attempts to uphold board standards, but it's important for the Moderator team to handle the situation. Feel free to ignore the post on the board and skip over it when responding to the thread. In her writings Edith Wharton described the devastating effect of the "cut," which was so much more effective than the "scene."
What Are Moderators and What Do They Do?
Moderators are Ballet Alert! volunteers who put in many hours to be sure that the board runs smoothly. They are responsible for guiding the discussion, ensuring that the posts follow board rules, welcoming new posters, and managing the registration process.
Moderators are broken into three groups:
- "Moderators" who are responsible for one or more specific forums (aka "Forum Moderators")
"Board Moderators" who monitor all forums
"Administrators" who are also responsible for the technical aspects of the board.
Many Moderators are fluent in other languages. Multi-lingual Moderators have access to foreign-language press and Internet sources that are not available to English-only readers, and they have the expertise to discern which print sources in each country are credible and follow Ballet Alert rules. They may post summaries and information for their respective forums as a service to Ballet Alert! without specific links, but with a more general source such as "in the Russian press," or "on French TV."
If you're unsure about whether something can be posted on the board, you may send it to a Moderator for review beforehand.
How Can I Find Out Who Is a Moderator?
You can identify the Moderators by checking the Group that appears under the username to the left of each post, or by clicking My Assistant from the top of any page, and then The moderating team link from the pop-up box. (Please note: "IPS" and "SKBT" are technical administrators; email and PM's sent to them will not be read.)
For top-level forums, the Forum Moderators are listed under the forum link after Forum led by: on the Ballet Alert! home page. To find Company Forum moderators, click on the parent forum link (Ex: American Ballet Companies), and the Forum Moderator(s) will be listed under the Company Forums.
How Are Moderators Chosen?
Becoming a Moderator is by invitation only, based on Board needs. There's not an application process. (Most people have no interest in being one.)
Edited by Helene, 27 December 2010 - 11:00 AM.