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EarlG ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-11 01:01 PM
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Announcing DU's first test of the new Edit Request system
Hi everyone,

You may recall that late last year we proposed a new way for the moderators to deal with rule-breaking posts here at DU. In a nutshell, the Edit Request system works like this: rather than deleting a message which breaks the rules, the moderators will request that the member who posted the message go back and edit it. The message in question will be temporarily hidden from view until the member makes a good faith effort to fix it. The Edit Request system is now ready for testing and we will be rolling it out today.

Please note that at this time we are going to be testing the system on copyright violations only. While we are testing the system, all other rule violations will be dealt with by the moderators in the same way they always have been. That is to say: if there is consensus among the moderators on duty that a post breaks the rules, it will be deleted.

However, if the moderators determine that you have posted a message which breaks our rules for copyrighted material, the new system will kick in and you will be asked to go back and edit the post so that it complies with the rules.

What will happen if I am asked to edit a message?

If the moderators request that you edit one of your messages, you will be notified automatically via private message. During this time you will be blocked from using certain site features: for example you will not be able to post new messages, send private messages, or use the recommend function. If you attempt to do any of these things you'll be informed that you have a pending edit request which needs to be taken care of first.

These notifications will provide you with a link to your Edit Requests page (which can also be found in your Options section). On your Edit Requests page, you will be able to see any pending edit requests, along with the reason for the requests and straightforward options for dealing with them.

As soon as you have edited a message, it will be reappear in the discussion thread exactly where you posted it. Please note that at this time an alert will be sent automatically to the moderators. If your edited version no longer breaks the rules, great -- everyone can move on. However, if your edited version still breaks the rules you will be given no option but to self-delete the message along with a brief 15 minute timeout penalty.

What will I see if other people are asked to edit a message?

When a member is asked to edit a message, the message will be temporarily hidden until they have taken care of the edit request. If you encounter one of these messages, you will see that the subject line has been changed to "Edit requested" and the body of the message has been replaced with some brief explanatory text indicating why the message is currently hidden.

If the member chooses to edit the message, it will reappear on the board as if nothing had happened (as noted above, an automated alert will be sent to the moderators so they can make sure the newly-edited message no longer breaks the rules). If the member chooses to self-delete the message, the subject line will change to "Self-deleted by member" and the body of the message will indicate that the message has been self-deleted.

If the message in question is an OP (Original or Opening Post -- the first message in a thread) then the thread will be temporarily locked while the member takes care of the edit request. If the member chooses to self-delete the OP, the thread will then be permanently locked.

In conclusion

My apologies if any of this seems confusing at the moment -- just know that the system is almost entirely automated and is quite straightforward when you see it working.

Since we are initially using the system for copyright violations only, we do not expect much disruption while we test it out. Hopefully this will be a good way for everyone to get used to seeing the system in action, and ideally it will help to educate people about our copyright rules and we'll actually see fewer rule violations going forward.

I know this is a lot to take in, so please feel free to ask any questions about the new system right here in this thread.

Thanks for reading!

EarlG (DU Admin)
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