team changes and moderator nominations

Morning all

We’d just like to confirm a couple of recent changes.

Chris @ChrisBeach has left the moderation team and will focus on running the tech side of the site which he does brilliantly and better than any of us could.

The moderation team is therefore now formed of myself @oakr , John @Londondrz , Dom @applespider and Nick @Foresthillnick .

As I’ve alluded to, I plan on taking a break from moderation in the near future, so with that in mind, we’d like to invite nominations for a new moderator.

Please make your suggestions below. We’ll collate these and then when the time comes review the nominations and see if nominated parties are interested in taking up the position.

update I’ve been emailed by a member to ask if they can make a nomination privately - that is possible if anyone prefers, please message @moderators if you wish to do so this way.

Thanks all




As a long time forum member, I have some idea of what a moderator does and does not do. At least insofar the public face of moderation. However, with the resignation of the once omnipresent admin/moderator, it seems the role of moderator might have expanded recently. Is there any chance you could provide some sort of “job description” for the role? I’d consider it… and I know someone else who might given this possible new outlook on the site. In addition to general role and duties could you also address the following?

Time commitment. Surprisingly for the amount of time I appear on the Forum this is a worry now that there are only a few moderators. Will moderators need to be online at certain times, or expect to give a certain amount of time for the process?

Decision making. As there is no longer an admin in the traditional sense, Is there an established process for making some of the more complicated moderation decisions? By consensus, or majority, or is there even a chief moderator a la Len Goodman?

Forum direction. Nick noted behind the scenes discussion on things like promoted posts. Do moderators take a more active role is Forum policy now that the aforementioned admin/moderator is working on technical issues?

Liability. What happens online in a Forum can have implications IRL. Is there any form of liability insurance or similar to protect the Forum and it’s officials?

Thanks in advance. No rush on the response.


I’m not sure we ever had a ‘job description’; it’s generally worked as a informal process where each of us have felt comfortable to trust each other’s actions with occasional discussions/votes over items that might be a bit more controversial. The vast majority of those were in relation to ‘General Politics’ which is one reason that as a group, we were happy to see it go. We’ve generally been able to come to a consensus that everyone is OK with.

I suspect we’ll want to let things settle down into the new normal before committing pen to paper (or bytes to the cloud these days) so I’m glad you said there was no rush to answer. But your questions will help form our framework for that chat.


Ech! The New Normal is genius tv producer/writer Ryan Murhpy’s worst series ever.

But thanks for the response. It seems to me that the New Normal may include some fundamental changes in what moderators do, there are already hints of that. I’d consider that role but I’d just like to know, in advance, what I’d be letting myself in for. No doubt others might as well.

I can confirm that @ChrisBeach has returned to the moderation team - possibly not officially, but he is certainly moderating my posts.

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I can confirm that I am still involved in the site from a technical perspective and in cases where the mod team has stated that discussion on certain topics (eg interpersonal / police matters) is inappropriate for the forum, I will act to aid the moderators technically, and I will always respect their collective decision-making.

Likewise, others are able to assist the moderators using the flag feature. When posts are flagged by established members of the site, action may be automatically taken by the site software.

Can members please heed the moderators’ decisions, which are designed to keep our community friendly and locally focussed.


Has there been any further discussion on these issues or other elements of the moderator’s role?


I’m guessing an outline of a moderator’s role isn’t finished yet, particularly since my last request for an update remains unanswered. That may be simply as you haven’t had this discussion yet, or come to some decision on the matter.

But I see as of yesterday, that ForestHull has become a moderator (congratulations) and note that the tech admin is filling in the gaps with nudges and topic closures.

If you don’t require any more moderators, perhaps let the Forum know. And if that is the case, I’ll leave my interest until such a time you do require further help in this role.

Perhaps moving forward, you could turn to the membership to see what they expect, or understand a moderator should do as a basis for this exercise?

Probably oversimplifying, but I personally think the moderators are doing a sterling job. I am happy for them to continue as they are doing. I’m sure they will discuss their expectations of any prospective moderator with anyone considering putting themselves forward.


Perhaps I wasn’t clear enough. I am putting myself forward for the role. There was an earlier commitment to provide an outline of scope and expectations.

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I should like to thank the moderators for the excellent job they are doing in making this community minded forum, as well as, such a happy and useful resource

So much has been achieved since its inception, thanks to the founder with the help of the moderators, past and present.

Its success is largely due to the hands on approach of the moderators and their clamping down on any unpleasantness at the outset, as well as their insistence on no “ad hominem” attacks.

The spirit of this forum is reflected in the many well attended, convivial meet ups of forum members, whose membership is growing rapidly

Thank you, Chris and moderators.


Very kind of you to say so, Ann.

The mod team deserve a lot of praise, because modding comes at a personal cost. Every mod intervention potentially sours a moderator’s relationship with a community member. But it’s absolutely vital to moderate a community in order to keep it positive and constructive.

Some ad-hominem threads of other local forums were/are breathtakingly destructive. Kangaroo courts, conspiracy theory and mob bullying of individuals, in some cases encouraged by the forum owners themselves.

That will never happen here because we focus on community affairs, we have solid guidelines and an accountable mod team looking after the health of this community.

As the founder, I have responsibility resting on my shoulders, but obviously I am just as fallible and human as anyone. I occasionally got frustrated at people and committed fingers to keyboard as a red mist descended. But the mod team apply the guidelines to me just as any other member and my posts/topics have sometimes been collapsed, and sometimes deleted.

Thank you @Londondrz, @Foresthillnick and @applespider for years of great modding, and thanks to @ForestHull for recently joining our team and already making a strong contribution.

We’ve also seen great past moderators come and go, helping to shape the site - particularly @dave, @armadillo and @oakr, who are always welcome to return to the team.

I look forward to our next #meetup and thanks again, Ann (@topofthehill) for your support, both here and in darker corners of the web.


Great list of moderators current and past. And as a long term member myself, I’d like to add @RachaelDunlop who’s level head, sense of balance and above all humour successfully kept many of the biggest personalities in check for a fair amount of the site’s life.

There is much to emulate from current and past moderators, and I’ll look forward to discuss how I could add to these efforts when the moderators are ready.