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Re: moderating on an on-going basis

Posted by Dr. Bob on September 8, 2002, at 22:11:24

In reply to Re: moderating on an on-going basis Mark H., posted by .tabi.T.ha. on August 8, 2002, at 15:28:03

> > Many of us have said this before, but I would like to see the boards moderated on an on-going basis by a group of well-seasoned participants
> >
> > The boards have grown over the last two years to the point that the next phase of good management requires delegation. I believe that the only way for you to retain meaningful control overall is to delegate a majority of control of the day-to-day operations to participants.
> >
> > Mark H.

I do agree that some sort of delegation will be necessary, at least if there's going to be continued growth. And there are advantages to having participants moderate. But I'm afraid they might find it to be a burden or to interfere with asking for and receiving support themselves.

Dinah, how did it go for you? What do you think?

> I'm afraid I have just the opposite viewpoint. I feel safer here because there is an independent monitor who isn't one of "us". It allows an objectivity that just wouldn't be available with peer moderation.

> there are times when I can see a PBC coming from Dr. Bob, but I might understand the frustration or whatever behind the post. So I can stand back and let Dr. Bob deliver the PBC, while I can be supportive.
>
> Dinah

> Somehow I don't think ongoing participant moderators is a good idea. Just have a hunch it would create more conflict, and interfere with relationships among participants.
>
> If Dr. Bob needs to add more moderators, it should be non-participants.
>
> tabi.T.ha

And of course there are advantages to having "non-participants" moderate, too. The problem is finding "non-participants" who are willing and able...

> I do think, however, that since Dr. Bob is frequently off board for a couple of days at a time, that he should give a few people who are on board more frequently the ability to PBC or block really egregious examples of civility violations
>
> Dinah

That could be one step in the delegation direction, having an on-going "deputy" or two. In general or for specific boards...

Bob


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