Thread Hosting guidelines:
The primary duty of a thread host is to set the tone of the thread and
keep the discussion as focused as you can (or want). You are free to promote
any level of civility you desire, but you should maintain a level of civility
with the participants in your thread that is higher than what you are
shooting for within the thread. The most successful threads are usually
those which do not discourage points of view from any angle. As long as
participants do not violate the Rules of Engagement, how far they are
allowed to go is entirely up to you, but please try to be as even-handed
as possible. You have the ability to move posts to a more appropriate
thread, or delete posts if necessary. Please be very thoughtful and careful
about exercising these options.
Clarify your ambitions for the thread. If you don't like personal abuse
or sexual references or off-topic posts, say so at the start, and repeat
it as necessary. Posters should not have to discover the hosts likes and
dislikes through his or her deletion/move policy.
Possible reasons for deleting/moving posts:
- personal information revealed about someone other than the poster
- spam or advertising
- posts with HTML errors that throw off the margins for the entire page
- excessive off-topic posts
- general disruption and harassment derailing the thread
The first two are in the Rules of Engagement. The others are things to
consider. You should be discreet and lenient in hosting. Most participants
are pretty well-behaved and we don't want to be heavy-handed. Recognize
that in the heat of a discussion, things can get ugly. Try not to take
it personally. If a poster repeatedly violates the rules you have set
forth for your thread, or violates the RoE, contact a moderator about
a possible suspension of that poster.
Links to information at other websites may be posted in the butter sidebar.
If you need help doing this, contact us with the link information. A particularly
interesting discussion may also be posted in the News section of the homepage.
These things are done at this url: http://www.themote.com/maintain
Sign in with your registered ID and password.
If activity in your thread drops off, you may be contacted by one of
the moderators regarding ending your thread. Otherwise, when the thread
is ready to end, please ask a moderator to put up an RIP tag. After three
days, the thread can be placed into read-only mode and moved into the
Most threads will run pretty well on their own if you are busy and can't
spend much time there for a short period, though some threads require
a good deal of attention. If you must be absent for any length of time,
a new host can sometimes be found, or the thread can be retired. We realize
that this is a volunteer operation and real life sometimes imposes constraints
Enjoy your thread and thank you for hosting.