Administration and Moderation Policy
Net Benefits was designed as a forum for active and free discussion of debate, current events, life, and random fun things that build a community. It is in the interest of maintaining this intent that this policy is to be constructed. The intent is not to freeze or silence speech, but to maintain a sense of order out of anarchy. With this in mind, there will be two levels of moderation at Net Benefits.
These members will be appointed. Their responsibilities are primarily relegated to site maintenance. This includes site formatting, moving threads to appropriate forums, splitting dual topic threads into separate threads, merging topics, deleting double posts, deleting spam, etc. Administrators are not responsible for content control, except in cases where moderators challenged. Please to not ask them to control content.
Description and Duties
Moderators will have jurisdiction in specific forums and will be elected. There will be two moderators per major forum, and any person may be a moderator in multiple forums. Moderators will have limited responsibility and power. Specific moderator tasks will be apportioned in accord with platforms written by the moderators themselves and posted for the election.
They will be empowered only to lock threads and, in rare cases to move threads that they think should not be on the forum into a special sub-forum to be reviewed by an Administrator. Standards for removal will be very high, and should almost never happen. Net Benefits is a free speech zone; it is not appropriate to censor ideas that are unpopular, or methods of arguing that are not pleasant.
Moderators will be elected for 1-year terms and may be elected to unlimited consecutive terms. Elections will be handled by private messaging on the site. All voters must have at least 10 posts, and been registered for at least 1 month before the beginning of balloting.
Display of Moderator Platforms
Moderators that are elected will post their winning platforms in a single thread in the Site Ideas and Feedback forum. This thread will be called "Moderator Policies XXXX-XXXX" where the XXXX-XXXX represents the year range of the moderation.
Moderators may be impeached if at least 10 users whose total post counts add up to at least 5000 posts call for it. Impeachment must achieve a simple majority of votes cast. All voters must have at least 10 posts, and been registered for at least 1 month before the start of balloting.
Moderator decisions may be over-ridden by users. If at least 5 users whose total posts counts add up to at least 3000 posts want a moderator decision changed, they may post an appeal and either the moderator or an administrator will unlock it.
Moderators may also be overruled by a half or majority vote on the part of the Administrators.
Special Moderation for Tisias and Corax
These accounts were not designed for anonymous character assassination. Moderators and Administrators will be empowered to move posts by Tisias and Corax to the moderation forum on the basis of content. The standard for these two accounts is unique; speech made using these accounts is not protected at the same standard as posts made by any other accounts. Users are not prevented from creating their own anonymous accounts and using them. The intention here is to prevent the misuse of these accounts from rendering them useless (if people stop reading them because they are so frequently malicious personal attacks, they won't get read when they are used for more pressing concerns).
Use of Real Names
Because some people are concerned about using their real names on this site, personally identifying information should only be used with permission. Personally identifying information is defined as last names, phone numbers, social security numbers, financial information as well as home and work addresses. Permission to use such information may be granted by putting the information in a user profile, user title, account name or signature block. Users may request that moderators edit messages to remove personally identifying information that they have not given permission to be posted publicly. If moderators fail to comply with this request, users may ask admins to do it. Such edits may ONLY remove personally identifying information, all other message content should be left intact.