on a technicality, rationality resists (calliste) wrote in suggestions,
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'Screen' bad entries in community journals until edited.

Title
'Screen' bad entries in community journals until edited.

Short, concise description of the idea
Temporarily screen mal-formed entry in a community journal until it is edited by the original poster.

Full description of the idea
Some entries in certain communities are bothersome to its members, maybe because they contain mal-formed HTML, lack an lj-cut while featuring many huge pictures or because of some other unfathomable reason.

Right now, the community maintainer can delete an entry in such a case. It has been suggested before to be able for the maintainer to edit entries or change security levels. Alternatively, it would be possible to enable community moderation to prevent this kind of problem all together, but moderation also has disadvantages that doesn't make it fit for many communities.

My suggestion would enable the maintainer (or other 'designated' users) to temporarily screen the disturbing entry, and at the same time send out an e-mail to the original author with a note explaining why it was screened and with standard text containing links to FAQs #2 (edit entries), #3 (delete entries) and #75 (LJ-specific tags), for example. Once the entry is edited, the maintainer (or whoever) can look at it again and unscreen it or delete it entirely.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Community maintainers do not need the ability to edit entries, the original poster would have to edit the entry him- or herself.
  • The original poster doesn't lose his or her entry, as would be the case if it was deleted.
  • Community members would not become disgruntled and might not spam the poster with possibly offensive comments.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • The maintainer may 'abuse' the power and just screen entries of people s/he doesn't like. (But really, then this person shouldn't be maintainer.)
  • If the maintainer isn't available, community members are SOL (so maybe, a specific group of members should be able to screen as well... which takes us back to moderation)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Maybe a method like this can be developed based on comment screening? Maybe it would be possible too to create a (temporary) friends group where only maintainer and original poster are in.
  • It would be helpful if the contents of the 'screened' entry would not be viewable on the actual journal page - the content could be replaced by a note saying "This entry has been screened, please refer to the e-mail you've received or edit it or whatever", but along the lines of the wonderful lj-cut, the comments could be viewable on the comments page. Something like that - maybe somebody can toss in their two cents and help me brainstorm?
  • In combination with the moderation feature, this might work well: Moderators are able to screen entries and the "unmoderated" option is automatically activated for each member in the comm or joining the comm.
  • Tags: comment screening, communities, community moderation, § historical
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