ever so slightly obsessed (scien) wrote in suggestions,
ever so slightly obsessed

Moderated posting option for specific users

Moderated posting option for specific users

Short, concise description of the idea
As a moderator of a community, it would be great if I could set user posting privileges to 'moderated', even in an 'open' posting community

Full description of the idea
At the moment communities have two settings for posting - either open or moderated. If you set your community to moderated posting, you can then set some (presumably trusted) users as 'unmoderated', so they can post directly and skip the moderation queue.

I would like the inverse of this also to be available - that when you have an 'open' community, you would also be able to set some (presumably untrusted) users to have their posts go to a mod queue for approval.

This would be useful for someone who tends to write offtopic posts but isn't making enough of an arse of themselves to get banned, someone who could be either a clueless newbie or a troll and you need to see what they do next, etc. It would allow you to check their posts before they become live and potentially cause hassle, without banning a potentially legit community member.

Also, telling someone that their posts will go to the mod queue rather than the public community will hopefully make them not bother if they're being malicious, and think more carefully if they're being clueless/lazy.

This could currently be achieved by setting the community to moderated then setting everyone else to unmoderated, but for a large community that would take forever, and be annoying bordering on the impossible to maintain (as you'd have to set new members to 'unmoderated' as and when they arrive).

An ordered list of benefits
  • Better control over posting privileges - useful community admin tool
  • Neatly mirrors the current 'moderated' system. If you're allowed to have exceptions then, why not for 'open' too?
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Adding another option = potential confusion.
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