Respected Tejwant Ji and fellow members,
Thanks a lot for raising such an important issue. In my perception, moderation on SPN is quite different from other forums... Moderation on SPN is done by mostly members themselves. How this is achieved by members?
Well, we have kept the forums open for almost any type of comments except bad language or personal attacks. And you will find some of the most controversial and heated discussions are still perserved in their original form for the ready reference of the new readers. The idea is that people should read and understand/judge for themselves as to how various people think about
a topic or what is right/better perspective. And thus the topic is self-moderated by comments and counter comments. Members debate the issue with the poster and then the topics evolve with thought processes going to different directions but even then the discussion is centered about the subject in hand.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/general-discussion/16437-moderating-vs-debating.htmlReference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=16437
We have specifically never used the word Moderator at SPN as there role not strictly reserved for moderation. The interference by Forum/Team leaders at SPN is quite insignificant when it comes to asserting their own views. I believe we can hardly quote from 15000 odd topics, where Forum Leadres have asserted their views on members. If there are some instances then we can surely learn from these mistakes. I dont find any fault in team leaders participating in discussions actively as i do believe nobody can stop a thought process and everybody has a right to share his/her views without ofcourse asserting them.
You will be surprised to learn that in last more than two year, only one topic has been closed for discussion as it was going nowhere. We are always on the lookout for members coming forward and join our panel of Forum Leaders. We would be glad if learned members like yourself could join the panel and guide the discussions in the right direction.