Recent Community Moderation updates
August 21, 2023
Summer vacation is winding up and pretty soon everyone will be back in the thick of things! I hope summer vacation wasn't too sweaty or too short for everyone.
The Community Moderation system has been active for about two months now, and aside from some technical hitches here and there, it seems to be functioning pretty well. Over 80 new activities have been approved through Community Moderation, and around 15 (depending on how I count the data) have been either removed by the submitter or automatically removed. I altered the system to auto-delete activities where the majority of moderators have requested revision, but the activity is over 4 weeks old without sufficient changes.
In order to make it easier to check activities that are still in the moderation stage, I added a Dashboard ticker that should show your activities that haven't been approved yet. It might be a good idea to check on those to see the feedback from the moderators. If your activity is approved, you can still see their feedback by clicking on the activity controls menu (the gear icon in the top right) and clicking on "Moderation history."
I've also added the ability to apply to be a Community Moderator. I've set the criteria that a user must have an account that's at least 6 months old and have at least 3 uploaded activities before they can apply. I might adjust that later, but I think it's important that moderators are generally familiar with the site and how it works, and have a history of positive contributions to it. If you're interested in applying, please visit the "Contribute" page and the link will be visible if your account meets those requirements.
If you are a moderator, I've sorted the list of activities now based on new activities that you haven't voted on, and activities that you've previously voted on with the latest date that they've been revised. My goal is to make it easier to see what you need to look at. I'm really thankful for this initial group of moderators who have done a lot of hard, anonymous work looking through dozens of activities and giving their feedback. They've been able to look into activities much more closely than I've ever been able to, and I think these new activities have benefitted from it.
This system is still quite new and will continue to evolve over time, but it's been encouraging to see it in action. Please let me know if you have any concerns, suggestions, or other feedback. Good luck with your classes!