Stonge wrote:I thought moderators were meant to prevent pornography, swearing, harassment, copyright infringement and other 'moderatory' things, not to waste their time adjudicating on nebulous concepts like a true HYP.
IMHO off-topicness is
a 'moderatory' thing, because moderation of it is essential to prevent the boards being overrun by the hot topic of the day. On discussion boards such as ADVFN's that have very little moderation, for instance, I've seen many threads about specific shares being swamped by Brexit discussions that have little to do with the company concerned: a discussion about how Brexit might affect the company is on-topic, but that all too easily develops into a heated debate about the iniquities of the two sides that (a) tells one little about Brexit's likely effects on the company; (b) is a totally repetitive rehash of huge
numbers of similar debates elsewhere.
And IMHO the moderators should adjudicate on the defined topic
of the board - not on "nebulous concepts like a true HYP". For instance, "never selling", "strategic ignorance", a company's "culture" and various other things are all associated with being a "true HYP" in various HYPers' minds, and not in others. Moderators should ignore all of those opinions (including their own) and instead deal with moderation issues on the basis of what the board's topic is. That's basically for the same reason that moderators of the "Sports Bar (all sports)" board should adjudicate whether a post is on-topic there on the basis that (for example) posts about the ABC United and XYZ City teams are both about aspects of the sport of football, and not on the basis of their own opinion that ABC United doesn't play football in any "true" sense...
By the way, I'm not
saying that I think the HYP Practical board's topic is especially well defined. On the contrary, I think the board's guidance
is over-prescriptive about some aspects, too vague about others, and falls between the "rules" and "guidance" stools: rather overlong to be memorable rules, rather too short on guidance about how to apply those rules in the inevitable grey areas. But such as it is, it should be the standard by which the moderators try to adjudicate on-topicness for the board - and within its limitations, as far as I can see it is.