Kekkou Desu, Mr. Roboto
Originally posted by DYepes
I do not really see a drawback to this. Any other qualms besides "unnecessary, rediculous, or pointless" ?
I assure you that I am very much open to almost anything that would make a moderator's job easier, but "automated enforcement" of the
Terms And Conditions
is fraught with enough pitfalls that it would almost
certainly result in far more work for us than it would ever save.
Aside from the fact that the T&C
are subject to interpretation and application
based on what can be rather complex circumstances (i.e., the context of a discussion), scripts can't be counted upon to handle the many, many member
complaints which would inevitably result from things like automated warnings.
That doesn't mean there isn't some automatic T&C
enforcement already in
There are censors which filter out certain words and phrases which the owners don't wish to display (such as #, # and especially #), for example.
Minimum and maximum character counts can also help.
Even in the case of "one-liner" filtering, however, human judgment is required, because not all one-line posts violate the
, only those which a moderator deems
to not contribute anything
useful to a discussion ("me too", rows of smileys, etc.).
A few well-placed words can contribute something meaningful to a discussion and not merit a one-liner warning. How would a script be able to decide
whether a one-line post is meaningful or not?
Ultimately, I think my main objection to such forms of automation is that when it comes to something like warnings and disciplinary action, I think
members deserve the courtesy of dealing with a real human being.
Both human moderators and scripts can make mistakes, but at least human moderators can apologize and try to make things right when we screw up.
And that's something I don't think a script will ever do better than a real human being.
[edit on 10/6/2006 by Majic]