“chairman” plugin suggestion
A “granular” forum moderation could be achieved if the person starting a thread would be considered a “chair(wo)man” and have the right to “hide” subsequent posts from other users on that specific thread. If the “initial poster”/”thread creator”/”chair(wo)man” feels the discussion is going to much off topic or getting to heated he/she would be able to hide the posts in question by marking them either “Irrelevant” or “Flame bait”.
Forum site holder would look after the forum overall (closing troll threads and block troll users), while the “chair(wo)men” themselves would micromanage and look after their respective threads (or “meetings”).
Forum site holder would still be the overall authority in forum disputes, but in threads they will just be “attendees” or “participants” like others.
As an example, If my post would be barred from one “meeting” of another user because we disagree with the direction or scope of the discussion, then I could “fork” that meeting by starting my own meeting where I then would become the chairman rather than a participant.
It would be up to all the other forum users whose meeting they wish to attend to and participate in and by that what discussion they wish to keep alive.
The idea is to delegate responsibility and increase positive self moderation by the users themselves.
I think it would limit cross-postings and a threads from being hijacked by other users and by that increase the content value considerably.
If a “chair(vo)man” also would be able to close their own threads, then any support questions once the thread-creator is satisfied with the answers given could be “closed” and by that avoid further irrelevant cross-posting.
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