Our Moderation Model
Unlike Wikipedia, gunretort.xyz cannot be edited by anonymous users. Instead of running around trying to remove a steady flow of vandalism from anonymous visitors, gunretort.xyz endeavors to prevent vandalism in the first place.
Our moderation model has numerous gateways that must be passed, some human, some automatic, before edits are visible to the public.
- Our first gateway is that we do not allow anonymous edits. That filters out a lot of junk to begin with.
- Next, we don't allow regular users to make edits. They can only read and watch pages.
- Regular memberships are auto-approved, but can be revoked.
- We will use Disqus for public comments, and use all of Disqus spam filters and blocking tools to keep comments clean.
- Only Editors can edit pages. Every new editor must be approved. Since the quality of our content depends on the quality of our editors, we have careful due diligence: we ask Editors for writing samples, character references, social media pages, and credentials. We may also request a background check. Editors become part of our trusted team. Confirm-Account requires admin approval before new account is enabled. Users cannot login until approved. User-specific.
- Curators manage the overall organization of the site. They may edit, rename, merge, or delete pages. They approve edits and versions. They decide when a page is ready to be published and moved out of Draft mode.
- Moderation hides edits by new Editors until approved by a Curator. While hidden, the author can see their own edits, and continue to revise them in their own edit-screens. But the edits will be invisible to other editors. After 10 approved edits, that author's edits go straight through without moderation. User/edit-specific.
- Even after an edit is approved by Moderation, that edit still remains in Draft mode. Approved-revs keeps entire version of page in Draft mode until revision approved. This is not a user-specific process-- it's page-specific. We may require approval by 2 Curators before publishing.
- Once a page has been published, the same cycle repeats: edits by new Editor's will continue to be moderated. Page changes will still be hidden from the public until a Curator approves the new version.
- At that point, the only way for vandalism to happen is if a vandal managed to evade all the above gateways, which is highly unlikely, unless some Curator is incompetent, or the vandal's collaborator. If an Editor succeeds in vandalizing the site, public visitors can flag the page for review. Page-triage would be our review tool-- but not available. Twinkle is not designed for easy reuse on non-Wikipedia sites.