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This probably should go in a new thread ... but I think dead boards should be archived to prevent newbies from posting on them. They have the potential to become spammers playgrounds. When the owner or admin comes back to give it another try, they can click a button to take it out of the archives. *shrugs*



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I like that plan. I am regularly checking two "dead" boards (one of them mine, but I'm keeping it around for the unique language set) and I don't mind that. But not every owner can or will do that.

So if such boards be secured in a way that nobody can post while they are "dead" and before they get flagged for deletion, we could put them into "hibernation" mode.

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What if the board owner could click on a button to archive their board if they're gonna be away for a long amount of time? Clicking the button would prevent new members from joining, but would let established members post?

Or the board owner could archive the board if they need a break, and then open it back up when they're ready.


In the meantime, a thread could be set up with instructions on how to close a board so that no new members can be gained. This would work best for inactive boards ... is there an easy way to set up the board to prevent posting from members too, if that is wanted by the owners?

I'll have to take a look to see how to set that up. Not tonight though. I'll do it later.

Feel free to jump in if you know the answer.




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Maybe we should call it "hibernating" instead of "archiving". That one sounds so... final.

"Secure mode" comes to mind, as well.

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Yeah. Hibernation sounds cool to me.


What about a board-wide button or checkbox that makes all new threads/posts hidden if the Owner/Admins/Mods haven't posted in a certain number of days?

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True (USENET-style) moderation (new topics only): [X]



Although the option to go dormant would be best, since it will keep out any spammers. Less cleanup when the Owner/Admins/Mods come back.




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Automatically setting every forum to USENET style moderation if an admin or mod hasn't viewed in a certain amount of time could be good, or automatically setting the whole board to invite-only and must be a member to post.

Once a staff member of the board has viewed the board, the automatic setting could go back to the way it was before the period of staff inactivity.

I'm just brainstorming here. I don't know which idea is best, or whether there is a better one, or how feasible any of these ideas would be. I do know it would be good to keep spammers from using inactive boards for their spam.

I might even go one step further, and have an algorithm that sends a notification to Runboard global staff when a board has a certain ratio of member posts over board staff views, in case a board isn't being monitored closely enough by its staff. If such a feature were implemented, I would like for global staff to have the ability to adjust this ratio on a per-board basis. For example, if a board has a good reputation for staying within the TOS, and has enough members who will report any violations to that board's staff, we could take that into account and loosen up on the base ratio.

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Those are all good ideas. The algorithm one might not work on inactive boards with staff that no longer have that email address. Although, perhaps there aren't any inactive boards that have been around long enough for that to happen. *shrugs*

I think a lot of the inactive boards that are still around didn't get deleted due to a large number of lurkers and a stray post every now and again. *shrugs* A few could be premium with ads showing, as well.




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automatically setting the whole board to invite-only and must be a member to post.

Once a staff member of the board has viewed the board, the automatic setting could go back to the way it was before the period of staff inactivity.



I like this idea!

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The algorithm one might not work on inactive boards with staff that no longer have that email address.



I'll add bolding for emphasis to what I wrote above:

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...an algorithm that sends a notification to Runboard global staff...



This isn't about notifying a board's staff. This is about notifying Runboard staff when the board's staff is slacking in their responsibility to uphold our TOS on their own boards. They don't need a notification to tell them whether they are monitoring their own board or not. They already know whether they are monitoring their own board(s), but we can not possibly visit each and every board on our system often enough to see which boards are being neglected and which ones aren't. Thus, my idea of an algorithm to let us know when a board is being neglected.

Some boards rely on their regular members to alert a staff member when something breaks the rules. This is where the per-board setting comes in. Every board would start with a default ratio of posts per board staff views, but once we (Runboard staff) get a notification that says a board's staff aren't viewing enough posts, we can visit that board, take a look around, maybe make contact with some of its staff, and determine whether we need to adjust that ratio for that particular board, based on the way they run their board.

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Oh. My brain was focused on board owners and staff. Yeah. That would work. Alerts would be very helpful.





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