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Decide Whether to Make Your Board Moderated or Unmoderated

On moderated message boards, a site administrator filters messages before they are posted to make sure that everyone is conforming to the rules of the community. On unmoderated message boards, if one person posts a message and another visitor complains, the administrator can choose to remove the message, but otherwise it's a no-holds-barred, free-for-all forum where anything goes.

Moderated boards can be kept organized and on topic, but they require more administrative work and they can slow down conversations. Although unmoderated boards offer freedom and speed, they are also more unruly, and certain individuals can sidetrack or dominate conversations.


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