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With the posting of this article, IAB's Moderation Team is using a new set of Community Standards. The new standards -- we've been calling them Version 2 -- are significantly shorter, easier to read and understand, and will help us do a better job of keeping IAB a friendly, or at least civil, place.
The new Standards can be accessed at the bottom right of every IAB page by clicking on the Standards link.
To access the new IAB Community Standards, click the sticky link labeled "Standards" at the bottom right of every IAB page.
If you have questions or comments about the new Standards, feel free to voice them on this board. Members of the IAB Moderation Team will be following the discussions here and will do their best to answer any questions.
Here are a few facts about IAB moderation some of you may find of interest:
- IAB moderation, in its current form, was begun on March 6, 2018, meaning it's been in place now for eight months.
- Counting Fancy, there are currently seven members on the Moderation Team. Their names are listed at the end of the Standards. All the team members, excluding Fancy, are serving on a volunteer basis.
- With the exception of deleting commercial spam, every action taken by the IAB moderators is logged. In the past eight months, there have been 165 entries recording moderator actions. Many entries record the deletion of more than one comment (such as occurs in an over-the-top argument between two IABers). In total, the Moderation Team has deleted approximately 500 comments that contained personal attacks, racist or homophobic slurs, pointless bickering, off-topic commentary, or the like. If commercial spam is included into the count, the number of deleted comments is approximately 1,700.
We hope you feel the IAB Moderation Team is making IAB a better place. We're far from perfect, and we know that; at the same time, we are continually striving to find ways to do our work better, as with the release of these new Standards.
Lastly, if you occasionally have your knuckles rapped, please don't take it personally. No one is going to find himself or herself in danger of a ban for an occasional minor slip-up. On the other paw, if the Moderation Team is addressing your behavior on a regular basis, that's not at all a good sign.
Thanks for reading.