I’ve moderated a lot of forums and chats. I never feel personally responsible for maintaining freedom of speech. If I delete, I delete without looking back or being obligated to give a lengthy explanation.
I like the word moderator for the people who run a forum (or chat, etc.). Moderation is what it is all about: letting people talk, make their points but not letting it go overboard. For me that is any comment that becomes a personal attack versus something constructive. I don’t require everyone to agree with me or the topic under discussion. I like having someone with a different opinion and other ideas. You can build or re-build your own ideas from a view opposing your own. However, when people lose themselves in the discussion and make it about personal attacks, that is when moderation is needed. All things, but in moderation.
Could I be a professional forum moderator? I don’t know. It might take more patience and even tempered-ness than I really have each and every day.
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The new term for forum moderators may be social media managers or community managers. But, a forum moderator to me is a specific job in social media and online communities. A forum may include a live chat like a podcast and Twitter. However, a forum does not cover all social media or all types of online communities. I don’t think a forum moderator would be writing a newsletter for instance. If that is the case, then that person has been taking on extra work and should be given an upgrade to their job title. Moderating a forum, helping it to grow and keeping it lively is a big enough job for one person, in an active forum.