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Moderation Guide

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Gustave

Moderation Guide

Moderation of the forum (or entire board) is very simple once you get the hang of it even though the features offered by the software are quite powerful and allow you to manipulate topics and posts in many ways.

When you enter a forum you are presented with a list of topics which people have created. A variety of information is shown including the topic title, starter, number of replies, creation date etc. If you have moderator privileges, an extra column on the right is added. This column has a small 'tick' icon next to each topic: IPB Image Click this button and it will turn to a red tick: IPB Image This indicates that the topic has now been selected. Whatever option you choose, the effects will be applied to this topic. You can select more than one topic too. If you wanted to 'pin' (also referred to as 'sticky') many topics, simple click the tick next to their name.

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  1. To select the topic, click the tick icon
  2. From the drop-down menu choose what you would like to do with the selected topics (these options explained below)
  3. When you have chosen and option, click this button to perform the operation. The number in brackets shows how many topics you have selected.
Options Now you know how to select topics, we can choose what operation we want to perform on them. There are many options available in the drop-down list:
  • Close Topics Selecting this will lock the topic so that nobody else can reply to it. This is useful if a topic gets out of hand, or breaks the rules. This is probably the most common operation on a forum.
  • Open Topics Selecting this option will open topics that have previously been closed with the above option. Any moderator can open a topic that has been closed by someone else.
  • Pin Topics This option will move the topic to the top of the listing in this forum. All pinned (stickied) topics are shown in their own "Important Topics" section at the top of the forum. This option is useful if you want to ensure the rules of the forum are always at the top:

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  • Unpin Topics This reverses the above operation, it will place the topic back into the normal topic listing.
  • Move Topics This option allows you to move a topic to another forum. This is useful if someone has posted a topic in the incorrect forum. For example, they have posted a topic about television in the gaming forum.

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    The above image shows the screen displayed after you have chosen to move one or several topics. If you decide that you do no longer want to move one of the selected topics, untick the box next to the topic's name. Now select the forum to move the topics to and press the submit button, "Move selected topics."

  • Merge Topics If there are two topics on the same subject, you can combine them into one topic using this option. This is an advanced option and will be covered later.
  • Delete Topics If you want to remove a topic completely then you would select this option. There is no way to recover the topic once you have deleted it.
  • Set Visible (Approve) When members are in the moderation queue their topics aren't visable to the public until approved by someone with moderator priviledges. [Notice the discoloration of the background behind the topic title]

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  • Set Invisible (Unapprove) If a members topic is deemed inapproporiate - it may be set as invisable. This allows moderation team to view the topic for archive and/or discipline purposes, but still hides it from public view. Invisible topics may be used in other situations as well.
  • Multi-Moderation This is set-up (AdminCP > Management > Forum Control > Topic Multi-Moderation) to do several board functions in one place.

Once you have selected an option, press the button next to the drop-down to perform the operation.

Under each post in a topic you will find two quick moderation options, Edit and Delete. Obviously, selecting edit will allow you to edit the post's content. Deleting a post will remove it from the topic. If you delete a post it cannot be recovered.

At the bottom left of each topic you will find a drop-down box to perform some moderation options.

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All of the options here have been covered above, they all perform the same function as described above. The only option not mentioned above it Edit Topic Title, this does exactly what it says on the tin - selecting this will allow you to alter the topic title shown at the top of the page and in the forum. When you've selected an option, click the button next to the drop-down titled "Go".

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You may also notice that each post has a small tick in the upper right hand corner, the same tick as can be found next to each topic on the forum listing. This works in exactly the same way as selecting multiple topics, simply click the tick to select an individual post. You can then perform a moderation action:

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page, on the right hand side you will find a drop-down box where you can select which action to perform. All of these have already been covered except the Split Topic option. This option is the reverse of Merge Topic. You can select multiple posts and move them into their own new topic with new title.

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Everyone is familar with the subscribe feature (otherwise known as email notification of replies), but sometimes there is a need to remove all subscriptions from a certain topic. When you've selected the option, click the button next to the drop-down titled "Go" to remove all users subscriptions for that topic.

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Just like a topic can be visable/invisible, a post can be as well. Exact same concept, exact same look - just in an individual post format.

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Anyone with administrator priviledges (not moderator) can view the topic history. This keeps important information such as moderator log entries for that individual topic.

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That's all there is to it!

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