the mcp is loathe to moderate. deleting posts, editing posts, issuing infractions, quarantining or scrubbing members are not the things that we want to do. unfortunately, any hope that such acts would be unnecessary are not realistic. the intent of forum nodes is to segregate user-generated content into logical sectors, allowing inhabitants to, for the most part, regulate their own gV experience. not everybody enjoys cross-forum drama or flamewars just as not everybody wishes to partake in thread games and light-hearted discussion. the idea is that if a person does not wish to become involved in a vitriolic flamewar, they simply avoid posting in area17. we have sought to accommodate for the many by writing out appropriate nodes, yet that seems to not be sufficient. there appears to be three critical control points that are failing, with varying regularity: threads sometimes get posted to the wrong node followup posts are sometimes grossly off-topic, or are ad hominem attacks modules are sometimes too slow to react, and cannot stop the downward spiral soon enough. early in the genesis of gV the mcp mentioned interface modules. the time has come to discuss them in more detail, to decide as a community how they should be operated, who should operate them, and when they should be operated. currently, interface modules are limited to accessing the 'reported content' control panel, deleting posts/threads/profile comments (soft, non-permanent deletes leaving a placeholder), moving threads, splitting posts from a thread, and merging posts into a thread. if a module is not sure exactly how to deal with a thread/post, they can also 'unapprove' them and they will be placed into a queue to be dealt with by the mcp. interface modules cannot lock threads, make threads sticky, permanently delete, see ip addresses, or ban users that have graduated from 'new arrival' status. due to the nonsocial intent of interface modules, interface modules may not start threads, reply to threads, 'like' content, post profile comments, or engage in private conversations. the current role of the interface module would likely be limited to ensuring the various nodes are used as intended and removing inappropriate personal attacks and the like before they have an opportunity to 'poison the well' or become intertwined with the discussion to the degree that they cannot easily be separated. this is open to change, depending upon what the community desires. topics for discussion could include: how to select inhabitants to take on this role? should the identity of particular modules remain unknown? is the appointment permanent? temporary? subject to peer review? please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. ////////////////////////////////////// vigorous debate of this posting is encouraged, but under no circumstances should the thread be derailed or used as a venue to deride one another. let us make this more clear: the MCP will not, under any possible circumstances, tolerate off-topic commentary or ad hominem exchanges within the threads it initiates.