|What does a
Silver Salon Forum
Before you read this page take a moment and familiarize yourself with the
SMP Silver Salon Forums and the SSF Guidelines.
Basically the moderator "seeds" the forum, checks in from time to time to make sure that the forum stays on subject/topic and if necessary, re-"seeds" the forum.
The most interesting forums usually have a moderator with some relevant interest and/or expertise. It is a moderator's first job to be a guide, therefore the moderator doesn't have to be an expert on the forum's subject.
A moderator guides and directs general forum issues. So, if a moderator should receive an e-mail question(s) about forum protocol, they would be expected to respond. If a moderator receives a direct e-mail question like "What is Martele?", they are NOT obligated to answer a topical question like this. Most forum moderators will recommend that the question be posted on the forum so all forum participants may respond.
Sometimes a user will post inappropriate messages and will ignore requests to stop posting such messages. In this case, the moderator can request that SMP block the member's User ID and e-mail address from making future posts. This is accomplished by contacting Forum Administrators and we will initiate the member's User ID and forum e-mail block.
That is it. Of course you can make moderating a forum a bigger deal -- like the spectacular efforts of WEV & SWarter have done in the "American Silver before sterling" & "British / Irish Sterling" Forums. So if the subject is a real passion (like it is for them) then you might want to do more; it is welcomed but isn't really necessary.
All of the above is subject to the approval of SMP. But so far we have only had to make a few (after the fact [posting]) suggestions:
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