Paleohacks is a participatory site. If you truly believe something is offensive or counter to the FAQ of this site, please flag it. If you have enough points, you can vote to close a question. The moderators are different people with all sorts of different levels of involvement, so we can't often catch bad things in time and sometimes things are borderline and we aren't sure whether or not to delete them. If we vote to close, things automatically close and never get any community input. We do delete and close a lot of stuff though, mainly obvious trolling, ads, and things that are really really obviously offensive. But we miss things too.
Also, the site will automatically close or delete things if they have enough flags or votes to close (I think it needs five). It's magic and it's great for us mods since we don't have to do anything, but it requires your participation.
What doesn't help us is to answer the question with complaints about the moderators or about the site having questions you don't like. That's not an answer and that doesn't make the site better.
UPDATE BY PATRIK: If you haven't read the FAQ -- please do.
Edit: also if you are mad about something being closed, you can vote to reopen!
Perhaps a button that say something like,"New Users are highly RECOMMENDED to read and understand these concepts before asking questions."
Important links and buttons at the top of every page (not computer-literate enough to know if this works in this interace) could be:
1) Paleohacks FAQ -
2) Paleohacks abbreviations
1) Top 10 (or 20) Myths of Paleo with references - it seems many repeated questions on the same issues are asked by newbies.
3) Paleo resources - print and online
4) how to use Paleohacks to search and use the interface
I've never asked a question because I always find the answers by using the excellent search function. I think the site is a terrific resource.
Good place, this paleohacks.
I sometimes see new people ask questions that have been asked dozens of times before. Then people come on and show them links to other threads stating the same question.
Maybe make it even more clear to new guys that they can search for stuff and find answers to questions they may be having.
A participatory site is perilously close to democracy so it's going to be messy. IMO, PH is an amazing site with just enough "clutter" to encourage and support creative discussion. If a comment offends me, I'll either withdraw from that thread or type a rebuttal.
EDIT Jan-10-12: I notice that the number of questions is sky-rocketing. And I can't help noticing how many exact-duplicate and off-topic questions are coming through.
So, I'm changing my answer. I'd like to see a requirement that new questions must receive 4 "Open" votes before making the list of active questions--Patrik could create a pending tab and allow moderators and/or people above some points-threshold voting access or something. Those who choose to vote are responsible for searching for recent duplicate/very similar questions since they can probably remember seeing them anyhow.
How can you make the PaleoHacks moderators make this site a better place?
In my opinion it is simple - Follow the golden rule and thumper rule.
For those of you who don't know:
Golden Rule: Do Unto others as you would like others to do unto you!
Thumper Rule: If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
PS> don't be a d**chebag.
I'm a new member and I often do searches on a topic and find an "answer" that I think is incorrect or incomplete. However I hesitate to post my view if it's older than a month or so. How old is too old for me to post a comment?
Let's say Gary Taubes updates his blog and a user notices and wants to spread the news. Would it be appropriate for said user to post a simple message here, maybe use the [meta] tag?
I'm wondering because I just checked his blog for the umpteenth time this week.
BIG NEWS: No update!
I like that up or downvotes are anonymous, but I think downvotes should be required (or at least encouraged) to include a brief explanation or reasoning for a downvote.
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