Moderation is the act of reviewing comments or forum posts to ensure they don’t breach rules set out by a site. A site or comments section which is moderated is one where someone is checking to make sure that things posted adhere to the rules of the site.
Moderation widely can be described as being in two forms: passive or active.
- Passive moderation means when a moderator only acts if people flag up, or complain about a post or comment.
- Active moderation means that a moderator is either proactively reading the majority of posts or comments to check for problems, or in some cases only allowing posts or comments which have been through an approval process.