I have this weird idea for an admin policy on a forum. In my experience, ideas which are radical and weird have an alarming tendency to be fantastically stupid, so I prefer to get a few outside opinions before I do anything with them.Quote has been trimmed
Basically, here's the idea: every board has a certain number of jerks. You can't get away from it. So I was thinking, instead of tasking my moderators with eliminating all the jerks, why not task them with eliminating half of the jerks?
The essential process is to use the "report" functionality in the forum software to identify the jerks. When a message is reported, a mod simply examines it and decides - based on current and historical evidence - whether the person in question is a jerk. If so, he sets the "jerk" flag on the account, which puts a little identifying mark next to the user's name whenever he posts. That way, everyone knows if we think you're a jerk.
Now, every time we have more than twice as many jerk flags in the database as we have banned jerks, we ban one. We take all the jerks who have not been banned, and the mods consider which of them is the biggest jerk. Once we have a consensus, we ban that jerk. Because we do this with every two jerks that arrive, we've always got exactly half of the jerks still on the board, and the other half have been banned.
Since this still allows more and more jerks to show up, and we don't want jerks to take over, we add an...