So we all know that I set up Fintech Talk in a bit of a hurry one Sunday afternoon, back in September last year.
While still having existed for fewer than ten months, the community has already grown in terms of the size of its membership (slowly but surely) and breadth of the topics covered (everything from fintech cards, to investing, gadgetry and even monetary policy).
We’ve also hit a few bumps along the way, notably the odd botched software update by yours truly and one the odd ‘character’ that pops up to make like difficult (remember our favourite troll, Miac? - maybe he’s still hiding in plain sight?).
For the first few months of the community’s existence I took personal responsibility for the site’s moderation. Primarily, this is because I wanted to ensure that moderation is as ‘light-touch’ as possible and because I hadn’t really had the time to set out a proper moderation policies that I could expect others to consistently and fairly live by.
Having taken a recent trip where my access to moderate the site was somewhat limited (be that through connectivity or through intoxication), I think it became clear that things need to evolve.
One or two people have contacted me recently, volunteering themselves to be members of a group of moderators. I think it’s probably time to take them up on their kind offers to ensure that this place can be looked after better and more of the time.
As a first step, I want to revise some of the rules that the site is operated by.
Firstly, I want to share a draft of 's proposed new community guidelines. I’d welcome any comments, improvements, criticisms, but I’d like to have the final product in place by Monday, 15th August.
Soon I will publish the draft moderation policy, later I will start talking to potential moderators.