Moderating is the name we give the subset of governance that structures participation in a community to facilitate cooperation and prevent abuse (Grimmelman, J. 2015). It is a feature of all community, digitalized or not. It’s part and parcel of being social.
To date, social network moderating is taken on by a small minority of users and / or paid moderators focused on global content removal.
Decentralized social (dsocial) networking is more likely to encourage all participants to play their part, amplifying and attenuating behaviours, locally and contextually. The diligent digitalization of human identity will be critical.
Community entails conversation and other interactions. Moderating may then be framed as conversation about the conversation (first-order feedback loop), and governance more broadly as conversation about the conversation about the conversation (second-order feedback loop).
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