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Editorial policy and new community moderators

After a year of excellent progress, which has seen many hundreds of new guides submitted and published on the site, as well as the introduction of expert coverage to key destinations, we have decided to make an adjustment to our editorial policy.

From this week, we will reduce the amount of editorial intervention and give a greater role to the community - the writers and users of the site - when it comes to rating and commenting on the guides.

Our editors, Cathy and Jeanette, will still read all guides which are submitted to ensure they meet the required quality threshold. They will also add the crucial links which enable the guides to earn revenue. Those which fall short of the threshold, or which are missing key elements, will continue to be returned to the author for revision.

At the same time we want to encourage the community to become more involved in rating and adding comments to those guides which are published. Our Chester-based editors - Cathy, Jeanette, Fred and Nick - will obviously still be free to continue to comment and rate from time to time too.

We are hoping that some of the most active members of the community may want to take on a semi-formal role as "community moderators". The title will be added to the by-line of those who are willing to visit the site regularly and comment and rate newly-published guides.

Would any guide writers who would like to take on this title please leave a comment below or email us at editorial@simonseeks.com.
 

Community comments (25)

I'd be interested in being a moderator, if you're still looking for people.

Not sure how many moderators you are aiming for Nick? I regularly review the guides anyway so if there's still availability I would like to be included- thank you

In response to e-mail 8.6.10...Yes please- I would have no problem with this role and would enjoy taking part

I would enjoy doing this - but am I eligible, with only 4 articles, (and one cooking?)

Myra Martin

Hello Nick

I'd like to have a crack at this very much

Simon

Hi Nick

I'd be willing to take a crack at this

Simon

I am also really interested in this role.

I would be happy to help out.

Just wondering whether the powers that be have any ways to address the issues of rating circles (I'll rate all your reviews 5 stars, if you rate mine 5 stars), and revenge rating (you rated me 2 stars, so I'll get you back). There is a danger that the ratings system becomes a popularity contest, rather than an indicator of quality.

The initial checks by Cathy and Jeanette should help as articles will be of a certain standard before they are published, but is someone going to be checking the quality of the community moderators?

Cheers

Paul

Hi Paul,

Glad you are interested. Just picking up on your questions - there was nothing to stop users engaging in tit for tat ratings under the old system, because any user can comment on guides. But we haven't seen evidence of such a problem so far. However, we will of course monitor how things develop with the Community Moderators.

Ultimately, we hope that the new system will encourage more ratings so that the scores will be a truer indication of the general opinion, rather than a single judgment from an editor as is often the case now.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it all works..

best

Nick

Hi Nick,
I'd be interested in this too. I think it would be a shame if guides were no longer routinely reviewed and rated by editors though - their opinion is something I've really valued.
Cheers,
Jon

Photography mod be of any use?

Jon

Hi Jon. You could certainly comment on photography within guides, but we’d be looking for more general comments from community moderators. Are you interested? I’ll email you a few details if so.

Hi Jeanette,

Yes, I'm interested.

Are you expecting all mods to comment on all guides? That could be a bit difficult...

Not at all, it would be an enormous task. I'll email you details.

Yup, got it.

Thanks, Jeanette.

Have a good weekend.

Jon

You too Jon. Thanks

Sounds Good, I would certainly help out and am online everyday anyway!

I'd be more than happy to help out in this role.

Suzanne

Hi

Me too, happy to give my opinion.
Kathy

Hi Nick,

I work full-time with limited internet access, but would love to help out for a few hours a week in the evenings and at weekends if needed.

Many thanks,
Rich

Hi Nick,

I too would be delighted to get involved as a "Community Moderator"

Cheers
Arif

I would also love to get involved with this

Hi Nick,
I'd be interested as well.
Beate

Hi Nick,

Sounds like a good plan. I'd love to help out if needed.

Chris

I would be delighted to take on the semi-formal role of community moderator.

Kevin Hughes