The need for an appeal moderator
In order to ensure that MTF members have a neutral person to handle their appeals, we would like to appoint a new appeal moderator. To ensure that the appeal moderator represents the members and is independent of the current mods, we wish to have an appeal moderator who is elected by the members
. The appeal moderator will be unable to infract or ban members.
There are further advantages to having an appeal moderator (as opposed to having members appeal their own bans and infractions). First
, by handling a number of appeals, the appeal moderator will be far more experienced than any single member in appealing bans and infractions. Second
, by being aware of all past appeal decisions, the appeal moderator will be in a far better position than any single member to assess whether the rules have been applied fairly and consistently across all cases. Third
, because of his or her extensive involvement with the rules and how they affect the members, an appeal moderator will be in an excellent position to point out what areas need improvement.
The procedure for electing the new appeal moderator
The new appeal procedures
- If you would like to be the appeal moderator, please indicate this by posting in the current thread. Any current member (other than a current moderator) can be the appeal moderator. Please also indicate any feedback or questions you have about this process.
- After there are enough volunteers, there will be a public poll to choose the new appeal moderator.
- The results of the poll will determine the appeal moderator
- The the appeal process will be governed by the below guidelines
What can be appealed
Who can appeal
- Yellow cards
- Red cards
- Members CANNOT appeal the closing, moving, or merging of threads, and the act of editing a post by a mod.
- A warning or infraction that has already been reviewed CANNOT be re-appealed
How to appeal
- Any person who receives a warning, red card, or ban.
- No appeals on behalf of other members will be accepted
The possible outcomes of an appeal
- Contact the appeal moderator via private message or firstname.lastname@example.org within 1 week of receiving the warning, red card, or ban (only 1 infraction may be discussed per appeal)
- Explain what infraction you are appealing, and why you believe you did not break the rules, or why you should not have been warned, infracted, or banned.
- If the appeal moderator is not satisfied that you have a valid case, s/he will communicate his or her reasons to you, and at that point, the matter will be closed.
- If the the appeal moderator is satisfied that you have a valid case, s/he will present your case to the moderators and ask for the warning, infraction, or ban to be overturned.
- All moderators may review the request. However, the person who gave the warning/infraction/ban will not be involved in the decision to overturn the warning/infraction/ban
- After having considered the appeal moderator's request, if even one of the moderators agrees with the appeal moderator, the warning/infraction/ban will be overturned.
- The result of the appeal, as well as the reasons for the final decision, will be communicated to the member who has appealed.