Instructables content - moderation and peer review
"That's one reason I'm a little apprehensive about the future of Instructables-you don't want a police state, but if it gets humongous you start to lose control unless you moderate well. It's quite selfish, but that's why part of me wants Instructables to stay (relatively) small, and not become a phenomenon."
"That's the thing, we aren't heavily moderated - there are no people who have a specific moderating responsibility."
Some time ago, people were talking towards things like peer-review (I can't remember who). Allowing anyone to post anything does have some drawbacks.
As a suggestion - new posts would submit to a "review" stage, where administrators and their delegates would have the opportunity to click "publish" or "reject".
"Publish" would move the new post to it's normal published state, "Reject" would force a comment to be added to that effect, leaving it in the "review" stage.
It would mean changing the system, but a group of people would be filtering new posts.
It would preempt having to flag things and post comments asking for withdrawal or fixing afterwards.
With a group of people having the option to publish, no one person would be able to hold a new post back, and the group would be able to see "reject" comments and add to them. Users posting would also be able to see comments against their submitted posts.
By "the group" I mean people who are flagging and commenting already.
Safety catch: after X-days with no action, posts publish automatically.
Forum for general ideas, do with it what you will...