During September we announced a new focus to improve the quality of content on eBible.com. We have been working furiously toward this, and have deployed some significant changes. The following are now live on production.
*** Every content submission including questions, answers, and comments are now personally reviewed by a moderator.
Content can be reviewed from a matter of minutes to a few hours later. Moderation depends on the availability of a moderator. If a user posts at 3am in the morning, it will likely be a few hours before someone looks at it. If on the other hand, a posting occurs during regular business hours, it should be moderated within the hour.
*** Answers now have a 4,000 character count limit (roughly a 750-word answer).
While we understand some issues are extremely complex and require more explanation, we want to place a strong emphasis on focus and clarity. Too many contributors get carried away with their answers and go off-topic beyond the scope of the original question. By having a character limit, we want to encourage focus and conciseness. Be straightforward, keep it simple and FOCUS on directly answering the question and nothing but the question. And by the way, did we mention focus?
*** Each user is limited to a maximum of 3 comments per answer (except the owner of the answer).
*** Each comment also now has a 1,500 character limit (roughly 250-word comment).
We want to strongly encourage users to focus, be concise and specific in their comments. Too many comment threads get far too long where both sides have stopped listening and were merely pushing to have the last word. This inevitably leads to flame wars as tempers rise and the tone of the comments fail in a spirit of love and understanding. The owner of the answer is exempted from the comment limit and character limit. We believe the owner should always be allowed the last word to their own answer.
In the next few weeks we will deploy a new submission reputation system. This reputation system will track how often your submissions (question, answer, or comment) require moderation. For example, a contributor who consistently breaks our Statement of Faith or Code of Conduct, will have a lower reputation score. A contributor that consistently writes submissions that pass moderation will gain a high score. These scores then will afford you new privileges. Examples will be an increase in the character count of your answers/comments. Or that your comment limit goes up from 3 to a higher number. In essence, good behavior is rewarded with greater privileges.
The submission reputation will *not* be a score of your answer. In other words, we remain neutral to any position or perspective. As long as your answer is well written, meets our Statement of Faith and proper conduct in tone and spirit, it will pass moderation.