Community Entry & Comment Action Log
communities, community moderation
For community administrators: Log relevant entry and comment activities. This could include things like deleting entries, deleting comments, screening/unscreening comments, freezing/unfreezing comments, editing entries, and tag editing.
One challenge for community administrators is sometimes keeping track of various activities in their community. Different community populations require different levels of admin attention, and sometimes an administrator does not realize they need to know about a specific action in their community until something happens and they're left trying to sort out what exactly happened and who they need to talk to.
These are all community actions that currently leave little trace in the system, but can be crucial to sorting out what happened and why.
Entry deletion -- some communities ask that their members not delete their entries. Some communities ask that only one specific administrator delete any entries. Sometimes, as in the case of communities like dw_suggestions, a deleted entry means administrative work to track down the entry and reconcile the public-entry-to-private-admin-entry counts. Entry deletion should log the username of the entry owner, the server time the entry was initially posted to the community, the entry's subject and first ~100 characters (raw), the time of entry deletion, the username of the party who deleted the entry (and possibly their position: self or admin), and whether the entry was marked as spam.
Comment deletion -- some communities ask that comments with problems be left in place for an administrator to handle. Sometimes it is accepted for the person who left the comment to think better of what they said and delete their comment, but it is frowned upon for the entry poster to delete a comment even though they have the power to do so. Comment deletion should log the username of the comment owner, the subject and first ~100 characters, the server time the comment was initially posted, the entry (and thread, if applicable) in which the comment was posted, the username of the party who deleted the comment (and possibly their position: self, entry poster, admin), the time of the comment's deletion, and whether the comment was marked as spam.
Comment screening/unscreening, freezing/unfreezing -- I have seen entry poster vs. community administrator freezing and screening wars before, and they are not pretty. I did not know that I would want this logged until it happened to me. This should log the username of the comment owner, the subject & first ~100 characters, the server time the comment was initially posted, a link to the comment & thread (because sometimes you want to go straight there, sometimes you want the whole thread, possibly the direct parent too), what the action was, and the username of the person who did it (and possibly their position: entry poster or admin).
Entry editing -- I'm less concerned with editing of the entry text in this context as I am with things like editing to turn off comments, or that it would be really nice to log when community admins bump the NSFW setting or security. But other community admins may have different concerns. This should probably log the username of the entry poster, title & first ~100, server time of post, server time of edit, who edited it (and possibly position: entry poster or admin), and the attributes that were edited. Subject edits could probably display old subject & new subject. Body edits could display ... net change in character count? (Other community admins, please weigh in on what would be useful.) Entry attributes should display old value & new value if there was a change.
Tag editing -- this could be useful for mistaken tagging or tag vandalism, like if someone accidentally detags an entry, or selects all tags for an entry and saves it. Log should include information to identify the entry (username, server time of posting, subject & first ~100, link), the old tags, the new tags, and the username & position (non-member, member, entry poster, admin), and server time of change.
I'm not sure that comment editing needs to be logged, because there already exist notifications that can be emailed, admins from paid communities can subscribe to all comments (including all edits), and people edit comments a lot (and it could clog up the logs).
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