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AIDL Admin's Feedback on the New Pre-approval System.

An answer from Arthur: Zubair Ahmed posted a thread on getting everyone's feedback about our now 2-month-old pre-approval system. So far, most feedbacks we got are positive. I just want to give you my take on the new system.

First off, our system (or think of it as post-approval) was meant to give members freedom to post what they like.

Unfortunately, self-inspection from all members couldn't filter out all malicious postings such as porns, religious and political messages which have nothing to do with AI, etc. Plus there are too many complaints about basic questions such as "How do I learn AI?" was asked repetitively.

So here comes our new pre-approval system. How does it really work in practice? Let me just give you a sample of my day, and how we processed different posts and decide if they should appear in the feed. I am not the only approver, but we have fairly consistent standard across admins/mods. So you will have a good feel of our work.

Daily, we receive 50-70 posts required to be approved. In my timezone, I will process around 40-50 of them. Here is a rough breakdown of them:

  • 10%: selling irrelevant products such as rolexes, web hosting. What I do: delete the post.
  • 20%: technology-related but has nothing to do with AI. What I do: delete the post.
  • 30%: AI-related news which comes from unreliable sources, or from a Page which just reposts a piece. Or sensational opinion about AI-related technology. What I do: I usually delete the post unless it reflect a certain zeitegeist in AI development.
  • 10%: Members questions which are unclear. Usually these posts are poorly formatted and not proofread. These posts usually solicit angry responses from impatient AIDL members. What I do: sometimes I let them in, but comment on the quality of the questions. If they are "How do I learn AI?" I would just delete them.

Members questions which I have no idea the meanings are. Usually they are the results from poor formatting and poor or no proof-reading from the posters. They are usually gone because the post will only solicit angry response from the slightly more knowledgeable but impatient AIDL members. What I do: sometimes I let them in, but comment on the quality of the questions. But I don't mind to delete them. If they are "How do I learn AI?" Sorry, I would just delete them.

So the rest is what you see in the feed. That accounts for ~10-15 posts. If they are posts, they are original form the authors, if they are code, they share from the programmers. If they are questions, they are usually non-trivial. And their answers are good for everybody knows.

One questions members often asked is how does the pre-approval affect our workload as admin? I'll say : at the moment, it lighten up our load. The reason is we pretty much just used similar curation criteria before the pre-approval system. But now we see fewer group-wide outrages of poor quality posts. Spams such as porn, while infrequent, they are disruptive to our members', and thus our life.

There are some members just completely disagree with any pre-approval system. I'll say this: If you just look at the post breakdown, you should quickly notice that 60% of pending posts are inappropriate for the group. So we have always been removing them even before the system. We really tried to get the old system working, but it's too hard.

I'll also say we admins realize that we are just humans and can be biased and make mistakes. So let's say we keep an open-minded and feel free to give us feedbacks.

On a lighter note: me and Zubair Ahmed found that there are always someone suggest that ML should be used to replace us admins/mods. Of course, we also repeatedly pointed out that this is a cliche idea. But let's see how often they appear? :)

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