The Terry Pratchett Unseen Message Board holds to a very libertarian attitude towards freedom of speech and not deleting posts and users’ comments; conversations conducted here are, for the most part, good and friendly. The main problem the message board will face is that of spam, i.e. dozens (hundreds in some cases) of empty posts for the sole purpose of unbalancing the stability of the community; or unwanted ads by people who join the boards with no other purpose than to leave behind a free link to their business, a business that is often of questionable moral and/or intellectual value. [list:d398d74193]A Sweeper’s main task is to remove these unwanted posts at the request of the board’s members. Trolls: the problem of trolls is similar to spam in that it clogs up the boards with pointless posts and undermines the balance of the community; the difference with trolls is that they don’t always start out that way, or it’s more difficult to decide right away if that is what they are. For this reason it is up to the membership of the board as a whole to decide what to do about them; Sweepers are not to take matters into their own hands and go above the wishes of the board members, or act without their permission. The Sweepers are also here to help guide Newbits (new board members) and assist them with technical difficulties, they may instruct them in the Ways of the board, though it is expected that any established member will also be able to do this.[/list:u:d398d74193] Members please feel free to add to, correct and dispute any of the above until we have hammered out all the particulars.