As everyone knows this forum has become the place to discuss all things Bond, and as moderators we have tried to (sporting analogy coming up) let the game flow.
In recent months we have had issues with the flagging system which has been rectified, so thanks for your patience, and for continuing to help the mods keep the place nice and tidy.
Also, we have eradicated those spam bots - and I hope I haven't spoken too soon by saying that - so everything has, for now, smoothed out nicely.
One aspect we have been discussing behind the scenes is how to continue to moderate the forums successfully on an ongoing basis. With Bond 25 (sort of) round the corner we expect interest in Bond to continue to grow, and as moderators we need to know we are taking care of an ever expanding community as effectively as possible.
We know that we have been guilty of taking our eyes off the ball (another sporting analogy) on occasions and our moderating has not always been consistent. No two mods see an incident the same way, and we do beat each other up in the mod room whenever the chance occurs. But we are all in agreement about one thing. And that is trying to find that elusive consistency as much as possible.
One of the biggest problem - if you can call it that - at present is that, as much as we have tried to keep this a family friendly forum, the dreaded F and C words seem to be sneaking in more and more, either directly spelt or by blanking the odd letter out, or putting a 'v' in instead of a 'u'. Unfortunately, non of these make it any more acceptable.
Unless they are flagged we don't always spot them. I have removed several in recent days, but taken no further action. Moving forward you may notice that we will be taking a tougher stance with persistent offenders who ignore our warnings, and this could lead in turn to temporary or permanent bans.
We don't want this to happen and we never ban anyone unless they deliberately and provocatively ignore our polite requests, but it's only fair to point out that we do want to keep in place the values this community was built on. We don't believe we are watering the forum down, or making it any less adult (unless overtly bad language is considered particularly grown up).
The forum is rich with excellent, witty and above all else literate reviews, analysis and discussion. And that is what we want to continue to achieve.
In every other aspect the normal standards will apply and these can be found in the user guide on the left hand side of the front page.
Comments and feedback are welcome. Thanks for your help with the flagging of offensive posts (we do act on them, not always publicly).
And happy birthday Sir Sean.