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Using 10 Tenths
Once users register and get used to navigating the threads, 10 Tenths provides fans with a place to discuss motorsports. Above, mechanincs work a bike after the fourth stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally in 2009.
Once users register and get used to navigating the threads, 10 Tenths provides fans with a place to discuss motorsports. Above, mechanincs work a bike after the fourth stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally in 2009.
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To start posting on forums and creating a social network with motorsports fans on 10 Tenths, the first step users have to take is registration. Like many specified forums on the Web, you can't post comments or introduce new threads without doing so; however, this is a good thing. According to the administrators at 10 Tenths, the best way to combat the persistent problem of instigators who flood forums with deliberately inflammatory comments meant to incite anger or cause difficulty within the site -- better known as "trolls" -- is to allow only those people who are serious about racing to post at the site. It's also worth noting that, as is the case with most social networking sites, there are rules users must follow, and the site administrators can delete offending posts or ban people from the site if they're violating those rules.

Registration is free; there's no need to enter personal information; and the only thing required is an e-mail address, which the user can hide if he or she wishes. This allows motorsports fans to not only post comments and start new threads, but also edit posts, set up e-mail notifications for replies to posts and threads they'd like to follow. It also allow them to send private messages to other 10 Tenths users, set up events and create lists of friends to keep track of who's online.

On the 10 Tenths home page, the general forums are located on the bottom left side of the page, where users can find threads on everything from single-seater racing to motorsports history and motorsports photography. If fans want to find specific topics on the site, they can use a search link to bring up a particular thread -- if it exists.

Each of the forums on 10 Tenths is administered by a team of moderators, or mods. These people oversee threads and individual posts and they have the ability to edit, delete or move any posts as they see fit. This is meant to encourage discussions, and even debates, that are on-topic and inoffensive. There are actually three different levels of moderators: forum moderators, super moderators and administrators. Forum moderators keep their eyes on individual forums. Super moderators act as a cross between forum moderators and administrators -- they have the ability and experience to moderate any forum on 10 Tenths, not just one. Administrators officially run the threads, and when forum moderators find objectionable material, they notify administrators, who edit or remove text from the site.


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