The short answer is Yes, most forums without a moderator rarely succeed.

You will need to have a good think as to who will moderate the forum, think about the purpose of the forum.

Course trainers would be an obvious candidate or a subject matter expert would be good choices.

What can a moderator do?

So they can have a range of responsibilities that you may want them do below are a few suggestions:

  • answering questions

  • moving posts to appropriate threads

  • removing inappropriate posts

  • starting discussions

  • sharing interesting content

  • asking questions to prompt further discussions

  • encouraging conversations and prompting quieter users to bring them into the conversations

But you can chose what the moderator does.

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