In addition to the regular forums, metas have access to four additional forums: Meta, Joint Meta, a Editall, and Meta Bugs & Features
There are two Meta Only forums: P-Meta and Kids and Teens Meta. The following topics are discussed in these forums:
- Discussions relevant to only those persons with Meta permissions.
- Discussions relating to high level, specific community management issues, including those involving abuse and spam.
- Discussions involving the nomination of editors for promotion to meta-type permissions.
- Not-ready-for-prime-time policy issues. Metas often brainstorm on policy issues before presenting ideas to the broader community for discussion. It's often useful to devise a well-considered proposal in order to facilitate general community discussion and consensus building. However, Metas may discuss policy issues in the public Meta-Editors forum at their discretion.
The Joint Meta forum is so called because it is accessible by Metas, kMetas, and CatMods. It should be used for:
- Discussions relating to high level, specific community management issues, including those involving abuse and spam that involve DMOZ Kids and Teens as well as areas covered by current CatMods.
- Not-ready-for-prime-time policy issues, as described above, that affect DMOZ Kids and Teens as well as areas covered by current CatMods.
- Broadcast messages and logging threads.
Meta Bugs & Features
The Meta Bugs & Features forum has the same permissions as the Joint Meta forum. It should be used to report bugs in the meta tools or that could cause security problems. It can also be used to request new meta/catmod-only features.
Other types of bugs which do not require confidentiality should be reported in the regular Bugs & Features forum.
The contents of Meta forums are confidential and should not be shared with anyone who does not have permissions to access these forums. As a general rule, information that is access restricted based on permissions should only be shared by people with those permissions. Breaches of confidentiality compromise community management efforts; abuse of this nature will unquestionably result in the loss of editing permissions.