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While I know I shoudn't expect the worst...what should I watch out for and how should I deal with nastiness should it occur? I'm also concered about technical issues like security since a really enterprising baddie could really make life miserable for my site.
This site is based on Mambo & the forum is phpbb.
Nevertheless, having a place to discuss prickly topics is a good thing. I'd start by reading encyclo's thread on securing phpBB [webmasterworld.com]. Be sure you are up on Mambo security, too.
To keep your members in line, I'd suggest starting by clearly stating what kind of behavior is expected and what is off-limits. Be sure this is prominent enough for new members to see. Then, moderate frequently, perhaps leaving polite public notes as to the reason for an edit. This will communicate to all what isn't allowed. Give repeat or blatant offenders a time out. When a member refuses to behave, then use your forum's banning tools to ban them, remove their posts, or render their posts invisible.
Also, if you even mildly challenge some of these people they come at you hammer & tongs. So that's why I'm gonna study those 2 links you provided. I might need them...
Unfortunately, you and your mods will have plenty to do!