As the OpenDNS community manager, I will never run out of good things to say about OpenDNS domain tagging moderators. These volunteers are responsible for making OpenDNS’s Web filtering the safest and most useful it can be for millions of people around the world. They are invaluable to Internet safety and the security of our users. It’s a huge badge of honor to wear for them, too. So, who are they and what do they do?

To better explain what a moderator does, let’s quickly revisit the process for how domain categorization works. First, someone submits a domain  (website) to OpenDNS for classification. Then, community members vote on which of OpenDNS’s 57 Web filtering categories the domain should be classified under.  After a certain voting threshold is reached, which varies from category to category, the domain is then moved to the moderation queue.


Moderators thoughtfully review websites in the moderation queue and make a decision on categorization. The domain is then “tagged” in the appropriate categories and blocked for anyone who has chosen to enable filtering of that category.

So, what does it take to be a moderator? Well, you don’t necessarily need a Ph.D. in math or fluency in C++. Our current team of moderators is made up of people from nearly every profession, including (but not limited to) OpenDNS staff members, SysAdmins, software engineers, teachers and stay-at-home parents. OpenDNS moderators live in places all over the world, including India, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and more. What they all have in common is a single passion for making the Internet safer by working together to ensure speed and accuracy in the domain tagging process.

If you think you’re a good fit, and want to have a vested interest in making the Internet a safer place, simply fill out the form below and we’ll contact you soon. It’s that easy 🙂

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