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Thread: Moderation, anyone interested?

  1. #1
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    Moderation, anyone interested?

    Hello,

    With a bunch of new projects coming up in the real world, I am finding less and less time to devote to the moderation of the board. I am noticing more and more that it is not being done as diligently and efficiently as in the past.

    The approval of Fred Zed will obviously be required for anyone to become moderator, but I think being 2 Mods instead of just one can only be beneficial to the board.

    While you need to remember this is a thankless and voluntary "job", please send me or Fred your candidatures if you think you can contribute to the hobbying community by moderating this board.

    Regards,

    M2

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    Tribunal

    Quote Originally Posted by Mod 2
    Hello,

    With a bunch of new projects coming up in the real world, I am finding less and less time to devote to the moderation of the board. I am noticing more and more that it is not being done as diligently and efficiently as in the past.

    The approval of Fred Zed will obviously be required for anyone to become moderator, but I think being 2 Mods instead of just one can only be beneficial to the board.

    While you need to remember this is a thankless and voluntary "job", please send me or Fred your candidatures if you think you can contribute to the hobbying community by moderating this board.

    Regards,

    M2
    Working for free - that changes our perspective of the job.Positive reflection on your credibility that you were able to critically review your efforts.

    Do not know enough about the workload, technical requirements or growth curve to be able to comment on the number of mods required.

    Perhaps a tribunal for important issues - random selection of 3 from 10
    Merb volunteers could be beneficial.

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    I never agreed with any moderation of the board. Let the board go freestyle and let all the shit flow. That's my opinion.

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    EsteemedEscortesanCritic
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    Cool

    I nominate myself for MOD 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneelongreen
    I never agreed with any moderation of the board. Let the board go freestyle and let all the shit flow. That's my opinion.
    We need mod because:

    1-) too many shill post....
    2-) Sometime conversation are going so ridiculous...
    3-) Some new member post in the wrong forums
    4-) Some new member spam the board...
    5-) The list goes on....

    I offer my nomination to be a mod too but there's some older members who could be a good job!

    Wilko

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    Thumbs down Nomination considerations.

    Deleted as requested FML.


    EB would be good for the job as well despite venting some frustration recently that caused him a short suspension. I believe he has said he is not interested however. Care to reconsider EB?
    Last edited by HonestAbe; 09-04-2005 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Deleted at request of FML

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    HA, could you please delete the part about me in your post...

    Thanks for the compliments, though.
    Last edited by femaleluver2; 09-04-2005 at 09:27 AM.
    fml

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonestAbe
    He also posts more on average than anyone of us so he is usually around which is a must for a MOD.
    The number of posts someone has is not always an indicator of how much time is spent on the boards. There are a number of members who do a lot of reading without a lot of posting.

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    How often must you logon to the site?

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    Pay me and I'll do it. I'll save my charity work for the United Way and UNICEF. The site is making money, the SPs are making money and the agencies and the drivers and the web designers etc... You get what you pay for in the commercial world. You want to do it for free, then go ahead.Another reason why this is a thankless job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneelongreen
    Pay me and I'll do it. I'll save my charity work for the United Way and UNICEF. The site is making money, the SPs are making money and the agencies and the drivers and the web designers etc... You get what you pay for in the commercial world. You want to do it for free, then go ahead.Another reason why this is a thankless job.
    I agree with you, KOG.

    BTW, i love your handle. Are you a green rider fan?
    fml

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    Mod 2
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    As I have been asked in PMs by a few members, let me clarify some of my views regarding the responsibilities of the moderators:

    - Read the board on a regular basis (at least daily).
    - Read each and every thread in the forum(s) you moderates.
    - Act upon factual information, not on suspicions (unless you make it clear in your communications)
    - Be objective. No favoritism toward anyone, for any reason.
    - Use common sense when the board's rules don't apply.
    - Be ready to back your actions with proof, or at least be able to explain them if challenged about the underlying reasons.
    - Respond to ALL PMs in a timely manner.
    - USE COMMON SENSE.

    Also, being a senior poster helps, but the key in being a good moderator is to have a good head on your shoulders, and not being afraid to do the right thing. MERB is not a "country club", it's a community service. As such, my view is that all posts should remain polite, respectful, interesting to read, truthful, and free of shills or useless comments as much as possible.

    M2
    Last edited by Mod 2; 09-05-2005 at 12:59 PM.

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    suggestions.

    More than one moderator would make things easier and better, but I can make a suggestion to make this site a little better than it already is.
    What if you appoint several "monitors" and give them the power to place labels on the post that may be Shills, double posters, spammers, and useless and rediculous threads. This way the members can easily avoid useless information that we may not be interested in. The moderators can make a final decision to eliminate the thread.

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    Mod Qualifications

    The more I read and think about this thread the more convinced I become that the job is too big for one person and would result in an overload and a
    regular turnover.

    Specifically the growing use of French - a positive,requires that the mod(s)
    have the ability to understand and be able to communicate accordingly.

    Furthermore,I see the service providers playing a greater role on the board
    and they should be represented in the moderation process.

    Finally,if the mod(s) post(s) on the board or participate in activities then there has to be a "recuse" option - the ability to withdraw from a decision because of a real or perceived conflict of interest.

  15. #15
    Mod 2
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    A big Welcome to Mod 5 :)

    Thanks to everyone who PM'd me or Fred to offer their help. There has been more offers than I originally expected. That's a good thing as it demonstrates a definite interest to keep this board healthy.

    I am happy to welcome Mod5 in the moderation team. He has been given his MERB password and assignment today, and will start getting used to the job soon.

    Other mod(s) may also appointed to the job in the very near future. We'll keep you posted.

    M2
    Last edited by Mod 2; 09-06-2005 at 09:20 PM. Reason: Typos

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