Discussion in 'Admin Announcements and Site Help' started by laristotle, Aug 29, 2019.
Nominate/vote....from a list of volunteers.
Honestly, I would like to leave the decision on who is going to be a Mod or Admin to GC. Although I'm not sure he is up for it but he's the one who started this forum and have been running this with very little issues. But that's just my opinion.
Mods can make or break a site so although I do know the GC staff have good judgement, it might be interesting to involve the membership in the process. GC can have veto.
I'd say recruit from a list of long time members with good reputations.
Tough call. I like the recruitment idea personally. The vote would also work as long as it was blind. Popularity contests can be divisive in some cases and we don't need that at the moment.
Recruit from volunteers to nominate?
The virtual black marble.
how about :
ask for volunteers thread ( to get primary list of those that want to help ) ... not a nomination thread
GC vets it down to 3 -4 (viable candidates and so the list isn't 12 pages long)
short voting period ( 1 day / one vote per member)
the short list also becomes the "go to" list for replacements (full, temp) when the need arises.
Just throwing it out there but...is another mod really necessary? For the most part it’s been my experience that things largely moderate themselves around here.
Apart from cleaning up dead threads in the for sale section does it really need to be moderated; seemed to work ok before. A few people get ass hurt about something now and again but from what I’ve seen they’ve usually walked into themselves. And even then it hardly ever happens.
Scott (thankfully) just came back to fix the scorched earth disaster that happened.
I don't think he wants to stick around and relying on the other two inactive mods may be difficult.
Keep in mind too, this is a non-paying stint for owners that do nothing but sit back and collect the money from here.
I see an active mod, not for babysitting, but around and about when a glitch pops up that gets reported that needs attention.
As a former super-mod/admin on other forums, I always like to say that forums, despite being on the internet, are benevolent dictatorships not democracies so my vote goes to recruit. Let the fine folks running the site review those members who are level-headed and good contributors to the site and ask them to join. The vibe gets different as a mod from being just a regular member as we have seen
As log time owner and moderator of forums I'd like to say a few things people need to think about before they volunteer, and no I'm not volunteering.
First and foremost it is not an easy job. It takes more time you think it will.
You will piss some people off. You need a thick skin.
You have to work with the other mods. Don't ban someone or delete a thread without running it by the other mods.
It may be that the forum no longer becomes fun. If that happens don't continue moderating. Ask to be replaced.
In my experience running a forum for the past 13 years, those who usually volunteer to moderate are often not suited to the task. On that forum, we keep an eye out for users who post good content, are reasonable, have thick skin and a sense of humour and are passionate about the subject matter. Then we approach them and see if they're interested.
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