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Moderator selection?

Discussion in 'Admin Announcements and Site Help' started by laristotle, Aug 29, 2019.

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Selecting moderators

  1. volunteer

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. recruit

    5 vote(s)
    27.8%
  3. nominate/vote

    11 vote(s)
    61.1%
  1. ZeroGravity

    ZeroGravity

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    My experience also has been that people who are really keen to be moderators usually do not make good ones.
     
  2. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    This makes so much sense to me, but then Scott may not wish to be involved in picking. So then who does the recruiting?

    I often oh so frequently over the years thought I would be a decent mod but never stepped forward to inquire. I bet most of you have at one time or another. Now, no chance haha, not interested even if 3 of you would have me.

    I do agree that having 1 or 2 active users carefully chosen would be a good idea. As Dave said, us members voting for them is a bad idea.
     
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  3. torndownunit

    torndownunit

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    I might be off on this, but I thought a mod was being added mainly to help manage the For Sale section. Which does require a bit of work because dead threads or rule violations do need monitored to keep the section tidy. But the mod in this case went right to admin (not GC) and asked to be added as a full on staff/super-mod. For some reason that was granted with no vetting at all. So was there any plan to add another mod that had that type of control?

    I see the point of mods for issues like spammers and obvious violations on the forum (racism, personal attacks etc.). I just wish in general people would have a thicker skin about what they report though. There's users I definitely don't get along with. But I can block them or not read their posts. I don't think I have ever actually reported a post though unless it was a case of a spammer.

    EDIT: I guess the one exception I see is that keeping politics stuff inside the politics forum has been a positive thing for the forum I think.
     
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  4. jdto

    jdto Gold Member

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    There are probably things that happen behind the scenes that the regular users don't see. Reports come in, threads get deleted/moved etc. Users have account issues. You need active mods for that sort of thing. And yes, to fairly enforce the admittedly very easy rules this site does have.
     
  5. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    The way it will work is I will create a thread with the requirements we are looking for, the duties involved etc. We will ask for people to submit interest. Then review them and pick one. Kurt has been a mod here since almost day one, so we pretty much know the temperament of a ton of people on here. For me, I am looking for someone just like Kurt. You never hear from him, he rarely gets involved in arguments of any kind. He just does the job behind the scenes. If he needs me he will PM me. When reports come in he and I have access to them and we can post back and forth to each other as to what to do.

    The for sale forum does need attention. It takes time and work. I used to spend a few hours at least per month cleaning up old threads and deleting one that others did not. There is no way to automate that so someone has to do it manually.

    The rest is easy. You enforce the rules on the books, you don't create your own. Banning is a last resort.
     
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  6. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    I would add that anything touching on religion should either be in the political sub forum, in a religion sub forum, or prohibited.

    I prefer a bit more active moderation than we currently enjoy here.
     
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  7. torndownunit

    torndownunit

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    @GuitarsCanada , would it ease the burden to have people who look after a specific forum, but don't have to moderate forum wide? Spread out the work a bit and make the Mod commitment (and their permissions) less? The For Sale forum being the main target. I was a part of a forum once where I moderated one specific sub-forum. It seemed to work well for them.
     
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  8. Guitar101

    Guitar101 Gold Member

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    Aw Shucks.:) Thanks but I'm really not interested.:D
     
  9. Wardo

    Wardo

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    So you want someone to give @vadsy a good talking too .. lol.

    This place is pretty will behaved for the most part and self moderates better than most.
     
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  10. vadsy

    vadsy

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    I can’t believe I outlasted @laristotle and a few of the others. I did get a ton of warnings and a final, ‘one more post and you get banned for a month’ ...certainly showed him
     
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  11. Wardo

    Wardo

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    Car board that I was on years ago was un-moderated except for one guy who took care of the IT stuff on the board; it was a place where people liked you if you fought back. Anyway some people were getting outwitted and they started crying for more moderation - the moderator's response was "I ain't here to babysit you idiots; sort it out between yourselves."
     
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  12. Wardo

    Wardo

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    Yeah, notwithstanding the problems that he has you still can't let that stuff slide so I took a run at it thinking if I get the boot too bad; but it was just "thanks for your input" so I didn't get erased. A no win situation for all involved but it's done so that's that.
     
  13. Verne

    Verne

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    Gotta be honest. I thought the same thing. Especially when you started jumping into the fire holding a gas can.
     
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  14. laristotle

    laristotle Gold Member

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    It seems that I chose the right buttons.
     
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  15. vadsy

    vadsy

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    or the wrong ones
     

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