I saw a bit of it, mainly when Kate Middleton - or, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she must now be known until she may/may not die in a car accident - got out of the car and everyone was oohing and aahing at the dress. Spent the rest of the day revising: FUN! Did you see any of it?
I would imagine that modding a section like C&M entails promoting activity more than "moderating" (deleting posts, approving threads, etc.). We're pretty much the opposite over here in Emulation. We don't have to worry about activity (in fact, sometimes I wish there was some way to reduce activity (excluding permabans)) so most of our time is spent dealing with all the newbies, instead.
Again, we're the complete opposite. I can't get my members to stop making threads. Most of them are just... ugh. I don't want to talk about modding anymore. It gets depressing. :(
For me, I log on in the morning to check Notifications, Staff Forums and C&M briefly. (I imagine reports will fall under this if and when I get one.) Then it's more of a case of little visits to PC but often throughout the day. Beforehand, I'd just go through all the forums I visit - PG, PGC, OVP etc. - post in threads I hadn't done if I liked the looks of them, and report nooby stuff (mainly in the first two), and then come back on and do the same. Now, though, I feel obliged to check C&M every time I log on. It's not stressful, given that there'll only be 2-3 new posts... but it's more the obligation to check it. At times I wish there was significantly more activity, but then I don't know how my modding activity would change as a result. For the most part, I do no more than 1/2 modly things a day (today's was deleting a post, yesterday's was updating the claim threads), and I like that at the moment, as I've got a crapload of revision to get down with. Once that's over, I'll be able to spend more time and stuff.
In terms of intelligence, I think most of the C&M populace can spell definitely, but I can't get them to create threads at the moment. Ah well... the year is young. Hopefully they'll learn!
It's not so bad once you get used to it. I have a tab open with my User CP (for subscribed threads) and another tab with all the new threads. Seeing how I'm subscribed to between one third and one half of all the current threads, I can just work my way down both lists simultaneously and get through all the new posts pretty quickly. There are usually between 25 and 50 threads that have received new posts every day (37 today). Once you throw in unapproved threads, reported posts, and responding to VMs & PMs, it adds up to roughly an hour, sometimes more, sometimes less. That's probably why so many Emulation moderators only last a couple months; it's a real chore. But luckily, unlike before, I actually get reports these days. There are a couple of members who are nice enough to report some of the SPAM (and one who, from what I can tell, reads almost every new thread :O).
But yeah, that's why I only log on once a day, sometimes twice. Any more than that and I get frustrated with how n00by most members are. I would wager that you get more intellectual-types over in C&M? Or, at least people who know how to spell "definitely" (I dunno why but apparently that's a really hard word for kids to spell :\).
An hour?! ZOMG, that's ages. It takes about five minutes to read all the new posts in C&M, and most of those are just short responses to questions. If I had to solidly read posts to make sure they were all OK for that long, I don't know what I'd do with myself! I feel for you.
Don't sweat it. I can empathize with the spate of VMs that accompanies a new moderator (well, you're technically not new but you get the point). I'm pretty sure I got zero work done my first day because in the time it took me to respond to one VM, I would have three new ones to tend to. Hopefully things have cooled down by now.
Yeah, the blog scene here isn't great. It seems like people blog just for the hell of it. I don't post entries very often but I try to make them worthwhile and somewhat entertaining.
Haha, Emulation can be a handful sometimes. But I've been around the forum long enough to know its ins and outs. On an average day, I can get through all the new threads in about an hour, sometimes less if the server permits but that happens just about never. :D
Thanks for the congrats! (Sorry for getting back to you so late. :/)
For me, the hardest is posting in every blog entry and meeting a new person every day. Some of the blog entries are just piles of turd, and I'm just really shy at introducing myself anyway, so my introductions always come across like someone with severe Asperger's or something (like mine to you, for example!) Welcoming people is actually not that bad: I thought I'd hate it at first, but there's normally something in each welcome post that you can latch onto and talk about, so it's not that bad.
Emulation is kinda massive. I honestly never realised how big it was until about a month ago... dunno how you cope with just one modding partner; it feels like it needs about 6 mods on at all times!
The whole "do X every day" thing is just too much for me. I could maybe manage "greet 3 newbies" and "meet 3 people you've seen around" in these two weeks (or however long it is) but doing each every single day is a little ridiculous. Modding Emulation takes up a large chunk of my day, as is. :(
Well, it looks like you can add Culture & Media to that list. :D
Congratulations on that promotion. It's always nice to see old, experienced faces on staff. :)
I'm sure it'll count when it's all totted up at the end, don't you worry! :D
Apparently, I did Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, Pokemon General, Pokemon Gaming Central, Other Voting Polls, then S-Mod, then back to normal membership. I had approximately no life all those years ago because of this place!