For regular members, if you become a moderator some day, whether it is on PC, the battle server, or in any other forum, what will you do? Will you give them the notice that you must follow the rules, be strict, or will you going lenient to new members? What things you like the most, is it closing threads? Giving emblems? And which image you want to convey if you're getting promoted?
And for mods and ex-mods, what was your experience when you're a mod, how you got modded? And you can answer the questions above with mod's perspective.
I've been a moderator on a lot of different forums/online games. And if you were a mod for one day, you'd probably do nothing. A good mod doesn't moderate 24/7 and act like they are higher than everyone else. They participate as a member of the community and then act when needed.
I liked locking threads, I liked disabling signatures, I liked making stickies, I liked helping new users, and I hated giving emblems but for some reason I kept doing it. I was strict and leniant at once, iirc! c: Server-wise it's ez I love everything (on main and on our one). As for on any other forum, on Smogon I mod the place for new users where I obv can't be strict, and the place for writing articles, so I can be a little stricter there!
Dunno I think that's all? I can say Smogon right???? I can't remember PC's forum rules sort of :c
My first success at becoming a mod was in an Akatsuki fan club when I was 7 (the club lasted like 3 years before all the original members started losing interest) Oh, and one of my jobs was to take down rival clubs. :D And I'm a mod on a HP fan page on FB right now, if that counts.
I don't believe that I'll leave an impact in just one day, if I become a mod on here, though.
I was a moderator here for a little while and I've been modding the battle server for over a year now and it's quite enjoyable! When I was on staff here the best part was helping users who didn't know where to post things and ofc I enjoyed giving out my ego emblem. Also having access to the behind the scenes info was great ;) Modding the server is a bit different because it requires more hands on attention due to spammers but overall it's a bit less stressful.
I got modded in August 2012 by Went leaving hints to me through MSN. At first I thought he was just giving me info on potential changes in the welcoming section since I was active there but the next day he finally asked me about being a moderator and I was ecstatic!
I don't consider myself any different from members, though, and never will. Most of the time I forget I even have a rank. xD;; This is just a Pokemon forum, after all, and I'm here to have a good time and chat with everyone that enjoys Pokemon as much as I do. :)
I've been a moderator before and I never really understood the fixation; you're basically a glorified janitor (all due respect to current mods don't kill me ples).
A moderator shouldn't act like a normal member, they are a normal member that just happens to have a job to do. I wouldn't even use the word "promotion" because it suggests some ascension to a higher status when it isn't...I mean, people see "prestige" where I only see "responsibility".
I don't mean that as a bad thing, by the way. It feels good to help out a community you love. But someone who wants to be a moderator because they consider it a "celebrity status" within the realm of a website is most likely ill-suited for the role.
I was a mod months ago on a Pokemon forum which sadly died of inactivity, but I didn't even do a lot of mod work to begin with, other than just closing a thread. However, if I were to mod a forum like PC I'd probably be one of the more lenient mods. I wouldn't infract rule-breakers right off the bat, my system would basically start with informing the rule-breaking member what they did wrong and tell them not to do it again. Then if they offend again I go to the yellow card, and finally red card for the serious offenders.
I'd close/move threads, hand out emblems, make announcements when needed, make stickies, help the members out but on top of all of that I'd just involve myself just like a regular member but with some form of responsibility, like what Sheep stated. Besides, it's interacting with others that makes this forum fun and I want it to stay that way.
I always wanted to give the image that I was simply another member, except sort of like a leader. And I definitely wanted to be laid back. You guys should tell me if I succeeded in doing that :P
I think you're doing a good job at that so far. Keep it up. :)
I've always wanted to try being a mod on a forum , either on PC or some where else. I think it could be a good experience in leadership for me and would help me learn how to handle good responsibilities. I know it could happen eventually and if I ever do get modded somewhere, I'd only be strict if I need too. If a person is just getting on everyone's nerves by constantly breaking rules, I'll banned them. Most of the time though, they'll just get a warning. If it's a really serious issue I'll give them a red or yellow flag, an infraction or a ban.
I'd love helping new users alot. I like the feeling I get welcoming new users and showing them around a forum and I get if they need assistance on where to post certain thread or what's okay to post on a forum. I'd love giving emblems too , it always seems like a fun way to tell people they've accomplished something.
I was a moderator back in 2011 here on PC. I modded The Welcome Lounge until August 2012, and honestly it was the best experience I ever had! On the day I got promoted, I was just IMing quilzel about random things. Then I went to twitter to tweet something. Drew (or Leo Baskerville or whatever his name is on PC now lmao) replied to me telling me that I really should get on PC RIGHT NOW. So I did, and I got a PM from him asking me if I wanted to mod TWL and I was liek OH MY GOD YES YES YES. I fainted for a little bit before responding. haha.
It was totally unexpected and I was just shaking so much looking at my name in bold.
What I really liked about being a mod is that you're always reliable towards the memberbase. You're just simply another member. It's not all about being popular or infracting people for fun (because kiddies, infracting/giving away warnings are NO fun at all, saying this from experience). I wasn't even popular back then, and I didn't care xD. I LOVED making emblems. That was like...my most favorite thing to do as a mod. Giving them away was also fun too. As a TWL mod, being lenient is the #1 priority, because TWL mods are supposed to be nice to new members, be loose over them breaking rules and such.
I'd go back and be a mod again. It'd be nice to relive that experience. But then, you know...life always comes first. And for those of you aspiring to be a mod, you have to think about your priorities first and foremost before you take that offer one day ;)
I probably have the most simple story to tell about getting promoted. The day I was promoted, I had just gotten off an hour-long Skype call with a real-life friend I hadn't seen in ages. I go to check PC, and there was a PM in my inbox. The little pop-up notification didn't seem to appear either, so it was more of a surprise. I had thought it was just a PM from someone I had welcomed to PC that was wanting to chat with me, but no, it was a PM from Nick (Ace), when he was still an s-mod here. In the PM, it was written to me that I was selected to be the moderator of T&I and asked if I wanted to accept or decline the position. It literally took me a good few minutes to decide, but after really thinking about it, I made my decision. After I sent my reply, I was awaiting to be blue and I felt so excited. It was also on the same day that I got my tablet, which made my entire day feel better overall.
Overall, I love being a mod. It's been nearly half of a year now since I've been a moderator and I really enjoy the experience. I feel that I've brought some much-needed activity to T&I, and I launched a successful thread in T&I, the DCC over there. Rarely have I had to lock threads or discipline members, or even ban a member, and these are three things I dislike doing the most. It's not a pleasant feeling at all when one has to pursue disciplinary actions on a member at all, even though some may think we enjoy doing it. Trust me, no one on staff here enjoys handing out infractions or banning users.
I was actually a co-admin on a small board before(I guess more than a mod but still something.) Unless the rules were explicitly broken I would merely give informal warnings, but that wasn't often. Chances are I'd probably do the same and maybe a little more (welcoming, answering any and all questions, etc.)
Most of my "work" as moderator in my section involves creating discussion. This can involve creating new threads, contributing to current ones, and even taking opposing positions if a thread happens to be one-sided. The discussions aren't mine to have anymore though, D&D is a place for the community to hold serious discussions so I'm still trying to figure out how to involve myself without involving myself if you know what I mean - having a hand to affect D&D for the better without making it my personal playground. I really believe in people having serious discussions: to me, it's a big part of what makes the world go round and I'll continue to endeavor towards that end.
As for my ideals of what moderators should be in general, Dipu hit the spot. It's a leadership position, and I see it in the framework of promoting the fundamental purpose of the forum: a place where people have fun. Other than that I don't have any fixed principles - every other idea and action is a tool that works towards this basic ideal. I'm pretty happy thinking this way, I feel that this mindset gives me a lot of flexibility when it comes to approaching and solving problems.
I think a moderator's duty can be summarized at its core as conflict resolution. Whether it be resolving conflict between member and member or member and forum, moderators are the only people in that position with the authority to judge. The best way to resolve conflicts - as well as preventing them from even occurring in the first place - is through increasing communication. Communication leads to trust and trust helps to reduce and resolve conflict. I enjoy doing what it takes to promote a fun place through boosting trust and communication. I don't really think of it in greater detail, I'm more of a big picture kind of person.
Being a mod has allowed me to actualize these ideals to a greater extent than I could as a member, so it's been a great experience by that measure. Other than that, I'm not very different from any other member. I don't believe in giving out official warnings or infractions unless it's absolutely necessary as it can be potentially stigmatizing - I do all of my mod business behind closed doors. It might not be transparent, but it's personal and it gets the job done.
When I got modded, a certain admin basically told me to check my profile. My name was blue and that was that.
I feel like I've become less lenient over time. Previously I'd let... almost anything slide with a stern PM at most unless someone was causing a real problem while now I don't tend to think twice about warning people for stuff, haha. Don't get me wrong, I'm not super tight; I won't go around infracting people for posting a thread in the wrong place once or twice or double posting, but for things like disrespect / trolling (anything that they couldn't have been confused about, basically) I tend to hold back far less than I used to with the infraction button.
I suppose that it's maybe because I used to mod a section fiery by nature (what's now known as Debates & Discussions, for reference) that I used to be very lenient; I couldn't just go around infracting anyone who said something remotely out of line. But these days when it's the entire community I'm looking at I feel like there's no excuse for people to be rude to others in, say, sections like X&Y or PGen. I certainly don't go out of my way to infract people but I won't hesitate to do so if something uncalled-for comes up. I feel like it's really obvious when something you've said is offensive and, unless it's in the nature of the discussion, there's no real excuse for it. I'll say though that I'm far lighter on spam than disrespect and trolling because I feel like spam's not really hurting anyone. If it's particularly persistent or bad though then I'll act on it as usual.
My favourite thing in my position is probably picking new mods and super mods. I always find it really exciting to know that we've got someone bright and new coming into the team, and it's great to see them along with the rest of the staff get excited for them too! On the face of things though, i.e. what goes on outside of the staff forum, although I don't do it much at all I quite like handing out emblems. I feel like it makes people happy - certain people in this thread have definitely said so - and that's quite a nice thing to do, I guess. I'm pretty indifferent to mod actions like closing threads, making stickies, etc. since they don't really mean anything other than "yay I have buttons to press".
As for how I was promoted, the first time was via a MSN multiconvo and the second through a Skype multiconvo. Both times I was completely oblivious to what was going on until Morkula (both times, iirc) actually switched my usergroup around so it's always been a surprise for me, haha. While they're very much a textbook way of doing things I feel like the craziness and confusion that you get in a multiconvo is the most fun way of doing things. It's really nice seeing the person's initial reaction (usually either keymashing or "...") too!
Guys, Windy did say "Some Day" in the OP, clarifying that the title means 'If you were to', and not 'for a singular day.'...
This place would probably have had to have gone to the dogs for me of all people to become a moderator. And to be honest, I'm back and forth on whether I'd even want it.
As for what kind I would be... being a moderator is in a way a form of leadership, and to lead the people, you walk beside them. In other words, I'd try to be a gentle, but firm mod.
Yes, John, now you understand why we've been on opposing sides of the debate so many times. I too have switched for the sake of the discussion. Having to neglect supporting your opinion? I feel you, bro. Kinda opens up your perspective more though, doesn't it?
Emile Hersch turned 30 today. Who the hell is Emile Hersch?
Join Date: Feb 2011
All I remember about my modding is that I found myself in a conversation with Ausaudriel, Morkula, maybe Nick was there too or maybe Went was there although he was only a Super Mod at the time... or maybe they wasn't there, I can't remember now. Wow, it was a life time ago.
I do remember just talking to them about something completely inconsequential when suddenly either Hybrid Trainer or Razor Leaf (who was then not yet even a mod) said congratulations in a separate conversation and to look at PC. I refreshed the page and looked in the Who's Online Cloud at the bottom and I was in bold blue. I started laughing, thinking it was a practical joke and went to the group convo to be like "good one guys" then I realised that I was in a modding conversation and had no freaking idea. It was like twenty minutes before I even though to ask what I was modding lol.
But anyway I'm a pretty lax mod. I'm more about fun than I am about order, and I think that's a good way to be in a place that's meant to be where people go in their downtime. I've been doing this for more than two years now so I well and truly know what I'm doing, but sometimes I think some people might disagree with me on that point
The way I see myself is as a big brother... but not the big brother that wears a diamond pattern sweater vest and goes to Harvard, more like the big brother that dropped out of community college and teaches life lessons with a guitar and a stash of marijuana.
Sorry if it's annoying too but I really love colouring people's names now that it's so easy haha
I don't think lenience really has a place in the matter; it is the problem of new members alone if they didn't read the rules before posting. They might forget something, and that's what the 'yellow card' warnings are for. Even if we didn't have those, twenty infraction points is a lot to accumilate so I don't see the need to be hesitant. Anyway, I'd mainly like to help people with their questions and concerns, as the staff to do for me now; and if I can, be engaged in how this place is run. As for image... no-nonsense, I guess? That's the image I've garnered already, though I doubt it's something the higher staff are after as someone's primary trait. I'm no good at the whole 'promotion of discussion' thing either. I'd ideally go straight to S-mod, but they don't do that here.
If I were to be modded I really wouldn't go into it with a set plan of "I'm going to do this". I'd just do what I felt was necessary. That thread needs to be moved or close, sure thing. That person has earned an emblem, okay cool I'll do that. That person needs to be banished to the depths of hell, I can do that too.
I guess if I were to be modded I wouldn't want to be looked like the nasty boss man or anything. I'd want to be just another community member, albeit one with a job to do.
I think it would be important to cut out all the bull**** that tends to pop up in the forum. Also, just because something doesn't explicitly fit a criteria in the rules doesn't mean that it can't be implemented on the spot if it's a good idea. It's also important to actively and personally involve yourself in discussions while avoiding and quelling conflict; playing devil's advocate doesn't always work out.
It would be vital that I have a solid structure laid out in my forum. Things have to be where they're supposed to be; important threads are stickied, etc etc. I would try to avoid closing threads at all costs; if something can be moved to another forum, do it. Furthermore, I'd prefer to refrain from handing out warnings and infractions unless there is an actual warrant for such action. Why? The staff since I've been here have bestowed that kindness upon me, gifting me with a shiny clean record. With that, why do something you don't have to when a simple verbal warning would usually suffice?