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Organization How can I become a Moderator?

Discussion in 'General (Issues, Help, Discussions)' started by Rafif Abrar, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Rafif Abrar

    Rafif Abrar Active Member

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    Hi everyone. Just like the title says,I'd like to know how to get the title of "Moderator".In one of the forum pages,@Gepeto said-
    • Moderator - This is granted to those who dedicate themselves to helping the forums.
    But I don't quite understand what this means.Could someone explain it to me?Maybe staff members like @nGord ,@Gepeto?
     
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  2. nGord

    nGord Administrator Staff Member

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    @Rafif Abrar - I'd love to hear your opinion of what it takes to be a Moderator. ;)
     
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  3. Rafif Abrar

    Rafif Abrar Active Member

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    @nGord So, am I supposed to just write nice comments to everyone and help them in the forum to be a Moderator?
     
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    nGord Administrator Staff Member

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    NO!

    Be polite, yes, but you should be honest and constructive if it would help improve the situation. Posting only positive comments and ratings ends up diminishing their value.

    Being a Moderator is a job and a responsibility. It takes maturity, tact, and dedication among other things. Being nice is far from being sufficient. We should all be nice.

    Being helpful is also something that we all should strive for instinctively. Moderating a forum is not about being helpful when simply wanting to be, but being helpful to the overall community all the time. Sometimes that is about being helpful in specific situations to specific individuals. But other times it is about being strict or enforcing the desires of the majority against a potential minority. In that case the Moderator may need to confront or challenge someone whose actions could be seen as potentially offending or disrupting others and their enjoyment of the forum.

    This is only a short response to your question. For a full explanation of what a forum Moderator is I suggest doing a web search or two.
     
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    nGord Administrator Staff Member

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    Someone recently requested to be a Moderator so that they can help others and because they deserve the title after being a member for a long time. I've addressed the "helping others" aspect above as something we should all try and do for each other. As for the title, I need to stress that this is not a matter of prestige. This was my response to them:

    That's great that you want to help others. You can do that right now either with level comments, forum posts, and/or private conversations. I would love to see examples of your advice and explanations particularly for everyone's benefit in the Forums section.

    Moderators, however, are arbitrators and mediators of problems that arise from confrontation. Moderators are the opposite of friends, they enforce the rules and civil discourse (ensure polite conversation). Here is a definition of what it means to moderate:
    source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/moderate#Verb

    Furthermore, our current Moderators were elected to their positions. Granted, they haven't been doing much in the way of moderating of late, but luckily there hasn't been much need. In other words, being a moderator is a job, not an honorary position.

    Here are some examples of what Moderators do:
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    And the list goes on...

    Has this helped clear things up?

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    now i know what moderator's do..I think it's been a very busy job.But i will do my best to serve members on this forum..:):)
     
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    Speaking of moderators... I've been noticing that aside from nGord, who wanted to step back from the job, there has been very little moderation for sometime now. For example, I'll report a card with a mismatched title and card name or a no win block card and 5 days later I'll get a notification that it was resolved. Wow - I think 5 days is a little long as everyone who was going to play the level without the win block as already done so. If moderators are not logging in but once in 5 days then either we should have more or some moderators that log in frequently. I'm not thinking that I should be a moderator at all but I know of a few very experienced members who do log in daily, every day however they may not be interested.

    Should we have more moderators or at least some new ones that are active?
     
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    I certainly agree so. The case is new, because when I joined I uploaded a reported card (I was new!) and it was resolved an hour later!!
     

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