The Path to Moderation

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So you want to be a moderator here at Myth-Weavers? Great!

Lets get started...

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What is a forum Moderator?

A forum moderator is someone given a greater level of permissions over the functions of a given forum than a regular user. These permissions are given with the understanding they will be used to prevent abuse of the forum and uphold its mission.


Who are the Moderators?

The moderators and other staff members are the ones we owe thanks to for building and maintaining this site and community. Feel free to browse the List of Staff.


How do I become a Moderator?

Becoming a moderator for Myth-Weavers isn't something you apply for. In other words, don't call them, they'll call you. If you want to become a moderator, your best bet is to participate in the community consistently. Respect the existing moderators, be helpful and courteous to other members, and don't engage in vigilante moderation. When the administrators need a new person to help them out, they'll contact those members they feel would best suit the task.

Administrators on MW consider the following criteria:

  • The amount of time the user has been part of the Myth-Weavers community.
  • The amount of time the user has been posting in the public forums.
  • The user's average posts per day.
  • Moderators should have no active (currently un-expired) site infractions and no serious site infractions on their account.

Moderator Responsibilities

Being a moderator is a lot of work. As a moderator, you will be volunteering your time to help maintain the site by performing the following basic tasks:

  • Maintain extensive knowledge and practice of the site rules:
  • Make daily reviews of specific assigned threads or forums.
  • Respond to questions in site discussion.
  • Be nice, honest, and helpful to the users.
  • Maintain honor and integrity in all areas of the forum.


What Can Moderators Do?

Moderators can have some or all of the following powers, depending on the specific moderator. Some of these powers, where appropriate, may be restricted to a subsection of the board. Game Masters (GM's) are the informal moderators of the games they run.

Note: forum sections are often ambiguously referred to themselves as "boards" or "forums". For instance, "I posted in the Wikipedia forum on the MediaWiki board" would be unexceptional in most communities, meaning "I posted in the section of the MediaWiki forum devoted to Wikipedia". For the sake of clarity, this article uses section to refer to sections of a board and forum or board to refer to an entire board.


  • Move threads to a different section of the forum. Virtually all forums are organized into various sections by topic to allow users to more easily read what interests them without having to sort through many topics of discussion they find boring. Myth-Weavers is no exception. Moderators can move threads from one section to another more suited to it.


  • Close/lock threads (the two terms are interchangeable). Threads can be closed for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to) prolonged inactivity and discussion of banned topics. The purpose of closing a thread is to prevent users from posting in it while still leaving the thread visible.


  • Edit posts. Moderators can change the content of any given post within their purview. This is most often done to remove content that violates site rules, such as links and images that violate site rules. A line is always placed at the bottom of an edited post so everyone can see who edited it and when.


  • Pin/stick threads (the two terms are interchangeable). Pinning a threads keeps it at the top of a given sections thread listed despite the timestamp of the most recent post in it. Regular users can pin threads, but only for their own view. Only moderators can pin threads globally.


  • Delete posts and threads. There are different kinds of deletion, and different moderators on different forums may be empowered to use different kinds. In general, something that's deleted vanishes from public view, if it continues to exist at all. The most common form of deletion is referred to as soft-deletion. The most basic of these is to move the content in question to a hidden section of the forum, so that only authorized users can view it. Anyone with the proper powers can then move the content back just as easily.


  • Split and merge threads. If two threads exist on similar topics, or multiple topics are being discussed in one thread, the threads can be merged or the thread can be split.


  • Infract users. Moderators can assign infraction points for rule infractions. The number of points assigned and the time they take to expire depends on the infraction. Generally more serious issues receive more points for longer. Although points expire, infractions remain as a permanent mark on a user account, viewable by site staff. If 12 infraction points are collected at any time, the user is automatically banned for a week.


  • Ban users. Some moderators may restrict or eliminate a troublesome user's posting or even viewing rights, either temporarily or permanently.


  • View IP addresses. IP addresses are not displayed publicly for user security reasons. Moderators have access to this information and may use it to spot ban evasion or block spammers.


Many other powers can be allocated to moderators, but the above are the most important ones. In general, all moderator actions will be logged for administrators to refer to later, so moderators can't take any special actions without their superiors being able to determine that they were the ones who did it.

Conclusion

If you are still keen on being a moderator after realizing how much of an additional responsibility it is, the best thing you can do is to start by fulfilling the responsibilities of a moderator without being asked. This does not mean you should tell others how and what to post/not to post. If a user ever explicitly asks about this you are welcome to link them to the site rules. Extensive knowledge of the rules will quickly teach you that users are expected to utilize the report button, as the expression goes: "Report, don't respond."


By being generally nice and helpful around the site the staff is likely to take notice and remember your username when a position opens.