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We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« on: February 20, 2003, 07:33:38 am »
Wellity, wellity, wellity - it looks like, come the board reshuffle, I've come out on top again. I'm in a frivolous mood this evening (my life having turned up rather sharply a little while ago), and so I felt like making a mildly pointless post. It concerns the dual topic of "Moderators and Moderating", and hopefully it won't go on for too long.

Basically, I feel (as to Chad and Scott, no doubt) that the mark of a "good" moderator is not what (s)he censors, but what (s)he doesn't. Which is to say, we have no business imposing rules on what people say. I myself have in times long past spear-headed the Disrevlante movement on the General SC board - for new people, that roughly translates as, "I made sure things stayed irrelevant". This is the "General Discussion" board, and general is what it is. By all means, say and ask things relevant to Star Control, but this is also a place for general talk between those few people fortunate enough to be SC fans. The extra traffic can only do the SC scene good. I won't do anything so off-putting as making a list of rules, or promising to delete certain things, but basically I want to say that the kind of unpleasantness which should be moderated would be so extreme that it would never, ever be found here. Chad has said in the past that he doesn't like too much foul language - that's fair enough, I suppose, and all to the better of the general civility of the place, but I doubt we have to worry about wee kids reading this nonsense, so no-one need go mad. We'll just see how things turn out, I suppose.
   I only mention this because pointless complaints were raised when first moderators were introduced - it was understandable at the time, because I was personally deleting everything RmM said as soon as I saw it (as a joke). So, my point is: no-one worry about heavy censorship. I don't recall there ever being any serious unpleasantness on the board (that I, or 2-36-SomethingSomething didn't cause), so I suspect that for the far greater portion of the time, we won't really be doing anything. Hurray!
   The only problem I can foresee, based on my experience, is sarcasm. It can be almost impossible to tell sarcasm from... err... not-sarcasm on the internet, as you only have text in front of you. If you see something weird or inflammatory, I say just but the best spin on it that you can, and ask for clarification if you think it necessary.

Oh! After having written this, I've noticed we now have an off-topic board. Oh well. I'm still going to post it, though. I'll put the bottom half in there, I suppose.

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2003, 07:51:27 am »
Me, I plan to delete everything that I dislike! LOL I have the power! JK  ;D

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2003, 08:17:22 am »
Yeah, I'll have to come up something useful for you to do  ;)

Nothing rash.

Like if a post is about getting more memory in DOS for Star Control to run, then move it to the Technical Issues forum.

Like, stopping flame wars.

Like stopping posting just to raise post counts.

Be helpful.

Make sure no one puts large images in their Sigs (Scott's is about the largest I could imagine being digestable)

Etc.

I'll come up with something a little later and post it for all to see.  That way you bastids can't abuse your powers :)

BTW, there is this cool censored words thing.  It automatically converts words to less abrasive versions...

Like the F-word becomes F**k, etc.

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2003, 08:22:42 am »
Yeh im playing with the image.. work in progress =)

EDIT: there much better =)
« Last Edit: February 20, 2003, 08:24:32 am by Scott_Irving »

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2003, 08:52:21 am »
Hail and well met, all ye who post here.

I too have now been granted the ultimate reward - er, duty!  by Chad.

I view the role of a moderator as someone who "keeps the peace", so to speak.  Power such as this should be used lightly, if at all.  Etc.  Hope to see this board grow and be interesting for years to come.
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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2003, 09:10:26 am »
Mmm - yet another moderator. This is a bit silly, isn't it? I mean... four?

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2003, 09:40:16 am »
[shrugs] I'll grant you, this isn't the largest message board I've seen, but it is slowly growing.  New fans arise, especially with UQM coming out as it is... let's hope there's never need for four of us to police the place, eh?
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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2003, 07:49:08 pm »
Can't have enough board nazis skulking about, can you?

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2003, 06:44:44 am »
I prefer "ultimate super powerfull godlike forum moderator person"  ;D

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2003, 04:36:26 pm »
You misspelled "powerful", o godlike forum moderator person.
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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2003, 04:57:58 pm »
 ;D

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2003, 02:30:17 am »
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I hate to go off on a newb, but can you please try to contribute more than ":D"?

Nothing more bothersome than posts that contribute nothing to the thread...
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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2003, 11:51:49 am »
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I hate to go off on a newb, but can you please try to contribute more than ""?

Nothing more bothersome than posts that contribute nothing to the thread...

judging by the topic, there ain't nothing "enlightening" (as you would prefer) to contribute.
I was just merely showing my reactions to the humor displayed in the recent posts...
There's no point getting all serious in a NOT-SO-serious topic in a MB that's about a video game.
So I guess the problem's on you. Lighten up for chrissake...

bash me all ya want... pffftt, NOOB as I am... hell, judging by your posts, try calling yourself that... sheeesh  ::) what a loser
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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2003, 01:35:04 pm »
 ;D

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Re: We Are Moderators - Hear Us Meow
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2003, 01:36:03 pm »
Had I known you were going to be a jerk in response to a reasonable request, I would have phrased it differently.  I didn't know you'd be intimidated by that -- of course, people are afraid of what they don't understand, and I did use some pretty big words for you, like "contribute" and "please".  Maybe I should go the mature route and use name calling as you have, right?

As for calling myself a newb -- yeah, I'll get right on that.  I'd list reasons why I'm anything but, but you probably aren't familiar with half of the terms I'd use.  So quickly do people forget such wonderful times as the 1200 baud modem being top of the line.  I'm new to POSTING on this board, perhaps, but I've READ every topic on this and the old forum.  After years of reading/writing at least I know the proper etiquitte.  I suggest you learn something of it.

Mods -- I'm interested in how were you selected.  Contribution amount to the old forum, or contribution quality perhaps?  In any case, I've seen good posts by you all and believe good selections have been made.  I look forward to reading your continued offerings.
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