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post #1 of 31
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Why is it so bad to request to be a moderator? I don't want to be one, but I think it's interesting how Brad reacted to nx7oe (sp?) and his/her thread. If he/she was being a "nuisance" elsewhere, fine. I just don't understand the swift comments and action taken in that thread.
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post #2 of 31
I believe brad was joking a bit
post #3 of 31
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
Why is it so bad to request to be a moderator?

There is not an open, rolling admission for moderators. Current mods and admins pick new mods on an as needed basis. As James has said in threads past, the wise man doesn't trust a weapon to the person who enjoys wielding it.

In other words, We'll ask you if we want you to be a mod.

We have not only pointed this out before, but we have pointed it out to nx7oe numerous times before. Not just that, but he has a, shall we say, "history" in the Suggestions forum...
post #4 of 31
Precisely what LoCash said.
post #5 of 31
my question is still
who the **** is locash?

and what did he do with my beloved jack?
post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
I guess the perspective from which I come is this:

If someone wants to be a moderator, they might be a reasonable person and could very well do a good job at it. It doesn't seem unreasonable for those people to say, "Hey, I think I might be good at being a mod. Will you at least consider me next time around?"

The administrators obviously can tell who will and will not be a good mod, so they can choose people based on the merits of that user's history here and so on. I guess it just doesn't seem that wrong or nasty for a person to throw their name in the hat as a *consideration* when the admins may not have thought about them.

I reiterate that I DON'T want to be a moderator. If I did, however, I might say to Jonathan and Brad: "This is something I think I could do." They could look at my history and reputation here and then say to themselves, "Yeah, he's been a pretty good member. We hadn't thought about him up to now, but we'll keep him in mind."

Ain't nuttin' wrong with dat!
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post #7 of 31
I guess there would be a difference between someone asking to become a mod and someone saying that if (s)he should ever come into consideration that person would posetively consider taking the task.

By the way I seem to remember one specific time where people was encouraged to candidate to become a mod Wasn´t Fran the Balanced and Powerdoc the Fair the result of this stragedy? Perhaps it was because we needed to give each forum their seperate bodyguards (needed a lot in short time)?
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post #8 of 31
yeah, there was a time when the admins asked for applications.

that's when i applied.

otherwise if they just need one or two mods, we take suggestions in the mod forum. hence applenut is now a mod.
post #9 of 31
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
Ain't nuttin' wrong with dat!

No, perhaps there isn't. It's just that you're missing a couple of things...
[list=1][*]Most people publically start threads asking how they can become one and some, like nx7oe, start them multiple times and practically beg. That's how you get us to not consider you.[*]I can guarantee you that if you sent oen of us a private message and said, "Hey, next time you're looking, I could do the job," we will not say, "Wow, I'd never thought of that person." We see you guys, we always know who we have in mind. Surprise us by not asking and just being a solid member.[/list=1]
post #10 of 31
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Originally posted by LoCash
just being a solid member

... now is it just me or !?
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by LoCash
No, perhaps there isn't. It's just that you're missing a couple of things...
[list=1][*]Most people publically start threads asking how they can become one and some, like nx7oe, start them multiple times and practically beg. That's how you get us to not consider you.[*]I can guarantee you that if you sent oen of us a private message and said, "Hey, next time you're looking, I could do the job," we will not say, "Wow, I'd never thought of that person." We see you guys, we always know who we have in mind. Surprise us by not asking and just being a solid member.[/list=1]

Fair enough on both counts.
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post #12 of 31
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
Fair enough on both counts.

Excellent
post #13 of 31
You should change back to 'Legal Counsel'.

post #14 of 31
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Originally posted by alcimedes
otherwise if they just need one or two mods, we take suggestions in the mod forum. hence applenut is now a mod.

Suggestions or bribes?
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post #15 of 31
Maybe a democracy would be the ultimate solution. And admins get infinite votes.
post #16 of 31
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Originally posted by Placebo
Maybe a democracy would be the ultimate solution. And admins get infinite votes.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again, democracy doesn't work.
post #17 of 31
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Originally posted by Eugene
Suggestions or bribes?

I hear threats that 'he votes to kill us' also work.
post #18 of 31
Why would anyone want to be a moderator? I'm sure it's a love/hate job, like a lot of volunteer work.

"With great power comes great responsibility."

"To whom much is given, much is required."

"Spit both ways before flossing your teeth."

...and all that.

There's a lot of advantages to being a lurking slacker, like no work.

But, if the shoe fits, hide it before your dog eats the laces.
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post #19 of 31
well, since becoming a moderator the only difference I have noticed is that every morning I wake to an inbox full of SDW emails :P
post #20 of 31
Gee, I don't get any emails... but then again, we did damn you to AO
post #21 of 31
well, that, and Jonathon seems to ask me a lot more about why i have to travel to maryland to find girls willing to sleep with me... i think maybe i've freaked out all of new york already...
post #22 of 31
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Originally posted by GardenOfEarthlyDelights
Why would anyone want to be a moderator? I'm sure it's a love/hate job, like a lot of volunteer work.

"With great power comes great responsibility."

Exactly.

I think people really underestimate the amount of work we put into keeping this place running. It's a serious job. However, we can really only have so many people on the staff before jobs become redundant or conflicts over specific moderation issues arise.
post #23 of 31
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Originally posted by applenut
well, that, and Jonathon seems to ask me a lot more about my asian fetish


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

jon is evil
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post #24 of 31
This reminds or Joseph Heller's book Catch 22.

If I may paraphrase:

You'd have to be crazy to want to be a mod.
But asking to be a mod shows your not crazy.
Thus, your very sanity in asking disqualifies you...

or so it goes... \
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post #25 of 31
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Originally posted by aquafire
This reminds or Joseph Heller's book Catch 22.

If I may paraphrase:

You'd have to be crazy to want to be a mod.
But asking to be a mod shows your not crazy.
Thus, your very sanity in asking disqualifies you...

or so it goes... \

It makes more sense as: You'd have to be crazy not to want to be a mod, but being a mod drives you insane anyway.
post #26 of 31
Thread Starter 
Honestly Admins and Mods, how many times and for how long are you here per day?

A few times for a couple hours?
Several times for a few hours?
Most of the time for several hours?
Sleep? What's that?

I'm talkin' 'bout numbers here folks. How much of your usable day is spent keeping us hooligans in line?
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post #27 of 31
A secret look into the daily life of a mod...

Well, I can comment for a few of the other mods I talk to on a regular basis, but usually, it goes something like this. Most of us are on iChat, and most of us work during the day. So when we get a free moment, we'll hit AI, go through the forums we mod, take care of anything there, then read the other forums, because just like you folks, we read for fun as well.

If I see something one of murbot's forums that needs some attention, I'll send him a message on iChat. Usually it's taken care of pretty quickly.

For something that needs immediate attention, I'll drop Jonathan or Brad a message on iChat, or if it's really bad, call one of them up, and it's taken care of immediately.

It's not like we log in, put in our two hours or whatever and then log out. We visit just as often as most of you guys do, but when we do, we sometimes stick around a little longer to clean up threads, or make fun of you guys in the mod forum

So it's tough to answer your question...
post #28 of 31
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Originally posted by LoCash
A secret look into the daily life of a mod...
We.... make fun of you guys in the mod forum

I knew it..

And I bet you guys have keys to the executive WC..with its scented loo paper, bubbling fountains & fair maidens to sooth your troubled brows ..

Damm I just knew it...

Know I understand why people want ot be MODS....
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post #29 of 31
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
Honestly Admins and Mods, how many times and for how long are you here per day?

A few times for a couple hours?
Several times for a few hours?
Most of the time for several hours?
Sleep? What's that?

I'm talkin' 'bout numbers here folks. How much of your usable day is spent keeping us hooligans in line?

for me its Sleep? What's that?


some of you have taken notice to that fact too
post #30 of 31
Quote:
Originally posted by aquafire
I knew it..

And I bet you guys have keys to the executive WC..with its scented loo paper, bubbling fountains & fair maidens to sooth your troubled brows ..

Damm I just knew it...

Know I understand why people want ot be MODS....

And we also have access to the Holy Spell Checker.
post #31 of 31
Quote:
Originally posted by LoCash
And we also have access to the Holy Spell Checker.

As in words...or Harry Potter.....
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