(alpha) Reinventing Sciforums -1- Choosing New Mods

Discussion in 'SF Open Government' started by Avatar, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

    I DO NOT think Tiassa did anything wrong at all. To say he abused his powers as a mod is fucking ludicrous. I don't mean to ass-kiss here, but really. Baron only ever posts to have a go at people. I have not seen ONE of his posts that was constructive. I think Tiassa was extremely reasonable in that he tolerated Baron's behaviour at all.
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  3. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

    Agreed. You know, I waver back and forth, but maybe there's a mod or two that could stand replacing, or a "vacation", maybe.
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  5. BenTheMan Dr. of Physics, Prof. of Love Valued Senior Member

    If there were a large excess of qualified and willing volunteers, term limits may be a good idea.

    I don't agree with arbitrary turn over, though.
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  7. Enmos Valued Senior Member

    Actually it's neither. Sciforums is just here and anyone can just walk in and post here.
  8. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    Ben! bad boy. bad bad bad
    Don't drag me into her 'poor me' hissy fit.
  9. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

    Why do you seem to have it in your head that people can't "have a go at people" on the internet? If baron wants to dedicate his posts to "having a go at people", good on him. I fail to see how that's any less noble a pursuit than chatting about masturbating to death metal.
  10. Kadark Banned Banned

    Who is VI to talk about "having a go a people", anyway? She has a linear, highly-predictable posting pattern: Call a member who disagrees with her viewpoints a disease who needs to be liquidated; "hug" a member who inexplicably comes to her defense; shamelessly post about how much she loves porn, despite being a (supposed) female; repeat cycle. Baron and I disagree on practically every issue imaginable, yet I still prefer him to VI any day.

    Why is that?

  11. ashura the Old Right Registered Senior Member

    It's not his fault you don't read enough of his posts.

    Here's one: http://sciforums.com/showpost.php?p=2054466&postcount=6

    Another: http://sciforums.com/showpost.php?p=2051749&postcount=37

    Oh look, an entire thread!: http://sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=86800
  12. Gustav Banned Banned


    so what can be gleaned?
    the tard is a crossdresser suffering from lymphedema and excessive marijuana consumption

  13. sniffy Banned Banned

    Bend em all over insert balloon's into bottoms, inflate and watch them all float away with big smiles on their 'faeces'.......??
  14. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

    Sam, is that you? Haha.
    Excellent point. That's almost exactly what I was thinking (except yours is a bit more detaled).
    How do you guys currently go about selecting mods?
    Is prior/extensive knowledge of the subject matter of the forum(s) in which they are moderating a prerequisite? Why or why not?

    Can you elaborate on this? I'm not sure what you mean by the whole thing.
    And how old is 'older members'? Were you talking in our age range (mid/late 30s) or were you talking even older?

    I like Av's idea, but as I mention above, you do bring up some valid points.
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    Usually Plazma or a mod starts a thread: Moderator for x forum.

    The thread starter outlines which forum needs a mod [like we did for Politics and World Events when it got to be too much work for one person, or Philosophy when it started gathering spiderwebs] and offers his suggestions.

    Other mods weigh in with opinions in support or opposition or make other suggestions, repeat until we narrow down the list to one or two. Then Plazma invites them. If they refuse we either abandon it or it gets pushed into the background till it comes up again.

    Selection/suggestions are based on who can take how much shit.
    Its bad enough having mods who don't see eye to eye. Add some more people into the mix with divided loyalties and it gets more stressful.
  16. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

    Thanks for the info.

    Yeah I see where you're coming from there.
    BUT, the way I see it is that the forum has its rules and guilelines, right?
    And as far as I can tell, those rules are site-wide and no one individual forum or sub-forum has its own set of rules...
    Well, it would seem that all the mods would have to do is just enforce the rules. The mods wouldn't have to see eye-to-eye with one another, just eye-to-eye with Plazma.
    It almost sounds like the mods don't communicate with one another often enough, and also not often enough with Plazma himself.
    Why isn't it that simple for this website at the moment?
  17. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    You're welcome.

    Where did you get that idea? Each mod has pretty much their own idea of moderation based on what the forum needs e.g. Free Thoughts is more laissez faire than Computer Science or Physics. Politics has more heated debates and requires a cool head and an unbiased outlook. Philosophy is different from Biology but both require a heavy bias in the subject to mod effectively.

    Sometimes we communicate too much. e.g. all the fracas over tiassa discussing his proposed actions with the Baron and Avatar objecting to them pre-emptively. If tiassa had just banned the Baron for three days, the topic would never have reached this level of argument. :shrug:

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