What is the role of a moderator?

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    What if the role and responsibilities of a moderator on this board?

    Are moderators supposed to take sides or attempt to keep a balanced, rational discussion going?

    I am quite curious about this topic.
     
  2. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    I take my moderator hat off when I am actively engaged in a thread and submit myself to the other mods.
     
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    I would hope mods only take sides when one side has violated rules, but this doesn't always happen, I've seen some support the rule breakers, or even break rules themselves, or ride the fence. A mod should not be able to take side on anything.
    I do have a question. If a mod, such as Roger, says he is taking off his mod hat, does that mean anything you disagree with them, or say is being said only to a fellow member, and not to a mod. Or do they retain their mod status, so you'd better continue to treat them like royality?
    this thread discussion just made me think of that, never thought about that before, even though I've seen mods say it in the past. 'd like to kow just what it means.
     
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    Man, the mods have taken it on the chin this week!

    So...there are actually "moderator hats."

    I kinda had ya'll pegged as wearing beanies. :D

    'Cept for Dr. Bob. He strikes me as a "moderator beret" kind of guy. That's what happens when you're extinguished....er, distinguished. :D :D


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  5. DHK

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    Does this mean in a debate forum where Roman Catholics are present, a mod should not take a position against Roman Catholicism?
     
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    I would say that a moderator would ask questions on both sides simply to promote discussion, or to clarify points. Maybe moderators should be like Paul and say, "Hey, this is me speaking at the moment." :laugh:

    A moderator really doing a great job will probably catch flack from both sides.

    I did not mean my OP to be critical of moderators. I was simply curious if there are agreed upon ground rules among the moderators, and what they are.
     
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    LOL, real funny, LOL
     
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    You have the choice, you can be a mod, or not. Nonone is forced to be a mod. If you choose sides though, your going to react that way, for one side, against another.
     
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    They are there to moderate.
    That doesn't mean they can't participate.
    The rules apply to everyone.
    I have edited my own posts at times.
     
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    It means what I said - I don't moderate threads where I am an active participant. I don't know where this idea came from that mods have some kind of 'protected status.' If we decide to enter the fray we are held to the same rules as anyone else.
     
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    I didn't say protected status.
     
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    Are subjects divided up among moderators, each having a set number to review? Does each moderator moderate all the boards?
     
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    :laugh::laugh: Ok, maybe...you're...taking...your job...too seriously!

    That is too funny. When I was moderating I had other moderators edit my posts, but I don't think I ever edited my own. That would just feel like self-punishment!
    Wasn't there a group of people who claimed Christianity and would whip themselves as part of it? I know there was a name for them...I can't remember it now. But if anyone remembers it, there's probably a good word play we could use to describe the moderators here. In a nice way, of course!
     
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    Hey, can I call Roger "beanie head?"... or would that be edited out?

    The mods do a great job...

    The only ones I have seen complaining about mods are the ones causing trouble...

    Sorta like the people who don't like police are the crooks.

    My hat is off to the mods! HAT NOT BEANIE!!! lol
     
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    Same here. I especially agree about those who seem to always complain!
     
  16. I Am Blessed 24

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    A moderator or an administrator is subject to the same rules of behavior as anyone else. We were all members before we became mods and we still are, and as such, are entitled to our opinions just like any other member.

    We each have certain forums to moderate. If you go to the main page and scroll down the forums, you will see the names of the mods next to each forum.

    It's like being a Christian. Some people think Christians should not have a political voice. Well, we are still part of the public, and as such, have every right to vote or discuss politics.

    Moderate:
    1) kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits
    2) to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous
    3)to act as moderator; preside

    I agree with Roger. When I am in a debate forum (which I seldom am), I am posting as a member, just like any other member, my status has nothing to do with it. I am held to the same standards as everyone else.

    BTW, I think we have a great mod/admin team! :thumbs:
     
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    I have a question. When you click the report post button, who reads it and what do they do?
    In reality I've seen many times mods and admins not held to the same rules as everyonee else, I've seen them do things that anyone else would be banned for. At least one doesn't mind questioning salvation, or a few calling someone an idoit(or similar) because they disagree, etc. If you report them nothing happens. if you respond to them your the new bad guy.
    the way Sue and Roger posted is how it is supose to work, not necessarily how it does work, or at least not all the time.
    By the way, Sue and Roger are excellent mods. I have not seen this (things listed above) from them.
     
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    I've been an administrator (super moderator) and a moderator before (not in BB). Here is my slant on being a moderator:

    Any body who WANTS to be a moderator is NOT qualified to be a moderator.

    As a result, if one is 'hiring' moderators, you have to DRAFT them.
     
  19. I Am Blessed 24

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    Donna: When you hit the 'report post' button, it goes to the mods of that forum, and the owner.

    How they handle it differs from mod to mod. Each has their own way of dealing with things, so I can't speak for anyone but myself.

    When I get a 'report post', I check the post out and usually most of the thread. If closing, deletion, editing, or warning needs to be done, I do it. Questioning one's salvation, and name-calling are definitely against the rules and are bannable offenses.

    Protocol for repeat offenders:
    1) Warning
    2) 10 day suspension
    3) Banned

    Ed: You got that right! No one was more surprised than me when I was asked to be a moderator, and then an administrator! It was certainly not something I desired, but I figured if TPTB had that much faith in me, then maybe I ought to also...
     
  20. donnA

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    Was just wondering how that worked, never thought it was worth it's own thread.
    thanks
     

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