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We're creating a Moderators group

on Sun 4 Mar - 23:11
Okay folks, as you've probably noticed, KS has grown a fair bit in recent months, and when it gets busy, it gets very busy around here. For this reason, we believe that the time has come to create a small group of moderators, as most forums around our size would usually have. We're looking ideally for 4-5 people.

The responsibilities for moderators:
Upgrade people by adding them to 'Introduced'
Moving threads which are posted in the wrong place
Editing posts to remove inappropriate content or anything which could personally identify the poster.

The right people should be online regularly to see to these day to day tasks as required, be easy to get along with, and should have been here for long enough to know the culture of the forum (at least a month).

Interested? If so, reply to this post.

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Mon 5 Mar - 0:48
Hi, Jane,

I'm interested.

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Mon 5 Mar - 1:34
Good idea.
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Mon 5 Mar - 9:37
Jane and other admins,

Should we add pinning and unpinning posts to the list of not-very-secret moderator ninja* powers? It's not needed very often, but it is needed occasionally.

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*Or "genin," the lowest rank according to the Wikipedia article on ninjas (link).

Wikipedia wrote:A system of rank existed. A jōnin ("upper man") was the highest rank, representing the group and hiring out mercenaries. This is followed by the chūnin ("middle man"), assistants to the jōnin. At the bottom was the genin ("lower man"), field agents drawn from the lower class and assigned to carry out actual missions.

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 0:15
Unowen has now been made a moderator, welcome to the team, you're the only one so far Smile

Come on people, don't be shy about it, anyone else want to help out?
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 1:28
Thanks, Jane! How do I steer this thing ? Smile

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 14:21
Unowen17 wrote:Thanks, Jane! How do I steer this thing ? Smile

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Congrats on your "promotion" I think you will be a good mod.
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 14:45
cj47 wrote:Congrats on your "promotion" I think you will be a good mod.

Thank you, CJ! So far, I haven’t had to do any actual modding. Good thing, because I can’t figure out how to add new members. Smile

I think you’d be a good one too, if you’re ever interested.

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 17:19
Gosh, I sooooo wish I could do this! Its really what we put into it, and I'm sure UN will do a great job!

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 17:21
Unowen17 wrote:
cj47 wrote:Congrats on your "promotion" I think you will be a good mod.

Thank you, CJ! So far, I haven’t had to do any actual modding. Good thing, because I can’t figure out how to add new members. Smile

I think you’d be a good one too, if you’re ever interested.

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A little OJT and you will be fine. You got this. Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 17:36
Kirok wrote:Gosh, I sooooo wish I could do this! Its really what we put into it, and I'm sure UN will do a great job!

Thanks, Kirok! Are you saying you’re interested?

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 18:10
welcome to the mods group unowen ^_^ don't worry, you'll learn quickly!
Kirok, if you're interested, feel free saying so. Though it's understandable if you have other things in your life keeping you busy.
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Thu 8 Mar - 23:16
Kirok, please let us know if you're also interested Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Fri 9 Mar - 4:02
Perhaps there is a more appropriate place for my questions--
1. What are the capabilities of a moderator versus an administrator?
2. What, if any, functions will a moderator be responsible for that an administrator would not?

By the way, I am not interested because I don't want to have to be on KS regularly Sad That diminishes the enjoyment for me.
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Fri 9 Mar - 11:04
J.S. Money wrote:Perhaps there is a more appropriate place for my questions--
1. What are the capabilities of a moderator versus an administrator?
2. What, if any, functions will a moderator be responsible for that an administrator would not?

By the way, I am not interested because I don't want to have to be on KS regularly Sad That diminishes the enjoyment for me.

I understand, being a mod isn't for everyone Smile

Now, to your questions:

1. Admins can make changes to the forums structure, heirarchy, general appearance, and create the rules. Mods cannot do that, they can just enforce the rules we put in place and help with the smooth running of the forum.
2. Anything a mod can do, an admin can also do. The idea here is not for admins to slack off, but for us to build a team of moderators which will come in handy as the site grows and becomes more busy. That way, if there are important changes to be made or the admins can't be online for some reason (it happens, we're only human), then admins can attend to those things knowing that the mods are able to handle the normal day to day activities like upgrading people and stuff.
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Fri 9 Mar - 11:40
Jane Doe wrote:The idea here is not for admins to slack off, but for us to build a team of moderators which will come in handy as the site grows and becomes more busy.

Considering that there are eight times as many admins as mods, slacking off isn’t very likely. Smile

On the other hand, I’ve been a mod for two days and have yet to do my first modding. It just hasn’t been very busy. Jane promoted the one new member who came in during that time — AND fixed the promotion machinery so I could do the same. So the admins as a group, and Jane in particular, are letting ME slack off. Smile

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Fri 9 Mar - 14:20
LOL, I did both because I didn't know how long it was going to take to resolve the problem, fortunately it was quicker than I expected it to be Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Sat 10 Mar - 18:22
What? You mean we don't have superhuman admins? Wink Inevitably, as things become busier, more people will be needed to manage things. It's good to have this foresight. And it good to see this growth!! Very Happy
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Sat 10 Mar - 23:55
J.S. Money wrote:What? You mean we don't have superhuman admins? Wink Inevitably, as things become busier, more people will be needed to manage things. It's good to have this foresight. And it good to see this growth!! Very Happy

The only superpower I have are my not-so-secret admin ninja boots! LOL Laughing

You're right of course, that's why I wanted a team in place beforehand, so cope with the extra traffic as and when it happens. We will continue to grow and whenever we do I will just expand the mods team Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Sun 18 Mar - 22:16
Jane and all,

I contacted OtherHans via PM, and he’s interested in doubling the size of the mod team. Smile

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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Sun 18 Mar - 22:50
That's great, I'll get on it immediately Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Sun 18 Mar - 23:42
All sorted, he's promoted Smile
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Mon 19 Mar - 16:35
Awesome! welcome to the moderator group OtherHans ^_^
though, I feel I should ask this now, should we be cautious about making future moderators, seeing as they can see user IPs?
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Re: We're creating a Moderators group

on Mon 19 Mar - 23:17
Rain, as a general rule, we should only make people mods if we trust them. I'm 100% sure about the two we now have, we just need to find three more trustworthy people, and those people will reveal themselves in good time, there is no rush in these decisions.
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