Term limits for Community Moderators

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Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:24 am

I think three to five years of moderating is more than enough. Tap a new moderator at least once a year, have the experienced mods train them, then bow out. ExMods could be placed back in easily if the need arose.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Lassen Forge » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:41 am

Probably, but you would think when a mod burned out they would have the wherewithal to just resign. I love the training aspect, tho it's not a hard thing to learn. What scares me is if you start losing mods then you get the asshole spammers who take over then eplaya is lost. Seen it before. And since we don't have anyone who is gonna come in and ban these worthless fraqs, we're essentially stuck moderating.

What we need are people who have been mods for a while to become admins, but that takes an applied level of trust. I'm not sure those with the power are either willing to trust someone they've worked with for only 3-5 years, or to give up that power. You don't need some masters in phpBB to admin a board - goddess knows, I've adminned a few in my years - you need a lot of common sense and applied trust and the ability NOT to stick your screwdriver in the back of the radio to see what happens and a knowledge of how the controls work.

Also there is some institutional knowledge. I can scan threads in a second and see if they're spam and move on.

Thing is - we HAVE mods who I haven't seen in a year. For a while I was like that, due to work issues. But retiring them, then expecting them to be there when you need them? Not gonna work. And what happens when one is gone, flips out, then comes back to have a field day on us?

Mandatory retirement? I like the "you gotta be adult enough to know when to retire and, by god, retire". If they're not doing the job, fire them.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:53 am

I'm pretty much ready for some time off. I've sent in my resignation.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby ygmir » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:30 am

wow......just......wow.............
AntiM.......you're the greatest!!!
And, I totally understand wanting off the train. Dawg knows, you've had plenty to deal with, and dealt with it well.
I support you, in whatever decision is made, and, thank you, for all you've done.

Who, are the "other mods" not heard from?
If, that can be public knowledge, that is.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby EspressoDude » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:35 am

thanks for all the hard work AntiM!!
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby MyDearFriend » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:11 am

(((AntiM)))

Gosh! :shock:
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Dr Jet Sinister » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:49 am

Mods with time in the trenches are extremely important to keep a community healthy. It's important to know the difference between who has an ax to grind for no other reason than some sort of power trip and those with genuine concerns.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Drawingablank » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:56 am

Wow, I'm stunned.

In the time I've been here you've been a great moderator. Moderating any board is an under appreciated task at best, and I fully understand needing a break from that.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Elderberry » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:05 am

This doesn't surprise me, but you will be missed. You had a certain knack.
Though this certainly doesn't mean you won't be posting here anymore, does it??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
AntiM wrote:I'm pretty much ready for some time off. I've sent in my resignation.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Elderberry » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:10 am

Maybe there should be a "pool" of moderators large enough that there can always be an active "minimum" number of moderators working at all times. This could be done by rotation, like three months on and three months off, or whatever schedule works. The variations of scheduling are almost limitless. It might help to keep competent, dedicated people around longer without getting burned out.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:33 am

jkisha wrote:This doesn't surprise me, but you will be missed. You had a certain knack.
Though this certainly doesn't mean you won't be posting here anymore, does it??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
AntiM wrote:I'm pretty much ready for some time off. I've sent in my resignation.


Oh, I'll be posting, be assured of that. As a civilian.

I've been at this for five years!

And a new mod can always tap the retired mods for advice.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Elderberry » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:56 am

**Sigh of relief**
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jkisha wrote:This doesn't surprise me, but you will be missed. You had a certain knack.
Though this certainly doesn't mean you won't be posting here anymore, does it??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
AntiM wrote:I'm pretty much ready for some time off. I've sent in my resignation.


Oh, I'll be posting, be assured of that. As a civilian.

I've been at this for five years!

And a new mod can always tap the retired mods for advice.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Elderberry » Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:57 am

I'd be happy to volunteer as a "Spam Only" moderator.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:21 am

Where are they going to find another one like you?
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:33 am

jkisha wrote:I'd be happy to volunteer as a "Spam Only" moderator.


That's what I'm trying to be until AG gets a new mod in place, I've asked someone and they are interested. This could take some time, and this close to the event, the timing is the worst possible.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52 am

AntiM has been the voice of reason, even when the unreasonable held sway.

even. tempered like fine chocolate. fair. consistent. i dont think you could ask for more in a moderator, and i am going to hold my IRE over this in deference to her, and her manner of dealing with the 1% out there who just don't get it, ever.


all of my self control is currently in use.


can't you tell?


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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:54 am

.01%, but who's counting? The raccoons?

I'm not dead, fer cripes sake, I'm not even leaving, I just won't be moderating. I'll be a civilian.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:02 am

i have noticed you are using the word "fuck" much more often...
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Kinetik V » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:17 am

We went from the wild wild West to the Spectabillis mod era, then back to chaos, then we got AntiM and have enjoyed 5 years of relative peace and quiet. And then here comes this bombshell...not that I don't understand why...I do. But damn this sucks and there's no other way to say it.

AntiM, please accept a sincere thank you for your service and awesome support of Burning Man's red headed electronic stepchild!

You have left one hell of a set of shoes to fill as far as mods go. I feel sorry for whomever tries to step into them...the bar is set high. Very high.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Sail Man » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:32 am

Well, in the couple years I've been here Anti M you've been a great mod. You've put your foot down when need be, but also thrown out some nice snark as well, when appropriate of course :wink: (2nd page right?)

As others have mentioned, you've had a lot going on in your personal life recently, and maybe a change of pace will be good for your soul.

So, does this mean we can start messing with you now? :P
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Eric » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:55 am

Well, damn. Just damn.

You have been an incredibly fair mod. It will be fun to have your tongue able to operate at full tilt on the board, but I hope the next mod has the same head on their shoulders as you do. Well, not technically the same head...

As for "term limits"- I'm opposed to them pretty much in all cases. A mod should serve as long as they feel able and are doing a good job.
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Sail Man » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:21 pm

Eric wrote:Well, damn. Just damn.

You have been an incredibly fair mod. It will be fun to have your tongue able to operate at full tilt on the board, but I hope the next mod has the same head on their shoulders as you do. Well, not technically the same head...

As for "term limits"- I'm opposed to them pretty much in all cases. A mod should serve as long as they feel able and are doing a good job.


I'm sure my Queen could make that happen.......

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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby graidawg » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:36 pm

ygmir wrote:wow......just......wow.............
AntiM.......you're the greatest!!!
And, I totally understand wanting off the train. Dawg knows, you've had plenty to deal with, and dealt with it well.
I support you, in whatever decision is made, and, thank you, for all you've done.

Who, are the "other mods" not heard from?
If, that can be public knowledge, that is.



dawg does know and thinks auntie ems' moderation has been most excellent. lets hope your departure from modhood doesn't leave to big a void.

now come and play with the other fucko's anti m you will be always be the best crazy lady i know
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby ygmir » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:39 pm

dang, it's right on the tip of vocabulary.......the name for the general motion, of water as it spins down the toilet bowl.....dang, I just know that action and shape/process have a name..........like the whorl of the water while flushing.........
dang it.......
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby bigbluedoggy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:21 pm

Coriolis? Vortex?

I kinda think it sucks, Anti M, sine you've done such an awesome job here for so long. Your guidance will be sorely missed. But as long as you aren't going anywhere, I can certainly understand wanting a change. You have my full support for whatever you wish to do!
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:36 am

Thank you sweetie.

Now how the hell do I get that "moderator" off my avatar? I didn't put it there.....
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:47 am

Is it like a tatoo?

A flenzing perhaps?

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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Lassen Forge » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:26 am

I think it's stuck there forever. Must be removed by an Admin. ;) Like Russian Spammers.

Part of the reason I stay cloaked is so no one knows (a) I'm on line, and (b) I have the same funky green name icon as well. (tho no "moderator" subtitle... ttG!!)

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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby AntiM » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:20 am

Rites of Passage. They didn't accept the Utah Fire Conclave either, leaving a lot of Utah burners in the lurch.

I am still going to be here, haranguing the eplayans. You fuckos better behave!
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Re: Term limits for Community Moderators

Postby Elderberry » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:31 am

And yet these guys were placed: http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?f=188&t=40699. Go figure.
AntiM wrote:Rites of Passage. They didn't accept the Utah Fire Conclave either, leaving a lot of Utah burners in the lurch.

I am still going to be here, haranguing the eplayans. You fuckos better behave!
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