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What does a moderator do?
Hey all!

So, we have a "how to become a moderator" thread, written by Gravaged which can be found <URL url="https://superwerer.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=997">[url="https://superwerer.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=997"]here[/url]</URL> , but there is still no clear overview of what a moderator does and if it's really worth becoming one. So here we go!

You have been active for a while, you are a chapter member and you like this place and want to contribute into making this an even better place - which is great - and you consider becoming a moderator. So you sent a message to an administrator saying "you know, I'd like to try this out". Then an admin will say "yeah go ahead" and you have joined the staff team. It's a bit more complicated than that, but let's say it is as simple as this. What now?

First of all, you are no longer only governed by the community guidelines, but also an additional set of rules called the moderator guidelines, you have access to more areas, lots of threads about how stuff works around here and more. Quickly you'll realize that this moderator position is not the classical mod duty of "banning users, locking topics, editing bad posts, etc." - that is only the 1% of what you will be doing.

<SIZE size="130">You'll have to learn...a lot</SIZE>

Moderators' main job is to give the direction in which we're heading. It must be a good direction that will help fulfill the promise of helping independents, while at the same time creating a good environment for them and not only. The forums, Discord, Sub-reddit, Community label and a lot more have to be maintained and be run successfully. How we work all this stuff out?

Moderators are creating drafts, which are prototypes of ideas or problems they want to showcase and what needs to be improved. Drafts are then made into acts or programs which give us specific duties on what we have to do. Furthermore every moderator has an expert field - a field of duties only for him/her AND activity minimums like 15 posts a week. And at the same time you frequently check site and Discord to perform the classical moderator duties.

Speaking of classical moderator guidelines there are written rules on what to do in each occasion, when to ban, lock, move, warn, edit, etc. and you'll have to do them right.

While everyone makes mistakes, some mistakes made while being a mod can be fatal for that position. You can get demodded by either the members in a plenum vote, admins can vote to demod you, you can get demodded if you violate the community or the moderator guidelines or be strike'd if you do something wrong. One strike already means you can't become an administrator - and appealing it can be time consuming and you'll have to persuade the ones who gave you the strike - the admins.

Then as time goes by, the community does progress. But most of the time, your focus will not be on the actual progress made because you will be way too busy figuring out the problems and the bad statistics that hold us back - the moments of "things are going great" are rare, because you know what there's still to do.

<SIZE size="130">It can be isolating</SIZE>

While a member, you can speculate freely about what happens in mod's hall and you are bound together with a large number of users in your group. But as a mod you know what happens in mod's hall and most of the things there are to be kept within the staff circle. In a way you distance yourself from the members and the chapter fellows and the staff members become your new close circle of users. Furthermore you can get strike'd for violating the moderator guidelines, but members have no access to them - meaning nobody can see your position and appeal for your strike to be lifted from the members. The plenum "can no longer save you".

Moreover, you can't join many activities. You have to remain neutral towards members, meaning you can't judge in a contest anymore - in most contests you are not even allowed to vote.

<SIZE size="130">So, why would you want to join?</SIZE>

This thread might sound as a "don't do it" hint but not all is bad about it. You can get more views on your projects - as they get viewed more, you have access to more places around here, you get to test out stuff first, etc.

The main reason however why you might want to do this, is if you really see something different here. If you believe that this community, this idea, the programs we carry through and the different projects are worth it - then you are going to have a good time doing it. Your contributions will outlast your time as a moderator and if it all works out we and the whole independent community may get something very amazing out of this. No matter if you are retired by then, a part of you has shaped this place and has made it what it is today. If you see something different here, if you have fun around here - you are going to enjoy it.

You do not have to be a staff member to contribute. You contribute by being here, by posting. You can help shape the community by being active in the plenum and voting on new ideas. Being a moderator is just an additional step with new responsibilities, but at the same time a lot more stuff to explore and you work towards improving this place in a different level.

Again, <URL url="https://superwerer.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=997">[url="https://superwerer.com/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=997"]here[/url]</URL> is the guide from Gravaged on how to become an administrator. If you fulfill the requirements you can contact either me or Don if you are interested. We definitely look forward to all applications!
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