What's a moderator?

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asked Apr 28, 2011 by tubadiva95 (131 points)
I'm deciding to make a website. Since I'm busy with my after school activity, I'll be making some people as moderators. Now I do trust these people. The only issue that I'm currently having is that this one person I selected so far, she doesn't even know what a moderator is. What's the best way to explain to her what a moderator does and what moderator does on a website for the owner?
commented Apr 28, 2011 by Michael Corwin (31 points)
I wouldn't mind being a moderator if you would explain what your site is going to be about. Just to let you know, I've been following Lockergnome since the later '90's.

5 Answers

+1 vote
answered Apr 28, 2011 by augustuen (206 points)
A moderator is what it says. A moderator moderates comments and content on your website. Meaning that the remove comments that are against the rules of your website/forum. (For example)
+2 votes
answered Apr 28, 2011 by geekytechguy (426 points)
Well, if she is does not know what a moderator even is supposed to do, maybe you should re-think having her.

A moderator's job is mainly to make sure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to. What I mean by this is that they would be monitoring chat. Watching comments. Making sure that no one is being mean, spamming etc. They will also usually answer complaints. Also help with general questions. They also delete and remove any posts or users that should not be there.

They are kind of like your "go-to-people" before the come to an admin, site owner or higher above.
0 votes
answered Apr 29, 2011 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
A Moderator is a person who moderates some thing or things.
0 votes
answered Apr 29, 2011 by kevin (35,790 points)
A moderator keeps an eye on the network and takes action on problems caused. It includes watching the activity, what people say, etc, etc.

On this site, we have a few moderators. They can be distinguished by the single diamond. The admin are double diamond. (on this network)
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answered Apr 29, 2011 by HHBones (4,065 points)
The simple answer is that a moderator cleans up obscenity. The easiest way to describe it to her is to point her to two websites I happen to frequent.

http://www.lockergnome.net/ is a website in which the moderators are constantly present. It is a site in which nobody would even think of posting anything even the least bit offensive, lest they be permabanned instantly.

http://www.4chan.org/b/ is the exact opposite. DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART. Ben Kenobi's words come to life on /b/. There truly is no greater hive of scum and villany. Pornographic pictures can be seen constanly. Hate speech flows like water. And the /b/-tards, as they call themselves, love it. This is an example of where there really are no moderators, and the few that are there don't do anything much at all.

So, if you need to tell her what a moderator does, point her to these two websites. She'll get the idea.
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