How can I improve my moderatorship here on Lockergnome.net?
Here you go. I am honestly soliciting replies. Have at it, but do try to provide actual suggestions I can act on (and let's save what I need to get or where I need to stick it for somewhere else... you've had your fill, those who are inclined to answer in that manner.)
For the record, when I close a question it is, was and never will be personal -- I am doing it to help keep discussions active on existing topics and encourage people to THINK and post UNIQUE questions that enrich and engage the community. I am human and make mistakes, and if I have closed something that someone else reopened, that's cool -- again, it's not personal and that's why this is a community-run, community-'owned' website -- we all have a say, and the more you participate (constructively) the more you can help shape its operation and growth.
I used to edit people's titles or questions for readability, but as the community weighed in on that being a little presumptuous and "too far" I found myself agreeing and refrain from doing so, as much as possible, now.
Lastly, I balance my moderating activities here by answering a lot of questions and posting a few questions when they come to me. I do feel that the level of moderation I do here would be unwelcome and overbearing if it was coming from a mod that was not, also, actively contributing new content to this website.
I've said more than my fair share. It's your turn. I look forward to any insights and suggestions that can improve my contributions and actions here on Lockergnome.net.
Answer by Kat · Jun 18, 2010 at 01:54 AM
You all need to step back and realize that there are only five actual "moderators" here on Lockergnome. While many of you have limited "mod powers" based on the amount of your karma, that doesn't mean you were granted some special honor. You're each equal with everyone else at that same karma level.
I'm not trying to knock anyone down, but there have been a few people lately who have been bragging about how they were "promoted to moderator" here on the site, which is simply not true. If you read about how this place works, you'll be able to do more things.
Closing and editing threads is NOT something that people should be doing to "get back at" someone. It should ONLY ever be used in the instances that we have already laid out in more than one place.
Anyone found to be abusing their "powers" will have them revoked.
Note: This comment isn't directed at any one person in particular. :)
Answer by kevin · Jun 17, 2010 at 07:09 PM
I see no problem on what you are doing.
I had someone like what you are having. I closed a post that consists of possible piracy and someone flamed about me in another question post.
Also, one time I closed a post for argumentative and someone re-asked that question and said Kevin
Answer by Fogarty · Jun 17, 2010 at 07:21 PM
Keep on keeping on, sister. You're doing a splendid job, in spite of some people taking things a little too personally. It's a very thankless task at times, but you've risen to the challenge admirably!
Answer by refrwfrwgrfd · Jun 17, 2010 at 07:21 PM
How about the following:
Abusing your powers
Making off-topic self-serving topics (like this one)
Editing what shouldn't be edited (see "abusing your powers")
closing topics that are similar but NOT the same
It's not just you, EVERYONE with moderator powers here does it. YOU ARE ALL DOING IT!
It makes me sick, every single one of you!
Answer by UncleJohn · Jun 18, 2010 at 04:28 PM
Having been a moderator on plenty of sites, namely Geeks. I know what it is like to feel you are doing something wrong due to hateful/harsh comments.
The fact is that if you do NOT generate that feeling, then your not doing your job. If some one sends a harsh/hateful comment in reply to your action, it means they were most likely intent on harming the community anyway. Take it a as a confirmation that you did a good thing.
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