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Old 07-24-2004, 05:12 AM   #1
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How do you become a Moderator

So how do you become a moderator and what stuff do you guy's do exactly.

I would like everyone to know so we can all appreciate what its that you do.

Also can you be a moderator from anywhere like New Zealand for instance.

Old 07-24-2004, 05:35 AM   #2
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I don't know about this forum, but generally, a moderator becomes one because either:

- They were there from the beginning
- They are appointed because they actively participate on the forums far too much (super addicts)

Their role is to moderate -

- they keep the forums tidy by moving threads to the appropriate locations
- merging like threads if necessary
- locking duplicate threads
- preventing flame wars
- etc...

Their role is also to share the knowledge they have with more complex questions or questions which tend not to get answered

In a popular forum such as LQ, many moderators are required who are in different timezones, since this ensures the forums are monitored most of the 24 hour period - the Internet is an international place :)

A moderator will probably fill you in on anything I've missed, but moderators are essential!
Old 07-24-2004, 10:12 AM   #3
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I own, moderate several lists. If you create the list or forum then you are the moderator by default But other than that you can be a long time list or orum member that can be trusted and have the same sort of vision as the owner/moderator and you may be asked to help out... I've done that with lists in the past when they get big you need maybe 2 or 3 extra people to deal with the day to day issues of the list or forum. Sometimes the moderator job is to calm thing down, but mostly it's dealing with issues like bouncing mail or problems people are having... On the lists I own I've always had a policy of never ever throwing anyone off. Tho a few might have their mail filtered for a while forums like this are a little different to a mailing list, tho, and you have to deal with things differently... Anyway, doesn't really matter where you are.
Old 07-24-2004, 10:33 AM   #4
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Read the FAQ's and search this forum where I moved your thread to, this has been asked many many times.


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