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  1. #1 What's it like to be a moderator? 
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    Just wondering.


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    Like being between a rock and a hard place. No matter what you do, there will be those that feel that it was too little and those who feel it was too much.


    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    Like being between a rock and a hard place. No matter what you do, there will be those that feel that it was too little and those who feel it was too much.
    And those who appreciate the freely given and knowledgeable contributions and are willing to cut the mods plenty of slack unless they do a Humphrey Bogart on the ship.(think you may know who I mean)
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    Can you explain that?
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    As Janus said.
    Itís initially a pretty thankless job, because regardless of what you do, someone will not be happy with the decision, and depending on who this someone is, the result can be anything from silence to several weeks of constant abusive and threatening messages (yes, that happened to me once). The trouble is that many social inhibitions seem to be considerably lessened in the online world, so people will show a side of themselves that they would not necessarily show in a face-to-face situation. Itís not unlike having to deal with inebriated people (which Iíve also had the displeasure to have done in the past).

    But precisely because of all this, itís an opportunity for learning and self-development, because it makes you realise that words are really just that - words. They have no intrinsic powers at all, apart from the ones you yourself grant them. So once you learn to just let things be, and do what you intuitively know is right, it becomes pretty straightforward job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    As Janus said.
    It’s initially a pretty thankless job, because regardless of what you do, someone will not be happy with the decision, and depending on who this someone is, the result can be anything from silence to several weeks of constant abusive and threatening messages (yes, that happened to me once).
    A prime example is what happened on another board that I used to be a moderator for. To make a long story short, A thread was getting a lot of off topic and comments and the creator of the thread kept asking people to stay on topic. So, I decided to go in and clean it up. I carefully edited out all off topic comments and responses to them, taking care not to touch anything that pertained to the original topic. I was actually pretty pleased with the end result. Of course this also meant removing the OP's pleas to stay on topic and any responses that he made towards off topic comments. My reward? The OP went absolutely ballistic over the fact that I dared touch even one word of his posts. According to him, I "butchered" his posts. He made personal threats, and even, as I later found out, had posted in others places about how he had been "abused" by the forum.
    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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