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#1 Edited by Hamz (6846 posts) -

If I may have everyone's attention for a few minutes please. As most of you will be aware the team of moderators here at Giant Bomb has always been split into two groups, Wiki specific mods and Forum specific mods.
 
That will all be changed at some point later today or by tomorrow. All moderators will now be considered "Community Moderators" and be granted full permissions and power to help moderate in both the wiki and forum areas of the site. This means all users may now contact any of the below listed moderators about both wiki and forum related issues or questions they may have. 
 
We've decided to do this for two main reasons I'll list in my ever favourite form, bullet points!

  • The current team of mods has been under quite a bit of pressure lately and we genuinely needed some extra hands on deck to deal with our duties in both the wiki & forum aspects of moderation. We felt this was the best method of lifting some of that pressure.
  • The community shouldn't have to keep being redirected between various groups of moderators when they have an issue to raise. If they contact a single moderator then that individual mod should be able and allowed to deal with the issue raised.
 
So now I'm sure a number of you are curious about what this means for the community itself, I'm sure a number of you will have questions you want answered. So once again I'll make good with the bullet points and list off a few things I imagine most of you will be curious about!
  • Will the site be moderated more strictly now? - Short answer is NO. Long answer is that by having more eyes to look out for problems and more people being able to handle them then those problems should be resolved quicker. And those problems should be noticed quicker. The rules of the site identified in the Site Rules & FAQs sticky stay the same after this announcement.
  1. But do keep in mind any changes to those rules will be done so without prior notice or warning, so keep that topic bookmarked and check it out regularly! :)
  • I see there are now 12 Community Moderators, how do I contact them all? -Use the following link to....
     
  • Will you be bringing on any new mods? - Again the short answer is YES. We are always open to bringing on new mods as and when we feel is necessary. We may do this in the coming weeks as we evaluate recent changes here and there.
  • HOW DO I BE MOD!?!111!? - By not breaking our rules, by helping out other users around the site, by being active and involved with the community. And ultimately by showing to us that you can be trusted. We don't just pick anybody, we pick only the best of the best of the best! (MiB reference ftw!)
 
Any other questions or concerns then do please reply to this topic and leave a comment. We'll get round to answering them ASAP!
 
Community Moderators!
Hamz
TheBeast
suneku
MB
Kush
CitizenKane
NuclearWinter
Justin_Case
Joseppie
lordofultima
MattBodega
MattyFTM
#2 Edited by NoExtraLife (213 posts) -

Sounds like a very positive move, more so if it means the forums are better moderated (not that I’m implying that you guys are doing a poor job) I think I’d speak for allot of GB users in saying that the amount of rubbish being posted on the forums from a certain aspect of the community has been problem that has impacted on the quality of the user experience both for long time users such as myself and newcomers to the site, although I think the community as a whole needs to take more responsibly for stamping out that kind of behaviour (wishful thinking I'm sure).

#3 Edited by Gregomasta (1541 posts) -

I think I broke the rules while back so I'm outta the running, a boy can dream tho!  Good move lifting the workload off the wiki guys, they have lives that have more important matters then moderating the flow of detailed information in a video game wiki, having more wiki-mods also means better wiki pages.  The same goes for more moderation of the community, different and more perspectives are always good.  It also creates less of a tyranny in the moderation community.  All of thee above changes sound good...on paper, we'll have to judge for ourselves with the results hence forth.

#4 Posted by Karmum (11519 posts) -

That's great. Chances of a moderator being on all day increase a good amount. No more days of waiting by PM for a moderator to come on?
 
I hope so.

#5 Posted by MB (12378 posts) -

Told you guys we were working on something.

Moderator
#6 Posted by natetodamax (19204 posts) -

<3

#7 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

That's cool 

#8 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Awesome.

#9 Posted by jakob187 (21670 posts) -

That's all great and dandy guys, but aren't we forgetting that Borderlands came out today and Modern Warfare 2 comes out in, like, 20 days?  Who's gonna mod the site while you guys are fragging your damn brains out?!?!  =  P 
 
In all seriousness though, this is a great move that NEEDED to be done.  Thank you VERY MUCH!

#10 Edited by MB (12378 posts) -
@jakob187 said:

Who's gonna mod the site while you guys are fragging your damn brains out?!?!

I fragged my brains out twice earlier this evening. Once with Borderlands and once...well, you know.
Moderator
#11 Edited by jakob187 (21670 posts) -
@MB said:

" @jakob187 said:

Who's gonna mod the site while you guys are fragging your damn brains out?!?!
I fragged my brains out twice earlier this evening. Once with Borderlands and once...well, you know. "
Is that how this thread got stickied?  OH SNAP!
#12 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6991 posts) -

Cool beans!

#13 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -
@Hamz:
Good on ya mate, 
 
Ass Kissing Mode ENGAGE!
#14 Posted by Pie (7094 posts) -
@Hamz said:

  • Will you be bringing on any new mods? - Again the short answer is YES. We are always open to bringing on new mods as and when we feel is necessary. We may do this in the coming weeks as we evaluate recent changes here and there.
:)
#15 Edited by Mushir (2389 posts) -

Hoping to see some new mods in the coming weeks/months. Even though I don't think I've ever broken any rules, I don't think I'm the moderator type. Although there are a few people that I think would be a fine addition to the team.
 
EDIT: You guys might wanna consider a new mod who lives in a different timezone than most of you guys. So there's always a mod watching the forums.

#16 Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell (2093 posts) -

Oo cool. Good news.

#17 Edited by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -

Also, while no one has done so yet in this thread, campaigning to be a moderator will not help your chances.  As Hamz previously stated, just be as good a user in the community as you can and we will select who we think will be the best moderators.

#18 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

That's good news. With moderators having more flexibility, that certainly makes things easier for everyone. Just one question please, under what type of circumstances should we use the "PM All Moderators" button? For anything or just for serious issues?

#19 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -
@CitizenKane: 
 
 
 

Damn, Now I have to take down the banners that I made, (they were quite spectacular, And included a man with a moustache and a monocle just for you.)
You could have told us earlier *Shakes imaginary Old man internet fist in your general direction* 
 
Well, Yeah, MB likes to remind people that. and also other things as well.

#20 Posted by erinfizz (1048 posts) -

Fancy! Seems like a good idea that will work some kinks in the wiki modding out too.

#21 Edited by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
@Red12b: While using a banner with Mr. Monopoly is very persuasive(men with mustaches are more persuasive than those without), I will have to hold back and judge each candidate equally. 
 
You also could have told me that you were going to use such a persuasive banner. 
#22 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

That's nice!

#23 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -
@CitizenKane:
I can be very persuasive when needs arise, Wait that seems out of place.... 
 
Ummmm,  
 
 
So how about that local sports team?
#24 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Use it for any problems/comments you have - if you want to report a user, a thread, let us know about something, tell us we're doing everything wrong, etc. - use it. You're not bugging us.
#25 Edited by JokerClown88 (1051 posts) -


Praise Jesus.  When is more Mods is bad thing???. NEVER!!!   
 
I love you guys. 
 
EDIT: @Hamz:  Your Site Rules and FAQ link points to a youtube page.    
#26 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -
@TheBeast said:
" @eroticfishcake: Use it for any problems/comments you have - if you want to report a user, a thread, let us know about something, tell us we're doing everything wrong, etc. - use it. You're not bugging us. "
General use then huh? I'll keep that in mind then. Cheers.
#27 Posted by c_rakestraw (852 posts) -
Good to hear. This should help the site immensely in the long run.
#28 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: Yeah we absolutely want to encourage people to message us - it's great to get feedback from you all - now it's just easier for us all to listen.
#29 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
@JokerClown88: I fixed the broken link.  It now directs to the Site Rules & FAQs thread.
#30 Posted by JokerClown88 (1051 posts) -
@CitizenKane:  
Bless you kind Moderator. 
#31 Posted by Chaser324 (6507 posts) -

Sounds like a great move that should definitely help to deal with some of the more recent influxes of troll/spam activity on the boards.

Moderator
#32 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -
@TheBeast: That's a relief. I've always felt bad since I'd thought I'd be bugging you guys. Now that you've said that, just take my harsh criticism as constructive criticism!
 
That aside, I do want to mention one thing, could you guys make the date of creation for a thread a bit easier to read? I would like this since I've noticed that some old threads have been bumped even though the OP's already had his question answered or whatnot. Just thought I'd throw that out to you.
#33 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Apologies for linking to the wrong thing, I was trying to find the Uncharted 2 soundtrack on  youtube while typing this. I am a silly sausage!

#34 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
@eroticfishcake: You guys can never bug us.  We want to hear from you, no matter how insignificant you might think it is.
#35 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said:
" @TheBeast: That's a relief. I've always felt bad since I'd thought I'd be bugging you guys"
Yeah that's one of the problems we wanted to overcome, seeming like we weren't open to being talked to - we'll probably start pushing these PM All links down everyone's throats eventually.
#36 Posted by mracoon (4971 posts) -

Well that's good. It'll solve the problem of there not being enough forums mods at one time because you guys were kind of stretched.
 
Didn't forum mods already have the ability to approve wiki subs and rename/delete pages? Or is it now the wiki mods have forum mod powers seeing as your just a single community mods team now.

Moderator
#37 Edited by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@CitizenKane said:

" @Red12b: men with mustaches are more persuasive those those without"

watch American Dad much ? 
 
Edit:oh, right, you do... i remember the roger poster now :P carry on xD
#38 Edited by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

That sounds like a great idea.  It will allow more moderators to get down to, well moderating.   
 
Much better than the idea users had of just getting new mods around the site.

#39 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

Good move. Takes a great load off of the forums mods. like the post above me stated that it's a better idea then just picking more forum mods.  The number of mods now is sufficient enough for the size of this fine community.  Though don't expect me to drink red Flavor Aid.  

#40 Posted by ZombiePie (5662 posts) -

Great move guys and here's to hoping that this makes Giant Bomb a better and more enjoyable website!

Moderator
#41 Posted by JJOR64 (18986 posts) -

Glad to see this happening.  The more mods that we have, the better it is for everyone else.

#42 Posted by Thordain (959 posts) -

Well it is good to hear that at least the moderators are one group now. Maybe make things a bit faster.

#43 Posted by Emandudeguyperson (2502 posts) -

Pick me please? *Puppy dog eyes*

#44 Edited by AjayRaz (12427 posts) -
@jakob187 said:

" @MB said:

" @jakob187 said:

Who's gonna mod the site while you guys are fragging your damn brains out?!?!
I fragged my brains out twice earlier this evening. Once with Borderlands and once...well, you know. "
Is that how this thread got stickied?  OH SNAP! "
DAYUM! XD  
 
@natetodamax
said:

" <3 "

great move guys, more mods = less unnecessary insanity on the forums. 
#45 Posted by Teptom (2047 posts) -

Good stuff :)
 
Sounds like it will help with the problems that the site's been having lately.

#46 Posted by MasturbatingBear (1781 posts) -

nice, I would have liked to have had this at animevice lol.

#47 Posted by ververdan0226 (1573 posts) -

Just a wee bit more strict on moderation? Pleasies?

#48 Edited by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

Cool. We needed this.

#49 Posted by Soap (3589 posts) -

Good to hear, I don't think you can ever have enough moderators on a community (well, ok maybe sometimes) especially as things have been getting out of hand a little lately.

#50 Posted by Akeldama (4246 posts) -
@Hamz: thank you so much. Troll activity has skyrocketed as of late.