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#1 Posted by Miniman (59 posts) -

Me and a friend are going to set up a forum based around racing cars. The only problem is we're not sure how we're going to go about appointing moderators. Since Giant Bomb is the only forum I'm a member of, I thought I would ask you guys what you think on Giant Bomb's approach to moderating. Do you like the system? Do you think the moderators always make good decisions? Let me know, I'd love to know how to best handle it before we launch the forum.

#2 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

Depends .....

#3 Posted by govermentcheese (249 posts) -
@Miniman:   common sense should be applied. Moderators have bad days like everyone else . Here recently they have jumped the gun on me for things i post. Moderators should be consistent and fair. common seance;;;;;    take3 care 73ssssssssss
#4 Edited by damswedon (3191 posts) -

i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod.
also just because someone posts allot does not mean they should be a mod.

#5 Posted by Stang (4726 posts) -

GB moderators do a great job. We are allowed to freely express ourselves, yet they mods will kick us in the ass if we seriously fuck up, as they should. When you launch your site, I doubt moderation will be an issue, at least until you have a decent user base. Let people act as they will, and hit them with the ban hammer if they are being abusive to you, your staff or your members.

#6 Posted by super_machine (1930 posts) -

shit damn piss. The moderators here are cool as hell. They really only step in when things get way way out of hand. I know you have pointed out a few issues you've had with the mods banning people (your avatar for ex), but I feel GB forum mods let us get away with a lot more than most forums. For that I am pretty thankful.

#7 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

Its a certain MOD who i have a issue with ...on the whole they do a good job

#8 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6992 posts) -
@damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind.
#9 Posted by govermentcheese (249 posts) -

How can i get modded for being silly and never cussing or talking bad about anyone and i see cussing and swearing on this site all the time isn't that disruptive. But other than that giant bomb is cool..

#10 Posted by Stang (4726 posts) -

Swearing is not against the rules. Spamming is. Got it?

#11 Posted by Megalon (1392 posts) -
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods? 
#12 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@Megalon: easy . Luchadeer
#13 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Besides that, um, issue that we have run into recently, I still do like the mods on Giant Bomb. They are *usually* pretty friendly and they are all good guys. I also miss BoG :( But the model here is a good one to follow.

#14 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -
@turbomonkey138: 
 
Well played.
#15 Posted by nanikore (2740 posts) -
@VWGTI said:
" @turbomonkey138:   Well played. "
I don't get it. ;<
#16 Posted by Brendan (7809 posts) -
@Miniman: I know this is off topic, but I couldn't help notice that you share a profile pick with a bunch of other dudes on the site.  Is there some story behind it?
#17 Posted by damswedon (3191 posts) -
@Megalon said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods?  "
we need Mod Mod Mods
#18 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

If you're starting up your own site, and this isn't just some subtle attempt to bash the Mods here or ignite conversation about recent events, then I suggest making sure the people you choose to become Moderators are people you actually trust. People you know are loyal to you and can be entrusted with the authority and abilities you provide them by making them Moderators.
 
At the end of the day a Moderators job is to uphold and support the feelings and policies of the site and those that run or own that site. So make sure who you pick is in fact someone you can trust to do that and not someone who will try to undermine your every effort.

#19 Edited by ververdan0226 (1573 posts) -
@govermentcheese said:

" How can i get modded for being silly and never cussing or talking bad about anyone and i see cussing and swearing on this site all the time isn't that disruptive. But other than that giant bomb is cool.. "

Because you come in with ill-conceived topics that make it sound like English is your third language. From what I've seen, you really need to visit the GiantBomb FAQ and maybe brush up on the site by browsing it a little more. Or PM the moderators with your questions. GiantBomb is awesome, and I'd love you to stay, you don't deserve to be banned and you should enjoy the site, just please don't make dumb topics and maybe try not to sound like you're from the Jersey Shore (zing)....
 
EDIT: Oh, and sorry. Pertaining to your actual question, I think you should use moderation on this site as an example for what you may want to do with your site. There is the right amount of moderation and common sense coming from the mods on this site I feel. They help with people like martin_king from a week ago and overall I feel they just do a great job. Definitely try to have more than one or two so you get a group of people spreading moderation, rather than having it rely on the views and personal opinions of one individual.
#20 Posted by MetalGearSunny (6992 posts) -
@damswedon said:
" @Megalon said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods?  "
we need Mod Mod Mods "
But then who watches those mods?
#21 Posted by Pazy (2581 posts) -
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" @Megalon said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods?  "
we need Mod Mod Mods "
But then who watches those mods? "
Suddenly I remember First Cause lol
#22 Posted by govermentcheese (249 posts) -

Explain the spamming charge sounds silly but i don't understand. Thanks

#23 Edited by Megalon (1392 posts) -
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:

" @damswedon said:

" @Megalon said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods?  "
we need Mod Mod Mods "
But then who watches those mods? "

 
#24 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -
@Megalon: *shudders*
#25 Posted by Canberra (1065 posts) -

I think regulators do us all a service.  
 
I also like car racing!

#26 Edited by damswedon (3191 posts) -
@Metal_Gear_Sunny: assuming we need half as many mods on each level of mods we get to a point where we have one controlling mod. That mod is God, or The Devil. So either the whole chain is good or evil.
#27 Posted by xMP44x (2193 posts) -

I'm part of a couple of other forums, so I'll give a general idea of what I suggest.
 
Pick Moderators you trust. Don't promote someone to such a high level if they abuse their power. If a Moderator gets out of hand, don't simply ban them. Demote them from their status first, and see if they still act the way they did. If they do, then consider banning them. Members who are also an active part of the community are worth considering for the Moderator status - they have to enjoy the community to become an active part of it.
 
Select a few very good members. These members can be promoted to an Administrator if you deem them suitable. Admins tend to have higher authority on a forum than Moderators do. 
 
Remember the hierarchy of the site.
Just because a Mod or Admin wants to ban someone, remember, you're the owner. You have the final word. Don't let your select group order you around - you made them Mods, and you can easily strip them of their status as well.
 
Send me a link too please - I'd be interested in seeing your forum :)

#28 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -

I like what xMP44x  said, its accurate.
 
I started a forum a few years ago, french canadian forum for metal fans called Poilus Online, its still around but i'm not with them anymore. Here's what i've learned.
 
Start small, don't establish too much rules, just go with the flow at first with the people that come on your forum. Once you start to feel that there's too much activity for what you can handle, THEN you assign mods. Go with regulars of your forum, people that you know how they think and how they act and that you feel, fits with your vision of the forum.
 
simple.

#29 Posted by Virago (2486 posts) -

what you do is not have mods, but just declare yourself as king, and if anyone pisses you off BAM they're banned. that way you cut out the middle man.

#30 Posted by lordofultima (6249 posts) -

Mods r guurreeatt

#31 Posted by Zaerus (154 posts) -
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:

" @damswedon said:

" @Megalon said:
" @Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" @damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. "
I think you just fucked my mind. "
But who watches the mods who watch the mods?  "
we need Mod Mod Mods "
But then who watches those mods? "
 Geneticly engineered uber mods who have the brainpower to wrap their head around that concept, sight to look deep into the mod-ism and still be able to spot bad moddings.
Whoever applies for that position must be screened, they might be Aliens.
#32 Posted by jakob187 (21671 posts) -

Man...this thread feels like flamebait.  Nonetheless, just pick doods you trust and slap 'em around when they get out of hand.

#33 Posted by Drebin_893 (2915 posts) -

I think the mods are idiots.

#34 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -
@Drebin_893 said:
" I think the mods are idiots. "
I'll start to work on my " DREBIN_893 is banned, WHY?? " user icon.
#35 Edited by mracoon (4971 posts) -

In general the mods make the right decisions but sometimes they make terrible ones.

Moderator
#36 Edited by Drebin_893 (2915 posts) -
@demonbear said:

" @Drebin_893 said:

" I think the mods are idiots. "
I'll start to work on my " DREBIN_893 is banned, WHY?? " user icon. "
I think when I get banned there'll be no need to wonder why.
#37 Posted by Sweep (8861 posts) -
@Miniman said:
" Me and a friend are going to set up a forum based around racing cars. The only problem is we're not sure how we're going to go about appointing moderators. Since Giant Bomb is the only forum I'm a member of, I thought I would ask you guys what you think on Giant Bomb's approach to moderating. Do you like the system? Do you think the moderators always make good decisions? Let me know, I'd love to know how to best handle it before we launch the forum. "
Considering your avatar I'd have thought this approach rather transparent. And unwise.
 
I choose to show my displeasure with moderators by writing an Allegorical Farmyard Adventure where pigs represent community figureheads. That's much more subtle.
Moderator
#38 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -
@Drebin_893 said:
" @demonbear said:

" @Drebin_893 said:

" I think the mods are idiots. "
I'll start to work on my " DREBIN_893 is banned, WHY?? " user icon. "
I think when I get banned there'll be no need to wonder why. "
I love the fact that you've already embraced your eventual ban.
#39 Posted by Demo (263 posts) -

Meh, they could be better, but I guess the job is done.

#40 Posted by Babble (1270 posts) -

Call me crazy but my first reaction to this thread is that the OP isn't actually making a forum.

#41 Edited by Drebin_893 (2915 posts) -
@demonbear said:

" @Drebin_893 said:

" @demonbear said:

" @Drebin_893 said:

" I think the mods are idiots. "
I'll start to work on my " DREBIN_893 is banned, WHY?? " user icon. "
I think when I get banned there'll be no need to wonder why. "
I love the fact that you've already embraced your eventual ban. "
Well, you know how things are.  
The thing is that if they ban me then it's purely because they're the ones getting insulted. If I said these things about, say, Jayge, they wouldn't pay any attention. But because I'm hurting the big-bad-mods egos, suddenly it matters.
#42 Posted by demonbear (1859 posts) -
@Drebin_893: Start droppin' names, son. I haven't seen this moose-dis thing i'm not aware, but you guys with your user icons intrigue me. I love a good forum drama. Is there a link to those events somewhere?
#43 Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin (3720 posts) -

I would suggest installing some kind of Japanese Catman filter because when I was using one a moderator looked  straight into his Dracula Eyes and holy Hell it caused problems all over the place.
#44 Posted by ThomasP (1656 posts) -

There is really only one moderator who I don't appreciate. The rest do a good job in my opinion. By no means do I agree with every decision made, but then again I'm not in their position, and never would want to be. It's a tough job. Lot's of hours and no pay, plus all the shit you have to deal with... it's a tough job.

#45 Posted by C0V3RT (1377 posts) -

Starting to get a sense of people trying to size each other up to see who has the bigger e-penis.  God bless the internets!
#46 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

This is the only forum I've been on (granted I've only been on a couple) that's truely free and lets you have your full opinion.

#47 Posted by chililili (1328 posts) -
@Sweep said:
" @Miniman said:
" Me and a friend are going to set up a forum based around racing cars. The only problem is we're not sure how we're going to go about appointing moderators. Since Giant Bomb is the only forum I'm a member of, I thought I would ask you guys what you think on Giant Bomb's approach to moderating. Do you like the system? Do you think the moderators always make good decisions? Let me know, I'd love to know how to best handle it before we launch the forum. "
Considering your avatar I'd have thought this approach rather transparent. And unwise.  I choose to show my displeasure with moderators by writing an Allegorical Farmyard Adventure where pigs represent community figureheads. That's much more subtle. "
But it is far less original.
#48 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -
@Drebin_893 said:
" I think the mods are idiots. "
I think everyone with the avatar you have is an idiot.
#49 Posted by Irishjohn (581 posts) -
@damswedon said:
" i think while its good to have moderators there should be a higher level of mods that approve what the mods mod. also just because someone posts allot does not mean they should be a mod. "
I agree completely with this. 
 
Yeah, not much of a comment, I know.
#50 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

fuck, fuck, fuck the MODS! 
lol jk, i dont mind GB mods AT ALL. this site is kick ass. i got banned from gamespot after being a member for like 10 years because i said san francisco was a happy gay land.