Forum Moderation at Giant Bomb - The Beginning

I think I speak for all of the forum moderators when I say...THANK YOU!  You guys have been great.  Of course there were a couple of trolls and bad apples, that was to be expected, but to be honest, I thought there would be far more than there actually are.  Everybody has been really cool.  It's also refreshing to see that you all are actually trying to post in the appropriate forums, which I know isn't easy considering there isn't exactly an easy to use forum index at this stage of the game.

Just so you guys know, the moderation tools are quite limited at this point but the staff is hard at work on improving them.  Currently, we can only move posts between the major forums.  That means if it belongs anywhere other than General,Off Topic, Bug Reports, or Editing/Tools there is pretty much nothing we can do about it short of deleting it and having you repost your thread in the appropriate section.  Thankfully, Giant Bombers are pretty savvy and have been trying hard to keep their posts in the right section.  If you need a post deleted or moved, feel free to PM a moderator and we will work with you to get your posts in the place they need to be.


As far as moderation goes and what the rules are here at Giant Bomb, that's an ongoing discussion amongst the staff.  There is no Code of Conduct yet. I did write up a brief post that has since been slightly modified by some of the other mods as a general guide as to what you can and can't post here.  In short, just be cool to one another.  Try to treat others with respect, and don't act like a douche.  We're not here to micromanage every little thing you post, but on the other hand, if you get really out of line then one of us is going to drop the hammer on you.  This does not mean you are going to get banned for one borderline post.  It's more likely that a moderator will edit your post and then PM you about it.  Beyond the obvious, try not to get into Hard-R or X-Rated territory with your posts.  Discussions about illegal drugs, sex, warez, porn, nearly naked pics, racist comments, extreme flaming or personal attacks, and similar topics or posts will be edited or deleted.  Just use a little common sense and you'll be fine.  If you aren't sure if something is OK to post or not, ask a moderator for clarification.

As most of you know, there is no Report function for anything here yet.  That is something else that's being worked on, and a lot of you have been really helpful with PM'ing one of the community team to deal with issues as they arise.  Here is the list again, just in case you didn't see it elsewhere:

Forum Moderators

suitteeth
MB
CitizenKane
BoG
suneku
Hamz


There are an additional fifteen Wiki Moderators that are strictly concentrating on approving your thousands of Wiki submissions.  Wiki Moderators do not have forum moderation powers at this time, but that may change in the future once things settle down.  They don't have a special avatar yet either, that is something else that is being worked on.  These are the people you need to contact for emergency edits to wiki articles...like, when an image of a hamburger slips into the Solid Snake gallery.  In case you see them posting on the forums and wonder who they are, here is the list:

Wiki-Only Moderators

Pepsiman
JonDavis
KensterFox
Clint
Schizoid
Joseppie
Jax
Arkez
AmericanPegasus
NuclearWinter
TheBeast
Banzaiaap
LtColJaxson
MrJared
Gage

These lists are of course subject to change as things on the site evolve, but that's the list as it stands for now.

Anyway, that's about all I have to say for now!   Just wanted to say hello and get some things out there to keep everybody in the loop.  The moderators are here to help you have a better experience at Giant Bomb, and if there is anything I can do to help you, please shoot me a PM.  In the meantime, I welcome your comments, criticisms and suggestions. 

Mike






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12 Comments
Posted by MB
I think I speak for all of the forum moderators when I say...THANK YOU!  You guys have been great.  Of course there were a couple of trolls and bad apples, that was to be expected, but to be honest, I thought there would be far more than there actually are.  Everybody has been really cool.  It's also refreshing to see that you all are actually trying to post in the appropriate forums, which I know isn't easy considering there isn't exactly an easy to use forum index at this stage of the game.

Just so you guys know, the moderation tools are quite limited at this point but the staff is hard at work on improving them.  Currently, we can only move posts between the major forums.  That means if it belongs anywhere other than General,Off Topic, Bug Reports, or Editing/Tools there is pretty much nothing we can do about it short of deleting it and having you repost your thread in the appropriate section.  Thankfully, Giant Bombers are pretty savvy and have been trying hard to keep their posts in the right section.  If you need a post deleted or moved, feel free to PM a moderator and we will work with you to get your posts in the place they need to be.


As far as moderation goes and what the rules are here at Giant Bomb, that's an ongoing discussion amongst the staff.  There is no Code of Conduct yet. I did write up a brief post that has since been slightly modified by some of the other mods as a general guide as to what you can and can't post here.  In short, just be cool to one another.  Try to treat others with respect, and don't act like a douche.  We're not here to micromanage every little thing you post, but on the other hand, if you get really out of line then one of us is going to drop the hammer on you.  This does not mean you are going to get banned for one borderline post.  It's more likely that a moderator will edit your post and then PM you about it.  Beyond the obvious, try not to get into Hard-R or X-Rated territory with your posts.  Discussions about illegal drugs, sex, warez, porn, nearly naked pics, racist comments, extreme flaming or personal attacks, and similar topics or posts will be edited or deleted.  Just use a little common sense and you'll be fine.  If you aren't sure if something is OK to post or not, ask a moderator for clarification.

As most of you know, there is no Report function for anything here yet.  That is something else that's being worked on, and a lot of you have been really helpful with PM'ing one of the community team to deal with issues as they arise.  Here is the list again, just in case you didn't see it elsewhere:

Forum Moderators

suitteeth
MB
CitizenKane
BoG
suneku
Hamz


There are an additional fifteen Wiki Moderators that are strictly concentrating on approving your thousands of Wiki submissions.  Wiki Moderators do not have forum moderation powers at this time, but that may change in the future once things settle down.  They don't have a special avatar yet either, that is something else that is being worked on.  These are the people you need to contact for emergency edits to wiki articles...like, when an image of a hamburger slips into the Solid Snake gallery.  In case you see them posting on the forums and wonder who they are, here is the list:

Wiki-Only Moderators

Pepsiman
JonDavis
KensterFox
Clint
Schizoid
Joseppie
Jax
Arkez
AmericanPegasus
NuclearWinter
TheBeast
Banzaiaap
LtColJaxson
MrJared
Gage

These lists are of course subject to change as things on the site evolve, but that's the list as it stands for now.

Anyway, that's about all I have to say for now!   Just wanted to say hello and get some things out there to keep everybody in the loop.  The moderators are here to help you have a better experience at Giant Bomb, and if there is anything I can do to help you, please shoot me a PM.  In the meantime, I welcome your comments, criticisms and suggestions. 

Mike






Moderator
Posted by Jax

Very detailed post my friend! I like the fact that you've acknowledged our shortcomings with our tools. We are working very hard to get these submissions out. Hopefully, soon, I can be put back on as a forum moderator, though; as that is where my true skills are.

Posted by dr_nefarious

Yes, congrats to all the mods on doing a great job. Although I think the wiki moderators could maybe speed up the process a bit :P

Posted by Zoidy

I'm definitely glad you guys are doing this. This forum would either turn into a cesspool of crap or just die without some good mods. Can't wait to see what happens from here.

Posted by Pepsiman

Great post overall and, as Jax says, it's (extremely) nice to point out that our toolset isn't particularly complete and, coming from personal experience, it's really good that you pointed out that wiki mods like myself don't have forum powers at the moment. In short, I can't really find anything wrong with this.

Posted by Hamz

Great post mate that really points out the situation we are in at the moment rather well. Hopefully the more advanced Moderator tools will be coming our way some time soon :)

Posted by Foil_Charizard

Thanks for this, it's good to finally know who is who.

Posted by Rowr

The Bill and Ted code of conduct.

"Be awesome to one another"

Posted by BoG

Awesome post. Due to the lack of a report feature, I've been very happy that we've had an overwhelming community response to helping any way they can. Whether in the chat room or through a PM, people have been helping out a whole lot.

Posted by Guild_Master

Most needed post, can wait until the site evolves as you said.

Posted by DarkArmada

Great to hear that MB :) Up up and away!

Posted by OGCartman

Good Job man!