Don't mistake this: We do not need more moderators because the community is running rampant. Actually it's one of the better community's I've seen.
However, the forum tends to be a slight mess at times, with countless duplicates or pointless threads flooding various sections, usually Support/Bug/Suggestion.
As such, I've checked the option BB3 offers and found the tools necessary to set up Moderators in a way I think they're feasible.
Moderators will exclusively have the right to lock/ move threads. They won't be able to delete either posts or threads, not banning of users. They are meant to ensure the forum sections to be in a readable state, by moving threads to approriate sections as well as answering & locking duplicates. If there is a need to ban a user or specifically delete posts/threads, they will have to rely it to one of the admins. Accordingly, moderators in this forum will be 'less powerful' the moderators of any forum, accordingly not infringing with my concept of a '(nearly)-moderation-free forum'.
To pronounce this again the 'moderators' will effectively be the forum's janitors, nothing less and not much more. Keep this in mind whilst applying.
I'm intending to staff the following positions:
- Bugsport Moderator
Responsible for moderation the Support & Bug Report sections. This 'position' will be filled with 2 (or if that proves not to be sufficient, 3) moderators. It seems more reasonable to have both of them be mods of both sections instead of splitting them up.
Not going to kid around, this will be a bone job, you know the activity of these particular sections by yourself.
This section requires people who simply have loads of free time at their hands.
- Suggestion Moderator Given to SpwnX
Being, after Bugs&Support, the 3rd most populated section, I would like to see a moderator dedicated to this subforum, who's responsible for clearing up denied suggestions and as well increase the quality of overall reponses to suggestions. He is in NO obligation to answer every single suggestion, though he must at the very least respon to suggestions he's shooting down (locking).
For this position, you must have a good understanding of IC itself (duh) and as well have the patience to stay polite even on the 42th Lightningrod suggestion.
- Smallstuff Moderator
Engineering, Screenshots, IC²-Servers, TexturePacks and Videos.
These sections are, compared to the other few, pretty much 'desolate'. Not saying they're empty, but I don't see the need to appoint one moderator for every 20 active threads here.
This position will be responsible for monitoring and cleaning up these less populates sections. F.e. by moving Engineering threads into the right subjection, managing server-threads who run out of hand and similar.
This position is more leant back in terms of time consumed, but given you're meant to mess with the Engineers of IC, you are required to have a thorough understanding of IC and it's mechanics. Additional knowledge about server-hosting could come in handy.
Addon Section will NOT get a moderator, since his only job would be 'approving Addons', a right I would like to keep for myself as of now.
Next to the bolded requirements for the specific sections, there are a few generic ones you will probably know from every other forum:
- You must be capable of speaking English to a sufficient degree, including punctuation and grammar. Take my writing as an example: My written English is moderately-bad, but at least understandable. That's the degree I would exspect from any moderator as well.
- Obviously, you must have a more or less polite and mature attitude. I think this is sort of self-explanatory.
- Activity is a not-irrelevant factor. Please do not apply if you intend to do this job just for a few days or don't have the time to do it.
- In regards to applications, people who have been around this forum for a longer period of time and are known for their attributes will be favored.
C&P the form below, fill it out and post it in this thread. I dislike being spammed with PMs, don't even try that.
Whilst trying to write up the form, I realized that it consists of only one question, thus it barely needs a real form.
I can read your name right next to your post, your age doesn't matter at all and I really don't care if you have hosted 22 other forums or never ever moderator'd before.
For what position do you want to apply? (applying for multiple positions is explicitely allowed, though of course you will only get one in the end)
Eventually add a few lines of why you think you're good for the position you apply for, but assuming you're one of the people who are active at the forums anyways, that won't be necessary.
PS: I will not make any decision before 24 hours passed, giving anyone with adequate forum activity (checking in regulary) a chance to apply.
As well I will probably delete all applications for position X once that position is filled, to keep the thread clean.