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So You All Want to be Moderators?

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avatar Whoever01
Level 46 : Master Princess
Let's have a little blast to the past!  Many years ago, I wrote a blog about the consequences of everyone being moderators.  I see my freedom in writing this as I have blown my chances many year ago, and school consumes too much of my life for it to be one of my responisibilities.

The Pretty Things About "Modship"
I'm not really the person who knows the ups and downs of being a fellow staff member on PMC, as I have never actually been one.  It is pretty obvious to me what it is like from the experiences I have had on PMC over the years.

So what is (would be) good about being a moderator?  When I used to beg for a staff position (c'mon, I was twelve) I used to think about how good it is to access parts of the site that other's don't, and having the power to ban users (with reason).

One thing that did stand out about the moderator roles was the leadership opportunities.  In real life, I am running for School Captain (Head of the Student Body) as I consider myself to be a bit of a leadership person, and one with the maturity to ake on such a position (well, at least some maturity compared to when I was twelve).  This meant that the moderators had lots of say over the suggestions and improvements of the site.  Their feedback was way superior to what that is from a user (quite frankly, PMC doesn't care about the user's suggestions).

Another opportunity that moderator roles create is that to fill in blank space in one's life.  As I said earlier, my life is crammed packed as is, but for others, it can really occupy them wiht something to do.  I guarantee there are always rogue submissions waiting to be taken care of, and it would be always something a moderator can do to clean the site.

Finally, if you have read my Favouritism and Unfair Fame blogs, you may see this as a bit negative, but I ask for the sake of this blog, that you take is as something good.  The staff have a much more accredited presence on the site.  The members are more likely to praise and "like" the moderators compared to average members.  Their coloured names make them stand out more, so you can always get a bunch of "easy diamonds".

The Not So Pretty Things

Well, of course the staff have some downfalls of their positions.  Firstly, I wanted to state the dedication required.  Now I'm not Cyprezz and I do not run the site, but I believe a good moderator should spend 1 hour every day either contributing to the community or doing their moderator duties.  I know that many mods have left because of their inactivity, and I do remember one mod who stirred heaps of contraversy when they left, due to their previous positive notoriety withing the site.  To be honest, this controversy was one of the most important chapters in the life of PMC.

A big problem is the caution that needs to be taken when using the site.  You pretty much CANNOT do anything rebel in the site otherwise you would be permabanned, quite frankly.  You would have to set a great example (a better one than I ever could) to be able to maintain your position.  this statement is opinionated: but you'd have to give up your own opinions about some things to the ones that PMC want's you to enforce on the community (eg. if you really liked a blog that talked about how the rules should be changed, and you agree, you cannot say so, you must say that the rules are good as they are).

Finally, being a mod isn't all that it's cracked up to be.  Your inbox would be flooded with mean messages from butthurt babies who had their recruitment blogs and Steve skins removed.  You would also have to read every single message to ensure that you are listening to the people that want disputes for their removed submissions, and you have to risk your reputation being ruined by people saying that you are abusive.

So Everyone Wants to be a Mod?

Well, most people do.  We know that only a few get chosen out of the many that would have been eligable, and that many more people do not meet the eligability requitements.

While we are on the topic, I think I really should flesh out the theory of eligability.  Let me quote the rules:

New moderators are chosen based on their [b]maturity, activity[/b] (how much they visit and contribute to the site), [b]whether or not they actively file reports[/b] (in the chat room, forums and site) and [b]their personality as a whole[/b]. There is [u]no application process[/u], you will be contacted if you have been chosen. [u][b]'Hinting' at how much you deserve to be a staff member[/b][/u] and harassing existing staff members about promoting you [u][b]will result in you [u][color=rgb(255, 0, 0)]never[/color][/u] obtaining a moderator rank[/b][/u]. Please keep this in mind.

Well then, that pretty much sums everything up for those of you who are too lazy to read the rules.  I want to give my opinion: Maturity, Activity and File Reporting are very important factors of determining moderators.  "Their personality as a whole" I would not consider so much.  Of course, the person should be nice, mature and easy to communicate with but if you are a bit of a fun-lover, although mature, this might hinder your chances.

We know about the lack of an application process.  On Minecraft Forums, the moderators are appointed by those who apply, then they choose the most suitable candidates.  On PMC, you need to get yourself out there and show the community what you're worth, so that the Super Mods will send you the most awesome PM you have ever read.

I might be taking this a bit literally, but when I said that I had screwed my chances over, it was because I did "hint" to the mods on certain occasions in the past, and the rules do say "never".  To be honest, I think this is legitamate and illegitamate in some respects.  I think is is a good thing because those who are blatantly obvious about it, usually harass authorities, and therefore not showing good moderator material.  On the other hand, showing that you "want" it would show your future dedication and how much you really wanted.  It shows that you would enjoy the position, and not be one of the people that randomly get the PM like "um, okay".  I think PMC is missing out on some opportunities here.

So the idea about everyone being a moderator:  If everyone could get it really easily, that means that some people would abuse their powers, and eventually the amount of mods would overnumber the amount of members.  This could cause havoc in itself.  I think that the mods are already doing a great job of keeping this site well organised and smooth running.  I think that if you want to be a mod, you should follow your dreams and not let anything get away.  One day you may satisfy PMC's strict guidelines and score that position that you always dreamed of.  Otherwise, PMC is a great site to use anyway; there is plenty of things to do.

So what's your opinion of this?  Leave a comment in the description.  Do you agree with PMC's selection guidelines?  Let me hear it from you!


04/11/2015 10:51 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
I think it's a little unfair to say "PMC doesn't care about the users' suggestions". A lot of features started out as user suggestions and were implemented into the site, some examples being the collections feature and the upcoming profile update that reportedly will give users more customization options on their profiles. It's true that not every suggestion makes the final cut and a lot of folks here can probably say they've seen myself or other members of the staff disagree from a moderation standpoint on certain suggestions, but that definitely doesn't mean we don't care.

We also are definitely not forced to accept our rules the way they are. Many of our current rules were formed from user suggestion and points made by our staff either because we disagree with the rule or think it could be changed to better suit the site. We are in no way encouraged to be drones and not have our own opinions, so the statement you made claiming any "rebellion" on our part would result in being permanently banned or demoted are pretty misleading. This of course depends on what you define as "rebellion", but disagreeing with a rule while being on the staff team is only a cause for discussion and clarification, not being banned and demoted instantly.

On a lighter note, I love my inbox. 80% of it is really angry, belligerent people screaming at their keyboard and telling me that I'm complete trash for doing my job. Those people make themselves look really dumb when I explain what rule they broke, how they can avoid doing so in the future, and let them know that I understand it's a frustrating situation. That is usually met with more profanity and a combination of death threats and further strings of profanity and caps. At this point, I really don't have it in me to get really upset most of the time. I have a good laugh at most of my mail that ends up being that way.

I really feel the same way about "reputation" at this point as well. Someone telling the site I'm abusive with nothing to back up their claim is completely empty and anyone who believes what they're spewing without any proof that I was willfully abusing them (rather than doing my job and enforcing the rules) isn't someone whose opinion really matters to me, in all honesty.
10/08/2015 6:15 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
Why am I crying after reading this?
04/12/2015 7:55 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Button Pusher
+ You should note that most of the suggestions are done via the contact form. Meaning that most people think that they are being ignored but really they have just posted their idea in the wrong place. I used to post suggestions all the time and found that noone even looked at them. Now I use the contact form and you are more likely to get a response.

Personally I prefer something like UserVoice that lets people see others suggestions and vote them depending on their look on the idea. It stops this 'PMC is stubbon' nonsence and other arguments around the matter.
04/11/2015 3:40 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Pixel Painter
well they also get notaced and not left in the dust I mean there is one mod with like 4,000 subscribers and no Posts!, I mean it takes a modorator 99% less effort to get diamonds favorites and subscribers
04/12/2015 8:00 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Button Pusher
People don't 'Subscribe to mods more easily'. Personally I subscribe to staff to keep an eye out for updates and how-tos. Also mods are not chosen on their content. They are chosen based on their activity on the forms, how often they flag posts correctly and their influence on the community.

If someone is posting amazing content every week then they are not exactly going to be an active staff member. It's often that you will find that most staff members don't even play minecraft at all.
04/13/2015 6:01 am
Level 32 : Artisan Pixel Painter
Have you ever heard Getting in good with the authorities, well that's most of it also people wanting to be Mods, Stupid that doesn't work and Mods can't give out Modship so they are stupid.   {Not Mods}
04/11/2015 4:49 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Gent
A lot of moderators deleted their old posts, getting them to a lower level, whilst keeping their subscriber amounts. While you have a point, people subscribe to mods more easily, not always do they do no work.
04/11/2015 3:08 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
I always see blogs like these from time to time xD wut is this.. 
always something concerning moderator powers :P 

are people really this power hungry..
04/11/2015 9:25 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Cowboy
I have an understanding of moderating, and it's a hell lot of work. I prefer to be a high ranking user, rather than the guy in the background preventing the chaos.
04/11/2015 3:08 am
Level 46 : Master Sweetheart
we are robots with no life.
04/11/2015 4:32 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Button Pusher
'moderator should spend 1 hour every day'
For you it's more like
'moderator should spend 1 hour offline every day'
04/11/2015 4:48 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Blob
'moderator's life should be totally, entirely consumed by moderation'
04/11/2015 12:13 am
Level 48 : Master Artist
why be a mod when you can be admin.
04/11/2015 12:20 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Why be admin when you can be owner.
04/11/2015 12:53 am
Level 48 : Master Artist
Why be owner when you can be God.
04/11/2015 8:53 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Why be god when you can be evolution,.
04/11/2015 9:49 am
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
Why be evolution when you can be SedarGames...
04/11/2015 9:52 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Oh we're going backwards now? Okay why be SedarGames when you can be a potato..
04/11/2015 1:47 am
Level 41 : Master Narwhal
But jet fuel can't melt steal beams
04/12/2015 8:01 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Button Pusher
I think your find it can.
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