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Another debate on 9dragons forum and a post on a community blog ( Restless Hero League), BlooM vs Smooth show us again, a great example of how ‘stupid’ the official team of 9dragons ‘mods’ can be. Today I will make a general introduction about the net ‘age’ of moderators and tomorrow I will point particularly to the 9dragons mods team. Few days ago, I was reading on net some great lines about ‘moderators’. Below I will insert some:
“In the world of Internet fora and messageboards, “moderators” (often abbreviated to “mods”) are the equivalent of policemen. Except they have no real athority except over their web sites. Ranking somewhere below administrators, they are assigned the task of ensuring the rules of the forum that they “moderate” are rigidly adhered to by the rank-and-file board membership while at the same time willfully ignoring these rules themselves. Given special powers by the board’s administrators to assist them in this endeavor, it is common for these powers to be abused at a whim, and when the inevitable howls of protest follow, to use these same powers to silence dissent. In a nutshell instant fagatory. Moderators usually delete illegal stuff that we upload, show, etc.
The Moderators’ Creed
Almost without exception, moderators will operate under the following guidelines:
What’s good for the goose is definitely not good for the gander – in short, established board members are allowed to rip the piss out of n00bs but should the n00b under fire actually fight back and start winning, a mod will step in (often by locking the thread, see “Mod powers” below) before the established member starts losing too much face.
Law of the Post Count – an unwritten internet law that states that the likelihood of a poster being moderated, regardless of the merits or otherwise of their post, is inversely proportional to their relative post count. The Law also states that the truthiness of any post is directly proportional to the post count of its creator. (However to those in reality, the higher the post count, the bigger a loser in real life the person is and the less worthy their opinions are. But mods and admins like high post count people as they’re basically minions in their army.)
This Is Not A Democracy – a phrase invoked when a moderator has been seriously pwned for making a crap decision, and will not (or, more likely, cannot) justify the decision in public.
I’ll see how I feel – a decision made by a moderator does not have to be consistent, but instead will often be arrived at through gut instinct and with absolutely no regard to whether or not a forum rule has been breached. Can often result in double standards, a basic requirement for any self-respecting forum.
Lets just take this to PM – When a moderator has been called out for being a faggot and a Nazi. Rather then face the masses and actually admit to being an epic failure, they hide behind the cozy barrier of a PM and hide from the public like ‘bitches’.
You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Thick Skin – Since every mod (especially older ones with high post counts) is an ‘asshole’, there is often a rule in a forum that you should bring your “thick skin.” Moderators however do not need to adhere to these rules. If anyone is being an ‘asshole’ to them, they can simply throw a hissy-fitand ban you without recourse.
There are a variety of tools that a moderator can employ in order to carry out his or her duties efficiently. These range from the basic (editing of posts, maybe even deleting of posts) to the advanced (locking of threads, avatar and signature alteration).
These powers are there to be routinely abused; for example, a thread can be locked yet some moderators will still post on it regardless, denying a basic right of reply to the OP or the poster who apparently caused the thread to be locked in the first place.
As a result, moderators are often some of the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) internet trolls, which doesn’t stop them from accusing others of trolling at every opportunity. Should a moderator start losing an argument on a thread, they will often use the aforementioned powers, like deleting everything, in order to attempt to beat a dignified retreat. Either that, or go running to the admin.
Forums are easy propadanda machines
It is very common and easy for a moderator to use their powers to turn their board into a propaganda machine. They merely have to take a bunch of insanely absurd lies and propaganda, the more absurb the better, and then remove any dissenting viewpoints. When people complain about the moderator doing this, remove these complaints and keep all the content saying the moderator is doing a wonderful job. Bonus points if you do this while proclaiming your forum to be a place of free speech. Even more bonus points if you criticize other forums that do this while doing it yourself.
This is very common on forums and if you have the attention span to bother reading the TL;DR drivel, you will find each forum has people living in completely different realities.
Moderator Induced Necrosis
The law: – “The older that a forum becomes, the more reasons that Moderators find to ban the members”. Eventually so many people have been banned and so many posts inevitably produce hair trigger responses from the forum administrators that the dreaded condition “Moderator Induced Necrosis” begins to set in. Moderators become more concerned with their own status than the health of the forum and posters begin to drift away to other places where they can speak their minds without having to kowtow to a bunch of people who have been overcome by their own self-importance. In the final stage, all that is left in the forum are :
(a) the Moderators
(b) the occasional newbie who has wandered in by mistake, soon to leave
(c) the forum ‘lickers’ and
(d) one or two trolls with the energy left to be entertaining.
Soon after that, like a sun collapsing of old age, the forum dies, with only about ten members talking to each other about the same things over and over again, stubbornly soldiering on out of sheer inertia or perhaps even nostalgia. The irony is that if only the forum founders — who have often left a previous forum in disgust at the lack of freedom of speech – remembered their origins and removed the collective sticks from their ‘censored w’ then the forum would probably have survived. ( more, at http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Moderator )