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[–] yerwanontheinside [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

NINE


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User: b_user_20

We do have an issue with that in AH at the moment, a small and persistent section of eejits with far too much time on their hands
who have almost certainly already been given the Noble Order Of before (or multiple times), and come back to troll. Some of them
get away with it for a time, if we can't quite prove who they are and they persist in making AH unwelcoming, abusive at times, and
repetitive. What do you do in that circumstance? It can't be left to police itself, you can imagine what it would very rapidly look like
if it was. It works when everyone is basically well-meaning, but it doesn't work when you have active and deliberate asshats
involved too. AH already has a reputation for being the dumping ground of the Boards lunatic asylum. Unfortunately, we tend to
attract the same damn (very emotive) threads that too often blow up into moderately vicious sniping. Some of that is symptomatic
of a wider malaise in Ireland/the world at the moment and there's nothing anyone can do about that, it's just unfortunate that AH
(and presumably Politics Cafe) are the places that it becomes most ugly and apparent.
I realise there's nothing actually helpful in the above, but AH is one of the more awkward places to mod in that respect and results
in more visible modding than anyone would really like.
On the other hand, I have a bingo card. The happy version of the bingo card has "No Reported Posts On First Page of Reported
Posts Thread" as the centre square.
(It's happened once!)

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User: b_user_3

On Farm and Forestry we've lost a few posters to twitter, we have the odd flare up still where a few lads get in a huff and close
accounts, but most come back as a re-reg in a couple of weeks, I honestly think they miss the banter. Farming is a solitary
occupation and we get a lot of people on at lunch time just for a look in. A lot of them don't actually sign in, there could be 30
signed in and another 70 or so as 'visitors'.
Forestry I agree AH is a more difficult place to moderate, but like b_user_31 in shooting, if a new thread starts up you could almost predict who
is going to post next. A lot of forums are very cliquey it is hard for new people to break in with photos and links not being allowed,
but as mods we use our discretion on F&F as most people are genuine.
What has worked well for us is a chit chat thread where almost anything goes, and is moderated very lightly compared to boards
in general. The only things we come down heavily on is personal stuff, ie. insults and trying to figure out why a poster left, + the
usual 'illegal' activities carried out.
Should Mods be allowed 2 accounts, one for moderating and the other for normal posting?
Thanks b_user_1 for starting this subject off.

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User: b_user_13

> Originally Posted by b_user_3
> Should Mods be allowed 2 accounts, one for moderating and the other for normal posting?

I thought we all had another account to troll our co-mods with..

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User: b_user_32

> Originally Posted by b_user_3
> Should Mods be allowed 2 accounts, one for moderating and the other for normal posting?

Do mods have any opinion on having anonymous mod accounts for modding and retaining their own user accounts for posting?
So "After Hours Moderator" or "AH:Mod" (or numbered like "AH:Mod#1") would be used to write mod notes or issue
bans/warnings. Users can speculate who the mods are all they want but the purpose will be to allow a mod to post without
worrying that their opinion will be taken as an official stance. If a mod wants they can retain anonymity - with care - but not from
co-mods or cmods/admins (we have to see who is doing what).
It would also allow mod team changes to be more behind the scenes and less noticeable when Mod Bob becomes User Bob. It
would also, imho, remove the instant opposition some mods experience just for the fact that they are a mod.

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User: b_user_33

Personally I really wouldn't be bothered logging in and out every time I want to do a mod action. That's just me though.

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> Originally Posted by b_user_32
> Do mods have any opinion on having anonymous mod accounts for modding and retaining their own user accounts for
> posting?
>
> So "After Hours Moderator" or "AH:Mod" (or numbered like "AH:Mod#1") would be used to write mod notes or issue
> bans/warnings. Users can speculate who the mods are all they want but the purpose will be to allow a mod to post
> without worrying that their opinion will be taken as an official stance. If a mod wants they can retain anonymity - with care
> - but not from co-mods or cmods/admins (we have to see who is doing what).
>
> It would also allow mod team changes to be more behind the scenes and less noticeable when Mod Bob becomes User
> Bob. It would also, imho, remove the instant opposition some mods experience just for the fact that they are a mod.

I think this is a great idea. Certainly it would make soccer a lot easier to mod.

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User: b_user_1

> Originally Posted by b_user_32
> Do mods have any opinion on having anonymous mod accounts for modding and retaining their own user accounts for
> posting?
> So "After Hours Moderator" or "AH:Mod" (or numbered like "AH:Mod#1") would be used to write mod notes or issue
> bans/warnings. Users can speculate who the mods are all they want but the purpose will be to allow a mod to post
> without worrying that their opinion will be taken as an official stance. If a mod wants they can retain anonymity - with care
> - but not from co-mods or cmods/admins (we have to see who is doing what).
> It would also allow mod team changes to be more behind the scenes and less noticeable when Mod Bob becomes User
> Bob. It would also, imho, remove the instant opposition some mods experience just for the fact that they are a mod.


It has been floated as an idea many times before, and the usual issue is the extra work involved. I think it's a good idea in a lot of
ways, but how easy is it to do logistically? Like, does a forum still have a list of moderators? Or does it just say AH:Mod? How can
users PM mods when they have problems? How do we keep track of who is actually a moderator? If the forum retains its list of
moderators, then the 'instant opposition' aspect won't be relieved at all, I would guess.

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