Who wants to be a moderator here?

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by AA7BQ, Aug 2, 2016.

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  1. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is a difference between taking sides in a discussion and taking sides with someone in that discussion. The two remaining high profile mods here were part of the Political Junkies forum and they knew the difference between taking sides in a discussion and siding up with someone in that discussion. (That would be Bob and Tony) And to their defense they NEVER let their political opinions interfere with their job.
     
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  2. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well this has certainly taken the discussion off Politics :D
    You are devious Fred :)
     
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  3. KP4SX

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    Well, any user is free to do the same.
    On another forum we had a moderator who took it upon himself to correct spelling errors. And then whined that 95% of his moderating time was spent doing so. Its a real burden to be correct all the time :)
     
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  4. N2EY

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    Agreed. I'm just talking about times when nobody else does it.

    As I have repeatedly written - "this doesn't mean every typo....."
     
  5. KI4NGN

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    Not the job of the moderator. One part of discussion is the refutation of something posted, and it's not a moderator's job to correct anything. Moderate is the word.
     
  6. KI4NGN

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    Not the job of a moderator to correct anything.

    If someone lies, it's up to participants to point out that a message is not true.

    All the moderator does is make sure that everything stays civil with no personal attacks.
     
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  7. KC8VWM

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    ...So just some of them?
     
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  8. N2EY

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    We'll have to agree to disagree, then.

    Here's something I discovered with the USB/LSB myth:

    There are hams who cling to things which are simply not true (technical and historical stuff). And if you prove to them that their beliefs are not true, some of them get very angry at you for telling them the truth. Some will continue to deny the plain and simple facts - and, when you prove it to them, they call you a bad person and a bully.

    I am not making this up.
     
  9. N2EY

    N2EY Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Here on the Zed, trying to correct even some of them is like trying to stop the rising tide with a hammer.
     
  10. N1EN

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    I'm going to disagree with this a little bit.

    I think it depends on what kind of moderation is being sought.

    If the moderator's job is to step in when posters or threads go over the line into slander, harassment, and personal attacks, then a good moderator should be able to join in the discussion without compromising his/her role as playground monitor (assuming, of course, that the moderator has the ability to avoid falling to that level).

    An exception might be when the topic du jour is inherently borderline. Arguments that rely on statements such as "all X's should be Y'd beause they're Z's" will arguably flirt with that line. A good moderator might need to hold his/her tongue in order to maintain the appearance of objectivity when judging that fine line between a statement of political opinion and an inappropriate attack.

    Now, if the job of moderator goes beyond attempting to keep the sandbox relatively clean, and local conventions called for the moderator to work a little bit to ensure high-quality discussions (and the editing that almost certainly would entail), then perhaps the moderator needs to step back a bit from the fray, because the appearance of objectivity becomes that much more critical. However, is this really in the job description for a political moderator on the 'zed?
     
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