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RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR MODERATORS
« on: January 08, 2008, 01:02:51 AM »
I figured that I should make some rules for mods. For now I have usually told the person via PM what (s)he can do and what not, but I think it would be better to have it at one place, so other members can see it as well.

NORMAL MEMBER RULES ALSO APPLY TO MODERATORS! You can find them HERE.

Rules for Mods:

  • Never and I mean NEVER abuse your mod powers for personal gain. I have an action log in the admin CP, I can find out if an abuse really happened. Punishment can vary from permanent de-modding to permanent ban.
  • When an abuse is reported, I will look into it. If there is a suspicion that the abuse really occurred, you will be suspended until the matter has been solved.
  • Editing others' posts without ANY VALID reason can have punishments varying from temporary de-modding up to permanent ban. This is a slightly lighter offense than abuse, therefore temporary de-modding is possible.
  • If you lose your mod status completely, you will never be able to regain mod status again. If you were just degraded, you may earn it back.
  • If your step back from your position, the only way to make you a mod again is if you request it back. Then you may regain mod status if I see fit. If not, you may regain mod status later if I see fit. Whether or not I see fit mostly depends on the current situation of mods. If there are already too few mods around, you may just get your mod status back.
  • A serious offense is to make the S.P.A.M. section become serious. It's there for fun. Don't take it seriously, don't make it serious.

Guidelines for Mods:

  • If you are a mod for the first time, make yourself familiar with all the new options and powers that you have gained. Some are accessible in the topic listing index, some are accessible directly in the topics. Notice the change in details. If you have questions, you can google, ask an admin or another mod for help.
  • Don't edit posts unless somebody messed up with quote/code tags, the post has explicit flaming, advertising in the wrong section and/or breaking any other rules. Adding a funny comment or editing for fun without any damage is ok, just don't do it too often or I will consider it as abuse.
  • If somebody broke a rule, you can either edit the post and ADD a warning or simply post the warning. Both are ok.
  • Move topics to the right section on sight. Always leave the redirection link. If you are unsure about whether a topic belongs or doesn't belong into a section or where to move it, you can do as you think it's best, ask an admin / another mod or do both. You don't have to leave a redirection link if you posted the topic yourself just moments ago and realized that you posted it in the wrong section.
  • Don't lock topics that have been "RESOLVED", but rather lock topics to prevent further damage such as a "hot debate" that is slowly turning into a flaming topic.
  • Lock duplicate topics and leave a link to the other topic.
  • If a duplicate topic was posted by the author of the original topic just in another section and it actually has gotten already some posts, first move the clone to the appropriate section (the original as well if necessary) and then merge them.
  • If a topic starts going too much off-topic, but the off-topic discussion is relevant, consider splitting the topic. This goes for spammed up topics with actually funny spam as well.
  • Deleting topics may only be done if somebody breaks the rules extremely such as heavy flaming, repeated advertising, repeated violation of the same rules within short time periods. etc. Consider locking the topic first, it may be a better solution. Consider a basic ban (see below) in extreme cases. You can delete duplicate topics if you see fit (such as an identical topic without any replies yet). Rely on your common sense here.
  • No deleting or locking is necessary in the S.P.A.M. section. Editing posts isn't really necessary either, but since it's the spam section, it's ok for fun (or upon heavy violation of rules such as posting porn).
  • Extension on the last rule: Consider splitting and moving serious topics out of spam, before S.P.A.M. becomes serious.
  • Deleted posts and topic end up in the Recycle Bin which can only be accessed by admins. That means that you don't have to be afraid to delete topics or posts if you think it's right. So if you mess up accidentally or it wasn't the best course of action, it can be reversed like anything else.
  • Banning accounts is allowed for 24, 48 or 72 hours upon heavy violation of the rules for the first time. The time is determined by personal estimation. Upon repeated violation the ban can be renewed/extended to 1 week, then 1 month. Inform me of any ban action.
  • Always keep in mind that your common sense is the best way to determine an appropriate course of action. These are guidelines, not rules so don't follow them blindly.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 08:48:09 AM by Blizzard »
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Re: RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR MODERATORS
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 12:19:55 AM »
I updated the rules since mods are now able to ban.

EDIT: I removed the guideline not to ban permanently.

EDIT: I refreshed the rules and guidelines a bit for easier understanding.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 08:46:44 AM by Blizzard »
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I do not speak to bricks, either as individuals or in wall form.

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When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.