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Reformation of SS leadership?
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Re: Reformation of SS leadership?

Quote:I like the idea of having way too many mods and admins. Of course we shouldn't give everyone mod powers the moment they get here, but once they appear reasonably responsible and obviously aren't trolls or some such thing, why not? More is better. To be practical, idiocy will be more quickly removed; to turn to an overused scenario, in the case of a raid the forum will have someone to at least try to fix things instead of one or two mods who aren't on at the time.

I saw the benefit of this way on the IRC channel. Pretty much everyone is opped at some point even if they aren't set to be opped by services. If something goes wrong, anyone can take care of it, but there is less deliberate wrongdoing (or more tolerance thereof; either is fine, intarwebs, srs bsness, etc.) as everyone realizes they can take care of problems or be taken care of if they become one.

This is precisely why we have so many mods/admins. Smile

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Quote:I really, really don't think that the fact the "forums are declining" is because of number of mods or admins. How do you string that logic together?

I think Maxwell is more concerned about specific admins or mods, not the actual amount of them... but he hasn't really mentioned any specific names.

Max, if it was all entirely up to you, who would you have as admins and mods?

I'd propose a renaming of the word "moderator" to "forum cleaner" or something that sounds more crappy, if that'd make anyone feel less important by the "immense powers" the title bestows upon them. Or something.

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Reformation of SS leadership? - Albatross - 06-24-2008, 10:02 AM
Re: Reformation of SS leadership? - SoulRiser - 06-25-2008 04:17 AM
Re: Reformation of SS leadership? - Hanny - 06-26-2008, 04:25 AM
Re: Reformation of SS leadership? - AWOL - 07-23-2008, 04:45 PM
Re: Reformation of SS leadership? - Cilaos - 09-18-2008, 01:09 PM
Re: Reformation of SS leadership? - monkey - 10-09-2008, 03:40 PM

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