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Volunteer Moderators are here

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IB staff have posted some good information about volunteer moderators, but they posted it in the Lounge, which is, of course, a closed forum. So as a public service to you all, lol, here it is in full:

IBobi on May 30, 17 at 4:18pm
Hi guys!

I have not read through every post here, but I can address some concerns already.

1. We already have volunteer mods here. I assumed this was common knowledge. How else would things get moved to their proper place, inappropriate threads and posts and spam get removed, etc? They've been here all along, silently doing great work.

2. When we move to VBulletin, the mods will be easy to find -- their names will be Moderator 1, Moderator 2, etc. In the event that they need to post something, answer a PM, etc., you'll know how to reach them. But by and large, they will just keep quietly and efficiently doing the needed work.

3. We are not openly recruiting moderators. In my experience, I find very little success with "open casting calls" for moderators. When a member is promoted (or demoted, as some joke) to Moderator status, it's through careful consideration of their past posting habits, interactions with the community, and recommendation by the existing mod staff.

4. There are guidelines for what mods can/can't and will/won't do. They often discuss among themselves before taking an action. Mods are not allowed to unilaterally take action against a post unless it's obviously spam or inappropriate (language, etc.), just because they personally don't like or agree with something.

Volunteer mods are vital to virtually any community, including this one. I hope everyone "gets" this, and why. I myself am always here to answer questions; feel free to contact me at or you can simply PM me at IBobi when we move to VB :)

Thank you,


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