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Do we need a forum moderator?

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 03:55 PM
I figured I would start a thread about this seperately because everyone's opinions will get lost in the chat thread.

So, since we've started to attract some unwanted characters in our forum, the time has come to start the debate about whether we want a forum moderator or not.

In the MTF FAQ there is some information about forum moderators. If you're unsure about what the qualifications of a forum moderator are, you should go check them out.

In order for us to get a moderator we would need to express to Amanda that we all want one. It would need to be a group decision. If only a few people want one and the majority don't, we would not get one.

Next, we would need to have an election where all the regular posters would come and vote for who they want. (I say regular posters because its not like Murray fans could come in and elect one of their own to be our forum moderator, it's just us.)


Do you guys think it's necessary at this point? There are a lot of forums who do not have forum moderators.

Express opinions in this thread.

jole
10-02-2005, 03:57 PM
Currently, it does not bother me much. If it gets worse, I'd have no problem having one. Pretty much whatever you guys think.

Action Jackson
10-02-2005, 04:02 PM
If it helps keeps trolls away from the forum, then it's a good idea. I mean nothing wrong with a good debate, but trolling in a fan forum is poor form.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:02 PM
At the moment, I agree with hrbatyfan. We got our first troll and honestly he's not causing too much of a stink (although I was asleep during whatever happened yesterday).

If this starts to become much more of a regular occurence, then I would think one is necessary.

And for the record, if it is decided we want one, I am more than interested in being it. My qualifications being that I spend a lot of time here, and considering I just dished out my first bad rep today, I'm not quick to anger and would be fair when problems arose. That, and I'm nice. :)

Also a qualification is that for me, Novak is it. A lot of people here have other favorite players, but for me, no one comes before Novak. I am always searching out news and information about him and am qualified to take on a leadership role in a positive aspect as well.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:05 PM
If it helps keeps trolls away from the forum, then it's a good idea. I mean nothing wrong with a good debate, but trolling in a fan forum is poor form.


Also a good point... having a moderator could work as a preventative measure to keep trolls away before it gets too bad.

Novak does seem to attract a lot of negative attention. Mostly it has been in GM, where it is fine, since everyone attracts negative attention in GM. But when they come to our own domain, that's really going too far.

Perhaps having one would be a good idea.

Scotso
10-02-2005, 04:06 PM
I think for the time being, we need to push for evanzo being banned from our forum (is this possible) or just banned from the board. I normally don't like the idea of moderators but I think at times it's a necessary evil. If this keeps up, we should push for one. Right now, I just don't know. I can put up with one idiot troll for now. But, I have very little patience.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:07 PM
I think for the time being, we need to push for evanzo being banned from our forum (is this possible) or just banned from the board. I normally don't like the idea of moderators but I think at times it's a necessary evil. If this keeps up, we should push for one. Right now, I just don't know. I can put up with one idiot troll for now. But, I have very little patience.


If it's possible for him just to be banned from our forum, that would be fabulous and would be a good solution for now :)

I'm going to do some research.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:12 PM
Okay I have no clue if it's possible, and if Deb were online I would ask her, but she's not. :sad:

Scotso
10-02-2005, 04:15 PM
Okay I have no clue if it's possible, and if Deb were online I would ask her, but she's not. :sad:

Might be time to make use of the super-secret member's-only help forum! ;)

Action Jackson
10-02-2005, 04:15 PM
Okay I have no clue if it's possible, and if Deb were online I would ask her, but she's not. :sad:

You can have someone banned from your fan forum. Just report it to Neely or Jazz_Girl first or just go straight to Amanda or gravity. Just state what's been going on and the whole banning on forum trolls should be handled quickly.

I have never had to ban anyone from the Gaudio forum, though I have had to make some clear points, which people got the message soon enough.

In GM, well it's a free for all, but fan forums should be peaceful places.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:16 PM
You can have someone banned from your fan forum. Just report it to Neely or Jazz_Girl first or just go straight to Amanda or gravity. Just state what's been going on and the whole banning on forum trolls should be handled quickly.

I have never had to ban anyone from the Gaudio forum, though I have had to make some clear points, which people got the message soon enough.

In GM, well it's a free for all, but fan forums should be peaceful places.



Awesome. Thanks for the knowledge GWH :)

Action Jackson
10-02-2005, 04:19 PM
Awesome. Thanks for the knowledge GWH :)

I mean come on I have to deal with a player that has one major fanbase that can't handle him breathing.

Just make sure if a Forum Mod is elected, trying to get the balance between North Korea and fairness isn't easy.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 04:21 PM
I mean come on I have to deal with a player that has one major fanbase that can't handle him breathing.

Just make sure if a Forum Mod is elected, trying to get the balance between North Korea and fairness isn't easy.


lol, That is true.

Hopefully things with Murray never get THAT bad.

Action Jackson
10-02-2005, 05:49 PM
lol, That is true.

Hopefully things with Murray never get THAT bad.

Not a problem, it's just some people believe in hype too much, though the other problem is that some fans really help to make a player to be disliked even more.

Good luck with this anyway and I will nominate yourself for the job.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 05:57 PM
Not a problem, it's just some people believe in hype too much, though the other problem is that some fans really help to make a player to be disliked even more.

Good luck with this anyway and I will nominate yourself for the job.


:hug: Thanks.

Deboogle!.
10-02-2005, 07:36 PM
Okay I have no clue if it's possible, and if Deb were online I would ask her, but she's not. :sad:Sorry my dear... I was out. But GWH answered what I would have said. we have some people who have been banned from the Andy forum and just the Andy forum. and it sounds like this person here is causing enough trouble so that he deserves it.

I'm sorry, but I giggle a little at the thought that you guys have a worse trolling problem than Andy's forum :lol:. Ok, digression over.

But I know that we were concerned with the potential for more problems, which is why we decided on a mod. So we did it sort of preventatively, and as far as anyone's told me it has worked and we've barely had a problem with trolling so that's good. So I mean I'd suggest having a poll or something - like I told you recently whenever that was, if you make it a public poll you can make sure that only the votes of forum regulars are counted and stuff. Then it's public and democratic and the majority of the forum's wishes can be honored. And if the forum votes in favor of a mod, you can also all decide on a nomination process and then some neutral person (like perhaps not even a forum regular or anyone in the running) could gather PMs of votes or something like that - or you could have another poll and make it private, etc. etc.

Except for some of us kooky folk who poke in here and say hi once in a while, you guys seem like a pretty tight group and stuff so I'm sure you guys will all come upon something that works :D

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 07:39 PM
Sorry my dear... I was out. But GWH answered what I would have said. we have some people who have been banned from the Andy forum and just the Andy forum. and it sounds like this person here is causing enough trouble so that he deserves it.

I'm sorry, but I giggle a little at the thought that you guys have a worse trolling problem than Andy's forum :lol:. Ok, digression over.

But I know that we were concerned with the potential for more problems, which is why we decided on a mod. So we did it sort of preventatively, and as far as anyone's told me it has worked and we've barely had a problem with trolling so that's good. So I mean I'd suggest having a poll or something - like I told you recently whenever that was, if you make it a public poll you can make sure that only the votes of forum regulars are counted and stuff. Then it's public and democratic and the majority of the forum's wishes can be honored. And if the forum votes in favor of a mod, you can also all decide on a nomination process and then some neutral person (like perhaps not even a forum regular or anyone in the running) could gather PMs of votes or something like that - or you could have another poll and make it private, etc. etc.

Except for some of us kooky folk who poke in here and say hi once in a while, you guys seem like a pretty tight group and stuff so I'm sure you guys will all come upon something that works :D


Oh Deb, I can always count on you. :hug:

It sounds good. It is INSANE that we have a trolling problem. I mean, Novak has like 5 fans, lol how can he have HATERS already? Hahaha I guess that means he's doing something right though, I mean, you're not really someone until your forum has trolls on MTF :)

But thanks for the run-down. :smooch:

Deboogle!.
10-02-2005, 07:41 PM
Oh Deb, I can always count on you. :hugAlways!! :hug: Unless I am out, then I suppose you'd have to wait til I get back :p Hahaha I guess that means he's doing something right though, I mean, you're not really someone until your forum has trolls on MTF :)Absolutely ;) :banana: Not that I don't like him, but perhaps I will start liking him more just b/c he has hatahs :pBut thanks for the run-down. :smooch:Anytime :) I've got to do all those fun Sunday things like catch up with work and do laundry and the like but I'll be online all day if you have more questions :D

Chloe le Bopper
10-02-2005, 08:44 PM
I have missed all the evanzo trolling. Sad face.

For now it's probably okay, they should just ban the idiot from our forum if he bothers people. It's worth keeping in mind for the future, though.

Obviously I would have no problem with it being Jess if we eventually decided on having one. Though I secretly think that she's just searching for more vcash bonuses.

Deboogle!.
10-02-2005, 09:28 PM
I don't think you get vcash bonuses for being a forum mod :p :sad:

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 09:29 PM
WOT? YOU GET VCASH FOR BEING A FORUM MOD?

:p

:rolls:

Jelena
10-02-2005, 09:31 PM
Obviously I would have no problem with it being Jess if we eventually decided on having one. Though I secretly think that she's just searching for more vcash bonuses.
Imo it would be good to have a moderator, even if it was only as prevention. I don't know if it's really that way I state it now, but I think if there was a moderator, then maybe such trollers wouldn't dare so easy to enter the forum. And in case we decide to have a moderator I'd nominate Jess too. Chloe, even if Jess wanted to have more vcash bonuses, I think she's the best one for the moderator's job here.

Chloe le Bopper
10-02-2005, 10:12 PM
Er, the vcash bit was kind of an inside joke.

Scotso
10-02-2005, 10:58 PM
Somehow I doubt the threat of a moderator would deter trolls like evanzo.

savesthedizzle
10-02-2005, 11:27 PM
Er, the vcash bit was kind of an inside joke.


:p

Luckily in other forms of communication, Chloe also informed me that I was at least as able as her cat. :hug:

Chloe le Bopper
10-02-2005, 11:57 PM
And I don't even have a cat.

Chloe le Bopper
10-02-2005, 11:59 PM
Somehow I doubt the threat of a moderator would deter trolls like evanzo.
Deter them, no. But handle them and save going to a third party (Neely, for example) to get their posts deleted? For sure.

That said, I don't know if it's that big of a problem yet. But if other people think it is, I don't mind one bit if somebody (clearly Jess, since she's expressed the most interest) controls the trolls.

I'm going to be perfectly honest and say that I find trolls coming into this forum to be sort of amusing.

PennyThePenguin
10-03-2005, 03:35 PM
Well, it's only just one person at the moment so I can put up with it. granted though, that i'm not on as much as you guys are ;) :p

i think we could start with just getting the troll/s banned from the forum and if the situation gets worse and we start getting invaded by a horde of the idiots then we should definitely consider getting a moderator and i say JESS!!!!!!

savesthedizzle
10-03-2005, 03:37 PM
Well, it's only just one person at the moment so I can put up with it. granted though, that i'm not on as much as you guys are ;) :p

i think we could start with just getting the troll/s banned from the forum and if the situation gets worse and we start getting invaded by a horde of the idiots then we should definitely consider getting a moderator and i say JESS!!!!!!


I think we're okay at the moment too. :)

Although, I think our situtation might increase next year when perhaps Novak plays tennis on a regular basis.

PennyThePenguin
10-03-2005, 03:50 PM
I think we're okay at the moment too. :)

Although, I think our situtation might increase next year when perhaps Novak plays tennis on a regular basis.


:eek: :eek: you mean he plays tennis?

savesthedizzle
10-03-2005, 04:06 PM
:eek: :eek: you mean he plays tennis?


I don't know, just a crazy rumor I heard :p

PennyThePenguin
10-03-2005, 04:24 PM
ah. a rumour. then i think it's untrue ;)

Scotso
10-03-2005, 07:26 PM
:eek: :eek: you mean he plays tennis?

:haha:

:kiss:

ezekiel
10-05-2005, 12:20 AM
I figured I would start a thread about this seperately because everyone's opinions will get lost in the chat thread.

So, since we've started to attract some unwanted characters in our forum, the time has come to start the debate about whether we want a forum moderator or not.

In the MTF FAQ there is some information about forum moderators. If you're unsure about what the qualifications of a forum moderator are, you should go check them out.

In order for us to get a moderator we would need to express to Amanda that we all want one. It would need to be a group decision. If only a few people want one and the majority don't, we would not get one.

Next, we would need to have an election where all the regular posters would come and vote for who they want. (I say regular posters because its not like Murray fans could come in and elect one of their own to be our forum moderator, it's just us.)


Do you guys think it's necessary at this point? There are a lot of forums who do not have forum moderators.

Express opinions in this thread.

Yes, I think moderator is a necessity in a public forum to protect honest posters from trolls and personal attacks. Fortunatelly there is less trolls here than on the wta board :rolleyes: but take it from me it can get ugly pretty fast.

Novak Dj
10-07-2005, 06:48 AM
Why moderators? I don`t see any trolls here. :shrug:

Nole will be the biggest tennis player ever and he deserves the biggest forum ever. :devil:

savesthedizzle
10-07-2005, 06:52 AM
Why moderators? I don`t see any trolls here. :shrug:

Nole will be the biggest tennis player ever and he deserves the biggest forum ever. :devil:


Because we've gotten other moderators to delete the two offensive posts that have happened so far.

He'll have the biggest forum ever whether we have a moderator or not :)