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Welcome, new mods! Need a little help getting started? (Thread)

For the 'greener' of the green names, I am sure you may be a bit overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. No worries, there's no real rush.

What we do, and how we do it

We, the staff, are supposed to be there to help the users. The site should be fun, but controlled in a way that keeps things from getting out of hand, and new users from joining. This leads to a certain degree of malleability in your interpretation of the rules, on a case-by-case basis.

So, what does this mean? Basically, use your own judgement, and see what the other mods do, ni similar situations. It might be ok to let a minor offence slide every once in a while, if people are having fun. A good example of this would be allowing KyuubeyAmigo speak Spanglish in main chat, despite the 'English only' rule.

I'm sure you'll do well. If you don't, it's no biggie, everyone makes mistakes.

Arbitrary subheading, for the sake of subheadings

"Now, what are our actual duties? I mean, I get the whole 'making things fun and controlled', but what are we supposed to be doing exactly?"

Well, in plain English:

Make sure people know the rules

If they break one, tell them. I usually make a post about it in a rule-breaking thread prior to locking, merging, or moving it. This helps people see the rules being enforced, and reinforces the rules in their minds.

If it's something small, or is not worth posting in the thread over, just shoot them a PM, telling them what they did wrong, and how they should act, in the future.

At all times, try to come off as friendly, and that you are looking out for them, but make it known that you will be enforcing the rules.

Enforce the Rules

Self-explanatory. Make sure you know both the site and chat rules, and enforce them. It's up to you to decide how you wish to enforce them, just try to not go too far. cc: @<a href="/user/kirn" rel="nofollow">kirn</a>  

Moving, Merging, Locking, and Deleting threads

I think this is fairly self-explanatory, but it's worth mentioning.

Move threads to the correct board, whenever possible. I usually just head to the random board, read titles, and go from there. Easy stuff. As always, try to leave a little message, saying the thread was moved ,if you'd like. Not really mandatory here. It's best when it is obvious the thread ought to hav been in a different board, such as a game thread.

Merging threads will also be something you do often. People refuse to use the search function, and, thus, you'll see a lot of duplicate threads. If the thread is worth it, merge it into a larger/older thread that it fits with. If it's not worth it, then lock it, and be sure to point out the 'main' thread.

Locking threads ought to be used when the thread is terribad, or is unable/not worth the effort to be saved. Lock threads that are obviously spam/useless, etc, and don't fit into the Spam board, which ought to be for non-discussion threads, such as forum games.

Thread deletion should only be used for threads that have content that has no right to be on the board. This includes, but is not limited to, illegal material, porn, racism, and most everything covered in rule 2 of the site rules. The same holds true for posts. It is ok to try to contact the poster, and have them remove the rule-breaking material themselves, if it's not that large of a problem. After deleting a person's thread/post, please PM them, telling them why it was, and what they can do in the future.

As with everything, use your own discretion. These are not inflexible, they are only guidelines that you can follow, or bend.

Chat

At least try to hang around in chat, when you are on the site. It's always great to see mods around, especially if you need help.

One ought to warn before kicking in chat, unless it is a grave offense. Tel lthe user to stop spamming, not to post links to illegal material, or to cool off, and, if they continue, kick them. Use your discretion, and don't be afraid to bend the rules a little, depending on how things are going in chat.

Closing

That's all I can really think of, off the top of my head. Feel free to post your suggestions, and I'll add them in, as needed.

I'd also like to personally congratulate our first set of new moderators. You' guys are great, and I cannot wait to see what you bring to the table.

And arbitrary tagging, for the sake of notifications~
@DarkChaplain
@Shigeru
@n1xx
@Hika
@Lycan
@DSP
@Dutchie
@Warlock
@Decae
@Kirn
@Nandaba
@Nightlight

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