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What are the criteria for the moderators?
Thread poster: Kemal Mustajbegovic

Kemal Mustajbegovic  Identity Verified
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May 27, 2002

I think this question is addressed to Henry. Yes, what are the criteria for selection of the moderators?



Thanks!


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Henry Dotterer
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Nothing is set in stone May 27, 2002

When people express an interest in serving as moderators, I review their professional experience, interests, and past site contributions.



I am generally looking for people who are native speakers of at least the target side of the language subcommunities they will moderate. Several years of experience in the industry is desirable, and in addition, many moderators have very notable professional accomplishments, like phd\'s, or impressive interpreting clients. This is not to say that they are all great translators (though I believe many are); what I am really looking for in potential moderators is that they have pertinent interests and the ability to accomplish the things they find important, even if it takes years.



Perhaps equally important in a site moderator is an understanding of internet communities, and a sense for dealing with large online groups in a professional and diplomatic fashion. You have to be able to take a stand on some things, let other things go, and always have a broad (there are lots of different people we serve) perspective. Creativity is also nice, because it is on the moderator list that we plan out new site functions.



Most important, though, is that a moderator have the greater interests of the community at heart. All moderators are volunteers, and though the exposure gained may be nice, the job is mostly thankless. The primary benefit of being a moderator is having a hand in the future of this site, and the profession.



Henry


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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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the real deal May 27, 2002

May I also add to Henry\'s neutral assessment. Moderators need to have:



1) superhuman patience to deal with people with raging-bull tempers, on-line terrorists, mulish know-it-alls preaching in imperious tones, annoying smart-asses and even more annoying folks with the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city and zero sense of humor



2) the equanimity of a monk to juggle stress from work and the unneeded (and largely preventable but nonetheless frequently occurring) stress from a volunteer job



3) the persistence of a marathon runner despite being booed by hecklers who ballyhoo their alleged skills but only end up seeming like jack-asses to everyone except themselves



4) and lastly, impartiality to become arbiter in frequent squabbles that really shouldn\'t happen but still do because of all the types of colorful people listed above.



So, you gotta be Captain America, Judge Judy and the Dalai Lama all at the same time.



All this said, the rewards are the virtual friendships forged and a sense of community created.



To become one, lobby your community and twist Henry\'s arm.



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RHELLER
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raging bulls & annoying smart-asses May 27, 2002

\"Moderators need to have:

1) superhuman patience to deal with people with raging-bull tempers, on-line terrorists, mulish know-it-alls preaching in imperious tones, annoying smart-asses and even more annoying folks with the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city and zero sense of humor.\"



Hey Marcus, (LOL) why don\'t you really tell us what you think of us?
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Kemal Mustajbegovic  Identity Verified
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Thanks May 28, 2002

Thank you both for detailed explanation. And, thanks for the advice Marcus, but I\'m affraid I\'m not good at arm-twisting kind of sport.



Regards!



Kemal


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Henry Dotterer
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diplomacy May 28, 2002

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On 2002-05-27 23:12, RHELLER wrote:

\"Moderators need to have:

1) superhuman patience to deal with people with raging-bull tempers, on-line terrorists, mulish know-it-alls preaching in imperious tones, annoying smart-asses and even more annoying folks with the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city and zero sense of humor.\"



Hey Marcus, (LOL) why don\'t you really tell us what you think of us?





OK, so maybe not all the moderators are diplomatic.





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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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Miss Rita May 28, 2002

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On 2002-05-27 23:12, RHELLER wrote:

\"Moderators need to have:

1) superhuman patience to deal with people with raging-bull tempers, on-line terrorists, mulish know-it-alls preaching in imperious tones, annoying smart-asses and even more annoying folks with the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city and zero sense of humor.\"



Hey Marcus, (LOL) why don\'t you really tell us what you think of us?







But I surely didn\'t mean you but just a loud few!



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Cynthia Brals-Rud  Identity Verified
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Pure genius May 28, 2002

Marcus, right on.







Cynthia


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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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LOL May 28, 2002

Absolutely great Marcus, you made my day
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John Kinory
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Takes one to know one, I guess May 28, 2002

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On 2002-05-27 20:37, marcushm wrote:

May I also add to Henry\'s neutral assessment. Moderators need to have:



1) superhuman patience to deal with people with raging-bull tempers, on-line terrorists, mulish know-it-alls preaching in imperious tones, annoying smart-asses and even more annoying folks with the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city and zero sense of humor



2) the equanimity of a monk to juggle stress from work and the unneeded (and largely preventable but nonetheless frequently occurring) stress from a volunteer job



3) the persistence of a marathon runner despite being booed by hecklers who ballyhoo their alleged skills but only end up seeming like jack-asses to everyone except themselves



4) and lastly, impartiality to become arbiter in frequent squabbles that really shouldn\'t happen but still do because of all the types of colorful people listed above.





The usual offensive remarks we have become accustomed to. That\'s a moderator\'s attitude to fellow-professionals; except I see precious little in the way of professional attributes in this insulting diatribe.



If you consider the stress from your volunteer job to be unneeded and so terrible (bring on the violins!), why don\'t you give it up? You took on the stress as part of your appointment. If you can\'t hack it, get out of the kitchen.



And as for impartiality {ROFL} - when you quash a question and give as a reason the fact that you agree with one of the parties to the row (the Data question, in case you\'ve forgotten or would prefer not to remember), I suggest this term is somewhat inappropriate!



Oops, nearly forgot: clearly, you believe that your job description also includes posting private emails on-site; and calling other members \'freaks\' in public.



_________________



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Rick Henry  Identity Verified
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You nailed how I *FEEL* some days. May 28, 2002





R.

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On 2002-05-27 20:37, marcushm wrote:

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the on-line personality of a hick let loose in the city

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Carla Trapani
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master of diplomacy Jun 14, 2002


Perhaps equally important in a site moderator is an understanding of internet communities, and a sense for dealing with large online groups in a professional and diplomatic fashion. Henry

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On many occasions I appreciated your elegant and diplomatic style... You\'re a master of that



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