Moderating is a thankless task


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Andre S.

Hurray for the mods! I moderated small forums but I sure wouldn't want to moderate Neowin :|

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articuno1au

Well, I'm faced with quite the dilemma.

Either I thank a moderator, thus showing Neobond to be a liar; or I don't thank a moderator and come off looking like an ******* O.o

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As a side note, I think it's appropriate that my thousandth like was for this post :p

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Tuishimi

There are a lot of thankless tasks... and I agree that moderator is definitely one of them! :) Any task where you give of yourself freely and are still criticized or yelled at or berated in some way is pretty thankless... Howie Carr used to have a "No good deed goes unpunished" segment on his radio show...

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Ice_Blue

It takes a special kind of person to moderate forums of any kind. But Neowin isn't just any forum.

It takes an extra special person to moderate the Neowin forums.

The patience required must itself be tremendous.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Neowiin Administration, I take my hat off to you.

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Hum

Thank you to the nice Mods. :p

Pay raises to you guys ...

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Raa

If you have never had a run in with a Neowin forum/news comments moderator and have been here a while, then we're doing a good job.

That's me! :D

Actually no wait, there was a "brief misunderstanding" once, but I hardly count it. ;)

BTW : Thanks!! :)

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Growled

Having been there myself, I actually know how tough the job is. Thanks guys for hanging in there and keeping this place running smoothly.

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Charisma

We do it because we love this place and all of you guys :D

Unless you're one of the troublemakers. Then...

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fusi0n

Thanks Neowin! I know I am one of the reasons we have to have moderators :)

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DirtyLarry

I can absolutely attest to the fact this image is 110% spot on.

The truth of the matter is even though I had a few runs at being a Moderator here, the amount of stress just became to much.

And do not get me wrong, it never dominated my life so to speak, but there were a few occasions I would let some incident spill into my real life and actually get me in a bad mood.

I know I helped some members out over the years as they have let me know as much, but I also could not help but feel a lot of members just instantly saw me as the enemy even though my goal was to make the community a better one for everyone involved.

So it really is a pretty rough gig at the end of the day. I do think it has changed a bit since I was a mod here. Mods tend to express themselves a lot more, and perhaps that was my own approach to things, but I definitely held back on saying things that could be deemed as negative strictly to try and stick to the belief that one should set an example for others to follow.

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123456789A

Most of your mods are good, but a couple of them don't install on my system and could probably use some documentation.

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Charisma

Most of your mods are good, but a couple of them don't install on my system and could probably use some documentation.

*looks at your avatar* It's because you seem to be running Windows 2000... only XP and up are supported. ;)

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+Dick Montage

For it's size, the moderation here is MOSTLY fair. And to be fair to the mods, it's got a LOT better recently!

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techbeck

For it's size, the moderation here is MOSTLY fair. And to be fair to the mods, it's got a LOT better recently!

Ive noticed that after a few posted topics about issues/problems they have/seen on this site, things have gotten better as well. Seems like that may have opened some people's eyes....some :) but not to take anyway way from the mods.

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b10h4z4rd

It's nice to get some positive feedback from the community. We don't get paid for what we do and I know some of use spend a lot of time on here when we could be doing other things.

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PNWDweller

Thank you to all the mods, admin, staff for doing their thankless jobs. I have played all three roles before so I know how hard it is.

Keep up the good work!

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Growled

Ive noticed that after a few posted topics about issues/problems they have/seen on this site, things have gotten better as well. Seems like that may have opened some people's eyes....some :) but not to take anyway way from the mods.

Sometimes it's hard to know what to do, or when to intervene. You want to keep discussion flowing but you can't let things get too out of hand. It's hard to find the right balance sometimes.

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astropheed

Thanks, I guess, although it feels forced. I know you didn't create this thread to directly get this response, but let's be honest, how would you have felt if you didn't get it (the response).

Most people have thankless jobs, you're really of no exception if you ask me. I wish I could post a thread at my Job informing everyone how thankless my job is so I can get some 'thanks', but this is real life. You wouldn't do this job if it didn't in some way benefit you; if you feel this isn't an adequate return than perhaps you should seek new ventures.

I'm not trying to be rude although I fully understand this is how it'll be conveyed, people don't generally like doughnuts without a tasty sugary topping.

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DirtyLarry

Thanks, I guess, although it feels forced. I know you didn't create this thread to directly get this response, but let's be honest, how would you have felt if you didn't get it (the response).

Most people have thankless jobs, you're really of no exception if you ask me. I wish I could post a thread at my Job informing everyone how thankless my job is so I can get some 'thanks', but this is real life. You wouldn't do this job if it didn't in some way benefit you; if you feel this isn't an adequate return than perhaps you should seek new ventures.

I'm not trying to be rude although I fully understand this is how it'll be conveyed, people don't generally like doughnuts without a tasty sugary topping.

Just want to point out something as I get the feeling you may not realize it, you realize that when it comes to the moderators and supervisors, it is not anyone's "job" correct? That all the staff except for the few that run the site are volunteers and get paid nothing at all. In fact most of them have regular full time jobs and do this on the side. So while I get the point you are trying to make, kinda sorta, this is really no ones job as you claim, so yeah, a little thanks is in order to be quite honest, as all of these people are volunteering their time in order to make it a better place for everyone else. And as pointed out, in most cases they already have some sort of "real world" job.

About the only people one can say get perks are the news staff, and even then, they have to review any "perks" they may get. And in fact most of the nicer stuff is only for review purposes and needs to get sent back.

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astropheed

Just want to point out something as I get the feeling you may not realize it, you realize that when it comes to the moderators and supervisors, it is not anyone's "job" correct? That all the staff except for the few that run the site are volunteers and get paid nothing at all. In fact most of them have regular full time jobs and do this on the side. So while I get the point you are trying to make, kinda sorta, this is really no ones job as you claim, so yeah, a little thanks is in order to be quite honest, as all of these people are volunteering their time in order to make it a better place for everyone else. And as pointed out, in most cases they already have some sort of "real world" job.

About the only people one can say get perks are the news staff, and even then, they have to review any "perks" they may get. And in fact most of the nicer stuff is only for review purposes and needs to get sent back.

Yes, I figured the majority of them do it for free. The word "job" has no implication to there being a strictly economic gain. As I stated before it wouldn't be done if there wasn't some benefit to them. No one works for free unless they're mentally ill, a martyr, or are being led on/scammed. Although, I could argue that if the reason were martyrdom than there could still be the benefit of becoming the martyr - which as I studied in psychology years ago - is actually something martyrs would strive for the opportunity to be (a martyr).

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Stoffel

I've been here for a while now and still no run in with any staff member, feels good.

Thanks guys for the amazing job you all do!

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sundayx

Just doing a bit of re-stocking...

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Malechai

love the image Neobond lol

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Hum

Just doing a bit of re-stocking...

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So, that's where the paid subscription money goes ... :s

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