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Title: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: DojoDave on Mar 09, 2011, 11:00 pm
Hej,

this has taken me a long time, I was looking for some guidelines I liked for the Arduino forum and finally I found some I really like and that express what we consider important at the Arduino Forum. If you are considering becoming a forum moderator, please read the guidelines, make sure you agree with them, and then post your name together with the board/s you want to be moderating as a reply to this topic. We are going to be selecting moderators during the next week (deadline March 18th) as we really need your help to command this forum that already has over 40.000 registered users.

Thanks for waiting, now I can go back to my programming duties,

/d

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PS. see the guidelines as the first reply to this topic
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: DojoDave on Mar 09, 2011, 11:00 pm

Arduino Forum Moderation Guidelines

Introduction
Thank you very much for volunteering your time in helping us to keep our forums organized and enjoyable. The role of a moderator is very important in keeping the community together and helping it remain attractive to newbies. Here are some simple guidelines. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact one of the Administrators.

Moderators are appointed directly by the Arduino forum Administrators, if you consider the task you are commanding requires too much of your time and you identify other users that could qualify to be good moderators, please let us know.

Moderation is given to users that apply for it, and it affects only some boards in the forum. We are not considering yet, giving anyone Global Moderation powers, mostly because it is impossible that anyone has the ability to monitor a forum in the size of ours in its totality.

Conduct
Within your own forum, we expect you to act with impecable manners. Do not belittle members, do not air personal discussions to the public, etc. If you have a problem with a member, PM them or e-mail them and try to keep it at that level.

Outside of your own boards of influence, we expect you to keep the best interests of the members/forums in mind. It is not in the best interest of anybody to start or contribute to flaming/bashing topics. The only result of these topics are general negativity in the forums. It is not necessary nor useful to participate. However, you may choose to act as you will. Generally speaking, we will not sanction you for acting immaturely outside of your boards of influence. However, we will certainly take note of these actions.

Confidentiality
It is important that moderators have a place to discuss matters frankly without worrying about confidentiality. We have therefore implemented an area in the forum where moderators can discuss about issues regarding their position. We expect you to keep all discussions in this forum confidential. If you feel like you will not stick to this, please notify us so that we can remove your moderator access. If we discover that you have breached confidentiality, we will remove you as moderator.

Forum Duties
The main thing is to care enough about the Arduino community to make the forum a priority. This will manifest differently per person. If you feel that maintaining your boards of influence has become a burden or that you simply do not have enough time, please notify us and we will remove you as moderator.

Maintaining your part of the forum will necessarily mean regularly visiting to make sure that there is no spam, multiple topics, problems to take care of. Also acting when getting moderation requests on the email, responding PMs from users, etc. If you need to take a break from the forums, please ensure that someone else will keep an eye on them during your absence.

Taking care of your share of the forum is harder to blanketedly define, but probably more important. It is important that you access what your board needs and then do it. Please lean on other moderators at the moderation board for support when needed.

Moving and Deleting Threads
If there are any threads that need to be "deleted", move then to the Garbage, use the "Move thread". The only time you would use "Move thread" and leave redirect in previous forum" is when someone posts a question/thread in the wrong section.

Editing Posts
There are a lot of occasions when you will need to edit a post. Whenever you do, please insert an edit note at the very end. For example, if a member attached a link to an EBAY clone sales point in a post but the rest of the message was of importance, you would want to edit that part out and put a note at the end like "(YOUR NAME edit note: No advertisement allowed)".

Language
No violent, prejudicial langauge or personal attacks are tolerated in this forum. If you see any inappropriate posts, edit the post immediately. Remove the offending portion or entire post body and insert a edit note explaining your action.

Advertisement
No advertisement to non-Arduino-related products of any form are tolerated in any boards. Website links in the signature are fine as long as it doesn't have too many links in it. Use your judgement. Actual links to other sites are discouraged.

Advertisement of Arduino clones, should link to moderate the message, and could be linked to a legal action by the Arduino team. On the other hand, ads of Arduino derivatives, shields of all types, suggestions for improvements, are not considered spam when e.g. coming as part of a discussion like user A asks "how can I solve this project", sometimes the answer is as easy as "buy the XYZ shield by ABC at http://thatwebsite.com", and that should not be moderated. Please use common sense in these cases.

There are boards where to offer and look for services, and we should respect people offering their skills to others, as well as people requesting help from others.

Spam
The following are considered spam:


Relevancy
When you found a topic that is not relevant to a board, immediately move it to the appropriate one. Sometimes you should leave a "trail" and sometimes you shouldn't. Try not to leave too many.

Polls
We currently allow polls in most boards. Remove polls if they are irrelevant. ex. John Doe made a poll titled "Who's da man?" and put his name in the options. Polls like "What's the juiciest kind of carrot???" are not productive and should be deleted (unless posted in the "Bar Sport")

We can remove polls from topics using the admin control panel. PM one of the Administrators if you need this done. You can also split all the other posts into a new topic and delete the original one.

Closing Threads
When you can foresee that a topic is going downhill, you should close it. A prime example will be flame wars or totally off topic discussion. However, do not close topics just because the initial question/concern was answered. It is because although the first question is answered, the thread starter might have another question related to the original one. Bottom line is, don't close a topic if a normal conversation is going on smoothly (unless it wanders away too far from the original topic).

*Whenever you close a topic, make a post to briefly explain the reason behind it.

Stick Unstick
Sticky or Unstick whatever you deem necessary to maintain your board. If there is more than one moderator in your board, consult each other or make a post in the Moderators forum. DON'T just take matters into your own hands

Announcements
If you feel an announcement is in order for your board please discuss this with one of the Administrators via PM, IM, team email or a post in the moderator area.

User Warnings Tracking
Please log all official warnings in the Moderation subforum. One topic should be created for each member who has received a warning. Make a new post on the member's moderation forum for each formal warning issued. A formal / official warning can be done in public by editing the offending post and replace the offending section or the entire post with the warning message, or it can be done via private message. If it is done via private message, you could copy and paste the message along with your warning thread. Each warning, edit needs to be in a separate topic.

Suspensions and Bannings
Do NOT Perma Ban everyone... some offenses are more serious than others. We leave this to your own discretion as we believe you can understand what is considered serious and not.

Multiple Accounts
If you detect an offender shows up again on a different account, please proceed to immediately perform the same action as you were to his/her other account. E.g. if he/she was banned, then ban him/her again.

Personal Reflection
I don't really like setting out "rules" and "sanctions". Everyone here are adults and volunteers, and we are not out to herd you around. If there is a problem, however, you don't need to excuse yourself. You are all capable of doing a good job, and if circumstances arise that make it impossible, I expect you to seek help or step down. I don't expect perfection either, but if you care about this forum -your forum- then do a good job.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Coding Badly on Mar 10, 2011, 06:34 am
I agree.

Coding Badly.

Arduino Forum :: Using Arduino :: Microcontrollers
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,67.0.html
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Mar 10, 2011, 10:11 am
Great to hear something is happening.

I'm happy to moderate a board/boards but as I do read every post through my RSS feed (apart from the non-english language forums), I have no idea which particular board to moderate - I don't really think it matters too much. I'll moderate anywhere then.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: retrolefty on Mar 10, 2011, 11:18 pm
I agree and will help where needed. However feel most confidence in the hardware related sub-forums.

Lefty
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: biocow on Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 pm
I would be willing to help in the forums I pay most attention to which are:

Project Guidance
General Electronics
Exhibition / Gallery
Bar Sport
General Discussion

I do visit others as well but usually read almost all posts in those 4.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: WilliamK Govinda on Mar 11, 2011, 01:49 pm
I can help with the Audio forum as our company (aka ME) works with Audio products. ;-)

WilliamK @ Wusik Dot Com

Arduino Forum :: Using Arduino :: Audio
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,8.0.html
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: radames on Mar 11, 2011, 03:59 pm
I don't know how many moderators for the whole forum, but in case of a specific moderator for Portuguese in International section  I think I can help!

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: cmiyc on Mar 11, 2011, 04:11 pm
Would love to help.

General Electronics (http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,5.0.html)
Science and Measurement (http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,15.0.html)
Other Hardware Development (http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,22.0.html)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: daitangio on Mar 11, 2011, 04:12 pm
I'd like to help too.
I feel most confidence in the Software area, because of my background.
My web experience:
http://gioorgi.com
http://siforge.org
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: graynomad on Mar 14, 2011, 11:17 am
Put me down for

Home Automation and Networked Objects

I'd like to do more but I travel a lot and can be offline for long periods and this forum doesn't have a lot of traffic, it's also one of my main interests.

I'm happy to co-moderate elsewhere as well if the above "offline" comment is acceptable.

______
Rob

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Josias on Mar 14, 2011, 05:09 pm
I would just love to help the forum! This way I can help the community that helped me so many times. And although I have just a few posts, I can easily increase my participation on the forum if necessary for the role.

Any board for me would be fine. As a computer engineer student I believe I could be helpful for the forum :smiley-slim:
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: errnlo93 on Mar 15, 2011, 06:47 am
I would like to help.

Interactive Art
Product Design
Exhibition / Gallery
Suggestions for the Arduino Project
Other Hardware Development
General Category :: General Discussion

And I could be an extra pair of mod eyes in:
Programming Questions
Installation & Troubleshooting
Sensors

Thanks for your consideration!

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: chiva on Mar 15, 2011, 08:41 pm
I could handle the Spanish forum section
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: intermelt on Mar 16, 2011, 12:51 am
I would be interested in helping out in any of the following

Project Guidance
Robotics
Product Design
Other Hardware Development
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: newman on Mar 16, 2011, 10:16 am
keeping the forum clean from spam ?  ;)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Yot on Mar 17, 2011, 08:59 am
The arduino irc channel could use some moderators as well. I think most of the rules/guidelines for the forum also apply there. I would like to volunteer for one of those positions.

Sorry for being at least a bit off-topic.

regards,

Jeroen
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Mar 17, 2011, 10:19 am
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I would like to volunteer for one of those positions.

Good point - also prepared to be a hidden mod and mod on there when required.
There's not normally too much that goes on there though.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Onions on Mar 17, 2011, 08:40 pm
I would be happy to volunteer to be a moderator for Bar sport, along with Bio Cow. Although I look around most of the other boards, I seem to find myself on bar sport the most, so I feel that I would be of most use here.

I hope I can be of assistance!
Onions.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: coleoptero on Mar 21, 2011, 10:46 am
I agree.

coleoptero.

Arduino Forum :: International :: Español
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,32.0.html
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: VR4GUID on Mar 21, 2011, 07:10 pm
I know the deadline for reply to the call for moderates was March 18th, but if you are still interested in getting folks involved with moderation I would be interested in acting as a moderator. Topics that are of interest to me include the Arduino IDE, Arduino Bootloader, and some of the more technical topics.

I have recently started a new blog on Open Hardware Platforms that will give you a feel for my background http://openhardwareplatform.blogspot.com (http://openhardwareplatform.blogspot.com).

Feel free to call on me...We can see if we are a good fit for one another.

Thx, Leland
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: DojoDave on Mar 23, 2011, 09:52 pm
Guys,

we will be having a meeting about how to distribute responsibilities. I am busy to handle this until next Monday, therefore I have to ask you for a little patience. The university is keeping me busy this week.

On the other hand, even if we put a deadline, the application to become moderator is an open one, our forum is really big, we need a lot of help to handle things in here.

Thanks to those that have already applied!

/d
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: UweFederer on Mar 28, 2011, 12:23 am
Hi all
I hope that I not are too late.
I can help to moderate the german forum, also the Italina forum (but for italian I think there are jet enough peaple that do it).
I speak fluent german and italian, but not very good english and spainish. my motherlanguage is an dialect of german.
This is my second user. I want separate my private user (uwefed) from my moderator user bycause I think that is nott good give major inpotantance to my private replays only bycause I work also as moderator.
My private user is uwefed.
In peace, Ciao Uwe
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: maniacbug on Mar 28, 2011, 09:31 pm
Happy to help on Programming Questions and Other Software Development.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: errnlo93 on Apr 04, 2011, 11:17 pm

Guys,

we will be having a meeting about how to distribute responsibilities. I am busy to handle this until next Monday, therefore I have to ask you for a little patience. The university is keeping me busy this week.

On the other hand, even if we put a deadline, the application to become moderator is an open one, our forum is really big, we need a lot of help to handle things in here.



We know you are too busy.

Let us help you already!

Stop hogging all the problems. Share the wealth!

:P

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: fkeel on Apr 16, 2011, 05:54 pm
In case you still need people... I would be happy to pitch in. I'm most interested in eTextiles, interactive art and exhibit subforums.

Cheers
P.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Apr 20, 2011, 10:53 pm
Status? Do we have more moderators? Do we have a mechanism to get a few topics moved to the right (sub)forum, or stomp hard on crossposted duplicates?

No I dont have any particular examples at hand. I do not use the forum often enough to volunteer but might be persuaded to be drafted  8)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Apr 21, 2011, 11:30 am
Glad someone else bumped this thread, I've been keeping quiet for fear of another 'we're busy but working on it' post.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on May 21, 2011, 02:02 am
?!? I was just browsing the Deutsch (German) forum and noticed the Forum "Title" has changed and includes: "Moderator Uwefed".

Well, congrats to Uwe, and is this a sign that the moderator issue is advancing a little? (Or has it been there all the time and I am just too slow on the uptake?)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: jfs on May 25, 2011, 01:03 pm
With a little delay on the deadline ...

It's ok for me for the French section.

Jean-François
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Jun 15, 2011, 07:42 pm

It's ok for me for the French section.
... and I notice that your name is up in lights as moderator. There you go, free work (you dont have to pay to do it  :P) - enjoy. Shame I dont know French, to see how bad/good/fun/frustrating it is.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Jun 15, 2011, 09:05 pm
So - is this all staying secret and all they were actually asking for is moderators for the international language forums?
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Jun 15, 2011, 09:06 pm
That theory seems to match the two datapoints we have. I know nothing more than the observations made.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: smeezekitty on Jul 03, 2011, 07:19 pm
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Do not belittle members, do not air personal discussions to the public, etc. If you have a problem with a member, PM them or e-mail them and try to keep it at that level.


I have seen moderators in other forums that constantly belittle members. Atleast there is a policy against it here.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Jul 04, 2011, 12:17 am

That theory seems to match the two datapoints we have. I know nothing more than the observations made.

A few days (weeks?) ago I noticed the Español section got it's moderator. 3 data points, theory still holds :)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Yot on Jul 12, 2011, 11:58 am
Seeing some users marked as moderators, congratulations with your new job.

I do hope the arduino team realizes that with this little communication there is enough room for speculation and imagination. That's maybe why there were some negative sounds about this. We have seen that in the past as well. No/very little info about the forum migration made room for negative vibes. Holding back 1 or 2 negative replies on a blog post 'awaiting acceptance' for a couple of days while the positive replies got posted didn't help either in my case.

Nice saying from a few post back:
Quote
Stop hogging all the problems. Share the wealth!


regards,
Jeroen.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mbanzi on Jul 12, 2011, 12:18 pm
Hello All

We have slowly started activating moderators for all the boards.
I have done it quietly because I wanted to observe how people do their job before activating more moderators.

This morning I promoted two more members that are now global moderators.

In your opinion how much communication is needed about this?

I didn't have in mind any "Knighting Ceremony" for the moderators, should we have one? :)

m



Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Yot on Jul 12, 2011, 01:16 pm
Enough so there is very little room for interpretation. Those interpretations are usually on the negative side as we have already seen.

Jeroen.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Jul 12, 2011, 01:28 pm
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This morning I promoted two more members that are now global moderators.

Which members and for what reasons?

I presume from looking it was Coding Badly and AWOL but this is what is getting people annoyed - lack of communication.
The Arduino team to an outsider such as myself seems very secretive and does not seem to want to accept help from others for fear that it may extend out of the tight group of developers into a more community developed project.
That view may be wrong but I think that's what many people who hang around here see. Don't get me wrong either, we have seen some great things from the Arduino project and the universal acceptance and knowledge of the platform is rather impressive but it would be nice if we knew more and people had the opportunity to help more.

I know we have our opposing views (and likely for that reason I will never be made a moderator on this forum - which in part I am glad as with a new job and many other changes I don't think I'd have the time) but my views are not alone, I'm just one to voice my feelings.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on Jul 12, 2011, 02:01 pm
I'm an outsider too.
I have no contact with the founding team other than via email, and I consciously didn't apply for the position, even when they opened up applications a few months back.
I had no warning either - I just woke up with some new blue stars and an email from Massimo.

I can only assume they wanted a touch of "poacher-turned-gamekeeper".
Or possibly, like Zaphod Beeblebrox, anyone who actively wants the position on no account should be allowed to hold it!

(I promise not to use my new super-powers for evil)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Yot on Jul 12, 2011, 02:12 pm
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I have no contact with the founding team other than via email, and I conciously didn't apply for the position, even when they opened up applications a few months back. I had no warning either - I just woke up with some new blue stars and an email from Massimo.


Now, what about 'room for interpretation' in that. Remember that when people don't know the reasoning they will probably make something up or start guessing. So do it your, the arduino team, way and don't rely on the community or make use of the community which needs communicating before deciding. If you want both there will be guesses/interpretations/'bad climate'.

I try to explain this in a general way as i don't mean to start some fight over details.

Jeroen.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mbanzi on Jul 12, 2011, 02:17 pm
The Arduino team collaborates with a lot of people and we accept contributions from everybody.
In any open source project there is a "benevolent dictator" that has to make decisions in the end following the original spirit of that made the project successful in the first place. (you can find that concept in a lot of writings about Open Source)

Having said this we're not many people and we can't cover all areas as quickly as some of you would like.

The criteria is very simple, I'm looking at the ones who have reported the most posts while considering the amount and quality of their contributions. I've started from the "non-english" forums and now I'm working on the international forums.

There is still a lot of work to do.

m

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Yot on Jul 12, 2011, 02:37 pm
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Having said this we're not many people and we can't cover all areas as quickly as some of you would like.

I'm not questioning that, at all. I am a bit disturbed by the fact you seem to think we only want to receive.

Maybe there is a misunderstanding, the community could lighten your work load. Collaborating doesn't have to mean that you get yet another task that eats time. Though that will mean you have to share some reason about why you decided on things. Maybe the arduino team doesn't want to let go of some of that power. (you see, some of the interpreting/guessing there.)

Maybe you/we need to appoint one or several spokespersons. That way the team can have a single point to throw info to without taking much time in clarifying/discussions.

Jeroen.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Jul 12, 2011, 06:58 pm

I didn't have in mind any "Knighting Ceremony" for the moderators, should we have one? :)

http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/topic,66350.msg486652.html  ?
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Jul 12, 2011, 07:00 pm
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The criteria is very simple, I'm looking at the ones who have reported the most posts while considering the amount and quality of their contributions.

UweFederer?
I presume a personal friend...
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mbanzi on Jul 12, 2011, 10:24 pm
Mowcius

Your ability to see evil in everything we do is becoming legendary :)

Uwe Federer is one of the top contributors to the forum (see http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=14713) and in particular to the italian forum. Considering that he speaks german as well as italian and english he does a pretty amazing job in multiple forums.

He requested a different username in order to be able to clearly separate his moderation activities from the times when he's just speaking for himself.

m
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: mowcius on Jul 12, 2011, 11:25 pm
Ahh yes I do remember about the dual name thing...

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Mowcius

Your ability to see evil in everything we do is becoming legendary

I should hope so :D
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: maniacbug on Jul 17, 2011, 09:41 pm

I didn't have in mind any "Knighting Ceremony" for the moderators, should we have one? :)


Massimo, you absolutely should publicly announce new moderators. 

This serves two purposes.  First, it recognizes people for the service you're asking of them.  Second, the addition of moderators impacts the culture of forum.  It's just a fact of human society.  New leaders in any system affect the culture of the system.  So when you say, "Person X is a moderator," you are saying, "Person X is the kind of person we value here, this is the kind of society we are."  This is valuable and useful information.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on Jul 17, 2011, 09:45 pm
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New leaders in any system

I'm a leader?
Wow, am I in the wrong place!

(I think of myself more like a humble policeman. The kind who isn't handed wads of cash in plain brown envelopes)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Coding Badly on Jul 17, 2011, 11:08 pm
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The kind who isn't handed wads of cash in plain brown envelopes


That was an option?  Dang!  Typical of me.  A day late and a plain brown envelope short.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: maniacbug on Jul 18, 2011, 01:04 am

I'm a leader?


It's a fact.  Those who control the levers of power, like it or not, participate in setting the direction of the system.  People will look to you guys as role models for how to treat people.  This can be observed in pretty much any significant on-line community.


I think of myself more like a humble policeman.


This speaks to my first point.  Acknowledging your service to the community in a public way is a nice touch.  Since you're not actually getting any cash, it's an easy way to show appreciation for your police work.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on Jul 18, 2011, 09:32 am
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Those who control the levers of power

You'd be surprised how short those levers are   :D

Almost everything I do here is pretty tongue-in-cheek, so don't expect too much leadership from this direction (I'm new to this "online community" concept)

Edit: Pondering further on the subject, the role it is less like a policeman, more like a school caretaker (or "entropy control engineers" as I believe they are now called).
Think Filch from Hogwarts, or Willie from The Simpsons. (in fact, physically, both are pretty good likenesses)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: SixFoot6 on Oct 24, 2011, 04:50 pm
David
Sorry to but in on this thread
I am new to forum - I can not see how to post a new thread
Would appreciate some help
Simon
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: PaulS on Oct 24, 2011, 04:56 pm
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I can not see how to post a new thread

Pick the forum that you want to post the question/statement/whatever in (whichever is most closely related to the topic of your post). Select the New Topic button. Type away.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: SixFoot6 on Oct 24, 2011, 05:30 pm
Thankyou
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Oct 29, 2011, 04:32 pm
I am applying to be moderator for the new FAQ topic area. (Area is locked, so only moderators can write to it).
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: tytower on Nov 14, 2011, 10:24 am
I think I might apply to moderate the moderators !

Yesterday I posted
http://www.forums.adafruit.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=24144
Banned from official Arduino forum?

New postby joecool17 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:53 am
This probably isn't the right place, but it seemed like the best fit, as it has to do with my latest project. MODS: If not, please move it to the right spot.
I was apparently banned yesterday from the Arduino forum shortly after my first post. It asked about speech synthesis and singing, and included a link to one of my favorite XKCD comics where HAL replaces Dave with GLaDOS. I did nothing else, aside from filling in some profile info, and I have received no communication from the Arduino forum. I can't even access it logged out. I have been able to see it at a friend's house, and it seems my post was also deleted. Could someone post this to the Arduino forum and help me figure out what happened?



That post disappeared without explanation whatever.

Now if there is a problem with the guy OK - remove the post and tell me why
If you have fixed his problem OK tell me


Removing it without explanation is downright rude!

Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on Nov 14, 2011, 10:33 am
The user was reinstated, an explanation posted, and after a decent interval the whole thread was moved to "Garbage" "Recycle bin".
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: GrooveFlotilla on Nov 15, 2011, 09:33 pm
Please, this thread has be locked now. User tytower lecturing on netiquette and manners.Too precious. Preserve this for future generations, please.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: ajofscott on Jan 05, 2012, 12:02 am
Although I am learning C as it pertains to AVR, I do have 15 plus years at the bench working with CCTV, Alarm systems, and Camera controls. I would gladly assist the forum anywhere required.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Jantje on Feb 19, 2012, 08:27 pm
JO3RI and I would like to have a dutch forum and are willing to be moderators.
I agree with the moderator rules as described in the 2nd post.
Best regards
Jantje
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: JO3RI on Feb 20, 2012, 11:14 pm
And I agree to those rules too.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: nickgammon on Mar 23, 2012, 10:08 pm
If you would like another English-speaking moderator I would be happy to help. Those of you who would be likely to accept/reject such an application will know which areas I tend to post in: programming, networking, multiplexing, and electronics.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: 3dprinter on Apr 03, 2012, 06:06 pm
"Be careful for what you wish for, it may become true" :)
Congrats Nick! So now there is representation on the southern hemisphere and more timezones :)
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Jantje on Apr 03, 2012, 06:14 pm
Congrats Nick
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: nickgammon on Apr 04, 2012, 12:47 am
Thanks everyone. When I connect in the mornings there has usually been a lot of activity overnight.  But yes, in Australia we probably cover different times than Europe or the USA. No doubt there is quite a bit of overlap. Spammers are usually dealt with before I get to them. :P
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: superlol on Jul 06, 2012, 01:40 am
i'd like to moderate the italian section if/when sub-forums will be added as you'll need help moving old topics in the right section.

i'm quite free as i'm a student and the italian section is the one i follow most (i rarely see other forums).

off course i agree with terms

thanks for reading  :P
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: JB_AU on Jun 24, 2013, 11:00 am
My name i Justin i am from <--- Australia, i would like to do some casual moderation. I have seen hijacked topics, double posting, posting in wrong areas & some general forum misdemeanors.

I usually only have 2-3 days spare.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Coding Badly on Jun 24, 2013, 07:16 pm

I notice you have not used Report to Moderator.  That may be a good first step.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: JB_AU on Jun 25, 2013, 01:19 pm
I have 3 times!
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Coding Badly on Jun 25, 2013, 07:56 pm

Ah, yes.  So you have.  Thank you.

I wonder why you reported this post... http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=173138.msg1285902#msg1285902  You posed the question, "Where does this belong?"  The forum section is described as, "Controlling big heavy things that move, need high voltages, high current, or both".  @costy35 demonstrates how to control the direction and speed of a mixer motor; which is "a thing that moves" and "needs both high voltage and high current".  He uses a pair of BT138 triacs to control the motor.  I believe the BT138 could be connected directly to an Arduino.  (I am certainly no expert in triacs so that should be confirmed before trying it.)

In other words, @costy35 demonstrates how a cheap high-torque variable speed motor could be controlled by an Arduino with a pair of cheap triacs.  Seems on-topic to me.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: dannable on Jul 25, 2013, 01:35 am
Any opportunities for apprentice moderators? I have quite a bit of time on my hands at the moment (unfortunately!) and would relish the task of being a spam squasher! I promise not to get too enthusiastic!
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: RMurphy195 on Feb 20, 2014, 10:53 pm
Hi there -

I just had a look at a post entitled "Unwanted stepper motor action " to see if there was anything on there that would help with a bit of a glitch I'm having.

I came away feeling a little shocked at the offensive attitude displayed by "PaulS" and feel that it needs moderating.Is there a reporting mechanism I can use, or will this post have a positive result?

Many thanks - R. Murphy
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on Feb 20, 2014, 10:59 pm
A link to the post would be helpful.

Every single post has a "report to moderator" control, just down there, on the right.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: smeezekitty on Feb 20, 2014, 11:05 pm
Here it is: http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=218912.0

I can see why Paul reacted to the convoluted int/float conversion
but I think he way over reacted. And the code formatting is not a big deal at all
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: RMurphy195 on Feb 20, 2014, 11:19 pm
Ah, now I see it1 New specs on order ...

Ta ever so
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: B@tto on Mar 24, 2014, 01:11 pm
Hi everyone,

Just a question : I would like to help the actual moderator of the french section "Jean-François" and become a moderator (in the french section). Who do I contact for more information ?
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: robtillaart on May 27, 2014, 08:32 pm
I log on almost every day and behave as a visitor 99% of the time (as Arduino still is a hobby)
Most of the time most spam is removed by the time I login so I guess my effective moderator-mode time is less than 30 minutes per day.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: CrossRoads on May 27, 2014, 08:47 pm
Spam seems to be getting heavier. I've banned I think 10 accounts already today.
I find on days when moderators are not too active, I get 15-20-25 or more messages of spam reports in my e-mail inbox.
I've been deleting all Topics & Posts when banning, figure that keeps posts from banned authors from being reported multiple times.
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: Jantje on May 27, 2014, 09:22 pm
You must make a difference between "global moderator" and "moderator of a subforum"
As "moderator of a subforum" I have not received a single spam report.
I'm fortunately enough moderator of a spam free subforum  :D
Best regards
Jantje
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: AWOL on May 27, 2014, 10:01 pm

What hours are you expected to put in as a moderator? I try to log on several times throughout a day but can have periods of several hours (or days) where I cannot get on due to work/family commitments.

26/7
Title: Re: Moderation Guidelines && Applications for Moderators
Post by: ChrisTenone on Dec 31, 2018, 06:03 am
Hiya,

I'd like to put in my official application to be a moderator here. Here's my CV:

2005-2013, administrator of nikoncafe.com under two owners. PHP and control panel management of allforum parameters, including supervision of moderators and moderation of all sub fora. Spam elimination specialist.

2006-2016, moderator of all subfora of nikongear.com. New member liaison and inter-forum specialist. Abstract art moderator.

1999-2002, webmaster and creative content specialist, phoenixcollege.edu. Created and curated all content.

1998-2013, creator, content provider and owner of 101-365.com, an art and science blog. The Premiere art and science blog of the 21st Century. They are all still playing catchup.

1996-2008, creator, webmaster and content specialist, chemlab.maricopa.edu, aka Mr. Science.

I will be happily unemployed (retired) in Febuary 2019, and looking for work. I know the pay will be substantially less then I am used to, but the hours (26/7) are to my liking.

Any openings?

Lemme know via private message please.