How do you become a Moderator for this site?? - page 6

I was just curious.I just came across a few posts created by super Moderators ..soo uhmmm...yeah... How does one become a SUPER MODERATOR?... Read More

  1. by   rn/writer
    Quote from earle58
    please, i'm not understanding this statement.
    yes, we agree that respect should be mutual.
    but moderators' jobs would be easier, less stressful if the members weren't the ones being disrespectful?
    i must be missing something in translation.

    leslie
    I'm speaking of members being disrespectful to each other, not to us. Much of our moderation time and effort is spent on dealing with posts that contain the potential for conflict and friction. We keep a close eye on topics that have been problematic in the past and hope they will stay civil. You know the kind--ADN vs. BSN; why do nurses eat their young; such and such a hospital/school/agency is a horrible place; union rabble rousers vs. martyr Mary wage slaves; men in nursing; foreign nurses taking our jobs. This is but a sample of a really long list.

    We usually issue a "play nice" directive at least once when we see members start in on each other. Sometimes that cools things down. Sometimes it hardly registers.

    Admittedly, it's difficult to interpret tone on a two-dimensional message board. But when many of the posts use generalizations and stereotypes, when posters start ripping on each other, when sarcasm does NOT seem to be meant in good humor, the negativity detracts from whatever subject was being discussed initially and the fur really starts to fly.

    We have been sent really nasty PM's that other members sent to each other as well as some meant directly for us. Some of the things that go on behind the scenes are quite vicious.

    We do our best to redirect threads and continually urge members to stick to the subject matter and not focus on each other's personalities or pedigrees. Sometimes that message falls on deaf ears.

    When I say that much of what we do as mods is generated by disrespect, it is the member-to-member type I am referring to. If every poster could find a way to disagree without becoming disagreeable, I'd venture to guess that shutting down a thread would be a rare occurence.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Telling people to 'play nice' or that they are 'behaving like children' or such, wouldn't be any better of a statement(s) than what the 'play nice' remark was issued for, though. Why? Because that's what children are told, and rarely would an adult like being talked to like a child (just because someone is acting childish, doesn't trigger the right to refer to them like a child, and not saying anyone has done that specifically). That, actually, can be like throwing gasoline on a fire, even if it's not apparent on that particular thread.

    That is where my 'respect all around' remark was from.

    (Saying what's on my mind, as always.)
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Sep 13, '06 : Reason: spelling
  3. by   EricJRN
    I think RN/writer's remark was tongue-in-cheek and I don't think she would actually use that phrase when moderating a thread.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Never said she did, as i stated in my post.

    Also never said that anyone has actually referred to someone as a 'child'.

    But i've seen the phrase "behaving like children" on the 'closing post' on a thread (whoever closed it is irrelevant), which is why i quoted that phrase in post #66 on this thread. And my thought to that was that the last post wasn't any better than the posts that got a thread closed down.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Sep 13, '06 : Reason: quotes
  5. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    I think RN/writer's remark was tongue-in-cheek and I don't think she would actually use that phrase when moderating a thread.
    i am not referring to anyone in particular, but yes, phrases such as "play nice" have indeed been used.
    but more important, is to acknowledge and appreciate that all of us are human; and in being so, we are all fallible.
    but that's my point eric.
    it doesn't benefit anyone by blindly defending someone.
    if any of us makes a mistake, enabling such behaviors do not benefit anyone.
    i've made some wonderful friends here on the bb.
    but i would never come to their defense, just because they're my friend.
    to me, it just creates more division.

    anyway, thank you miranda, for clarifying.
    i understand what you're saying, and agree.

    leslie
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    but more important, is to acknowledge and appreciate that all of us are human; and in being so, we are all fallible.
    Agree.
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    I haven't seen this asked yet, but are the minimum requirements that the applicant MUST be an RN, with the exception of the CNA forum?

    I'm just curious. I wouldn't mind being a mod while I'm in nursing school. I'm wondering if this is possible?

    I WILL get my RN one day, and I do have a lot of knowledge about the work due to self study, and my mom was a nurse.

    Just curious...

    Thanks for any answers...
  8. by   flashpoint
    I don't think the term "play nice" is meant to be demeaning at all...it is simply a general way of saying don't attack, don't flame, don't get off topic, don't swear, etc...basically, just be nice to each other. More often than not, I agree with the moderators when they close a thread or edit a post, a few times, I have been annoyed when they closed a thread, but in the overall scheme of things, it doesn't matter. If I have more to say, I can always start another thread. I would much rather have humans moderating a board than the automatic computerized sensors...at least you can reason with another human and a human doesn't stop you from posting things that look obscene when they really aren't. I post on a board that throws out posts with Virginia in them becasue virgin is on the list of unpostable (is that even a word) words!
  9. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Respect should always be mutual, whether the people are moderators or not.
    :kiss ... thank you for posting that thought.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I haven't seen this asked yet, but are the minimum requirements that the applicant MUST be an RN, with the exception of the CNA forum?

    I'm just curious. I wouldn't mind being a mod while I'm in nursing school. I'm wondering if this is possible?

    I WILL get my RN one day, and I do have a lot of knowledge about the work due to self study, and my mom was a nurse.

    Just curious...

    Thanks for any answers...
    i have seen a couple of mods that were student nurses.
    one is currently a student nurse.
    the other, recently graduated but was a mod long before that.
  11. by   EricJRN
    Apparently I jumped into this one a little too quickly. Marie, I'm sorry that I didn't read your post more carefully. And Leslie, you raise some good points.
  12. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from earle58
    when it comes to the tos and any subsequent violations, then it is clear as to why certain interventions are implemented.
    but when 1 mod personally believes in healthy, animated debating, but another mod may think it's getting too heated and there are no concrete violations, there lie the inconsistencies.
    one mod may close a thread, prematurely to some.
    whereas another mod lets it continue.
    it's when the varied 'perspectives' of what is appropriate or not, is when it sometimes gets frustrating.
    but i very much respect brian and his vision of what this bb represents.
    i think we all agree on that.

    leslie
    Leslie, I just want to let you know I appreciate your comments greatly. In fact, I can relate to your words more than I'm able to express openly.

    However, I've had time to ponder perspectives, and inconsistencies along with what is ultimately best for this site. In the end, the Mods do an outstanding job.

  13. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    Leslie, I just want to let you know I appreciate your comments greatly. In fact, I can relate to your words more than I'm able to express openly.

    However, I've had time to ponder perspectives, and inconsistencies along with what is ultimately best for this site. In the end, the Mods do an outstanding job.

    aw, good for you cg.
    isn't it wonderful when after a period of introspection, you've evolved, feeling humbled yet optimistic?
    and these personal journeys result in appreciable milestones that only serve to improve our relationship w/man.
    you must feel good about yourself.

    well, this old chickee is going to bed.
    have to be up in 4 hrs, to start my day.

    sweet dreams, all.

    leslie

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