June 20, 2007 at 6:47 pm #297372
Seconded. You look like you have great ideas.June 20, 2007 at 6:51 pm #297376
“Legoman182182″ wrote: I am concerned that the standards of the directory may be effected if some reviewers misinterpret your aims. What would you do to ensure this didn’t happen?
OK. This should in no way affect acceptance into the directory. Responsibility for that lies with another ministry anyway. What I meant here is that often, first films just fall below the horizon of most experienced filmers. I am saying I would discourage negative feedback but encourage constructive reviews. I would also deal with the occasional hurt feelings that sometimes causes.
“Legoman182182″ wrote: I don’t support the idea of a new comers forum, as I believe all forums should provide that “warm welcome”. Where you to be elected, would you put this idea to a vote, rather than implement it straight away?
No, I would implement it straight away, as it is described in my election manifesto. If people disagree with it, that may be reason enough not to vote for me.
Let me be clear that what I am suggesting is a place where people can ask anything they like without risk of being flamed. In this way, the main forums will not get clogged with this sort of ‘first post’ ‘help me get going’ kind of thread.
Being in overall charge of the forums, I feel it would be my duty to keep them clean and tidy. If you want to know how my moderating style works, look at the Official and Unofficial Contest forums, which I actively moderate. In fact I’m the only moderator. Briefly, I delete entire threads if necessary, move them if in the wrong place, and generally keep the place tidy.June 20, 2007 at 6:58 pm #297378
Richard, I like the idea that you’ve proposed, and I think that the idea is certainly worth trying, but I’m concerned about your qualifications for being our MoD.
It’s not that you wouldn’t be fair and balanced and reasonable, but you don’t have a history of being a mod on our forums. Additionally you’ve mentioned in the past that you “cannot commit to be on the site every day,” but rather about “two or three times a week.” There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I believe it will make it very difficult for you to adequately moderate the forums.
Your plan can still be implemented, but you don’t need to be MoD to make that happen. I’m certain that Cometgreen would be happy to give you the chance to do so in a deputy position, which would be much more fitting to your circumstances.June 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm #297388
I second you. My only concern, as Watson pointed out, is that you can’t commit to coming on every day. I have no doubt that you’ll be a great at this position, but it is always best if you are a very active member.June 20, 2007 at 7:37 pm #297397
I don’t think it’s necessary for the MoD to be here every day.
I have seen other sites that have a “questions forum” that’s explicitly for newbies to ask questions in. It does seem to work in those places but my fear is this would not encourage people to utilize our almost comprehensive set of resources.June 20, 2007 at 9:40 pm #297455
“Watson” wrote: you don’t have a history of being a mod on our forums.
What new candidate would? You have to start somewhere. I have been a mod in the Contests forums since my appointment earlier this year.
“Watson” wrote: Additionally you’ve mentioned in the past that you “cannot commit to be on the site every day,” but rather about “two or three times a week.” There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I believe it will make it very difficult for you to adequately moderate the forums.
I refer you to RevMen’s comments above.
“Watson” wrote: Your plan can still be implemented, but you don’t need to be MoD to make that happen. I’m certain that Cometgreen would be happy to give you the chance to do so in a deputy position, which would be much more fitting to your circumstances.
Equally, he could continue to do what he does as MY deputy. This would allow me to have overall responsibility for the tone of moderation.
Why don’t we let the electorate decide?
By the way, does your last comment imply you are not serious about your bid to be MoD. If so, have the grace to withdraw and make this a sensible election. If you are serious, then fine.
I am keen enough to carry out this role as deputy to the MoD, but I now think I would prefer to see who gets the public vote.June 20, 2007 at 11:51 pm #297504
I think this would be a great idea!!!June 21, 2007 at 6:26 am #297567
I liked your idea, it’s something I had never thought of; in many sites I’ve been to there are separate sections for advanced and beginners and this can be very effective.June 21, 2007 at 8:05 am #297584
“Richard” wrote: Being in overall charge of the forums, I feel it would be my duty to keep them clean and tidy. If you want to know how my moderating style works, look at the Official and Unofficial Contest forums, which I actively moderate. In fact I’m the only moderator. Briefly, I delete entire threads if necessary, move them if in the wrong place, and generally keep the place tidy
This is the one thing that interests me right now. Does this mean that you intend to heavily moderate the technical forums like Animation/Effects, Hardware/Software, and Sound? As in, complete uptight, need-to-be-accepted-before-posting kind of forum? Any new thread asking an old question is thrown away, any response that does not satisfactorily answer the question is deleted, that kind of thing. This kind of style makes perfect sense in the contest forums, as they exist solely to discuss contests, and so only practical contests need to be discussed.
But do you think that the technical forums need stronger moderation than we currently have? I’m not saying this is a bad thing or trying to trap you; I have toyed with the idea of laying the smackdown on these forums the last few months, having joined other forums that keep a tight leash on what is discussed. I think it can be beneficial and keep things focused, but I get caught up on a free speech attitude. I believe that, by keeping discussions relatively open, there’s a better chance of some new idea or technique being brought up, and it is better to keep things mellow. Your thoughts?
I apologize if that doesn’t make any sense, as I used all of my brain power in my previous post.
CometgreenJune 21, 2007 at 8:30 am #297586
I think there is nothing wrong with the current moderator style. If it where to get the point where each post is evaluated and then removed if it is irreverent, then we will have become communist.
Not that that was what richard was suggesting or was even implying…
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