The Duke for Minister of Discussion

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January 16, 2007 at 1:02 am #252983
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The Duke

You may be thinking, “why would I vote for The Duke for this position? He’s not a moderator or anything. How do I know he’ll do a good job?”

Anyone who has dealt with me, especially those requesting me to write film scores, knows that I hold very high standards for language and conduct. I have always tried to maintain a good reputation on this forum, and apart from a few instances under my previous username, I believe that I have achieved this to a certain degree. As your Minister of Discussion, I would do my best to, with the help of our very able moderators, make this forum a better place for everyone, and I would try to maintain the kid-friendly atmosphere that has characterized this community for so long. Offensive conduct of any kind would not be tolerated, and posts containing offensive material would be cleaned up or deleted, and the authors of such posts would be warned via Private Message against future behavior of that sort.

What do I believe constitutes “offensive behavoir?”

Well, of course this would depend upon what my superiors think about it, and also, I would be very flexible about this and open to suggestions from all members of the community. The rules page is fairly clear about offensive conduct, but I would again be open to suggestions on what should be changed.

Although RevMen’s description of this position states that the Minister of Discussion will oversee all moderators, my goal would be to work with them, and take advantage of their experience and good judgement to help keep these forums clean.

Additionally, harsh attitudes towards newbies should not be tolerated. As a forum, we should be friendly to those who want to be a part of our community, and do everything we can to help them learn the awesome art of Brickfilming. Of course, spamming will not be tolerated, but it is possible to overlook the simple language and bad grammar that is so often characteristic of a newbie, especially when we remember that most of us were newbies once, too.

I am open to any questions, comments, or suggestions that you might have.

January 20, 2007 at 9:23 am #253907
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Lechnology

Being one of those who “has dealt” with The Duke here in regards to content in scripts and such, I will say The Duke is quite the kid-friendly person.

January 20, 2007 at 10:24 am #253915
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Monko

Well you have my support.

January 20, 2007 at 5:17 pm #253954
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Legoman182182

And mine. The juke for minster of information!

Brilliant smiley Lechnology.

January 20, 2007 at 11:12 pm #254060
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Nick Durron

The second I found out you were running for this position, I knew I was going to vote for you. You have my support!

January 20, 2007 at 11:16 pm #254061
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RP Hoogle

“Legoman182182″ wrote: And mine. The juke for minster of information!

It’s “The Duke” and it’s Minister of Discussion.

January 21, 2007 at 12:05 am #254073
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Smeagol

…And you have my bow!

January 23, 2007 at 1:51 am #254740
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Cometgreen

This is not meant as any kind of insult or attack, but my honest reaction when first reading your post: Why would the community need you as Minister of Discussion? It seems to me like your central issue is language throughout the forums, but I think many of us can agree that the current team has this so well handled that it’s practically a non-issue. Some of Blunty’s recent posts are a good indication of that, but I’d say this has been true for years now. If someone says something obscene, it is edited out quite promptly.

But you also keep saying that you would listen to what your “superiors” think and work with the moderators. This is a good attitude to have, but again, if you are going to look heavily upon what the other already established mods think, why is your presence necessary? What changes do you actually see coming from your participation? Do you have a different definition of what should be acceptable? Unless you see something new to offer, I don’t understand why your input would be needed. And again, I don’t mean this in any malicious way.

I also have to say I’m quite disappointed in some of those who have replied. I was hoping all candidates for this kind of job would be asked the kind of questions I have been asked, not just quickly given support. Unless, of course, he’s spoken with y’all privately, but it would benefit everyone else to do it publicly.

Cometgreen

January 23, 2007 at 2:02 am #254742
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Schlaeps

“Cometgreen” wrote: If someone says something obscene, it is edited out quite promptly.

I would have to disagree on that one.

While moderation more recently has been kicked up a notch, before the ‘brickfilms government’ was enacted I saw a large amount of profanity go by without any moderation what-so-ever. As you may recall, I even posted about it in the site feedback forum.

January 23, 2007 at 2:10 am #254744
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Cometgreen

I think that iamcharles’ response in that thread is correct in explaining why some of those infractions got through. I also wouldn’t say it was a matter of mods allowing the swear words, but simply not being aware of them.

And for the record, my revised rules do include a clear explanation of the kind of language not tolerated on this site.

Cometgreen

January 23, 2007 at 4:34 am #254768
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Schlaeps

“Cometgreen” wrote: I think that iamcharles’ response in that thread is correct in explaining why some of those infractions got through. I also wouldn’t say it was a matter of mods allowing the swear words, but simply not being aware of them.

“iamcharles in that other thread” wrote: I think these posts (the majority) have come from threads, so boaring so dull that no-one gives a [edited by moderator] to look at them.

So does that mean that your moderation will stop/slow significantly when the forums dull down (which, IMO, is always bound to happen)?

(Question directed at both The Duke and Cometgreen)

January 23, 2007 at 5:46 am #254774
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Cometgreen

I don’t think you understood iamcharles post, or you’re simply creating an unfair extension of his point. He correctly (for me, anyway, maybe not for other mods) said that these infractions were in ‘dull’ threads that, apparently, none of the moderating staff ended up reading. I know I don’t read everything posted throughout the forums, and it’s far too much to ask this of anyone. But this doesn’t mean our policies changed or mods were less vigilant, just that these were unfortunate consequences. And in these cases, I would encourage members to PM me or another mod (I would probably specify myself as the authority in the rules, unless I will be unavailable).

This was exactly the case for the TIE Army thread from a few months back. I had no interest in it and didn’t pay attention to it after the first page, but I received PMs from members complaining about conduct. I checked out the thread and saw how it degenerated, and quickly locked it. This is how I hope the community can participate in the moderating process.

And remember, these were specific threads. I don’t see how every moderator could simultaneously become bored with the entire community and slow their duties. In the case that a moderator does become bored and doesn’t feel motivated to moderate anymore, I would find a replacement.

Cometgreen

January 23, 2007 at 6:38 am #254786
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Schlaeps

Alright. Fair enough answer.

January 23, 2007 at 4:41 pm #254836
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January 23, 2007 at 10:49 pm #254956
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High Tower

“CometGreen” wrote: This was exactly the case for the TIE Army thread from a few months back. I had no interest in it and didn’t pay attention to it after the first page

Shouldn’t a good moderator be interested in threads? Not to say that your a bad moderator, but come on, as a moderator you should check out the threads, read each post, make sure everything’s okay, and then watch for the new ones. Correct? I remember when you were away from here for a while, and when someone asked you, you said nothing interesting was going on. Reason?

-ht

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