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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 20:54
Agold, you guys should be greatful to the people that stick around after getting in. Let them keep their mod status if they continue to show up. Yes eventually even many of the mods retire from the board and move on...and their names do change back to normal users.
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Kellogg Class of 2010...still active and willing to help. However, I do not do profile reviews, don't offer predictions on chances and am far to busy to review essays, so save the energy of writing me a PM seeking help for these. If I don't respond to a PM that is not one of the previously mentioned trash can destined messages, please don't take it personally I get so many messages I have a hard to responding to most. The more interesting, compelling, or humorous you message the more likely I am to respond.

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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 21:01
Finding time to post once your in b-school can be quite difficult, so kudos should go to the people who manage to this regularly.
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 21:02
riverripper wrote:
Agold, you guys should be greatful to the people that stick around after getting in. Let them keep their mod status if they continue to show up. Yes eventually even many of the mods retire from the board and move on...and their names do change back to normal users.


I agree and I apologize if my earlier post sounded condescending towards current B-School students. You guys provide some of the absolute most valuable perspectives on the board and definitely deserve to be recognized.

In fact, you gave me a new idea. What if we provided current students with their own color/status so that they can stand out and receive credibility? Perhaps have separate colors for current students and applicants who are regulars on the board. I'm not sure how it would tie into moderator status.
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 23:47
We could stamp all the moderator's bellies with stars, LOL :rotate

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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 03:11
dabots, togafoot, river, sorry about that. I don't think we want to get rid of anyone. I didn't catch that with agold's post. sorry i missed that.

In fact, the idea is to have a group of mentors that have the benefit of the entire perspective - gmat to b-school apps to b-school to a career.

school colors are something we have to work on.

keep going. what else?
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 19:08
i think should let those who want to contribute as moderators volunteer. Then the current moderator group will base on those criteria discussed in earlier posts to decide (still not so sure how u guys will decide - democracy, dictatorship or gladiatorial combat :twisted: jk)

Gradually, we will have a group to run the forum, decide who to join them and/or replace those who step down if you think general voting is not that good/efficient.

my 2cents
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 20:54
I think I should be green.....not for my post:kudo ratio.......but because green is my favorite color.
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2008, 21:45
i'd vote for ryhme and river anytime.. they are very valuable to the community..
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2008, 00:13
Gents, I love this forum.

If I may provide some suggestions based on previous forum experiences, being a mod is not about posting loads of stuff. That would be a crucial mistake. It's not even about making smart contributions. Being a mod is about understanding what is accepted on the forum and what is not and red-carding those who do not accept the principles of the forum (politeness, understanding of differences of views, etc). But all in all the admin is doing a very good job atm.

I agree with giving different colours or symbols to those who know a particular faculty, they should be put in evidence since they should be those who know the most about a particular school and be praised for still making the effort to contribute to this forum.
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2008, 08:04
I find that people having school related avatars is helpful in spotting current students. Though once the admits flood in and people start changing theirs it will get more difficult.
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Re: criteria for moderators [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 19:17
Alright, chiming in a little late (finals and final projects do that to you :( ).

Good discussion so far, and I think I can go along with the FlyerTalk method. My thoughts:

Requirements for being a mod:
- Contributed to the benefit of GMATClub: This is a hard one to determine, but it could be either a vote by the general members, or have Praetorian + board of directors decide, or some combination? The key is to not just base it off posts. Kudos may work, though different people give kudos differently, so until you reach a certain number (maybe over 100?), it's not a reliable counter.

- Be Nice: The key tenet of GMATClub. The moderator should always keep a cool head and moderate any conflicts as best as he/she could. If the moderator loses his/her cool once or twice, that's fine. But repeated offenses should not be tolerated. Personally, I think this is one of the most important aspects of being a moderator, since new members to GMATClub look at the different colored names as examples to follow. If any moderators behave badly, that will only disrupt the culture of GMATClub that most of us spent so much time protecting.

Identifying Marks:

I like the current system. Maybe keep green for "current applicant mods" and make a new color for "current student/gradudated MBA mods". This way we have red for Praetorian, blue for BOD, green for current applicant mods, and maybe orange or yellow for "graduated mods"?

As for school identification, is there any way to add a "custom title" area only for mods where you can put a special school logo or school name to identify where you're attending or where you graduated from?

Numbers:

I would agree that we probably should have a soft limit of how many current mods we have. I don't know what the best number is, but maybe 10-15? Of course, if some superstar contributor comes along, the "soft limit" will allow us to add that person as a mod, but limiting the numbers will help keep the mod status "special" and recognize individuals for their good contribution to the site.

Mod Board:

This is a useful thing to add. In other forums where I'm a mod, we use the board to discuss problematic people and come to a consensus of sorts on how to deal with the person. This will prevent problems like one mod removing messages or banning someone and the other mod reversing the decision. Those sorts of "conflicts" just add to confusion and show that the mod group is disorganized to the outside world.

Duties:

- Lead by example: BE NICE and RESPECTFUL!
- Make sure all the posts are "nice"
- report to Praet or whomever the new "board decision makers" are if any member is problematic (e.g. if "rankingsgod10" came to GMATClub) for disciplinary action
- facilitate discussion and moderate conflicts between members
- Sort information so it's easier for current and future members to find (i.e. Member Profiles, Essay Vaults, Knowledge Vaults, Ambassadors, "Who Got In" Threads, etc...)

Hope my $2 was useful. :)
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