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Old 09-28-2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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Are you an Admin or Mod in another forum?

I'm positive that we all appreciate and thank the administrators and moderators of this site for keeping it clean and friendly, that task being harder by the fact that both the userbase and the managers are scattered all around the world, and the number of users is huge.

I'm sure our appreciation and esteem is higher in the case of people who do run or cooperate with other forums themselves. It is indeed a complicated task, no matter how big the userbase, to maintain a degree of civility in your own place against the hordes of threats coming from the internet, while trying to accomplish the goal that our forum has (whichever they can be).

In my own case, I am currently a co-administrator of a Spanish politics forum, called Sólo Es Política. I started as a moderator in that forum and I was called to help, and here I am.

Three years ago I joined another politics forum (Foro Política), which gave me a lot of nice experiences. However, the administrators made a huge mistake some months ago (elliminating all the non-political subforums) with which much of the userbase was enraged and I decided to quit, along with many other people.

One of those former users brought many of us to a new project (SEP), geared to be what Foro Política should have been: a place for civilized political debate with its sections for politics, for discussing certain topics in depth and, last but no way least, to host the off-topic forums in which we could have a break and talk about the things which join us and not only the ones which split us. Aside of that, we've tried to become wider, trying to touch many fields (we started a blog, a FB account, even Twitter) and most important, we've engaged many users in the making of that community. In fact, it was some of the users who have been leading the process.

Eventually we've had to move to our own server to lend a better service and to better accomodate the ideas of our users. We as admins have steered the initiatives of the users as well as we could. There have been clashes, but I'm confident now that we'll keep growing and making SEP a better forum. I think that Mobileread is a great example for forums around the world, and I would like SEP to take some of its virtues.

And what about other people? What's your experience with managing/moderating a forum, if you have it?

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Old 09-28-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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Technically-speaking my other "forum" moderation duties are on a discussion mailing list (quite a few years now, and membership for about 12), though it feels like there are more similarities than differences.

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Old 09-28-2010, 09:36 PM   #4
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:43 PM   #5
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:31 PM   #6
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:22 AM   #7
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:08 PM   #9
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:14 PM   #10
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:18 PM   #11
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The problem of an international forum is mostly that people from all over the world have slightly different views about the correctness of things...
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:43 PM   #12
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:33 PM   #13
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:45 PM   #14
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:29 AM   #15
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I'm a moderator on an international forum for a game. Each moderator has its own forum to moderate and if I was asked for the Off-topic forum, I'd probably have declined...

The problem of an international forum is mostly that people from all over the world have slightly different views about the correctness of things...
I have no idea what you're talking about.

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