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Posted Aug 11, '10 at 2:11pm

Gantic

Gantic

6,090 posts

Moderator

This is a compilation of an introduction to the moderators, answering questions on how to become a moderator, and what our merit standards are.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Moderation Team
2. Want to be a Mod? Want Merits?
3. Our Merit Standards
4. Our Moderator Standards

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The Moderation Team

Questions can normally be answered through the Help page, so if you have a general site question, please make sure to look there first.

The Moderators on Armor Games make sure that users are following the Rules and Regulations, and help enforce these rules. You may see them around the site, answering users questions and taking care of SPAM. Moderator comments show up in blue in the forums, so it is easier to tell when a moderator is responding on a topic. All site moderators and administrators can be viewed on the About page.

Without further ado, here is a list of the most current Moderators:
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Asherlee

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Cenere

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dank

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Devoidless

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Estel

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Gantic

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NoNameC68

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Strop

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Zophia

Armor Games also has a Community Manager, who acts with the Moderators to help improve the community:
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Carlie

Much thanks to all of the Moderators that help keep the site clean of spam and abuse!

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Want to be a Moderator? Want Merits?

Then DON'T ASK!

We love that you love Armor Games enough to try to become a moderator or that you want extra points for writing a great review but we will not make you a moderator or give you a merit if you ask.

Why?

Because we choose our moderators by selecting members of the community who are responsible, mature, and contribute in great ways to the site.  We watch in our own eyes and suggest to each other who should become the next mod.  If you say to us "hey, I want to be a mod!" you are hurting this process because we want to choose based on qualities of users we need... leadership, responsibility, maturity, respect, and dedication to make the site awesome.  Saying "I should be mod!" makes us think twice... mod material comes from people who SHOW US they can be a mod, not ASK US.

So don't:
Ask a mod to make you a moderator on the site.
Ask an admin to make you a moderator on the site.
Suggest a user to become a moderator on the site.

As for merits, we don't want you shoving your merits in our faces.  We have quite a few people scouring the site looking for awesome comments to merit so if you wrote something good most likely it will be found.  If it isn't found, that isn't to say you didn't do something great for the site.  People who write lots of good comments end up becoming mods as well, so maybe you won't get the merit but you might get something even better!

So help the site by being good Armor Games users, but let us choose the next mods and merits on our own accord.

Thanks!

(Thanks to John for this section)
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Merit Standards

We have been getting a lot of complaints lately about people not getting merits for their comments. This is not necessarily because we have not seen them, but because we have heightened our standards of what constitutes a merit worthy comment. We have put our standards into some guidelines, so that you guys can see what we look for in a merit:

1) Perfect or near perfect grammar. Remember to use capitalization and proper spelling.
2) Structured. Try to give some flow and structure to what you are writing. Don't just jump around from topic to topic.
3) Comprehensive, and with unique insight into the game that we somehow deem to be valuable.
4) Coherent. A lot of reviews that follow the recommended template become an exercise unto itself i.e. they don't really make sense when you actually read them. They sometimes even contradict themselves. These sort of comments don't get merits. Just because it is long, does not mean it will get a merit. It has to make sense too.
5) Contains constructive criticism of the game. Tell us the changes that you would make to the game, and why. What do you approve of? What don't you like?
6) Do not ask for a merit. Chances are, if you have to ask for a merit, you will not get one. It highly reduces your chances of receiving one, and makes us sad every time you ask :(

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For further hints and tips, check out the N&N and Greg Merit Guide. But remember to always follow the guidelines listed above.

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Moderator Standards

"If you would like to become a moderator, you first need to show that you are responsible on the site; show a good posting record and maturity and you may be granted these exclusive rights! We will usually hand pick moderators, but if you feel you have what it take, contact us on the Contact page... we are really, really picky though!" -Courtesy of the Help page.

Now here are some of this things we look for in moderators:

1) Responsibility. Potential moderators must be responsible, mature, honest, and trustworthy. There is not a specific age requirement, but maturity is a big aspect of moderation. This is why we do tend to choose members who are older.
2) Good posting record. We look for members who have a good posting record. This means they have an adequate amount of forum posts, game reviews, and merits. We look for people who post clearly and intelligently with very few spelling or grammatical errors. We will never choose someone who spams any of their writing for points. We look for people who post comments to help improve the site, instead of just posting for points.
3) Helpful. Potential moderators are members who are very helpful and courteous to other members of the community. They answer questions for other members when possible with a friendly attitude. They are active and constructive with suggestions and support. Moderators have a genuine interest in helping improve the community.
4) Activity. We only ask members who are moderately to very active on the site. This helps us ensure that they will be accessible to members of the community, and be around to help enforce the rules of the site.

If you would like to be a moderator, please do not ask a moderator or administrator directly. Chances are, if you have to ask to be a moderator, you probably should not be one. We normally hand pick moderators, and none of the moderators that we currently have were chosen because they asked for it. We don't really go by the 'Ask and you shall receive policy.'

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Original post by Carlie
Last updated by Gantic

 

Posted Aug 11, '10 at 6:12pm

Ernie15

Ernie15

12,256 posts

Knight

The thread about moderators was locked when everyone started talking about 201.

Should we continue the moderator discussion here? Or just let it be forgotten?

 

Posted Aug 12, '10 at 9:05pm

BlackVortex

BlackVortex

1,330 posts

Can I be a mod?

If you would like to be a moderator, please ask to be a moderator or administrator directly. Chances are, if you ask to be a moderator, you probably should be one. We normally hand pick moderators, and all of the moderators that we currently have were chosen because they asked for it. We go by the 'Ask and you shall receive policy.'

I don't see any reason why not.
Can I be moderator too?

 

Posted Aug 12, '10 at 9:33pm

Google567

Google567

3,676 posts

Guys, it said you have to be all of the above. Also have a good posting history, helpful to others, and since thier picky you have be be near perfect.

Anyways thanks gantic for putting this up, I have a hard time explaining this to newbies and others all the time, so this is appreciated.:)

 

Posted Aug 12, '10 at 11:28pm

Freakenstein

Freakenstein

7,918 posts

Moderator

Eh...I liked the sticky in green, no offense Gantic ;D

The thread about moderators was locked when everyone started talking about 201.

Should we continue the moderator discussion here? Or just let it be forgotten?

I think we all got the point now, Ernie. Besides, we were going in circles, pointing fingers, whining, and all that fun, good stuff.

 

Posted Aug 13, '10 at 6:16am

mrtim

mrtim

2,051 posts

Can I be a mod?

Can I be moderator too?

If you would like to be a moderator, please do not ask a moderator or administrator directly. Chances are, if you have to ask to be a moderator, you probably should not be one

Ever thinking of reading it properly mates? You both have just lost your chances of becoming a mod.

 

Posted Aug 13, '10 at 7:29am

BlackVortex

BlackVortex

1,330 posts

Ever thinking of reading it properly mates? You both have just lost your chances of becoming a mod.

These forums are clearly missing a 'sarcasm' font.

 

Posted Aug 13, '10 at 5:49pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Without wanting to sound cruel to the people that will inevitably post in this thread asking 'can I haz mod powahz nao?!1':

Perhaps you could better utilize your time and effort PROVING yourself worthy of responsibilities such as those held by Moderators - not that being a Moderator is just a bucket-load of fun (So... Much... Worrrkkk). Be the best contributor you can be and work to improve yourself and the site as a whole by making meaningful and useful posts and reviews and reporting the pointless, one word reviews that breed like Spamoeba. Even if you don't get picked to be a Mod, you should still adhere to the high-standards because only by working as a whole can we hope to make ArmorGames better than Kongre- I mean... The best site it can be. Each of us has a role to play - The coders, the admins, the mods and the players each help to keep the site turning over smoothly. I've rather forgotten what I was saying at the start of this and I can't be bothered scrolling back up so... Erm... That's why I spent 3 weeks in the hospital? Anyway, ciao.

 

Posted Aug 13, '10 at 6:33pm

Google567

Google567

3,676 posts

I agree with you Avorne, We should not focus on this like most people do and then if it happens it happens.

 

Posted Aug 14, '10 at 1:02pm

thepossum

thepossum

2,289 posts

You know all that stuff about not asking to be a mod and how no mods ever asked to be a mod? LIES! Ubertuna actually did ask to be a mod. On Freakenstein's profile, there is a link to the "we need mods" thread, in it, ubertuna asks for moddom.