All that I can say has pretty much already been said.
Get rid of double standards and make sure mods set a good example for newer (and even regular) users
Make sure that everything that is against the rules is clearly written on the rules page (ie. clone posting).
Put links to threads like the official video thread, this thread, and other official threads in a section somewhere on the rules page as too remove blissful ignorance. I know a lot of people post video threads without any discussion behind it not because they're intentionally ignoring the rules, but because they aren't aware that the video thread exists. Because, really, that thread is hardly ever on the first page because no one actually posts in it.
Possibly create an official "Hi, I'm new" thread. This is one I just thought of on the spot when I was writing up my bit about official threads, so I haven't really weighed the pros and cons, but it's an idea.
As far as the "add mods from different time zones" concern goes, I know it would probably be a good idea to get mods that come on at those times, but I don't think it's that much of a concern. I come on sometimes at like 4, 5 in the morning when there's not many mods on but, coincidentally, there's not that many users on, either. I've never really noticed the forums being overwhelmed by spam at those times so much so that it pushes large numbers of good threads off the front page like it would if we didn't have enough mods on during our "prime times".
I don't really have much of a problem with the destroy function; I don't seem to be hindered that much by it anymore. I generally know what threads to post in and what threads not to post in. And, since not every deleted thread is a destroyed thread, I think that gives plenty enough mercy to the people that posted in it. And how did I learn not to post in certain threads? By being destroy banned. It's not like they're particularly brutal bans. I say keep that feature, but don't use it liberally.
I mean, I used to have a problem with it when I was a newer user because I used to get them a lot. But I don't anymore because I try to only post in threads that I *gasp* think are worth posting in. Generally, if a thread is worth getting destroyed, it's not worth my time and therefore, I don't have a reason to spend time on it.
Besides, the worst thing that happens is I don't have a reason to stay cooped up in front of my computer all day.
I think nonconstructive backseat modding posts should be deleted. There's no reason why anyone needs to post "put it in your blog" or anything of the like without something else in their post that is constructive to the thread unless what they're posting is actually helpful to the OP.
Like, if someone posts a "Hi, I'm new" thread and another user says hi and explains about the rules page, that's no so much of a problem because it's actually helping the OP. But, I keep seeing over and over again people pretending that they're doing a public service by whining at the OP without offering anything else constructive or anything that could contribute to the topic at hand. The only that does is derail the thread and piss off the OP.
For example, "Post it in your blog" does not help the OP. At all. Neither does "this thread is useless", "newgrounds isn't the place for this", etc.
But even if that isn't payed attention to, I definitely think users' backseat modding posts should be deleted when they're wrong. For example, when someone asks an art question like "what's a good anatomy guide?" or "is a this a good tablet?" and then some user goes and tells the OP to take it to the art forum. That post should be deleted because it's misleading. That's against the rules in the art forum and posting it there will get the person's thread locked. Things like that.
At 5/31/09 01:56 PM, Elios wrote:
Eyelovepoozy, oh lol. in my opinion, he's an ok guy. Sure he can dish out a cruel joke, and a shovel full of bans, but the way i see it, he's doing the work of three mods at once. The regulars see it as "Abuse of power", and the new guys see it as "He's out to get me". Not that i'm saying people should stop posting when Poozy is online for the sake of a possible ban, but when bigger brother is watching, i watch what i say, carefully.
I'm a regular who's been using these forums for almost three years and in my opinion, the mod team has never been that bad. There's been a few rotten apples and there's been shit users, but the moderation apocalypse has not happened yet.
However, I do have problems with poozy. Now, I have never once been banned by poozy on these forums since he's been modded and I don't believe any of my threads have been locked by him (not that I make that many), so it's not as if I have a personal grudge against him.
The problem with poozy is that, like others have said, he sets a horrible example. I don't really have a problem with him acting like an ass because there's lots of asses around here, but I do have a problem with him acting asslike and having that asslike behavior being displayed as model behavior. Not only does he get away with his childish behavior, but the attention of users is drawn to his posts because he's a mod and therefore, that's the behavior that is highlighted.
Newer uses get set in place by the regulars and the mods. I know for sure that that was the case for me. I lurked and saw what the regulars were doing and learned to mimic that and when I didn't and when I stepped out of line, I got told off for it or banned. When you're starting out, you learn what's acceptable by watching and by consequence.
Now, when there's a highly respected user (ie. poozy) who's behavior is clearly against the rules (ie. flaming the OP, spamming, one liners, etc.), a newer user is going to see that and think that, "Hey, I guess this is okay because a mod is doing it."
That's why I have a problem with poozy.
Now, he's not the only mod I've seen doing this. I've seen several other mods doing things like this who haven't been reprimanded, but poozy is the mod that I see doing it regularly.
And the strangest part is that, when I went back and I looked at his earlier posts (I was bored.), he was a good user around when he got modded and he was a good mod to start out with (helpful, constructive, etc) so I can completely understand why he was elected to be a mod in the first place, but then, I guess, it just went to his head or something.
He's not that bad of a mod, but he is a bad example.