It would be interesting to be a forum mod. I don't really know if I want to be one passionately, but I would probably accept if asked. Being a mod seems to come with a lot of pressure and expectations, so I'm not sure if I'm up for that, but I would want to be a forum mod to help keep this place clean.
I've never been one to deal with disappointment well, but I think I could learn something about that from being a forum mod. It could also be a lesson in patience and dealing with people and for that reason, I think I would want to be a mod to have that experience whether it's on this site or another.
As of this point, I've never been a mod on any site so I don't really have the experience to say, but I would like to think I would make a good mod.
I think I know the rules pretty well after three years of being a regular here, though I'm sure there are still some little things I've yet to learn. I always tend to read lock messages of locked threads. I don't know why, but it always seems interesting. I suppose that might be beneficial to someone if they're going to be a mod.
I think as a mod I would most likely be a mod that would be relatively laid back. I would try to give constructive lock messages in the threads that I lock and would try to send out PMs if I delete a thread for which there isn't a clear reason for deletion. I don't know how overwhelming that would be, but I would at least try doing that. I've had some of my threads deleted for reasons I didn't understand. I'm sure there was a reason, but I wanted to know why it was deleted so I could know what not to do in the future.
I would try not to be an ass as I try not to be now and I would try to be a role model. I would like to think that people would look up to me; I'm not going to lie about that. And by look up to, I don't mean kiss ass. I would like to make myself into a role model.
I don't want people to suck my dick. If I'm doing something wrong, I want people to tell me what it is so I can change. I also don't want to be unconditionally praised where ever I go. I don't want to be bashed, but I wouldn't want people to be intimidated by me to the point where they don't voice their opinions just because I'm a moderator.
I wouldn't be excessively lenient, though. I would ban for nonconstructive meme posting and other useless things that people do.
I would try not to discriminate based on stats. I don't think older, more experienced users should get lesser bans as I've heard has happened.
I wouldn't use the destroy function as I don't really agree with it. From what I've seen, a good portion of the bans given out are just destroy bans. I don't like the idea that every post in a spam thread is a bad post and I probably would not weed through all the posts to check every single time, so I would give the benefit of the doubt. I know a good majority of my bans are destroy bans. I think seeing that the thread has been deleted or locked is enough of a message to me that that's a thread that shouldn't be posted.
I would also still try to be a part of the community. I would most likely still post casually and involve myself in discussions. This is also part of the reason I don't want to have people kiss my ass. I want to be about to have a good debate without people deferring to me because of the authority that I would have.
I think that and I hope that power wouldn't change me or that being a moderator would make me cold. I really don't like the idea of that. I would like to think that whatever changes that would happen if any would be for the better. I would like to learn from that kind of experience, like I already said.
I like the idea of being part of the mod community. It seems to be a pretty tight nit community that would be fun to be a part of. I would try to support that and I would try to have fun. I don't want to be a mod that's all about rules and whatnot. I still want to be an avid regular that contributes to discussion.
I never like talking about my thoughts on being a moderator because I want to avoid looking like I'm overly ambitious in attempting to be one. I'm really not. As long as I'm still part of the community and I can still contribute and help make this place better, I'm happy. However, I would be fond of the ability to help even more.
But, like I said, I don't know if I would be able to handle the responsibility. I would, however, try. It's not like I would be a mod forever and ever until the end of time if I didn't want to.
I always find it interesting to read about how mods feel about being mods. I've seen some write about how being a mod have brought them closer the community and really, I hope that would happen to me. I would like to be more attached to the community because I feel it's been a pretty important part of my life.
As much of a headache as these forums can be, they been part of an era for me. They've given me a place to vent, a place to hang out, a place to write about things for the hell of it, a place to get feedback on my work, a place to debate, etc. I've met some awesome people on these forums over the years and learned a lot of things. I would like to be able to help out the community that I've been so involved with for the passed three years.
I don't want to leave these forums, as immature as you all may be. In fact, I tried once. I requested a 30 day ban to try and break me of the habit of coming back. It didn't work. I waited it out, hoping that the desires would eventually pass, but I found myself right back here again after the ban was up.
I would say that I am dedicated and I hope I don't get tired of this place.
I've learned a lot about dealing with crap, trolls, spamming, and all of that drama from here. I've developed patience for stupid people and the ability to mediate. I've learned a lot about things I didn't know before, like social concepts and other unrelated things.
Maybe this experience will help me as a moderator. I have a pretty good tolerance for annoying things, so maybe that will help too.
It's certainly helped me in my day to day life.
Maybe I've spent a bit too much time on here, particularly in eighth grade, but I don't regret any of it. I like the niche I've found myself in, the friends that I've made, and the experiences I've had.
This has turned into less of an essay about moderation and more of a nostalgia rambling, but I suppose that's not too much of a problem. I could relate it all if I tried. Let me get back on topic.
I can't anticipate what kind of follies I would have as a moderator. I think it would be hard to ban friends that I've made, but I guess that would something I'd have to do. Hopefully I wouldn't lose any friends over that. The last thing I would want would be for people that I've known for a while and grown to care about to distance themselves from me because of bannings. I would be interested to know if this has happened any of the mods here, though I know that's probably none of my business.
Hopefully people will understand once I explain it all to them, but I can never really know for sure. I know that I can't show favoritism and I would try not to, so I have a feeling I would have to do a bit of explaining at first.
I have a feeling that some of that is inevitable, so that would be another downside that I would anticipate of being a mod.
Well, I'm wrap this up because I'm running out of characters. This is definitely one of the longest posts I've ever made and didn't anticipate spending nearly as much time on this as I have. I've probably spend over an hour typing this up, in between talking to people on msn.
I've probably rambled a lot in this because I'm extremely tired. I've also probably made a very large number of typos. However, I suppose that doesn't really matter all that much.
I wonder if anyone will actually take the time read this. Do mods actually go through this thread and read every post for consideration, or do they just check for certain users when necessary? It must be a lot of posts to look through, though I suppose it's been spanned over a long period of time.
I'm pretty much out of characters, so...