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Offline paratactical

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Question regarding Moderator Duties
« on: September 18, 2008, 01:26:14 PM »
I've noticed that since we've gotten the additional mods everything seems to be working really well. Topics get moved quicker and flame-baiting-wars get snuffed out pretty quickly.

The one thing that I'm confused about is that recently mods have been mentioning when threads go off-topic. I guess I don't particularly mind it, but I feel like this wasn't the case before and that, given the nature of a message board discussion, almost everything ends up veering off-topic. I think a lot of our best discussions often come from getting off topic.

I was just curious if this was going to be a permanent part of the new moderation stuff or if it was being debated.

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 01:51:09 PM »
First off, thanks Paratactical for your kind words.  It is greatly appreciated.

As for going off topic, I don't recall that we have had a specific conversation about it.  I think I tend to be bigger on that than the other mods.  I don't mind when things veer off for a bit but, speaking for myself, my "stay on topic" posts are designed to do two things:

First, sometimes a conversation starts to deteriorate and you get a series of posts back and forth in response to someones conduct (and unrelated to the thread) so my "stay on topic" is my way of saying "OK enough bickering, let's end it here and come back to the point of the thread".

Second, is when the conversation really veers off and you wind up having two totally different discussions.  I don't think that is fair to the OP so I like to try to bring the discussion back to something that is relevant to the topic at hand.

Also, sometimes people report to moderator when they feel they are talking about a serious issue and it starts to veer way off, so again, it's about not letting the thread spiral out too far into something else.  I remember on one occasion I wanted to split a thread because another topic sprouted up within the thread, which was an interesting discussion, and no one would have been able to find it if they were searching through topics because it had nothing to do with the original thread.  At the time, I wasn't very good at the split topic feature  :oops:  I may not have improved much either  :| so stay on topic!  Ha.....kidding.

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 02:45:05 PM »
But where is the best place for Sunday brunch?   :-)

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 02:51:27 PM »
But where is the best place for Sunday brunch?   :-)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008, 02:59:42 PM »
"stay on topic"


Did anyone else get the visual of three y-wing fighters screaming down the death star trench with the leader repeating "stay on target" ??     ( i believe his name was Porkins.  Gotta get into the next Star Wars Trivial Persuit game.  :mrgreen:)




Just me, huh??






O.T.   We need a "dork" smiley for situations like this.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2008, 03:13:12 PM by UnderTheRadar »

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 04:01:26 PM »

Did anyone else get the visual of three y-wing fighters screaming down the death star trench with the leader repeating "stay on target" ??     ( i believe his name was Porkins.  Gotta get into the next Star Wars Trivial Persuit game.  :mrgreen:)




Just me, huh??






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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2008, 04:06:25 PM »


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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2008, 04:08:27 PM »
See what I mean?  It's turned into a star wars thread....now how will anyone ever find these great graphics..... :-P

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2008, 04:59:58 PM »
Did anyone else get the visual of three y-wing fighters screaming down the death star trench with the leader repeating "stay on target" ??     ( i believe his name was Porkins.  Gotta get into the next Star Wars Trivial Persuit game.  :mrgreen:)

Just me, huh??

O.T.   We need a "dork" smiley for situations like this.

I love it.....


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Gold Five: Stay on target.
Gold Leader: *We're too close!*
Gold Five: Stay on target!



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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2008, 05:27:11 PM »
Little short for a stormtrooper, aren't you?

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 05:41:06 PM »
It's not wise to upset a Wookiee. :evil:

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2008, 05:49:37 PM »
You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!  :evil:

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008, 09:21:39 PM »
O.T.   We need a "dork" smiley for situations like this.
         
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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2008, 10:30:28 PM »
These aren't the droids you're looking for....

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Re: Question regarding Moderator Duties
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2008, 11:01:40 PM »
I find your lack of faith disturbing....


 

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