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The moderators (or "mods") are users of the forum who are granted access to the posts and threads of all members for the purpose of moderating discussion (similar to arbitration) and also keeping the forum clean (neutralizing spam and spambots etc.). Common privileges of moderators include: deleting, merging, moving, and splitting of posts and threads, locking, renaming, stickying of threads, banning, suspending, unsuspending, unbanning, warning the members, or adding, editing, removing the polls of threads.

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1 Imbalanced moderating. Some members get away with trolling.
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2 Tyrannical moderators "I don't like your comment. You're banned!"
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 Lazy Moderation "Because we're not getting paid for this!!"
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5 Lazy Moderation "Because we're not getting paid for this!!"
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6 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 Day 1. If the owners of a site are offended by certain words, they can implement software that censors those words, but I'm not a fan of censoring thought even when it's objectionable. Sometimes people can be patently offensive without ever uttering a single obscenity or racial slur, so it's all in the eye of the beholder anyway. Never been on a strictly moderated forum that was worth sticking around. Those are usually humorless, nancy-girl forums where nanny-statists reign supreme. I gotta be me, and not on someone else's terms. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on August 27, 2012, 11:41 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I've administered a few boards/groups over the years. It's a thankless job, to put it mildly, and it taught me the limits of my own patience. No matter how even-handed you try to be, you're going to be called biased, or overly strict, or too arbitrary, or not engaged enough. (And often you're called all these things at the same time.) Herding cats has nothing on moderating a board full of feisty personalities. It requires an extra-thick skin, the patience of Job, the diplomatic touch of Talleyrand, and alot more time and emotional energy than most folks might be willing to expend. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 6, 2011, 2:40 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 True that, DolFan - there are those who get intoxicated by such power at their fingertips that they think they can get away with anything. And when such excesses are not kept in check, it's a recipe for making that particular board into a virtual ghost town. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on July 31, 2010, 11:48 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
4 There are good mods, but on many sites or forums, they're overshadowed by the actions of unreasonable mods who misuse their powers to get their way (controlling a board, making sure nothing negative is said about a certain subject, Wikipedia, etc.). Years ago, there was one board where me and fellow fans of a certain subject started a comment thread. We made sure to stay on topic. One of the mods, who clearly did not like the subject, decided they could claim it was off-topic and soon removed it. We appealed that we felt the thread was not off topic, and the reply was "I think it was". They didn't want to hear it anymore and upheld the removal of the thread. We didn't want to risk being banned or whatnot, so we decided not to restart the thread. We had the last laugh, though. We started a new topic which was VERY on-topic...and included criticisms against the mod's unreasonable attitude. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on July 31, 2010, 10:47 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 It honestly depends on the particular mod. I've seen some that were the worst. They'd let their personal circle of friends bully anyone else who wasn't with no consequences whatsoever while anyone not in the Inner Circle would get banned for literally no reason. Then there's mods who literally refuse to do anything about people ruining a board, because they're just too scared to "abuse" their power. A good mod is hard to find. But they're out there, you just have to spend a lot of time looking. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 30, 2010, 6:27 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 A message board that I go on, the mods there are nothing more than forum nazis. Post something they don't like (and it could be anything), and they will ban you without a second thought. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on July 30, 2010, 3:58 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I have mixed opinions of moderators on Internet forums. I have nothing against them as long as they enforce the rules. But when they do nothing about those openly breaking the rules (e.g. trolling, flaming), then I don't have favorable opinions of them. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on July 30, 2010, 6:44 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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