originally posted by: minusinfinity
So you created a thread all your own and everything is going as planned until .....duh,duh,dah. A "mod" joins the discussion.
Great. I look at it as either a seasoned poster or another member to join in on the discussion. Allowing a little bias though, many members respect
the mods opinions as a member
and can really boost your thread.
At this point most people will be on their best behaviour but if you don't intervene it could lead to the mod commandeering your thread.
Why? Unless you do something outside the T&Cs you have nothing to fear from a Mod. Disagreeing with a Mod is not likely to earn you their wrath or
ire, especially if said disagreement is done in the spirit of healthy debate.
How to prevent a mod from attacking is very complicated.
Stay within the site rules and don't attack personally (which goes for all members). Seems pretty obvious to me....
Stroke the mod and compliment them.
While I'm certain there are some Mods out there that stroking would illicit a response (ever scratched a dog's belly??), I'm pretty sure most Mods
aren't looking for your approval, much less any ego-stroking...
The best defences are creating a boring thread, (just like this thread), or ignoring the mod.
So no matter whether a Mod has something valid to say or not, you should ignore them regardless because they have some special name under their
The last thing you want to do is anger a mod!!!! When they are angry mods are reported to act irrationally and lash out at unsuspecting
Actually the last thing you want to do is go outside the T&Cs and have a Mod remove your post. All the rest I'd be safe to say. I've had some
brilliant debates with mods and super mods over the years simply by disagreeing with their opinion on something.
P.S. - Don't feed the mods!
I've seen a (very) quick glimpse in the Mod lounge. Trust me, they don't require us feeding them....
OK, in all seriousness though, I don't know why people panic when they see a Mod or an Admin show up in their thread. To me it shows some of the
longer term members
have taken an interest enough in your thread to post in it, and really that is how we should view Mods, as members
When a Mod wants to appear officially, correcting or issuing a warning, it's usually pretty obvious in the posting they are there officially by what
It's ok, you can come out from behind the rock now. The evil Overlords are gone....