This has been a very interesting thread!
There is one part that I wanted to add my thoughts to and that is the process of "who mods what."
For the past few years I have been responsible for the "Forum Assignments" for our mods. I remember when the senior staff had the sad task of
taking over responsibilities for our beloved Admin Emeritus WilliamOneSac and I thought to myself how hard can it be to assign forums? All you need
to do is just make sure each forum has some coverage and you're good to go! Yeah... not quite. While ATS is certainly a passion for me I can assure
you the process is a rather lengthy and complex one.
I'll use Zaphod as an example since a member mentioned him on the previous page. Zaphod is certainly an expert on all topics Aviation. I don't
think anyone who's spent time in that forum can question that. So you'd think that he'd be great to mod that forum. The problem is that just the
opposite is true. He would be the absolute worst person to moderate Aviation topics.
The reason I say this is because ATS has a very firm rule that a mod can not perform any staff action, whether it be a warning, a post removal,
closing a thread etc if he/she has participated in that thread. We established that policy to prevent even the slightest perception of bias. Zaphod
disagrees with my theory that I can fly a hang glider to from NY to Switzerland so he closed my thread, that bully. Etc etc. Granted there will
always be complaints about something, that's life, but we try to avoid blatant ones.
So really when it comes to assigning forums, I don't want to ruin ATS for our mods. If I assign Zaphod the Aviation forum he is left with a choice
between two options: 1) Stop participating so he can mod, 2) Keep participating and never be able to mod.
Neither of those choices is acceptable to us. When someone is kind enough to accept the offer to mod for us it would be terribly unfair for us to
make their time on ATS less enjoyable.
So... assignments are a balancing act. Luckily we have enough staff to cover, and by the way a current list of staff is available on the main forum
on the left side underneath "Board Stats." That roster is always up to date.
I hope that helps clarify how we determine who mods what parts of the board.
A few other blurbs I saw...
Supermod a senior member of staff who has rights to perform mod actions in all of the forums on ATS as opposed to a list of assigned forums.
No, no one gets paid, although I really wish that could one day change because the amount of time and effort that our staff puts in is really
If there's anything else I can shed some light on that my colleagues haven't covered in previous pages please feel free to ask.