How To Become A Mod On ATS
Rule #1: Never ask to be a mod.
Rule #2: No really, never ask to be a mod.
Other than the rules, I've noticed certain things my fellow mods have in common:
1. They love ATS.
2. No really, they love ATS.
3. They respect their fellow members, and are patient and courteous even when things get touchy.
4. They spend way too much time on ATS -- and love it.
5. They tend to be some of the best contributors of quality posts, and really pour their hearts into their work.
6. They take the powers given to them as moderators as a serious responsibility and commitment of trust, not as an opportunity for abuse.
7. They are scrupulous and honest.
8. They are human, and therefore imperfect, but are willing to admit to and learn from their mistakes.
9. They are easy to get along with, work well as a team and tend to have a very refined sense of humor.
Everything I've learned about moderating on ATS I've learned from other moderators.
The staff contains a huge percentage of the members I admire most. Not because they're staff members, but because they're just really awesome
members. And a goodly percentage of the rest are former staff members.
Some members "do their duty" as staff, then go back to just being members for various reasons (burnout, busy RL, just want to enjoy ATS, etc.). The
spirit of Cincinnatus
is very common in the ATS staff.
So my advice for those who want to be mods is to be the kind of member you would want a moderator to be.
From there, anything is possible.