posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 06:24 AM
How can members make their greatest contributions?
Be members! Contribute to the board with the daily above average intelligence and thought provoking threads that our daily visitors have come to
expect from our great community. If you run into an infraction, submit a complaint or hit an alert. Publicly correcting the member or
"mini-modding" as I have come to hear it described through my experiences with online communities is not something that most people take lightly.
If a staff member publicly corrects a member publicly, they typically don't like it. Which is why we do our best to handle issues privately. u2u's
are the most important aspect of the staff's position here. If a member is going to have some resistance to a staff member publicly correcting them,
then that resistance could possibly be much worse if it is by another member.
When I was a member, this wasn't an issue for me. Whether it was a mod or member, I was just glad to be shown the error of my way and I tried to
correct it as soon as possible. But I learned a good lesson as a young boy.. not everybody is like me. So just because it's something you wouldn't
mind, doesn't mean it's something that everybody can handle.
If you see a thread with all capitals, or benign infractions of our etiquette, I'd say continue on with your day. We'll handle it in due time and
chat with the member about how they can improve the small things as they author and respond to threads. If it's something serious, especially if it
is directed at you, ignore it
and submit a complaint immediately. With the board being so active, the complaints that members submit are
absolutely vital to the successful moderation of this board. Without them, our job would be an impossibility.
To conclude guys, to each their own. But if I could suggest one thing, it would be not to publicly correct members for very minor mistakes. We see
them and we chat with them about it in a very constructive way. If it is a member that you are personable with, send a quick u2u. I'm all for
community building. But given our demographs, we are a group that typically don't want to be told they are wrong.. especially over trivial issues
over board etiquette.
Time and a place, time and a place.