posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 06:05 PM
And it should also be pointed out that just because a Moderator is not directly assigned to a particular forum (as indicated in the list at the
bottom), that does not automatically mean that a mod will not moderate that forum. For example, I have Skunk Works as one of my assigned forums. That
doesn't mean that I cannot or will not mark an Off Topic post in the 9/11 forum (which is not an assigned forum) as Off Topic if the post needs to be
marked as Off Topic.
As for the Mod As Member Text box, I tend to use it more often than others do when I post. Especially if I did not start the topic or feel that the
subject matter is controversial or not something that I would want anyone to read as a "staff" opinion.
A good example would be if I were to say something along the lines of 9/11 has been exploited among many lines and were to detail them. Clearly that
would be a stated opinion, but as a moderator, I wouldn't want it to be misunderstood that I was speaking for the rest of staff while making such a
Another example would be if I were to make a thread titled "How to Make the Perfect Thread In Order To Receive the Most Replies". Anyone familiar
with my thread history would know that I was talking out butt, as I do not receive many replies as rule, however the casual reader may think that it
is an Official How To by a member of the staff, and become rather upset when they average the same 7-11 replies I tend to average. For those that like
statistics, the average for the site as a whole is roughly 16 repliers per thread.
The finally consideration is this, was the above posted information "official" or personal opinion? Was I speaking from a knowledge or personal
observation? It is rather ambiguous and could be either way. 16:1 posts to threads may seem like a made up ratio. It is actually found on the site
statistics, which makes it as official as it gets. Hence the above was not in a Mod as Member box and since I was speaking mainly as a staff member
(with some personal observation thrown in), no box needed.
Ultimately the use or lack thereof is indeed a personal choice, because nothing says that we ever have to use them. Although there are some suggested
guidelines for their use somewhere.
And to clear up another question, you see a post from staff in a thread to stay on topic (or some various other public service announcement). That
participation is indeed as a moderator. And it becomes likely that they will moderate that thread if it is needed.