First of all I would like to apologize to the moderators on this site. I get so frustrated so many times, when I alert something that is against the
T&Cs and I see it still up 1, 2 even 3 hours later. As a responsible member of ATS I help out the Mods when I see something against the T&Cs by way of
the only way I can and that is the "Alert!" function, but it, a lot of times, takes forever to be addressed. Quite a few times I have had to file a
second "Alert!" asking what the hold up is. I am apologizing to the Mods for this behavior due to the fact that I know exactly what the hold up is.
You guys are doing a great job so keep on keeping on.
I am not the perfect member and am not trying to portray myself as such. In fact, my very first thread
"Tesla discovered free energy, plans resurface and presented here for all."
replies and 270 flags. I thought I was doing really well until the hammer came down which destroyed the thread. It was my own fault. I collect PLRs
which are royalty free e-books and PDFs and I had the plans in the wrong file. I posted the information as my thread forgetting they were copyrighted
and for sale for $45(or something to that effect). Due to this they were all removed leaving basically nothing in my OP(Double facepalm). Not to
mention the "All Caps" warning.
Another time I posted in a thread, research I was doing for another one of my threads as a teaser. I neglected to quote and give sources thinking it
would be okay because they would be included in my thread(The Global Banking System:
Descensus in Cuniculi Cavum (Part 1, "Less Than Humble Beginnings")
) which was not the case and I got the hammer again. I have had a few "Off
Topic" posts including a picture I posted with a "naughty" word in it in the Post A Funny
Pic, I'm Bored...
thread and the Mod that removed it was nice enough to list it as off topic rather than hit me with an "Extreme Violation" for
my oversight. So you see I am not the perfect member either, but I have learned from my mistakes.
Here's the problem, as I see it anyway. By the listing of Moderators, from SkepticOverloard and Springer(owners) to xpert11(forum moderator(listed
only because they are last in alphabetical order)) there are 74 Moderators for this site(found on the forums page). Some people think this is too many
Moderators, but I venture to think they are the members that consistently walk the thin line between acceptable and violations, but personally, I
think this is a very low number in comparison to the posting numbers found on the "About ATS" page. To do the math with the latest numbers, in the
past 7 day they have been 48,063 posts. I have seen an average of 7 or 8 Moderators on line at any given point in time(I have seen as many as 13 and
as little as 0 but it does not happen often nor does it last long. Please keep in mind, these are people with their own lives that graciously
volunteer their time to this site.)
So, taking 48,063 posts and dividing by 7 days we have an average of 6866.14 posts a day. Now lets assume that every post is seen by at least one
Moderator through the rotation during the day and every moderator comes onto the site at least once a day(not likely but lets assume). Subtract an
average of 3 moderators that spend most of their time in the chat room and reading its transcripts. You have 71 Moderators viewing 96.7 posts each and
that is not posts also read by other Moderators. Now this is just time spent reading posts not participating in or creating threads, it would take all
day to go through them and I think you are beginning to see that not every new post is seen.
This is where we, the members come in. We "Alert!" violation posts to the Moderators. Now they have to stop reading and go address the "Alert!" but
it's not just one Moderator that is pulled away, it's at least 2 to make a decision. I have no idea as to the amount of "Alert!"s they receive during
the day, but I guarantee it's not just a few, as I have had correspondence with a few moderators that spend most of their time "running around like
chickens with their heads cut off" dealing with the "Alert!"s alone. Its a never ending, thankless job they CHOOSE to do for us, the Family that is
I personally think there needs to be more Moderators in order to help ease the responsibilities of the ones we currently have, especially since the
numbers currently show an average of 64.14 new members daily. I asked for the qualifications of becoming a Moderator and volunteered my time as such.
Unfortunately, the consensus of the threads I was directed to state that one of the qualifications for becoming a Moderator is not to ask to become a
Moderator, so I guess that leaves me out. That's okay though I just wanted to help out and ease the burden.
If the upper echelon do not wish to add Moderators, it leaves it to us, the members, to do a few things...
1. Learn and follow the rules.
2. Help other members learn and follow the rules. If we see a violation, maybe send a POLITE note(u2u) to the offender explaining the violation and
asking them to fix it.
3. If we do "Alert!" be more understanding of the time it takes to fix the situation.(My biggest lesson)
There are probably more but I am not thinking of any, so feel free to add to this list in this thread.
The point is, we as members of the Family, should be more respectful and thankful for the jobs the Moderators do for us around here and help out as
much as we can. Some of you may think this is a "brown nosing thread" and you are entitled to your opinion, but my true intent is to help members to
understand what the Moderators go through day in and day out to make this a great site, to plead with the other members to help out when we can and to
say 2 things to the Moderators.
1. I apologize for my indiscretions and lack of patience.
2. Thank you for doing a thankless job.
Thanks for reading and I will see you on the boards.
edit on 23-6-2012 by Agarta because: Fixed Spingers name Sorry about that.