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16 February 2016
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Evangeline
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  How are moderators chosen? Do they get promoted once they reach a certain amount of posts? Or are they volunteers? Does Joe select them?Is there a limit to 4 moderators, and if so... why?

  

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16 February 2016
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I can't really answer all of your questions, because I don't know the answers to most of them, but I'm pretty sure that Joe chooses them. I would assume that he chooses people who follow the rules well and can interact with members in a polite fashion. 

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16 February 2016
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From what I read, they are chosen once an old moderator retires by Joe. It's been four moderators for a while.

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16 February 2016
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As a former moderator, @Evangeline, I feel able to answer this.

@Joe selects moderators. He bases his selections on how people are on the forum, their interaction with the community, and sometimes also skills they may possess - as an example @Ahhh Girl is a librarian, and showed great skill at guiding people around the forum and finding things. These assets, along with her temperament, made her an obvious choice when he was looking to renew the line-up. @Zig is a longstanding member, here from very nearly the beginning of the forum, and a deservingly trusted friend. @meanmistermustard is also a longstanding and valuable member, and I believe was suggested by AG as a possible worthy addition, which I believe he has been.

AG and mmm replaced myself and another mod, with both of us having to step away for different reasons.

Joe, I think, likes to keep it as quite a small group of trusted lieutenants, and when it's balanced - as it is now - have someone in the UK alongside himself to be available during those hours, and a couple to cover US hours while those of us in the UK are sleeping.

There is no limit to the amount of moderators. If Joe spots someone he thinks would make a good fit he would be sure to invite them, but nor does he want the group to get so big that it makes conversation that occurs out-of-sight cumbersome.

I do hope I haven't offended any of our current tremendous mods with my descriptions here!

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17 February 2016
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Yeah, pretty much what @Ron Nasty said. I select the mods. In the early days I used to do all the moderation myself, but struggled to keep across everything that was posted. We've had probably around 10 moderators since the site opened in 2008, with people coming and going for various reasons.

I look at things like people's communications, tendency to use the forum, technical know-how, how level-headed they are, how much they understand how I want things to be run etc. It's not done on how many posts someone has or how much they bribe me, though the latter would undoubtedly help. It hasn't happened yet, sad to say.

Mods are volunteers and there's no obligation to them to stay doing it. I occasionally ask the current set if they need more help, but we're largely happy with how things are run. We talk a lot via email about various things, and I think we're pretty good friends as a result. I trust them enormously. I'm also unable to visit here as much as I probably should, so it's hugely helpful to have assistance from people who love this place as much as I do.

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17 February 2016
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I'm thankful that being a mod isn't solely based on how much a person knows about The Beatles, or Joe wouldn't have considered me. I'm learning so much about the Fab Four being a part of this site.

Yes, we have become friends, indeed. I even visited Joe and his family. I was Monty the Monkey's visitor from America. Good times.

An unfortunate family situation prevented me from meeting mmm while in the UK, but I'll get back over there to see him one of these days.

I'm still hoping to be able to give Zig and Zag the grand tour of Memphis one of these days.

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17 February 2016
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The good thing is that I cannot think of one moment where there has been a disagreement between the four of us about anything to do with the forum or a crossed word. Right from the off of my time as a mod its flowed very freely and been incredibly amicable.

It does help tho that the majority (about 99.7%) of those who have come have been incredibly easy to deal with. Rarely do we have to deal with folk causing issues - except for spammers who we just throw out with glee abandonment.

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17 February 2016
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Evangeline said
  How are moderators chosen? 
   

I drew the short straw.

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17 February 2016
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Yay for the short straw draw that fateful day!

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