Wouldn't it be more fair for the people of GAG to choose who the mods are? There are many overly-sensitive mods on this site that hide questions and opinions just because they find it offensive to THEM.
We all have an idea of who those mods are, and I personally don't want someone that gets offended by the slightest thing, to be a mod, cause they will end up hiding every single thing, as they already do. That added to the fact that they have a quota they have to meet, makes things even worse. Plus, we have dozens of mods that we don't even need.
So, do you think GAG should let us choose who becomes mod? Let the majority decide.
I've been asked twice to become a mod, so I don't know exactly what their criteria is xD
@AleDeEurope why did you decline if you would like to see things "better"? It doesn't matter who the moderators are, they're still going to be human. Hell, there are a couple of super/uber mods that have me blocked. LOL - what does that say about personal views?
Anyway, the number of posts that you report, and the success ratio of those reports are the main criteria. Which means, yours must have been pretty good.
Also, once in a while, a moderator has their mod status revoked other for poor community behavior, or unsatisfactory success ratios. I would hope that if one (or some) are "abusing their power" - that the admins would catch on and revoke their moderator status.
I didn't see anything wrong with the CAH posts, but if their weren't reinstated by admin after being hidden and reviewed, they must've somehow violating posting rules.
Picking out mods from the people we like just so that they could moderate based on our preferences? Instead of letting an unbiased system pick them for us? Granted, the system can not tell wether the person in question is overly sensitive, or faulty in any other way, or not but it still none the less is a better and more fair option than making moderating in to yet another damned popularity fest.
Mean, it would be highly convenient for you if only your friends were moderators. That way they would be
At some point in time, I think every year the admins would hold 'Mod Selections' where users could pick who they felt should become a mod. Not too sure if that's still happening or not though...
Regardless, I think there would be a lot of bias and subjectivity if users were allowed to choose who should become a mod all the time. Even though being popular and well-liked amongst the community are good traits for becoming one, it's ultimately the report success ratio that is the most important factor.
I think we should let the admins because if we chose instead then I bet you only the popular users will get moderator status. People will only choose the well known users. Well known gagers are friends with a bunch of other gagers which increase their chances of getting that mod privilege. Think about it, of course people are going to pick their friends or people they mention all the time in popularity questions. This makes people who are able to perform a good job in moderating this but are unpopular left out. If we get to choose then it will decrease chances for users like me to become a mod. Another good reason why admins should be the ones to choose is because they can see the reports we make. They select the moderators based on that. If they see that the user has clicked on a fair amount of reports on posts that go against the posting guidlines, then the admins might select that user as a mod. It will show that user will do a good job at hidding posts that can later be confirmed to be removed. Us regular users can't judge based on that. We can't tell if a user reports or not, therefore we don't deserve to choose who can and who can not be a moderator.
Yeah. When your account gets frozen for basically no reason it's quite clear that there are a few who just loooooove to abuse their power and I have a feeling I know who they could be. Or the party poopers, those fucks who took down all the CAH questions, even though it wasn't necessary, just to fill their quota I'm guessing. GaG staff have done a shitty job when it comes to selecting mods. There definitely are some who do not deserve that position.
I would imagine a better solution would be more so a mix of the two. Example being "hey, these are people who we chose as potential mods" and the GAGers decide who they want. I don't know if that would be a good plan, but it's a thought.
It's starting to feel like we're making a governmental system. Now we just need to formulate a legislative system and elect a president haha
As for the quota thing, I decided at one point that I was going to only hide things and not think about the quota. That was actually partially the reason why I messaged the admins at one point to stop being a mod. (Since then I worked my way back up.) I can't guarantee my judgement is perfect-- I'm human after all, but I like to think I do a decent job lol.
I mean, if someone was REALLY worried about their quota, they can google all the past "answermien" posts that were spammed by the guy with a billion accounts. I'm pretty sure there are still hundreds of them on gag in the archives haha
The worst thing about the moderation of the site is that the mods have quotas. I don't agree with that at all. That incentivizes the mods to go out looking for something -- anything -- that just might be offensive to somebody. It shouldn't work that way.
Sure. And let prisoners select who the guards are.
The job of the mods is to monitor what is put on here and to hide things that violate the rules. But when they do, it then goes to the admins, who will reinstate it or delete it. The mod hiding is only temporary. So if you are unhappy with things that have been removed, realize it was the administration that made that decision. So apparently the mods did the right thing by the rules that the admins administer.
I do not think that users should choose moderators. The entire premise of that is that special interests would arise and even though the moderation system now does have special interest behavior alongside its prejudices it probably works better than if it were user decided.