I know this is a bit late in regards to the incident that prompted it, but it still needs to be said.
Recently, it seems that on the Isle, us moderators have been downplaying our authority so as not to appear to be abusing our powers.
But people, moderators are here for a reason. We aren't just to get rid of that unsightly spam, or edit posts that cuss. Because Admin is so rarely on, it is our job to deal with the people behind the posts: that means when someone is powerplaying or behaving inappropriately, we have to warn about the behavior, not just the current situation. So instead of just editing the post and saying "stop powerplaying", tell them what they are doing that is powerplaying and report them to Admin if they don't edit their profile/change their character or powers/etc. And the members being warned have to do as they are told. In other forums, MOUTHING OFF TO A MODERATOR IS GROUNDS FOR BEING BANNED.
We have not been utilizing our authority to its full extent, and yet people still complain about mods that are 'too strict' or 'have no right to say ______'. Newsflash, Islanders: we are not too strict, and we have every right to tell someone that they are being immature and need to quit immediately whatever cr*p they are pulling, we have every right to warn people about behavior, language, character (ie powerplaying in the character, not the RP), behavior (how someone has been acting overall, not just in an individual thread), and so on.
The mods here are actually very lax, but if you all like, I CAN go find rules from any other forum out there and apply them to how I moderate here. IF that's what needs to happen, then I'll be more than willing to do it, because quite frankly I'm tired of members who think they can get away with mouthing off by saying that we're abusing our powers, or just plain not caring about the consequences.
We as mods might not be perfect (I know I sure get snappish), but we ARE moderators and unless we are acing entirely out of line and have been told not to do so by Admin, we still have the authority to control inappropriate behavior and tell members that they must stop acting a certain way.
There's a reason some people are moderators and not others. There's a reason we even have mods in the first place. So remember, if a moderator warns you, DO WHAT THEY SAY. Got it?
Well, if I may say. Moderators are just people like you and me. They can make mistakes, they can get angry, they can get sad. They aren't machines that edit our posts. They're also people that live a life, yet do alot for this site as well.
If people can't respect that, then they should really re-think their actions. Moderators might not always be the nicest people around, but other members aren't always friendly either. So we should all stop b1tching at those people and get on with life.
If a mod warns you, then she/he has a good reason for it. Don't whine and stuff. A moderator is chosen by the admin for a reason. Because that member follows the rules. It doesn't mean they can tell you what to do and whatnot, but they can guide you and help you until you become proper member.
*huggles fearydragon back* Exactly what Katana said as well.
Admin isn't around much anymore, or at least does not interfear(sp) with us anymore. If it weren't for the moderators, the isle would be over run with spam, and rude comments, that would likely just start more fights.
We are here for a reason. Like it or not, it's our job to help keep the isle in order, and if that means telling someone to knock it off, or stop being a nucience, we will, and we can.
That doesn't mean we can go around lording our powers, but we don't do that anyways, we just try to keep the isle the awesome place that it is, and other then that, act as any other member, if older members.
I realise that this is a very important issuue but the posts are becoming really repetative.
Lightwing summed pretty much everything up in her first post.
I suggest that everyone reading this should pledge to do what Lightwing had asked and respect the mods more. Then if someone who has pledged acts up we just show them the promise and threaten to kick them off the Isle next time. This gives noobs a slight chance to make mistakes to begin with but correct them later. What do you think?
Sounds good to me, but the only problem is that the mods don't actually have the power to ban people, just warn them and be the authority on the boards. We can sure message Admin about it, but technically we have no nifty little 'delete user' button. =/