Keyblade Master Admin
Joined: 07 Sep 2006
|Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:40 am Post subject: How to Become a Mod
|HOW TO BECOME A MOD
(I can just about guarantee this will also work on any other forum)
Step One: Don't ask.
I made that mistake myself on many other forums, and I never understood it either, until I became an Admin of a forum and people asked to be Mods. It's a major turn-off. Trust me, the Admins frequent the site enough to tell who would make good Mods, and they will contact you.
Step Two: Be Patient.
This is another one I didn't fully understand until I became a forum Admin. But let the Admins decide when to make new Mods. And especially don't ask to be a Mod after only posting one or two things. First of all, the asking never works in the first place, and second of all, no matter how qualified you may say you are, the Admins have no way of knowing that. It's not that we don't trust you, it's just that you need to...
Step Three: Show, Don't Tell.
The absolute BEST way to become a mod is to prove to the Admins you deserve it. Report sp@mmers and flame wars.* Make intelligent contributions to forum discussions. Be kind but honest to everybody. Critique a piece of artwork. Heck, post a piece of artwork! For God's sake, double check your spelling and grammar before you post! Go above and beyond the call of duty; keep your avatar and signature well within the proper limits. Here's a doozy: Only attach your signature in places where it's needed! If you can figure out how to do that effectively, you are definitely capable of Modding. Basically, accept the fact that for the moment you are a Member, so be a Member to the fullest extent you can be. It basically boils down to:
If you deserve Modship, you will get it just by being yourself on the forum. And if you don't deserve Modship, then no amount of superficial attempts to impress the Admins will get it for you. If you are going to try to do anything, try to be the best Member you can be. If you become a Mod, great, you're a Mod. If you don't become a Mod, then at least you were a good and productive Member on the site. Be content with that.
*That doesn't mean go looking for them and then come whining to the Mods "HEY! SO AND SO WAS SAYING THIS! WAAAAHHHH!!" That just makes you a tattletale. If you happen to notice someone sp@mming or flaming, just calmly send a PM with the word "sp@m" or "flame" and a link to the post, and let the Mods deal with it. NEVER TELL SOMEONE THEY ARE SP@MMING OR FLAMING!!! You are not the police, you are a member. Leave the policework for the Mods.