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Zclub Moderators' Guidelines Introduction Thank you for volunteering your time in helping us to keep our forums organized and enjoyable. The job of a moderator is very important in keeping the community together and helping it remain attractive to new members. Here are some simple guidelines. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact any of the more experienced mods. Conduct We expect that moderators will always take the high road. Do not belittle members, air dirty laundry in public, etc. If you have a problem with a member, PM or email them. Essentially, mods are expected to keep the best interests of the members/forums in mind. It is not in the best interest of anybody to start or contribute to flaming/bashing threads. The only result of these threads are general negativity in the forums. Also note that it is completely unacceptable to use anything that you have found out in this forum, or through being a mod, against a member. Confidentiality It is important that mods have a place to discuss matters frankly without worrying about confidentiality. Mods are expected to keep all discussions in this forum confidential. If you will/can not stick to this, please notify Ronnie (majestik) or Dan (korvan) so your mod access can be revoked. If you're discovered to have breached confidentiality, your mod access will be revoked. Forum Duties The main thing is to care enough about the forums to make it a priority. This will manifest differently per person. If you feel that maintaining the forum has become a burden or that you simply do not have enough time, please notify Ronnie (majestik) or Dan (korvan) and we will remove your moderator access. Maintaining the forums will necessarily mean regularly visiting to make sure that there is no spam, multiple topics, or problems to take care of. If you need to take a break from the forums, please ensure the moderating team are aware so they can keep step up their activities during your absence. Please lean on other mods here for support when needed. Moving Threads If someone posts a topic in the wrong forum, it's best to use the "Move" action and select the "Leave a link to the new topic in the source forum" option, so members can always find the topic easily, regardless of which forum (original or proper) they browse. Editing Posts There are a lot of occasions when you will need to edit a post. Whenever you do, please insert an edit note at the very end. For example, if a member attached an advertisement of his or her website in a post, you should edit that part out and put a note at the end like "(YOUR NAME edit note: No advertisements allowed)". Language No violent, prejudicial langauge or personal attacks are tolerated in the forums. If you see any inappropriate posts, edit the post immediately. Remove the offending portion or entire post body and insert a edit note explaining your action. Advertisements No advertisement of any form is tolerated in any forums not already designated for such activities (dealers, sponsors, marketplace). Website links in signatures are fine as long as they don't have too many links. Use your judgement. Actual links to other sites are discouraged if they don't benefit the Zclub community. Spam The following are considered spam: Double posts. If a member posted something and you realized they made a mistake, use the edit/delete option.
Very short posts that do not add value to the current discussion.
Off topic posts should be either removed or moved to the appropriate place, depending on the nature of the post.
Posts that obviously serve no purpose other than upping one's post counts. (these are generally fine in the Off Topic Lounge ... to an extent).
Posts like "XXX, I have a question for you" are considered spam. They should be done via private messaging.
Any other posts that we deem inappropriate for other readers.
Responses to spam posts should be considered as spam and be removed. However, spam warnings should only be given in severe cases.
Posts that contain large amounts of smileys and/or spaces to make it look like they contain useful information often don't. Give out official spam warnings to repeat offenders. Give a bit of leeway to new posters (you can tell by their join date).
Polls We currently allow polls in most forums. Remove polls if they are idiotic and irrelevant (eg. John Doe made a poll titled "Who's da man?" and put his name in the options). Polls like "What's the juiciest kind of carrot?" are not productive and should be deleted (unless posted in the Off Topic Lounge). We can remove polls from threads using the admin control panel. PM Ronnie (majestik) or Dan (korvan) if you need this done. Alternatively, you can simply split all the other posts into a new topic and delete the original topic. Closing Topics When you can foresee that a topic is going downhill, you should close it. A prime example will be flame wars or totally off topic discussion. However, do not close topics just because the initial question/concern was answered. Although the first question is answered, the topic starter might have another question related to the original one. Bottom line is, don't close a topic if a normal conversation is going on smoothly (unless it wanders away too far from the original topic). * Whenever you close a topic, make a post to briefly explain the reason behind it. Moderators can post to closed topics. Pin/Unpin Pin or unpin whatever you deem neccessary to maintain the forums. If unsure, consult another mod or make a post in the Moderator discussion forum. Announcements If you feel an announcement is in order please discuss this with Ronnie (majestik) or Dan (korvan) via PM, or via a post in the Moderators discussion forum. Forum Specific Rules Please follow the assigned rules, as well as ensuring others do too. Warnings Tracking Please log all official warnings in the Member moderation subforum. One thread should be created for each member who has received a warning. Make a new post on the member's topic in the Member Moderation forum for each formal warning issued. A formal/official warning can be done in public by editing the offending post and replace the offending section or the entire post with the warning message, or it can be done via private message. If it is done via private message, you could copy and paste the message along with your warning thread. Suspensions and Bannings All suspensions and bans should be discussed and agreed to in the Member Moderation forum. Ronnie has ultimate veto. Multiple Accounts Not allowed. End of story. Conclusion If you have any questions, please discuss as a separate topic in this forum.