Lots of discussion about problems infiltrating peel.... as well as the discussion of new moderating powers.
I think the conversation is reasonable, and is justifiable enough to warrant its own specific thread.
A few quotes that precede this thread:
Here's a friendly suggestion please don't bite my internet balls off: new moderator?
For recent chatroom-like spam and ancient thread bumping.
I think Nix is busy or something, haven't seen VF post in a while, Tweek is around but pretty quiet! Probably boozing, I don't know!
Yeah, I do agree we need new mods. May I suggest:
I would say TNUK too, but...he can get a little emotional, so I will say BirthdayClown to even things out.
but nurdy, how would that annoy anyone?
Seriously, does anyone actually still believe any of that little mob have any other purpose?
Also, if the mods are just too busy with real life, that's fine, I understand, but if that is the case, isn't it about time to appoint some new mods, who aren't?
And I think Gopher would be a great mod, if he wants the headache and aggravation.
I doubt it.... Plus on top of all this... there's only one person who can appoint new mods, and he's busy with a life of his own too.
Other than Gopher... who would honestly make a good mod though?
If it was a few years ago... I'd say Teral... without a doubt. He's awesome.... but now, I don't know.
I think I got voted for most likely to be a moderator once.... and although I'm sure I wouldn't abuse the power... I also wouldn't want the responsibility, because I wouldn't want to use it. I prefer fixing most of these sorts of conflicts by talking to the person in question; on top of that, I'm in a very grey abstract region where I don't necessarily see certain things as being counter-constructive (such as what has a lot of people in dismay these days). And lastly... although I am addicted to this here PEEL.... I don't want to scroll through threads, closing them, and banning evil-doers. But whatevs....
Gudbjorg, get irfanview. Then when you save images as .gif or .png you can choose a transparency color. The example Books gave would be a neat avatar, I do say.... but it's a .jpg. Needs to be .gif or .png.
Ralph: Well, given the current situation I wouldn't refuse if asked, as the need is dire presently, but it would shift my PEELing experience a bit from pleasure to chore. I'm compulsively browsing peel most waking hours anyway, though, and the BS might be slightly less frustrating were I able to do something about it besides ignore it. I'd hate not being able to just walk away from peel for a few months like I tend to do at least once a year, though.
winna: I dunno... it needs to be someone compulsive enough to catch spam before it has time to accumulate and annoy people. That is a problem, as most of the compulsive posters are on the "problem" side of the line. We've discussed this before on irc, having moderators in different time zones isn't a bad idea either, one each from the US, EU, and AU I think would work well. I tried to do this on unpeel during it's brief existance, though the activity was so low it was hardly worth the bother then.
I recall this discussion once before a few years back. Mostly about having a mod from each major timezone, and I think it would be a good idea too. Dont' know who could be bothered enough and/or responsible enough from the AU region though - mostly because there's not many to choose from.
And then there's the one or two mods listed currently that rarely even get on PEEL anymore anyway, so what's the deal with that?
Overkill? Nah. It's just common sense. As soon as you pick one, they either get bored or get a life. Meaning they do less than they promised.
Also, if you have one from each timezone, then that's fine. As long as that one is logged in. I think that it's generally accepted here that people do take the wires out of their heads dn do things like grocery shopping, and visiting the toilet from time to time. Which means that having two around gives a better chance that you're covered by one of them.
I like the idea of Chay, Gopher and Tweek as mods. But also there are others that I think would do a good job. What about augmenting them with Ninaka, Slackit02 and Hookerbot5000? That'd be one male and one female from each time zone area thingy, for a blanced and even perspective.
Actually, those three would probably not want the job, but 'm sure that each area does contain at least one girl who would be willing to sacrifice her social life in order to save us from spam.
Realistically, I think that the only active moderator at the moment is Tweek, and it's a lot for him to police our entire playground. So we need more. Why not six in total? Why not? Huh? I'm sure Tweek would be glad of the extra help.
Without regard to gender equality or timezones, my picks (based on number of subforums they cover, amount of time online, and lack of assholish tendancies) would be:
* Chay's Head
* Coldangel 1
This covers all the zones purely by chance. However, I do feel guilty about not picking any girls. That said, most of the girls here probably wouldn't want to do it.
I'd like to see what current moderators have to say if they end up seeing this.
So... formally start discussing.