So you want to become a forum moderator on your favorite forum or just want to be one for some odd reason. First of all, asking in public on the forum that you want to be a moderator on is one way to never get asked to become one. Never ask to be one, if the admin of that forum PM’s you asking you, then of course say yes, otherwise don’t ask because you won’t be on the list of people to get asked since you sound desperate.
People who ask to become mods usually have an agenda in my opinion. You know the people who just want powers to boss people around, ban people for no good reason and let their friends get away with breaking forum rules. If you have what it takes to be a moderator on your favorite forum you will be asked someday.
So what does it take to become a forum moderator? There is no online course to help you learn how to be one. You first need to study the forums official rules and be aware of other sticky threads in each section. You should not break any forum rules as a member if you want to become a moderator someday. Admins will check a members posting history, warnings and infractions before even thinking about PM’ing you about becoming a moderator. The admin will also ask all current mods for feedback about you and they might even google your name online to see how you post on other forums. Backseat moderating is another big no-no, just use the report post feature if you see some shady things going on or people just breaking the forum rules. In the report, provide a detail response about why you reported the post.
Don’t cop an attitude on the forum towards other members. Moderators are the peace keepers and always should be nice when replying or get a little bossy when the situation requires it. You don’t want the forum to get a reputation as having ban/infraction crazy moderators.
It actually doesn’t take much to become a moderator, admin’s can usually tell when they think someone might make a good moderator and doesn’t have an agenda. Sorry but moderators can’t really do any favors for their friends on the forum, they’d be setting a bad example. Heck, I’d warn my mother if she spammed on the forum. (Yes, I’m mean guy). Can you be patient and not freak out when you see the same rules being broken more than 1 time daily 7 days a week? On large forums, you tend to see the same rules being broken along with other sneaky spammy tactic’s and sometimes as a moderator you just want to flip out in public on the forum but you know you can’t do that because the moderators shouldn’t do this. I tend to drink beer to calm myself down after seeing the same crap all the time. People know me as the nice guy on the forum but I can be firm when needed.
V7N isn’t my first gig as a moderator, I was a global moderator on Proboards.com support forum for a few years before I left my volunteer job to pursue my internet marketing career. I ended up on v7n forum looking for answers to my questions and started to see some spammy type posts and other sneaky tactic’s that the current mods didn’t notice. So I started reporting threads with detailed reports and eventually I ended up as a super moderator but I think the forum admin saw a little moderator type qualities in me and it was a good choice in picking me as a moderator. I catch-all the sneaky people and flat-out hate rule breakers.
To sum up this strange blog post all you need to do to become a moderator is just be yourself, report any suspicious activity, don’t break the forum rules and don’t try to backseat moderate in public. Moderators hate backseat moderators and there is a report post feature that us moderators love because we can respond faster to rule breakers or threads that need our attention right away. Moderators should always check the reported posts before they go off and review threads all day. Moderators need to be able to read all the threads and not just pick random threads to read as they would just miss threads that need moderator attention. You can’t trust all normal members to report bad posts all the time. Attention to detail is a good moderator trait, so make sure you as a regular member when posting on a forum to act in a professional way, keep the thread on topic and if you spot someone posting the wrong info, correct them and provide resources to back up your response in the thread.
People may disagree with what I have talked about but I was just typing what I was thinking and didn’t bother to spend a lot of time writing this blog post. I tend to write what comes to mind. Have a great week!
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