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Moderator Recruitment

#1  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2011 8:37 am

With a new round of Moderator Recruitment going on:

http://www.rationalskepticism.org/annou ... 19101.html


I thought it would be nice if members suggested people they thought would make good moderators.

The reason for this is that some people may not have considered themselves moderator material before and therefore might not consider putting themselves forward.

It's even possible, following findings such as Dunning-Kruger's illusory superiority, that the people least likely to put themselves forward might actually be the best choice.

In positive spirit, I would ask that only positive suggestions be made and that, just as with a meeting, people can second a suggestion but not dispute it. Ultimately, it is going to be for the moderation team to decide, but this might help a few people put themselves forward.


So, I would like to nominate the following 4 for now to get the ball rolling:

DanDare: I've always admired his calm manner, solid reasoning, and application of argument to evidence.
Hackenslash: I know he wouldn't put himself forward as a moderator, but I think we all owe a lot to him for getting back together at RatSkep.
Jerome: Although I disagree with nearly everything he believes in, he still would make a good moderator of the relevant sections: i.e. pseudostuff / theism
Susu.exp: A sound knowledge of scientific theories across a wide area of expertise, plus an unruffled temperament and fact-driven style of argument.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#2  Postby Made of Stars » Feb 10, 2011 9:43 am

IMO, the 'Mericans are under-represented. Weaver strikes me as a well-balanced and mature person whose outlook would benefit the team and forum. What about it, Weaver?
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#3  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2011 9:55 am

Made of Stars wrote:IMO, the 'Mericans are under-represented. Weaver strikes me as a well-balanced and mature person whose outlook would benefit the team and forum. What about it, Weaver?


Seconded!

It'll give him something to do now he's a civvy as well! Although when he starts organising us into regiments and calling for night patrols, we might need to slap him down a bit! :grin:
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#4  Postby NineOneFour » Feb 10, 2011 11:18 am

Made of Stars wrote:IMO, the 'Mericans are under-represented. Weaver strikes me as a well-balanced and mature person whose outlook would benefit the team and forum. What about it, Weaver?


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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#5  Postby Weaver » Feb 10, 2011 11:31 am

Spearthrower wrote:
Made of Stars wrote:IMO, the 'Mericans are under-represented. Weaver strikes me as a well-balanced and mature person whose outlook would benefit the team and forum. What about it, Weaver?


Seconded!

It'll give him something to do now he's a civvy as well! Although when he starts organising us into regiments and calling for night patrols, we might need to slap him down a bit! :grin:

I ain't a damn civvy yet - not until December. Even then, taking off the green is likely to be just a change of clothing, rather than a massive personality change.

I appreciate the thoughts - and Spearthrower, never fear - no night patrols. I do know who the first person will be for when Command asks for names for detail to burn the shitters. :evilgrin:
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#6  Postby Eduard » Feb 10, 2011 12:53 pm

I have no idea on whether these people are available or even want to consider moderating, just my opinion:

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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#7  Postby natselrox » Feb 10, 2011 1:00 pm

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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#8  Postby Eduard » Feb 10, 2011 1:07 pm

Spearthrower, why don't you apply?
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#9  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2011 1:09 pm

Eduard wrote:I have no idea on whether these people are available or even want to consider moderating, just my opinion:



That's alright - that's precisely the point! :cheers:
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#10  Postby Paul G » Feb 10, 2011 1:10 pm

Weaver's a good shout.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#11  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2011 1:10 pm

Eduard wrote:Spearthrower, why don't you apply?


I'm not moderate enough. :shifty: :cheers:
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#12  Postby natselrox » Feb 10, 2011 1:15 pm

Eduard wrote:Spearthrower, why don't you apply?



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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#13  Postby Scar » Feb 10, 2011 1:19 pm

I second all of the aforementioned.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#14  Postby Aern Rakesh » Feb 10, 2011 1:46 pm

Made of Stars wrote:IMO, the 'Mericans are under-represented. Weaver strikes me as a well-balanced and mature person whose outlook would benefit the team and forum. What about it, Weaver?


Okay, I read that as the Mexicans are under-represented. Couldn't see the connection with Weaver, but yes, he'd have my vote as well.

Also Aggie is a good suggestion.

Fraser has the experience and the time---not sure if he's interested though.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#15  Postby Skinny Puppy » Feb 10, 2011 3:52 pm

Just off the top of my head, there are probably others, but for now.

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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#16  Postby tuco » Feb 10, 2011 4:02 pm

I find it hard to believe that someone with (very) strong opinions/feelings on certain matters is able to decide without bias on a job. Also, I am not all that sure that (very) active members/contributors/debaters make the best Mods. Lastly, position of an arbiter has little to do with popularity. For me, a Mod should be as unbiased as humanly possible in the first place.

Either way, and as it was said, perhaps those interested should apply themselves.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#17  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2011 4:39 pm

tuco wrote:I find it hard to believe that someone with (very) strong opinions/feelings on certain matters is able to decide without bias on a job. Also, I am not all that sure that (very) active members/contributors/debaters make the best Mods. Lastly, position of an arbiter has little to do with popularity. For me, a Mod should be as unbiased as humanly possible in the first place.

Either way, and as it was said, perhaps those interested should apply themselves.


I feel you didn't read the initial post.

It doesn't say 'Choose someone you like' - it says

I thought it would be nice if members suggested people they thought would make good moderators.


As you may note, if you had read the initial post, I put up reasons for my choices that do not coincide with your concerns. I put up people who had effectively shown restraint, and calm decision making, logical and fact-based posts.

The only 'very active member' I put up was Hack as I think we've all got a lot to be grateful to him for in bringing us back together when the RDF was pulled out from under our feet. With Hack, I also know that he wouldn't accept a moderatorship even if we all unanimously voted him in, so it was just a mark of gratitude.

Again, I feel you didn't read the initial post as I expressly said that the reason for this is to encourage people who might not volunteer themselves... and then went on to say that people who do not volunteer themselves may very well be the best people for the job.

Finally, I notice you didn't even suggest anyone after all that. Perhaps you could have just read the first post and saved yourself all that wasted time considering every one of your points was already covered in the initial post?
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#18  Postby tuco » Feb 10, 2011 4:46 pm

It was based on reactions rather than the bold-underline. It is just opinion/comment/note. No need to justify it or disprove it. As usual, do not mind me and carry on.
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#19  Postby pensioner » Feb 10, 2011 4:46 pm

I'm disappointed that no one has mentioned my name, just to remind you all, Pensioner. Wait a minute I have had a warning. Shit may be next time I will be in with a chance. :popcorn:
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Re: Moderator Recruitment

#20  Postby pensioner » Feb 10, 2011 4:49 pm

Spearthrower wrote:
tuco wrote:I find it hard to believe that someone with (very) strong opinions/feelings on certain matters is able to decide without bias on a job. Also, I am not all that sure that (very) active members/contributors/debaters make the best Mods. Lastly, position of an arbiter has little to do with popularity. For me, a Mod should be as unbiased as humanly possible in the first place.

Either way, and as it was said, perhaps those interested should apply themselves.


I feel you didn't read the initial post.

It doesn't say 'Choose someone you like' - it says

I thought it would be nice if members suggested people they thought would make good moderators.


As you may note, if you had read the initial post, I put up reasons for my choices that do not coincide with your concerns. I put up people who had effectively shown restraint, and calm decision making, logical and fact-based posts.

The only 'very active member' I put up was Hack as I think we've all got a lot to be grateful to him for in bringing us back together when the RDF was pulled out from under our feet. With Hack, I also know that he wouldn't accept a moderatorship even if we all unanimously voted him in, so it was just a mark of gratitude.

Again, I feel you didn't read the initial post as I expressly said that the reason for this is to encourage people who might not volunteer themselves... and then went on to say that people who do not volunteer themselves may very well be the best people for the job.

Finally, I notice you didn't even suggest anyone after all that. Perhaps you could have just read the first post and saved yourself all that wasted time considering every one of your points was already covered in the initial post?


Well said mate. I agree with the recommendation's that the membership have made so far.
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