1 Moderator Guidelines
Our community of Forum Moderators volunteer for an active writing community. Moderators are the leaders and main contributors to the stories and discussions. Although they help us all maintain a safe, fun, and productive learning environment, their primary purpose is not to police others, but to take an active role posting relevant content and contributing to discussions as role models for all users.
Here is a general overview of the guidelines that all Moderators agree to before stepping into this role:
2 Moderators will:
Be reasonable and use their abilities responsibly Be respectful and sensitive to learners of all backgrounds and abilities Help new learners feel welcome Lead by example Uphold and encourage the Community rules Give explanations when content is not approved Report abuse Communicate with each other and staff Reach a consensus before speaking “officially” to members Remove profane or hateful attacks toward individuals or groups of people Remove personal information (when reasonably deemed inappropriate or dangerous) 3 Moderators will NOT:
Delete discussions before confirming they break the guidelines Delete threads or discussions based on personal views or dislikes Delete threads just because they are critical Ban or request a ban without evidence of the member breaking a specific guideline Speak “for” the entire community without confirming information about to be released Go overboard with the number of sticky comments Publish private correspondence, screenshot, resources, etc. before obtaining permission from all involved—community members and/or staff 4 Want to become a moderator?
As a Moderator, you are volunteering to become a leader and contributor to within this community. Your primary purpose is not to police others, but to take an active role posting relevant content and contributing to discussions in order to set the tone for the types of conversations you yourself would like to see more of. Some elements that might increase your chances to become a forum moderator are:
Be super helpful, respectful, welcoming and polite in the forums. Mods keep an eye on caring and knowledgeable community members and remember them when new moderating slots open up Be an active member of the community Be a calm and positive participant in conversations Be considerate when it comes to username, wording, avatar, bio and other choices associated with your account Create interesting and relevant forum posts regularly, or help answer questions within the course You can also contribute to a guide if you want to help out with a particular topic Now if you think you'd be a great moderator, all you have to do is to share your full application in the main technical forum. Please copypaste this text and include your answers.
WIP: Here is more inspiring content still to process and integrate
How to be a good forum moderator (contains more practical guidelines) Discourse moderation guide (advice on how to deal with difficult users)