I’m reacting to the news of @kerridoc’s departure and I just wanted space for a grown-up debate to mull it over.
Being a moderator on this forum can be great fun, it’s an opportunity to reach a global community and get a glimpse of the inner workings of SG.
But we’ve seen that it is very difficult to get a balance and I think all is us who have held the role have eventually had to admit that it’s detrimental to the other things we value.
From SG’s point of view, it’s a huge win - the moderators provide a free service worth tens of thousands of dollars a year and generally to a very high standard (some of @zephyr1’s threads have astonishing technical grace).
But should they have more of a duty of care?
Should they build in more limits or guidance to the time mods spend here?
I think that if every time I logged in it told me I’d spent 20 hours a week already, I might think twice.
I know there’s always an argument that we’re adults and should have the maturity and discipline to moderate ourselves, but we’re also keen and fallible.
@rook - you’ve survived the longest and I applaud you.
@garanwyn - we miss you, may health and wholeness be abundantly yours
@zephyr1 - your work rate is astonishing, please look after yourself
@kerridoc - you’re ever an example of intelligent and wise discourse and a pillar of the community
@petri and staff, a few ideas I’ve brainstormed maybe just some food for thought for the next round of mod recruitment:
- limit or record the time mods spend on the forum
- decrease mods powers - maybe only staff could deal with flags
- increase the power of regulars to merge or edit
- increase the number of mods
Civil and Constructive thoughts welcome!