Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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When I think about it, you're right.

My other points still stand, and I also believe that this thread as gone a bit OT.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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There is no need to drag Rachael's name through the mud and dirt. Rachael is still part of this Community as a GZDoom Developer. Nothing more.

To clear things up: No, we moderators and admins do not know where you live. What everyone normally sees under a user's profile is what we see. We just have a few more options for moderation.

Don't believe me? Here's a picture.

So, let's stay on topic, shall we? Here's a refresher if the original post is too far away:
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To clear things up: No, we moderators and admins do not know where you live. What everyone normally sees under a user's profile is what we see. We just have a few more options for moderation.
Then how was Rachael able to do the whole "account reactivation" thing by cross-referencing someone's ISP & Location?

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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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We can check your IP. But that renders things moot when you use a proxy or a VPN. Also IP addresses get traded. Where it might say "USA Internet, Essex, Maryland" can be traded to say.. "Canadian Internet, Toronto, Canada". It doesn't pin down where you live. Insanely problematic when you have EU countries sharing internet.

Under normal uses, we have no need for your IP, only when we need to activate a deactivated account or you make burner accounts to shitpost.

Case in example, I lived in Maryland, Dundalk. Essex was a couple of towns away. So, no. IPs can never be tracked to your house. We also have to use a website to check your IP. The forum doesn't do that for us. Getting ones IP is many layers deep in the moderation stuff, so we just don't use it.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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IPs can never be tracked to your house.
I already knew that. I'm just saying it's possible to know the city you live in.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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yum13241 wrote: Fri Apr 28, 2023 12:59 pmI'm just saying it's possible to know the city you live in.
Not really; because the IP is not all that precise.

I remember back when the Web was young, there were these "images" that people could embed in their forum signature that actually were dynamically generated and used the viewer's IP address (because it required the browser to go to the hosting site to retrieve the image) to make a message. So it was stuff like a cartoon character holding a sign saying "your IP is 12.34.56.78 and you live in Townville, Stateland" and they never got my city right, even way back then, usually placing me in an entirely different region.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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I'm on an ISP that serves several 1000 of square kilometers so these IP services only get the central city right.
At work it's even more extreme: The ISP we use there covers all of Germany so the city they show is totally off
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My ISP says I live in the capital city of Jordan. I don't.
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yum13241 wrote: Fri Apr 28, 2023 10:24 am I also believe that this thread as gone a bit OT.
Maybe its time you start that aswell :) The IP talk can be sidelined, imo.

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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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Caligari87 wrote: Mon Apr 24, 2023 9:24 am I tend to feel like moderators should feel less like cops and more like guides. Which is interesting, because we already have a community guide program which seems to be quite successful. Our moderation process could look more like that both in terms of responsibility and nomination/selection process, so anyone on the blue list is probably a good candidate for moving to the green list.
This may be a dumb question, but... is it necessary to differentiate between green and blue then? Can't they just be all "mods/guides/however-you-wanna-call-them"? It's also kinda confusing to see two Moderators in that list being also Community Guides but not the other two. Like... Why? What does it mean? What's the difference? From what I'm understanding, the roles and what we should expect from them is very similar (responsible, reliable and fair people open to debates that helps moderate the site).

About the rotation method, someone said there isn't too much active people (specially right now) to do this type of events and I agree. I don't know if the idea is to have a few people rotating or something more radical like replacing most/everyone after a fixed ammount of time, though. I'm assuming the former makes more sense, since there's always gonna be users wanting to keep contributing as we're seeing in this very thread. I would argue that there would already be some sort of rotation factor if inactive users were taken out of that duty and replaced with active ones.

Lastly, some names in those lists are names I've never read anywhere, not even when I was regularly checking posts every day or two. So far, I've got no idea who YukiHerz is, for example.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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RKD wrote: Sun Apr 30, 2023 5:43 pm This may be a dumb question, but... is it necessary to differentiate between green and blue then? Can't they just be all "mods/guides/however-you-wanna-call-them"? It's also kinda confusing to see two Moderators in that list being also Community Guides but not the other two. Like... Why? What does it mean? What's the difference? From what I'm understanding, the roles and what we should expect from them is very similar (responsible, reliable and fair people open to debates that helps moderate the site).
Historically, Guides are people chosen to help other users with questions relating to modding for GZDoom. Some moderators fall under both categories: being both a moderator and a helpful hand. Hence why two of our moderators are also guides.
RKD wrote: Sun Apr 30, 2023 5:43 pm About the rotation method, someone said there isn't too much active people (specially right now) to do this type of events and I agree. I don't know if the idea is to have a few people rotating or something more radical like replacing most/everyone after a fixed ammount of time, though. I'm assuming the former makes more sense, since there's always gonna be users wanting to keep contributing as we're seeing in this very thread. I would argue that there would already be some sort of rotation factor if inactive users were taken out of that duty and replaced with active ones.
I agree that inactive moderators should step down, or at least be contacted to find out why they are no longer active. Is it real life problems? Problems with the current administration team? Lack of overall time or interest in the forums? Let the mod/admin team know. So we can start addressing your problems or concerns, or ask if you want to step down to allow others to shine.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a moderation action taken by an actual moderator and not one of the now-former admins.
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RKD wrote: Sun Apr 30, 2023 5:43 pm Lastly, some names in those lists are names I've never read anywhere, not even when I was regularly checking posts every day or two. So far, I've got no idea who YukiHerz is, for example.
This made me curious and I also had the lingering impression that a lot of the guides were inactive. So I checked through all the global moderators and community guides, and to my pleasant surprise almost all have actually been logging in and/or posting on the forum or Discord within the last 3-6 months, and the ones that haven't been as active here, have been active on our Discord within that time. The pulse of the forums is very slow anyways; it's not unusual for people to not post for 3+ months simply because nothing that's happening pertains to them, and that's okay!

Only one guide (Pixel Eater) has been completely inactive for more than a year, just suddenly dropped off the radar in 2019. I'll DM them on Discord to see if they're still around, but that's the only person I'd consider eligible for just removing outright due to lack of activity.

Something I'm considering is making Community Guides sort of a "Moderator Lite" role. This would provide them the ability to lock threads, issue warnings, and approve new user posts. Basically a few tools to help with the most common issues for putting out immediate fires as they happen. Full moderators would still be responsible for bigger stuff like bans and post removals, but this would give them a little breathing room. One of the common staff complaints over my time here, is that we've never had full timezone coverage so moderators feel they need to be constantly online, and that's just more pressure than it needs to be.

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Kinsie wrote: Mon May 01, 2023 7:21 am I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a moderation action taken by an actual moderator and not one of the now-former admins.
I guess that partly depends on what you mean by "moderation action" but any post made by a person with <4 posts needs to get moderator approval, reported posts have to be reviewed, users may ask for posts to be moved or whatever... All of these (and more) need to be done by moderators of some sort but would not necessarily attract much attention. Most times I'm here, there will be a post waiting approval or something. So, most times I'm here I do some moderating, even if it's only to review and approve a post in the queue.
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Re: Spring Cleaning 2023: Moderation

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Caligari87 wrote: Mon May 01, 2023 8:03 amSomething I'm considering is making Community Guides sort of a "Moderator Lite" role. This would provide them the ability to lock threads, issue warnings, and approve new user posts.
Post and topic approval is already on the guides' plate.

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