I'm just starting this as a little thing all moderators should keep in mind to make them operate more independantly and professionally. I know this is currently very small, right now, but fear not, this will grow as time goes on. Please post up suggestions as you wish.INTRO // GENERAL
Welcome to the Moderator's Handbook. This handy creature can help in times when you need wisdom and guidance.These are the rules. Know them, enforce them.http://www.staredit.net/1337v5/?p=faq&do=view&id=2http://www.staredit.net/1337v5/?p=faq&do=view&id=3WARNING MEMBERS
1: ALWAYS read the member's warn logs before warning them
. There is a slight chance that another a moderator has already warned them for the same post or offense.
2: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS include a quote or link to the offending post
and state the violation
. This is very important because members can and will view their warn logs.
3: ALWAYS notify the member with a private message
. Copy and paste what you've entered into the warn log, that's what I do.
4: If an offense is very minor, give a verbal warning and a small fine. These small offenses still have to be logged so they can add up.
5: Don't be afraid to warn people
. The idea of the system is that the 20%s will add up and their actions will have consequences. Playing the bad guy isn't always easy, but if cleaning out the crap means being a hardass, so be it.
6: Don't be afraid to warn someone based on who they are
. Some people may think their seniority, mapping skill, penis size, or whatever may place them above the rules. This is not so.
7: When suspending someone, add "Suspended for X days
" to the warn log. It isn't put in automatically.
8: You may warn multiple times (more than 20%) for very serious offenses.
9: Don't be afraid to give out suspensions for multiple offenses of the same type or serious offenses.
10: When someone hits 100%, please notify an administrator. We will handle the warn reset and dish out punishment based on the nature and number of offenses.
11: If more serious action needs to be taken regarding a member, PM an administrator.SPAMMING
1: When warning a spammer, fine them minerals and posts - those are the benefits of spamming.
2: If someone continuously posts crap in a forum, tell me about it
. I can levi a ban on their posting in that forum.FLAMING
1: If you're diving into a flame war, warn both sides of the argument regardless of who started it. The "he started it" argument is a childish way to avoid taking responsibility for your actions.
2: Invisible posts and include links to posts when warning someone for specific posts. Evidence helps. MISC
1: Double Accounts
- If you suspect double accounts, tell Global Moderators or Administrators. If you have the permissions, run IP checks. When in doubt, post a topic here or PM Moose.
2: If a spam or flame topic can be salvaged and saved, save it instead of locking it!
3: After penalizing someone for a post violation, get rid of the post!
This can be done via editing, deletion, or invisibilization, but it has to be done to avoid double warns.
4: If someone is causing trouble in a certain forum, tell me so that I can ban them from the forum.