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Moderator Position Preview

There have been a few people that have asked about the moderator positions and what the duties would entail.

Right now, we cannot really offer any "incentive" other than that the site continues to exist. Until we can "catch up" we can't give out additional coins for those that volunteer to help. Please keep this in mind if you plan to apply for the position.

That said, some of the duties of the moderator would include:

  • Flagging Posts for Plagiarism

  • Flagging Posts for Issues (improper image credit, incoherent English, etc)

  • Approving members

  • Approving or Declining User Issues

  • Keep drama at bay. Attempt to resolve any issues of arguments that are getting too heated.

  • Marking comments as spam/flagging comments

It really isn't a lot. Our members are pretty good about following the rules. The self is pretty self-sufficient without all the bells and whistles and without being thoroughly babysat.

As a moderator, here will be some of the features you'll be able to access.

The "Plagiarism" and "Flag Post" options

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When you click on "Flag Post" the following options come up

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And then what we call the Admin Panel. You'll only see and use the "User Issues" and "Pending Users" portion.

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If you are still interested, or newly interested, keep these things and mind, and then get back to you about what you would like to do. A lack of help could result in us shutting down the site.

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Kasman wrote on September 7, 2015, 4:27 PM

None of us want this site shut down and I'm sure you will get plenty of volunteer moderators to help out.

CoralLevang wrote on September 7, 2015, 5:45 PM

It appears that there are several who are stepping up to be considered for volunteer moderators. I will write to admin directly, rather than comment more here.


Feisty56 wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:12 PM

I think this information will be helpful to those considering to volunteer for the moderator positions. Thanks for providing the information, and for both you and Will continuing to be open and upfront with the community here.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:48 PM

I wish I had the time to volunteer, but at this time, I don't. I hope enough others do find time.

bestwriter wrote on September 7, 2015, 7:40 PM

The moderators would also need to count the characters in comments made.
Just one question please. Would you take the final decision to see if the moderator has correctly judged the situation?

MaeLou wrote on September 7, 2015, 9:16 PM

Why would they need to count the characters? There is not a minimum to be able to comment, just a minimum if they want to receive a coin. The coins are done automatically.

We wouldn't put in a moderator that we do not think would accurately judge situations. We aren't going to just accept anyone for the position. We will prevent them from being able to permanently get rid of plagiarized posts, it will come to us first.

bestwriter wrote on September 7, 2015, 9:56 PM

If coins are added automatically only after the minimum characters are seen that is a great thing you have there emoticon :cool:

Nice to know you will be the final judge.

allen0187 wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:02 AM

I'm sure there are those who have both the time and the drive to be efficient moderators. Good luck to those that will volunteer!

Life has been too hectic for me and I highly doubt if I'm up to the challenges and demands of the post.

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:25 AM

I'd do it, in a heartbeat.

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:32 AM

Please consider me. I work a nightshift job but would put all my extra time towards making this work.

Paulie wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:34 AM

If we volunteered to help, could we choose the specific tasks we wanted to do, or would we be responsible for doing everything that you outlined?

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:39 AM

A real volunteer would MAKE the time.

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:48 AM

I've been over this post three times. I get it. Let me help. Please, I am here to help you.

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MaeLou wrote on September 8, 2015, 12:43 PM

Thank you for your willingness. Will and I are going to go through all of the applicants. We probably will not need more than a handful so it may take time to narrow it down.

MaeLou wrote on September 8, 2015, 12:45 PM

Being that it is a volunteer position, you wouldn't have to do something you weren't comfortable with (ie: approving members). The help at all would be nice. If one only feels comfortable flagging posts or keeping drama at bay, then that is fine. I'm sure with everyone that is willing to help,all of it will come together.

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:32 PM

Well, of course you'll make the choice you feel is best. I'm only available part-time, anyway. But, consider this, I'm not as ascerbic as I once was.

FergusM1970 wrote on September 8, 2015, 10:25 PM

Can we please have some moderators who understand that an image taken by the German Navy in 1943 is now in the public domain? I'm getting pretty fed up with the constant stream of "Improper image credit" messages related to WWII warships.

AliCanary wrote on September 9, 2015, 1:44 AM

It's possible that "improper image credit" means exactly that--the photos you choose may not be copyright -protected, but you need to be able to point to a source that clearly states that--for example, the Wikimedia Commons or Morguefile page that shows that the image is in the public domain. It's likely that in your case, the image is fine, but the credit itself needs to be more "official". If we use an image here that infringes on a copyright, the website itself could be sued. Obviously, if there is an image credit that links directly to a source that states the image is NOT copyright-protected, then PP can point directly to that, and the offended party would have to pursue THAT source, if it is claiming incorrectly.

So, all you have to do is provide a link to a source that states the pictures are fine for use. It shouldn't be difficult. If you are using scanned images from a book or some such, that's probably harder for the admins to check, and they are likely to default to saying the credit isn't kosher. Try to think like they do, and make it easier on them.

Paulie wrote on September 9, 2015, 4:10 AM

If that is the case, I would like to volunteer for the duties of approving members and flagging posts. I'm sure I could devote one or two hours each day doing this.

MaeLou wrote on September 9, 2015, 2:35 PM

Exactly.. You need to link back to some source. You can NOT just put "public domain." One must read the rules of how our image credit system works, or they will find themselves continuously in this situation.

markgraham wrote on September 30, 2015, 8:03 PM

I am still interested in helping PersonaPaper in this capacity. Are the positions still open? I do have permission from my school to use your small site as an internship as long as I am writing content on educational issues like some of my articles that I have written already.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 12, 2015, 6:31 PM

Instead of shutting it down why don't you sell it?

markgraham wrote on October 20, 2015, 10:30 AM

I would also like to approve members for personapaper. With your application process I think with my education degrees I would be a good candidate for this volunteer duty and I would enjoy it very much.