Honestly, I'm sleepy and I didn't read most of the topic lol. But from my experiences in other forums, the most "transparent" way to pick moderators is with a poll where every player can vote for any candidate. I'm not sure if this forum's plataform could allow It. Let me try an example:
Thread #1 By Oda/Campitor
Now the season to be candidate for VMod is up (could be idk, 3 days for time limit?)
People who wanted to be mod (at the end of the thread)
After the event period, a Thread with a poll could be created with only the people that wanted to be a VMod (TEMPORAL mod). If It's not possible, a GM could make a Thread with X posts (in this example 5 candidates) with 1 different name each (1 post = 1 candidate) locked and pinned and every member on forums can upvote a post. (since you can see who upvoted wich post). Only people with idk, 100 posts or 2 months can be considered a valid vote, and one person voting twice or more won't be considered either.
Let us decide who deserves to be a VMod, It will make it way easier for everyone, because we know who's helpful and who's just an useless troll
popularity =/= Good moderator. Everyone knows that. Personally I know people with 100 posts and being more helpful than some people with 5k posts that just like to sh!tpost a thread and not helping at all. If other players can't notice that, then the problem isn't VMods, It's the community.
And it's odd, because i've been in 4 different forums and voting always worked, just in ro the system is broken :v
I'm going to make an example out of this because this is exactly the kind of stuff that gets us in trouble with the user base. This is not a personal attack so don't take it that way please.
Mods have to enforce the rules regardless of their relationship with those people and the rule is: "Posting content that is blocked by our Word Filter. Do not add spaces or modify the word so it gets around the word filter. The words are blocked for a reason."
Now for a cookie can you point out what the problem is with these quotes? I didn't knock this over because right now the mods are sitting on a hot bed of coals and i'm doing my best to not make this worse because they can't defend themselves so its up to the named mods to do it. But this is exactly what triggers an episode of escalation because we edit this stuff and then you get hot under the color like you'd just had duct tape put over your mouth or something and then come back and just keep doing it and then WE have to escalate our actions which then stirs up the community because X user will claim they are being oppressed and be a victim when the truth is they broke the rules and can't accept the consequences of their actions.
Edited by Inubashiri, 04 April 2015 - 11:12 PM.