Posted by Kim on July 2, 2021, 9:00amIt's July 2nd, and on the RP Repository, that means Moderator Appreciation Day!
This is a holiday we celebrate for all moderators, everywhere. Yes, it's a salute to our extremely hard working site moderators, but I'm certain there are plenty of other moderators in your life, too - moderators of RPR groups. Moderators of Facebook Groups. Moderators of Discords. Moderators of forums. Moderators of LiveJournal groups? Please, take a moment to send a thank you note to the various moderators in your life. They're probably all doing VASTLY more than you know about in order to keep your online experience from being overrun by bots, trolls, and other sea monsters that inhabit the deeps of the internet.
Last month, in June 2021, there were roughly 17,000 forum posts made on the RPR. Some months, that number tops 20,000. And that's to say nothing of image uploads, kudos, private messages, content posted on character profiles and in taglines, guestbook entries, and more!
As social media sites go, we might be on the small end, but our moderators are kept busy busy busy reviewing content and answering flags to try and keep the site feeling as safe and comfortable for everyone as possible. I'm grateful every day for the help they give me in making our community work. There's certainly no way I could handle it all on my own!
Being a moderator can be exhausting and distressing work, as to maintain the best of a community they have to confront its worst. It can be deeply satisfying and uplifting to make a difference. At the same time, those efforts often go unseen and therefore unacknowledged by the majority of the community. With so much handled quickly and quietly, it's easily possible to get the impression that the moderators aren't doing anything at all, and to be cross when something has to be reported because of the imagination that the mods are kicking their feet up instead of scrambling away behind the scenes!
Over the years, we've been slowly training Server to look out for certain phrases or behavior patterns that sometimes indicate trouble, and that's been a big help to us in staying on top of the ocean of content that's sloshing by us on a daily basis. But being just a Server, he can't make decisions what to do with any of the things he auto-flags for us, and can only submit things for human review. In the end, almost all of those flags are closed as harmless; he can't tell the difference between mech pilots climbing into their cockpits before a battle and something that requires quite a bit more privacy.
Even with Server's help, we'd drown in this ocean of content if we didn't have such an amazing userbase, who care deeply about upholding our community standards and protecting each other.
One of the best ways you can help the mod team is by using the "Request Mod" button on anything you see that isn't right, especially in private areas that we're not able to review without a specific user request, such as inbox conversations. If someone direct messages you something yucky, don't feel shy at all about hitting the "Request Mod" link on the message. It's a point of pride for us to be on top of toxic behaviors, and we can only moderate the things we know about!
Please join me today in thanking our moderation team, and then go out into your online world and thank every other moderator you can think of too!
- Want to know more about how the RPR mods do their work? Check out this article: How Our Mods Work and Mod FAQ
- Want to read more essays about the balancing act of moderating? Check out these posts: https://www.rprepository.com/community/news/tag/moderator-appreciation-day
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