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"April is my last month with HAVAmedia, thank you for the past 7 years!"

So you want to be a Mod?

Cat | 1806d ago
User blog

A lot of people ask me how to become a Mod on N4G and the NewsBoiler Network. It’s not a closely guarded secret, so I’m sorry it took this long for me to post about some of the basic “criteria”. While it can be hard to quantify all the qualities that make a great Mod, here are a few things you can do if you want to work on becoming a good candidate for Mod on N4G!

The biggest thing we look for are people that are really familiar with the site - all of the site! That means you should be exploring the comments section, the forums, user reviews and blogs, and of course, submitting news. Lets look at each of those in turn:

Comments: We have a comments section! You don’t have to be a faithful commenter, but getting in there and replying to stories and comments you find interesting helps you to familiarize yourself with the members, frequent commenters, the commenting system. Knowing how things work is the key to being able to help other members if they run into problems. Plus, your comments help us get to know you!

The Forums: Do you know where these are? Check ‘em out. Introduce yourself, make some posts, maybe even start a thread. Being active in the forums introduces you to a lot of the N4G regulars and important sections that members use to provide feedback, ask questions and voice complaints. Seeing the types of problems that arise and where the answers can be found is an important part of speedily helping members.

User Reviews and Blogs: These are features on the site that you might overlook. For a mod it’s important to understand these features so that you can help out members that have questions. This means understanding appropriate content, how to effectively submit that content, and the sorts of things other members expect from these features.

Submitting News: News is kind of like the juicy core of the site, so knowing the ins and outs of the submission process (from tips to top story) is important. We don’t expect or need you to be a top contributor, but learning to submit news and doing so regularly ensures that you know all the rules, all the exceptions, all the sticky points and what it’s like to be a contributor on N4G. It’s an important role to understand!

Everything else: Have you tried out things like adding games to your channel? Adding friends? Uploading different avatars and images? Updating your status? Do you know where to find the TOU and the Guidelines? These are all small parts of a big site that members need help with - and the Mods to help them!

"But what if I have warnings/restrictions?" Hey, we all make mistakes, and so far every member of the NewsBoiler staff is human, not robot. Remember, how you respond to warnings/restrictions often says a lot more about you than the warning/restriction itself!

When you’re a good mod you’re both a member and a staffer, representing member feedback and issues and working to help them out when they run into problems. While we could come up with a feel-good list of personality traits that we think are ideal in a Mod, the reality is that everyone on a Mod team is different! Everyone brings something new, so be yourself, and of course: don’t call us, we’ll call you. ;)

Professor Chaos  +   1806d ago
Can I be a mod?
Nihilism   1806d ago | Trolling | show
SnuggleBandit  +   1806d ago
Im guessing this is a response to us people in the forums?? lol
Cat  +   1806d ago
Actually, a response to my friend Sam on Twitter! He asked about it last week and I couldn't believe it hadn't occurred to me to post something like this!

I hope it helps people who are wondering what we look for when we we're looking for new Mods, there's no reason for it to be a mysterious process. :)
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Odion  +   1806d ago
Becoming a mod is great look how many bubbles you get!
Evildoomnerd  +   1806d ago | Funny
All those bubbles and power, but Im not that big of a chatterbox, but come to think of it, I RARELY see mods posting in the articles.

edit: I see what you did there :P
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DelbertGrady   1806d ago | Trolling | show
AuToFiRE  +   1806d ago
Id love to be a mod on this site, gives me a sense of fulfillment, Dusty and ZT were considering me but i havent heard anything from them lately
Nihilism  +   1806d ago
It's a trap, like the working class who are promised a miserable dead end middle management job, they would murder their loved ones for that position of dubious power...but when they get it, it only brings pain.

The moral of the story is 'never try' - Homer Simpson.
AuToFiRE  +   1806d ago
pfft i will try no matter what, i miss modding, it was a fun job, i like making those fear me
SnuggleBandit  +   1806d ago | Funny
Id wanna do it just to show these people how its done haha
AuToFiRE  +   1806d ago
i dont know if you remember when a certain forum was spamming ours, no one else seemed to have the thought of actually contacting that forum, i did, i stopped the spam attack, i dont even think Cat knows that, i go above and beyond my duty as a member of this site xD
SmokeyMcBear  +   1806d ago | Funny
CAT... what have you DONE!!?!?!?
Eiffel  +   1806d ago
I remember when I requested to be a mod back in the day with all the spam articles and flame bait. Honestly don't really care for it anymore, lol.

At least the mods on this site arn't power tripping queefs unlike on most sites.
SmokeyMcBear  +   1806d ago
damn.. now I have to up my totalitarian dictatorship points.
Eiffel  +   1806d ago
Yeah, sorry about that whole "being completely competent for your position." Must be a real burden to carry. Lol.
PaPa-Slam  +   1806d ago
Mezzo,*My Brother For MOD*, just kidding i think non of the top contributors should ever be promoted to Moderators Rank, Because all of them including me post Flame Bait articles to boost their Score in order to stay in the top 10's & thats exactly what MODS should be restricting other from doing let alone doing it themselves.
Sillyace92   1806d ago | Spam
TheColbertinator   1806d ago | Trolling | show
Harry190  +   1806d ago | Funny
Should be a tv show.
So you think you Can Moderate . Wednesdays 9central on NBC. Ding.
DRUDOG  +   1806d ago
I wouldn't watch.
LordMarius  +   1806d ago | Funny
A new mod should be heartless, soulless person that is not afraid to use the banhammer. Also he/she must not be a gamer and not have a life(so he/she be online 24/7)
JimRome  +   1806d ago
I would be a MOD....
So I can ban people who lack a sense of humor. I would make this website a prolific amalgamation of pure magesty. Not only would I contribute in the utmost manner, I would single-handedly revive these forums/comments/revenue. I gurantee it. If you're not satisfied with my work.....big fucking deal.

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SmokeyMcBear  +   1806d ago
Have a take... don't suck!
LostDjinn  +   1806d ago
So is there a shortage of mods or just too much work for the mods that already exist?

Wait, wait, wait. Is this just another attempt at "improvement" like...well...I'd better keep that one to myself. You gotta do what you gotta do to keep the lights on after all. ;)

Off topic: Good to see ya Smokey, you evil bastard!
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Cat  +   1806d ago
This is actually just a basic response to all the inquiries I get about "how to become a Mod", and things like that! :)
LostDjinn  +   1806d ago
Fair enough. I guess I'll let it slide. Just this once though.
RockmanII7  +   1806d ago
DRUDOG  +   1805d ago
You are not legendary enough as your avatar implies...
White-Sharingan  +   1805d ago
lol why make this post if in the end you say:

"and of course: don’t call us, we’ll call you. ;)"

It's like if someone went up to me and said "hey!, do you want to work at Epic games? or Naughty Dog?! :D , well don't contact us"

I do have to give credit to this site, it's not like neogaf where it looks like a dictatorship, where you can't say anything. I actually got banned because I said "I really don't understand why fanboys hate on a game they probably have never even touched, oh well, haters gonna hate" and bam! permanent ban. This site finds a happy medium in my opinion, kudos :)

To all those mods, keep up the good work.
Cat  +   1805d ago
Well, it isn't a call for applications but an answer to the question what people can do if they want to become a Mod. :)
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White-Sharingan  +   1805d ago
ahh that does make sense. It's just that the title just makes it seem like there really is a chance, you know? lol

PS: I don't know if you were one of the founding members of the site but if you are, thank you for making me addicted to this damn site > < lol first place I go to when I open a web page!
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Cat  +   1805d ago
hehe, awesome - I can't take credit, Dusty and DF are the founders - I came on the scene later :)
Odion  +   1805d ago
Cat is actually like the newbie of the staff, she joined the site after all of us!

She's just a way better person and hence rose through the ranks :P
macalatus  +   1805d ago
To all the mods and admins of N4G, I believe that my service to the classy, mature, and intelligent gamers, aka the Sony gamers, is enough of a qualification to join your honored ranks. If that's not enough, I'm a proud veteran of the Great Fanboy War of 2008, in which I fought alongside with my fellow Sony gamers in securing this website for the loyal PS3 enthusiasts. My actions during my entire 3 years of my membership here in this hallowed website include as the "rallying cry" of the Sony gamers, which in turn made this site into an awesome site that it is now. In the forums, I always make quality posts using the Sony gamer's values, which are "classiness, maturity, and intelligence", as my personal guidelines. You don't have to look hard, as the long-time N4G forum members can attest to my reputation. By hiring me as a mod, the Sony gamers, which comprise 95% of the N4G populace, will listen to my voice of reason. I will use everything in my power to urge them in maintaining this site as the premiere site of the Sony gamers!

Thank you for you time and I sincerely hope you consider my request to be a moderator serving the respectable members of N4G.

Sony Gamers Lead the Way!
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FAT MAN GO BOOM  +   1805d ago
Oh hell yeah....
I vote for Dr jones on this one... he just needs a hat...


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