Thursday: 12.May.2005

RAD Bulletin Board Forum Moderators

While rooting around in the forum's administrative functions, I came across a feature to select Moderators.

Like any good geek, I love to tinker, and see what happens. So I selected one of the forum's more helpful members: Mr. NightOwl (who hails from Washington state .. aka God's country .. I used to live there myself .. for two glorious years) and assigned him Moderator status .. without asking, and without really knowing what that entailed.

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When I finally got around to notifying him, he said, "I did notice you were playing with things. Wasn't quit sure what to make of it. Had never seen those Admin-function shortcuts at the bottom of the threads before."

Moderator status seems to include the ability to 'stick-i-fy' threads (keep them stuck at the top of the index page), lock wayward threads, ban naughty members, delete redundant posts, and a host of similar administrative functions. But, mostly, they share their expertise.

Whilst in the Moderator-selecting groove, I asked two more members, Mr. El_Pescador (Louisiana) & Christer (Sweden) if they would also consider being RAD moderators. They graciously accepted. A significant step forward for the site .. which will celebrate its 5th anniversary next month.

Christer will be gone for some of the summer, particularly in June, when he'll be heading to the Viking Glide (pre-World Gliding Championships), where he'll be in charge of flight safety issues.

The RAD forums don't have much trouble with annoying trolls like some of the bigger forums might, even tho I disabled the requirement to register before being able to post a question. But the questions posed tend to be sophisticated, cuz, ever since Symantec shutdown their forums, Radified has become the de facto forum for Norton Ghost.

There are actually *many* helpful members. I can now go backpacking in Yosemite for a few weeks this summer and feel be confident the site would be left in good hands. So I am grateful for their support and fortunate to have their help, cuz they know more than I do.





Posted by Rad at May 12, 2005 04:59 PM

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