As the title said..
Sorry to say this but this right there essentially sums up why the forum is run the way it is...quantity simply doesn't equate to quality...I have nearly 300 sites to take care of. I participate here more than most, Fred; but I can't be here 24/7/365. You can help by reporting spam, or you can decide I'm a prick. I honestly don't care about that at all. Spam is the scourge of the internet, and no one person is ever going to stop it all. So get real and play nice for everyone's sake. Kthxbai.
I can't speak for others, but I am fairly familiar with the role of a moderator, so I certainly do not have any misconceptions about it. And the above description is actually not what the moderators provide but rather what the forum in itself provides.There seems to be a very basic misconception about the role of a moderator or administrator of an internet forum. All we do is provide a place for people of like interests to talk, learn, discuss, assist and just generally share their enthusiasm for the topic.
I guess it all depends on what the forum owner aims for. I am actually kind of disagreeing with your comment about a frat house of hand picked people; I am fairly certain most of the members here are not aiming for that.Nobody is here any way other than voluntarily. Nobody but the owners have any money riding on it in any way. It's free to join; free to play; and free to leave.
All I'm here to do, in the capacity of my job, is to make sure it runs reasonably smoothly, and is kept within the guidelines of behavior that the owners want in sites bearing their name. We're not trial judges for grudges. We're not the mom with the screaming kids knocking shit over in Walmart. We're also not Nurse Ratchett from Cuckoo's Nest. Nor are we supposed to be.
You guys are free to call each other out and hate anyone you want here, just as anywhere. But when it goes beyond a certain point--and we all know where that is--we are expected to take appropriate action. Whether that's a PM saying "hey man, chill out, willya?" or it's a perma-ban largely depends on how disruptive any one person becomes, and how they behave while they're here.
It shouldn't be too hard to follow the overly emotional garbage guys like Zoot/Fred put out there, and recognize it for the "we want a frat house of hand picked people" crap that it is. That's not why this forum is here. You want to join a frat? Then go pledge a frat.
As I stated before, this number is way too small compared to the number of sites (and I assume there are even more than the 300 you mentioned) and hence is one reason why this forum is one of the worst moderated ones out there.I started as a volunteer back in 09, when the first Motorola Droid came out, and I joined the new DroidForums.net. The company had grown enough by '12 that they hired me. There are now 3 remote admins in the States (including me), and one in Taiwan. There are another 4 or 5 now in the home office, along with the owners. In essence, I'm a salaried contractor.