The mods at MTF were chosen by the team because they expressed a genuine desire to keep the forum "in line". What does that mean? It means that, regardless of what was going on in the chat, these were the people who were reporting inappropriate posts, attempting to bring conversation back to work, and attempting to defuse arguments.
This does not
mean that moderators are infallible. Moderators are people too, and are affected with such weaknesses such as "anger" "frustration" "depression", you know, emotions. When a moderator gets frustrated, he or she may make more radical decisions than would be made in a neutral emotional state.
THAT BEING SAID
, the moderators were chosen for a reason
. They are capable, they are fair, and most importantly, they are the authority on the forum
. This means that moderator decisions should NOT be debated in the daily threads. If someone has a problem with a moderator's decision, the proper method is to PM that moderator and CC Cowfin. This photo
is an example of a good PM. The moderator in question (Tjololo) is in the Recipient box, with Cowfin cc'd. The title and contents are just an example. However, if this were a true moderation-in-question, we would ask you to answer the following questions:
- A link to the post (or, if no post available, a thread link and time) when the moderator overstepped their bounds.
- What the moderator did
- Who that action affected (specific users, or yourself)
- Why do you believe that the action was inappropriate (it was a misunderstanding, it was an accident, etc)
When it comes to banning, note that we rarely issue permanent bans. Typically we will issue an infraction and/or a warning, and then proceed into temporary bans if necessary. HOWEVER, YOU CAN BE BANNED WITHOUT EVER RECEIVING A WARNING.
Of course, if you are the banned user, you will be unable to ask these questions through PM. To solve this, we have created an email system for appeals. If you would like to discuss your ban, you can send an email documenting your point of view to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you would like to discuss your ban with a specific moderator, the email address is simply their username @ns4t.net. For example, to reach Tjololo, contact email@example.com
Ultimately, Cowfin is the final decider. If you would like to contact her directly, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org