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What's the difference between:


8 Oct 2003
Administrators, Moderators, Advisors, Mentors etc. on this site?

Maybe the question has already been asked, and I apologise if so - perhaps just paste the link to the relevant page!

As the two Admins, Thomas and Twisted oversee the day-to-day duties of the site including forum maintenance, updates, etc. etc. (all the techie stuff) in order to insure that the boards run smoothly. Advisors like Maciamo, Kirei, Mdchachi, and myself work behind the scenes to try and help keep the forums "clean" and on-topic (editing obscenities, deleting spam, moving and copying threads to the appropriate forums, etc.). We also have the ability to ban users although that is rarely done and only when there is a mutual consensus among all of us or at the Admin's discretion.

Moderators are those individuals who have displayed a good knowledge of the topic at hand (generally speaking), post regularly, and or help contribute to thoughtful/relevant discussion. Taken from the J-Ref FAQ, "Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating."

Mentors are similar to Moderators in this sense as well. Generally speaking, all of us try to be as helpful as possible by offering our insights when applicable into appropriate discussions, greeting new members, etc. and all of us were invited by Thomas at some point to assume our current roles. We also have access to a special forum for staff discussions when various issues arise. If any of the other members of the Forum Team would like to chime in, please feel free. Hope that helps answer your question.
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