Just one of the guys (or gals)

First things first: Unless I’m writing a cover letter for a job, I truly hate writing about topics that have to do with me.

Having said that, there has been some misguided notions or ideas in a couple of threads recently about the responsibilities and duties of the CrunchBang moderators, of which I am one. Allow me straighten this out because it’s very simple and it doesn’t take a lot of thought to comprehend a couple of very basic concepts.

So take notes for the final exam: Moderators are part of the CrunchBang community, no different than those who are non-mods.

To put this in the most basic “Captain Obvious” terms, moderators abide by the same rules as everyone else. The only difference between moderators and non-moderators is that mods have the additional responsibility to enforce the rules of the forums.

In other words, each of the moderators is just one of the guys — or in bobobex’s case, just one of the gals. On the forums mods have contributions to make, solutions to provide, opinions to offer, points to agree and disagree on, and sometimes even wisdom to impart; no different than everyone else who visits, or anyone else who interacts on, the CrunchBang forums.

To put moderators on a higher plane does a great disservice to the moderators, who don’t deserve to be put at any level of superiority despite taking on additional duties. More importantly, to put forum contributors on a lower plane because they’re not moderators does an even greater disservice to those who aren’t mods for essentially the same reason — they don’t deserve to be put at a level of inferiority.

Lastly, it would be a gross understatement to describe me as opinionated. I am. While I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, I gladly welcome debate and discussion. Also, I’m not always right, and I’m glad to be corrected if it’s a legitimate error on my part.

Bear in mind, though, that I make no apologies for my overwhelming passion and deep commitment to making CrunchBang the outstanding combination of distro and community it currently is, and will continue to be, and I would welcome anyone to share this opinion and move forward in this effort.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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3 responses to “Just one of the guys (or gals)

  1. Two additional points;
    1. The moderators on #! seem much more tech-savy than their peers on other forums, thus it’s not an unimaginable assumption that you-all have more juice than others.
    2. The worst that’s ever happened to me from a Mod has been a bit of laughter over a typo, but there have been others who have pushed the rules to the breaking-point and been banned. The exlied member then went to another public forum and trashed the #! community – until he got banned from there, too. Throwing the guy out, or just dealing with him, is not my idea of fun.
    Dealing with problems like that, in your time off, that takes a lot. Thanks to all the Mods for being willing to invest the time and effort doing it.

    P.S. – sudo Merry Chistmas

  2. As a mod and a part time developer and having been in this business for 26 years, I have seen my share of lame attacks on moderators for doing their jobs. As in every day life there are people who you must deal with with child’s gloves on, you and I Larry have seen our share lately. Bobobex has said the best way to moderate is to be more like a parent than a peer, I have to agree with this.

    I also agree with merelyjim on everything he said, especially about how much more tech savvy CrunchBang is. The IRC is now an equally efficient place for information and the moderators there are respected for their knowledge. It is ironic that some of the same people who have trashed the moderators on the forums are also the same people who tell everyone to stay away from the #! IRC because it is a ‘bad place’.

    I am sure the pattern is very evident…

    sudo apt-get install Merry Christmas && Happy New Year

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