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    Changes to the SMC role

    After a collaborative effort, we have drafted a new iteration of the SMC role at PSU. The basic gist remains the same but a fundamental alteration has been made. While the duties will remain more or less the same, the role will now be served in 4 month terms allowing more of the community to work with the staff to see the inner workings of the site's moderation. The team has come up with few suggestions as to which members will serve in the initial intake. We will be contacting these people to see who is keen and will announce them in this thread early next week.




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    Welcome to the Selected Member Council.

    :: Being part of the Select Member Council means you have displayed both contributive and level-headed posting habits and a mature personality which are both crucial elements to later becoming a moderator or administrator at PSU. However, becoming part of the SMC does not guarantee a promotion to either of these roles, as moderator and administrative roles are filled on an 'as-needed' basis.

    :: As of Summer 2013, members of the Select Council will be subject to a four month term. This was implemented because the SMC role is not only a means for evaluating users for future staff opportunities, but also ensures a level of transparency by giving all prominent members an equal opportunity to work alongside moderators. By doing this, users should have a better understanding of the inner workings of PSU's forum staff, and how the moderation and administrative teams work together for the betterment of the community. Exemplary members of the Select Council may be asked to serve consecutive terms, and all SMC (past and present) that demonstrate strong moderating and communicating abilities will be considered when the time comes to select more moderators.

    Selected Member Council Expectations

    :: All SMC are encouraged to join in staff discussions, voicing their thoughts and concerns in the 'Report' and 'SMC Staff' sections. You will be tasked with bringing small disputes between members to a close, and advised to bring larger disputes to the attention of the moderation team. While SMC's have many of the same capabilities as moderators, such as temporarily banning a member or closing threads, they are only to take advantage of such capabilities when they are the only staff member online at the time. A moderator will make the final decision from there.

    :: Conduct is an important part of being a staff member. You are encouraged to participate in conversations and debates across the forum, but will be held to a higher standard than regular users. As an SMC, you are a role model for the rest of the community, and thus should act accordingly. As such, personal insults against other members, and other rule violations, will not be tolerated and can result in immediate demotion. You are not prohibited from entering and contributing to heated debate, but it is absolutely necessary that staff members maintain a high level of professionalism. To avoid bias, any reports dealing with said user will be dealt with by a different member of staff.

    SMC TOOLKIT

    :: Members of the Select Council have tools to merge, edit, and delete at their disposals. SMCs are encouraged to use these tools to remove spam, edit thread titles, and to merge double posts as seen fit. Only in the instance of a spam-bot are SMCs permitted to utilize the instant permanent ban feature. This is to prevent further spamming of the forums. Sticking or closing threads and removing or editing posts is only permitted after a moderator has reviewed the situation and granted approval. The banning of regular members is highly prohibited.

    :: If you have any questions concerning the tools at your fingertips, or are not sure how they work, please do not hesitate to ask any moderator or administrator, as we are here to assist you as you begin to understand your new role.

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    Awesome lay out GHOST... Changes like this are very welcomed
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    Awesome lay out GHOST... Changes like this are very welcomed
    Thanks Claud. I'm glad you like it.

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    I do like the revolving position. Especially when some members get the job that you don't agree with. That way they don't be there for long.




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    Glad the reception is generally positive so far. Hopefully with these changes the SMC role will be more beneficial to PSU and will allow for greater collaboration between members and the staff. The more people who get to peer into the staff, the more mature and educated a discussion we can have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Glad the reception is generally positive so far. Hopefully with these changes the SMC role will be more beneficial to PSU and will allow for greater collaboration between members and the staff. The more people who get to peer into the staff, the more mature and educated a discussion we can have.
    Indoctrination!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    Indoctrination!



    Ooops, was I not supposed to disclose this?

    Not yet ghost not yet

    anyway I really do like this, nice work Ghost



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    Quote Originally Posted by Chille View Post
    Not yet ghost not yet

    anyway I really do like this, nice work Ghost
    Thanks bud, but credit must go to the whole team. What we announced tonight is the result of a really solid team effort.

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    credit to the whole team
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    good idea guys


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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    I do like the revolving position. Especially when some members get the job that you don't agree with. That way they don't be there for long.
    Agreed. If they work they work, if they didn't...well that's why they are subjected to a term.


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    Sounds good like the revolving.

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    why can't we just call them "moderator"



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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dj- View Post
    why can't we just call them "moderator"
    Because that title is in use by those with green names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    Because that title is in use by those with green names.
    is it "super moderator"



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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dj- View Post
    is it "super moderator"
    Yeah but in the general scheme of things you have CM, admins and mods. A 4th tier of community moderation is something I've only seen at PSU. With the new term system it needs to be clearly differentiated.

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    Interesting idea guys. Would be interesting to see how this plays out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    Yeah but in the general scheme of things you have CM, admins and mods. A 4th tier of community moderation is something I've only seen at PSU. With the new term system it needs to be clearly differentiated.
    See if I was CM, I'd rebrand it power rangers, then have each PR have a different colour name and title rank, and after 6 months switch them out.

    Oh and I'd record myself to be edited into a giant blue tube for no real reason


    err anyway back on topic, look forward to seeing the first batch



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    Yeah but in the general scheme of things you have CM, admins and mods. A 4th tier of community moderation is something I've only seen at PSU. With the new term system it needs to be clearly differentiated.
    alot of forums (p2p forums) i went had root admin (owner) , admin, global moderator and moderator

    so it will make it way easier for new members to know who is who



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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dj- View Post
    alot of forums (p2p forums) i went had root admin (owner) , admin, global moderator and moderator

    so it will make it way easier for new members to know who is who
    Frankly I don't think it matters. It isn't difficult to discern the differences between our roles here. Senior Members Council or Selected Members Council explains it well -- a special group of selected / senior members.

    Call them junior moderators, moderators, SMC, etc... Does it matter? Not really.

    EDIT: I haven't heard of many cases of confusion on this matter.
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    global moderators are usually the ones with the responsibilities that are, welll, site wide (global). When that is used, regular moderators are generally assigned to specific areas, and they do not have the same permissions forum wide.

    Super Moderator: global permissions
    Moderator: section wide permissions; i.e Sufi is only responsible for the Xbox sections, and only has permissions enabled for that parent forum and it's subsforums.

    That's why those categories are there.

    SMC was used as a bridge and "training ground" for members that showed that they had the ability to perform those responsibilities and work their way up to the moderators position when needed.
    Last edited by F34R; 08-04-2013 at 22:43.




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    What's the betting that the 1st batch of SMC's are the ones who mash that report button the most?


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    Ok... I was wrong. Happy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Shafty- View Post
    What's the betting that the 1st batch of SMC's are the ones who mash that report button the most?
    Lol payback for the hell they put the mods and admins through.




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    Ok, so I can now announce that the first intake for the newly defined SMC role includes:

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    Staying on as an SMC vet is DeviousOne. Thanks for accepting guys, I'll set you up with your permissions now.

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