The biggest difference for a moderator is how we see posts made on the site, as shown below on one of my own posts:
Across the top we get an extra button (edit) which allows us to move posts and edit the content if we need to (we then append [Mod (N8): Message] to inform the user). On the bottom left, we have a handful of functions such as Trust (gives a user their Trusted icon), Stick (sets that post as always appearing at the top of the forums) and Hide (useful when spammers post and we need to remove a post). My favourite link is Ban, which does the obvious.
You will also notice on the moderator's view the IP address that appears under the avatar - for every post the IP address of that poster is saved.
We also have a private Moderators Forum to discuss posts on the site, user bans etc - unfortunately I can't screenshot it here, however, it looks the same as all the other forums here, just with more smack talk between the different moderators.
To finish, my top 5 pet peeves from Geekzone users:
- SPAMMERS! - what's the point in going through the signup process, for us to hide your post and banninate you forever? We're not interested in what you are selling (we hide/ban on average one user a day), and your post is normally gone within the hour.
- Spelin and gramer errors - some days I wonder whether the New Zealand schooling needs an overhaul, with some users lacking the basic ability to put a coherent sentence together. Issues with its and it's plus their, there and they're are common.
- Formatting - it doesn't take long to add links and images (resize, resize, resize!) to illustrate your post - take the extra 2 minutes, and it helps all of us understand.
- Complaints about ISP speeds - unless it's a question about your setup or sync speeds, don't post about your ISP being slow. If you want better speed, swap to a different ISP - it's not that hard.
- Astro-turfing - if you have a website you want reviewed, or a product to promote, use the correct Offers and Wanted forum - don't pretend to be an independent third party that's discovered this "amazing product" then link to it - it's blatantly obvious: your IP and email address, plus a WHOIS of the domain exposes you for the d-bag you truly are. Don't do it.
In my time here, I've seen that there are some very clever people contributing to Geekzone, and I look forward to possibly meeting more of you in the future.
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