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I moderate Escape-City.com, a site for Ford Escape owners; I mostly moderate the tech sections, as we've decided to let the users go nuts in general chat areas (aside from personal insults and spam). I actually did the outline for our warning system, escalating from a PMed "verbal" warning to official warnings through board software to temporary/permanent bans. I also helped set up the layout of the subforums and supply most of the TSB and recall information. To toot my own horn, I was recently PMed by a new user thanking me for being "unexpectedly" patient, polite, and impartial. A heated argument erupted between him and an established member, and he had expected the site staff to side with the "veteran".
If you want a bit of work background, my last job was with the TTC. Started out in the Track Inspection department working with the Senior Track Inspection Engineer. Then I moved to Maintenance Engineering where I worked with the rail grinding program.
As for education, I have two years of a Systems Design Engineering degree from University of Waterloo. I always had high marks in high school, satisfactory marks in university, but I just couldn't take all the time behind a desk that engineering involved. I'll probably apply to the OPP next year, but first I'm applying for a "lubrication technician" position for some easy money while I get in shape.
I try to post here at least once a day; I plan on taking a year to get in shape and the recruitment process takes about a year, so you'll have me for at least two more years. If I end up at my first choice, HSD, I'll probably be able to keep up posting once a day (Bear does it!) but I can't make any promises if they send me to a northern detachment.
Once you get the squirrels to run in the wheel and generate enough power, your posts will still be 2 time zones and 3 days behindSquishy wrote: I can't make any promises if they send me to a northern detachment.
I do admin another site that has restricted access and for the most part I stop in here every day.
I don't think many moderators who participate in their forums can remain neutral for long. I know that if I have an opinion on something, I'll jump right into the discussion. I stay impartial though, in that I won't let the side I support break rules while punishing the side I am against.FiReSTaRT wrote:Yeah, this should be left with somebody who's tried it and is still crazy enough to do it. I've been a mod on one forum, but I found it difficult to stay neutral in some more flammable discussions. All the power to those with that level of self control. As for me.. I've been here less than a week and already gave one member a piece of my mind
hwybear wrote:Once you get the squirrels to run in the wheel and generate enough power, your posts will still be 2 time zones and 3 days behind
Hey, at least I'll have power in my igloo.
Squishy, if you get sent to northern Ontario, don't forget to post photos of the polar bears that you'll run into! (That's if you get sent as far north as Hudson Bay and Polar Bear Provincial Park.)