Originally posted by PocketKings
There is alot of moderation talk these days and I'm starting to feel a little bad for the folks who do it. If you don 't know who they are then you've been living in a cave for the past few months. Its not easy and they get a lot of abuse, which I admit I contributed to this past weekend.
Personally I don't know what to think about moderation anymore, ...[text shortened]... this a good idea or not now that i think about it, but its something to think about anyway
I see your point, but I don't think a secret police is a good solution for the problem. That might make it easier for the moderators, but there's already enough secrecy and too little opportunity for the users to get heard. So I would rather suggest to go the other way. People who feel they have been treated unfairly will try everything to get heard anyway. In the current system, they have no way to know who's the right person to address. If I had known who had given me my last ban, I might have been able to sort it out rather quickly and painlessly by addressing that person directly. Instead, I contacted several persons who were not involved, and had a lengthy and unpleasant discussion with a moderator just to find out in the end that it wasn't him who had given me the ban (he could have told me earlier, of course).
Another problem is that one of the moderators is very well known because he posts a lot in the forums himself, so he probably gets a lot more of the abuse than the others (yes, I have probably contributed to that as well, although I tried to be as polite as possible). That would probably get more balanced if the other moderators were more visible.