At dentalmainframe.com ,we host a robust discussion forum for our users to start threads, or post contents etc.
We invite volunteers to be moderators on our forums in order to oversee the flow of information and other communication activities and at the same time enforce the rules of our forum.
- The moderators (referred to as "mods" in short) are privileged users of the forum who are granted special access privileges to the posts and threads of all members for the purpose of moderating discussions on the forum.
- As per the structure of the forum at dentalmainframe.com ,a moderator is a community leader in a specific niche or dental specialty , who by default is granted full access to the forum, and other staff privileges.
- So it is imperative that the moderator is knowledgeable about his specific subject or niche ,and at the same time be passionate about driving the flow of knowledge through discussions and debates.
- As a moderator on our forum one can startup a new forum topic and initiate discussions and debates and at the same time encourage other members to participate in discussions.
- Or he/she can play the role of a basic moderator in an established forum by maintaining order in the forums and combatting spam and restraining inappropriate behavior by users
- Also, As a moderator it is his/her duty to manage the day-to-day affairs of our forum as it concerns the flow of user contributions and interactions.
Role of a forum moderator is primarily user management and content moderation on the forum site.
The role of a moderator encompasses
- Promoting interaction on the forum by posting new threads and adding new content in order to keep the users interested.
- Sanitizing the forums by(neutralizing spam and unwanted content, and deleting irrelevant ,illegal content)
- Lending a helping hand to a users in need and respond to user complaints
- Answer users' concerns about the forum, general question
- Address any breach in the user code of conduct
- Notify the site administrators regarding any difficulties encountered.
As a moderator one must realize that the relative effectiveness of this user management or moderation ,directly impacts the quality of a forum in general, its appeal, and its usefulness as a community of interrelated users.
Common privileges attributed to a moderators include:
- splitting of posts and threads
- stickying of threads
- banning and unbanning
- warning the members
- adding, editing, removing the polls of threads
QUALITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Qualities and requirements of a forum moderator
- A moderator should possess basic knowledge about his dental specialty or his dental niche and he should have the passion to advance his domain by starting new threads and holding discussions and debates on the forum
- As a moderator ,good leadership qualities are a plus
- He/she should have accountability and a sense of responsibility to his forum and its peers.
- He/she should maintain neutrality and work without bias .
- A moderator must possess the time and the mindset to guide and help his peers on the forums.
- He must most importantly possesses basic skill to help him work on the technicalities of the functioning of the forum.in this aspect the administrator would help him and guide him initially till he learns the basics.
Who can be a moderator?
Any volunteer from the dental community who is willing to dedicate their valuable time consistently and dedicatedly to lead and guide a forum is welcome .
As mentioned above all one needs is the basic knowledge about his dental niche/domain and a basic understanding of technicalities of moderating a forum.(which can be acquired on-job through interactions with the administrator)
To give you a brief idea as to who can volunteer
- research scholars,
- interns who have completed their basic dental education,
- postgrad students,
Volunteers can join the forum moderator program by filling out a simple online application form in our members page.
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