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  • Question

  • HI All !

    I am just surprised to noticed that i am showing in Recent Moderators List at "Forums Issues (not product support)" at TechNet Forum.

    Is this happened by mistake or by MS itself ?

    Also, please let me know what are additional responsibilities i will be perfoming by becoming Moderator.

    I know few that i can Mark other Posts As Answers but is there a clear guideline / map for moderators to perform their responsibilities without being ignorant.

    I would like to thanks community for nominating me as MCC and now awarding me Moderator rank.

    Thanks, Hasham

    Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:01 PM
    Moderator

Answers

  • I've used this Wiki article as a guide:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/moderating-microsoft-forums.aspx

    The main moderator tasks are:

    1. Marking answers.
    2. Moving threads to another forum if appropriate.
    3. Modifying titles to better reflect the subject.
    4. Changing thread type (question or discussion).
    5. Splitting threads where a new question/topic has been raised (especially if the thread is old and answered).
    6. Deleting duplicate or spam threads.
    7. General moderation to keep threads on-topic and not abusive.

    The most important (and most common) task is marking anwers. The best outcome is always for the original poster to mark the answer. Not only is the original poster the best judge, but the answerer gets the most credit (points). I try to wait at least several days before marking an answer, to allow the original poster time to either mark an answer, or ask further questions. However, many times they are never heard from again. Often I will first mark a proposed answer, hoping this will trigger action. Also, I try to be reasonably sure the reply really is a decent answer. If I don't know, I leave it for another moderator.

     


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services
    Sunday, December 11, 2011 2:49 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • I've used this Wiki article as a guide:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/moderating-microsoft-forums.aspx

    The main moderator tasks are:

    1. Marking answers.
    2. Moving threads to another forum if appropriate.
    3. Modifying titles to better reflect the subject.
    4. Changing thread type (question or discussion).
    5. Splitting threads where a new question/topic has been raised (especially if the thread is old and answered).
    6. Deleting duplicate or spam threads.
    7. General moderation to keep threads on-topic and not abusive.

    The most important (and most common) task is marking anwers. The best outcome is always for the original poster to mark the answer. Not only is the original poster the best judge, but the answerer gets the most credit (points). I try to wait at least several days before marking an answer, to allow the original poster time to either mark an answer, or ask further questions. However, many times they are never heard from again. Often I will first mark a proposed answer, hoping this will trigger action. Also, I try to be reasonably sure the reply really is a decent answer. If I don't know, I leave it for another moderator.

     


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services
    Sunday, December 11, 2011 2:49 AM
    Moderator
  • Nice article, it helped me learned the process of becoming moderator. I was just wondering is there a way a person who became a Moderator for specific forum knows that Microsoft has granted him Moderator permissions ? May be an email alert would be nice letting the person knows that he has been choosen as Moderator for that particular forum.

    Thanks, Hasham

    Sunday, December 11, 2011 11:32 PM
    Moderator
  • No, no notification was sent, though it is a nice feature to have. I know many moderators discovered their moderator status by accident. 

    The following is signature, not part of post
    Please mark the post answered your question as the answer, and mark other helpful posts as helpful, so they will appear differently to other users who are visiting your thread for the same problem.
    Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, December 29, 2011 6:47 PM
  • It sometimes goes like this... Person A asks Person B to be a moderator. Person B thinks it's a good idea, so Person B tells Person C, who then sends an email to Persons D and E, who discuss. Person E adds Person A, and Person B doesn't know about it... thus neither does Person A. =^)

    Or even more suprising... Person A expresses interest or qualities in being a moderator, but doesn't directly ask a Moderator or Microsoft employee. Person B (a Moderator in a different forum) sees Person A's interest and talks to Person C. Person C then contacts D and E. Person A is added and never even knew he/she was being considered.

    Surprise! =^)

    Yeah, that's when we come in (like Richard and Sheng did) and link to the Moderator guidelines and answer any questions you might have. You've been doing it for over a month now and are doing a great job.

    Thanks!


    Ed Price a.k.a User Ed, Microsoft Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 9:29 AM
    Owner