First, while I do agree with most of the rule enforcement here (mainly because it does make sense 99 percent of the time), it does sometimes seem that mods in certain sections of the site do need to lighten up a bit.
If you look at the Anime section, you'll probably see an example of this in five seconds. Topics get closed constantly, because Mods feel they go nowhere without even giving the topic a chance to breathe. Character threads centering around people that are no longer in the Anime often get closed so fast, that it's going look like this site just hates the older characters to anybody that's new here. It also seems like when these topics are closed, it punishes everyone, when in actuality it's only a few people that ruin it for everyone. A minor nitpick to be sure, but one that shouldn't be totally ignored.
Second, I can't tell you how many times I've seen posts like this:
They're not always worded exactly like this, but alot of Mods are guilty of this, and probably don't realize just how unprofessional this post sounds to the general public and how bad it makes the site look in general. I hate to say it this way, because it's going to sound like I'm insulting the Mods, and that's not my intention. This is simply constructive criticism. But any topic closing post that says 'read the rules' and doesn't specify what rules were broken should never be posted as a reason for closing a topic, on ANY message board. This post gives anyone who's new on the site the impression that the mods either:
Revisit the rules and lurk a bit more before posting.
a - Don't know what specific rules were broken
b - Are too lazy to post the rules in question
I know this makes it sound like I'm calling out the staff, and that's not the purpose of this post. Generally speaking, the staff does a very good job. But while veterans like me know exactly what rules were broken just by glancing at these topics most of the time (even without reading the reason for a topic being closed), this isn't about me. It's about what every message board's priority typically is (or should be), getting new members to permanently join. New members are the type of people that will take one look at that kind of post, turn around (hit the <- key) and find another board to join. There is absolutely no excuse for any Mod to not take 20 extra seconds to click the rules section and copy and paste what rule was broken as the reason for closing the topic. Then by all means, you can refer them to the rules.
This part's a bit off topic, but it needs to be said because otherwise, there will be a post containing this sentence on this topic anyway. Mods like to use this as a response to what I just said.
So I'm going to address that pre-emptively. If it's a question about not having enough time to do that, then you clearly don't have enough Moderators. This should never be an excuse, because it makes any business (yes, Message Boards are a form of business) look amateur. If time versus manpower becomes an issue, then it's time to get more Moderators. There is at least one Admin and 2 Mods on every section of every board my company runs. This excuse has never once come up in the open on any of those boards, and one of them takes in over 10000 posts a day.
We simply don't have enough time to make those posts on every topic we close.
I'm not saying it's not a valid statement. Just that it's one that should stay behind closed doors and should never be seen by the public. If Mods have to make that kind of remark at all, then it's probably a strong indication that the board is under-staffed.
Finally, remember that this is a Pokemon site. You are going to get young kids on this board. It's inevitable. And contrary to what any member on this site will say, this is a fact:
KIDS ARE IMPATIENT! KIDS LIKE TO HAVE FUN! KIDS ARE POKEMON'S TARGET AUDIENCE!
They don't pay attention to rules on message boards, especially when there are as many as there are on this board. Anyone that tells you otherwise is probably uninformed (and is probably not very good with kids).
And let's not BS each other, this board has ALOT of rules, more than most boards do, and (HARD TRUTH) probably more than any Pokemon board really needs. Kids do not have the patience to search for each and every rule to make sure they aren't violating some clause that's buried under everything else here or posting a topic that the rules don't want them posting for whatever reason. They're here to talk about Pokemon, not to stress over whether a topic is ok to post or not, and saying 'Read the rules' and closing the topic is not going to get you anywhere with those people, and it isn't going to help them become better members. It's just going to make them want to go to another site.
Finally, I see alot of topics being closed where the poster will ask a question and the Mod will close the topic and respond by either saying this is the wrong place, or posting a link to the rules. Ok. But why not just answer the question in the closing post? Then you can refer the person to that section. This ties into the whole topic closure issue. There really is no viable excuse for not taking the extra few seconds to answer a question before closing a topic.
Ok. I think that's about it. I don't close posts very well, so I'll just leave it at that.
Last edited by SBaby; 5th April 2012 at 1:57 AM.
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