Saturday, June 4, 2011

Forum Moderator-What It Takes To Be One?

Forum is a place where you can share your opinions and stories to people with same interests. And it can be a part of social media marketing for experts.  It varies in niche like business, health, politics, or shopping.  Forum is moderated by a forum moderator who ensures that everything in the forum is on its place.  Forum moderator keeps the forum sites clean from spam and other vulgar and malicious doings.

Are you planning to become a forum moderator?  If you are the owner of a forum site you can be an administrator and a forum moderator  at the same time.  But what it takes to become a good forum moderator?  Does it require lots of positive qualities?  Does patience, flexibility, dedication, etc. are needed? Below is the list of some qualities that it takes to become one.   If you are looking for a good forum moderator, this list can be a good guide for your search.
  • Patience
    To become a forum moderator, you need to be patient. A forum moderator interacts with forum members as well as deal with them most of the time.  Forum members have different personalities, thus a forum moderator needs to be patient to deal with them.
  • Self Control
    A forum moderator must learn how to control the self from any members who may offend them in any way.  Always stick to the rules of the forum and as much as possible do not tolerate abusive forum members.  Always present a good example to everyone.
  • Flexibility
    A forum moderator needs to be flexible enough to handle forum-related tasks.  Sometimes there are lots of different requests made by valuable forum members and the forum moderator along with the forum administrator comply with this request.  For instance, research is needed in the discussions, and forum moderators are doing research just to post relevant data for the members as well as for the visitors of the forum.
  • Well-liked by Forum Members/Visitors
    Who wants to have a forum moderator hated by forum members?  Of course every forum administrator wants to have a forum moderator who is well-liked and well-respected by the forum members.  Someone who is disputable may drive forum members to leave the forum.
  • Dedication and Commitment
    Moderators also help create content for the forum.  They devote their time for the forum.  They work very hard in behalf of the forum members.  Some moderators are paid, and others are not, but one thing they have in common is their genuine desire to keep the forum run smoothly.
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
    Good forum moderators can generally control their feelings and emotions that emerged in difficult situations and respond appropriately.  Having good interpersonal skills increase the productivity of an organization since conflict is reduce.
  • Communicates Effectively
    Forums may sometimes get spammed and infested by members(who use forums only for their social media marketing) who never read the rules before posting.  Moderators need to interact with these people who violate the rules and should try not to offend members because not all violators are spammers.  Communicate with correct spelling and grammar in a proper and polite way.
  • Trustworthy
    Trust is very important, not only in business but also in all aspects of life. A  forum administrator gives his utmost trust to moderators believing that the forum will be clean from spam and other non-related forum posts. Moderators should not tolerate abusive members and should not ignore violations and penalties of any members.
All forums need good forum moderators.  Moderating a forum is a team effort and the ideas should be weighed fairly, decided upon, and agreed based on the context of the forum policies.  So, do you have what it takes to be one?


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