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How do you become a forum moderator?

asked 2014-08-15 21:53:09 -0500

abadrinath gravatar image


As you can see, I've got 2000 karma (exactly that much, right now), but I am still not a "forum moderator". I cannot edit wiki posts (strangely), I can't edit comments, etc. How do I become a moderator? I am confused about my privileges right now.

I can/am:

  • Post Questions, Answers and Comments

  • Upvote

  • Downvote

  • Accept own answer

  • Accept any answer

  • Flag offensive

  • Delete comments posted by others

  • Upload files

  • Insert clickable links

  • Insert link suggestions as plain text

  • Close own questions

  • Reopen own questions

  • Close questions asked by others

  • Retag questions posted by other people

  • Edit community wiki posts

  • Edit posts authored by other people

  • View offensive flags

  • Confused ;)

I am not/cannot:

  • Edit people's comments
  • a Moderator

My three questions:

a) How do I become a moderator?

b) What is the difference between me and a moderator?

c) What privileges do moderators have?

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answered 2014-08-16 02:21:45 -0500

hedayat gravatar image

updated 2014-08-16 13:15:37 -0500

IIRC, moderators are selected/assigned manually, so nobody will become a moderator automatically based on his karma points.

And as it seems, moderators have full power(Edit: on the content), so they should be able to do virtually anything allowed by Askbot interface.

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All right, thanks!

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-16 02:33:46 -0500 )edit

:) You're welcome. I think if you'd like to become a moderator, you should ask one of the moderators about it. Such places certainly need to have new moderators from time to time, so that it'll continue forever!

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-08-16 09:16:00 -0500 )edit

Administrators have full power. Moderators are only the "forum cleaners" :P . But yes, the answer of yours it's stands correct. Above 2000 karma a user has almost the same abilities as a moderator, but actually he/she is not a Forum Moderator. The differences are little, and they come out on manipulating user's accounts mostly (IIRC).

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-08-16 09:19:59 -0500 )edit

@NikTh Thanks for the clarification. Actually I meant that moderators have full power on the content as far is Askbot allows (I'll edit the answer). I thought that the administrator(s) have access to Askbot setup (e.g. database settings).

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-08-16 13:14:36 -0500 )edit

I get it now. Thanks @NikTh and @hedayat, it makes way more sense. Before this, someone told me that you need 2000 karma to become a moderator, and then I looked at @Cobra's account. It still says "Registered User". :)

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-16 18:57:12 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-08-21 08:20:43 -0500

mether gravatar image

I have made you a moderator considering your participation history. Please exercise your rights carefully and with consideration towards the users and fellow moderators and administrators here. Thank you.

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