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Offline Tseng Fox

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« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2006, 06:49:05 am »
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« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2006, 09:10:57 am »
Meh, I know better furry hosts.  '<img'>

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2006, 02:10:59 pm »
What are you doing here then? Nice of you to spare some of your time to drop by and say hello, Brushwell.
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2006, 09:47:55 pm »
But to the Mods, Webs, Watchers and Admins and all that, you're doing a great job as it is. I've said my two pence.


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« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2007, 08:36:30 pm »
very well put

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« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2007, 03:08:57 pm »
I've been a member of a very popular forum for over a year, and been a moderator for a few months - I know exactly where you're coming from.
It's annoying when random members think you're someone special, when you're the same as everyone else, but with a few extra buttons.  You get a lot of stick for really trivial things, and you have to watch everything you do, and act as a role model for the other members.  There's a lot of pressure on you to perform.  Especially when you moderate on a forum with over 15000 members, when half of them are spammers, flamers or complete idiots.

At the same time, it's not so bad being perceived as a "cut above the rest" even if it's not true in the slightest. '<img'>





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« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2007, 07:03:52 am »
Though I have only been on these forums for not even a week now, in the past, I have grown to respect everyone, and be non-judgemental towards everyone until I get to know them. This topic has just made this point much clearer to everyone else, I would presume. Thank you. '<img'>
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« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2007, 07:27:09 am »
I too have been a member for about a year/ year and a half. I admire some the work you guys do here! I try my best to uphold my behavior here as well. But an issue that keeping comming up to me from a few unnamed furs... they keep looking up to me as if I could do something but since I'm not a mod I can only suggest ideas of taking action for them to solve problems. I know that I don't have to or need to do this for others but it is in my nature to help friends in anyway possible.
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« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2008, 08:18:53 pm »
*plinks in my two cents*

Well, all I have to say is that the Mods have always been very kind and courteous to me, even when I've made a misstep. I make an effort to apologise and be careful in the future.

I've made a lot of very valuable friends here, many of which I love like family. *Snugs*

So my deepest thanks to all the mods, especially since the big attacks. =3

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« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2008, 09:09:25 pm »
I also would like to thank all the Mods the Amid(s) and to everyone who made this a good place to be so we could call this home *hugs everyone who made this place were we can be free from our human lives*
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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2008, 09:03:29 pm »
I will say that i have got a GREAT deal of respect for the mods and admins here on furtopia. this is the only fur forum that i go to on a regular basis, and that i am PROUD to be an active contributer to such a great site =) Thanks EVERYONE for giving me my second home, friends, and my life back. Furtopia really saved my life. because without furtopia, i would have NEVER met rather_dashing1121, i'd have NO friends, and well..yeah ^_^ keep up the GREAT work everyone =)
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« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2008, 07:49:47 pm »
Boy, I guess I really missed out on who or whatever stepped on Peaches' tail back when the original was posted.

However, I would like my one-and-a-half cents in though.

Some people seem to forget that we are all living in one world.  We have to work together.  Getting mad and beating the drums of discord never helped anyone.

There are a lot of people I would love to smack up along side the head and tell them to turn on their brain, but I can't.  People need to come to their own conclusions, their own reasons and make their own decisions.  We can only guide.

You can lead a person to the truth, but you can't make them see it.

So, people-and yes you're still people even if you're furry-chill out.  Some of us are only here to help.
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« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2008, 04:05:37 pm »
I'd like to say that the original poster pretty much hit the pain that is moderating on the head. I've moderated one large-ish forum before, and adminned another. It is NOT a forgiving job: you have to deal with a lot of complaints and issues on your own free time, not to mention (and I apologize for sounding cynical, but this is the truth as I've experienced it) some individuals who are more interested in you because of the power you wield than your qualities as a person. Also, let's be sure to include the sorts of things Peaches mentioned in the first place - you MUST treat everyone fairly, including friends, and fairness includes enforcing rules equally - no special treatment. The requirement to be on even better behavior than normal is another thing - you have to keep your guard up a bit at all times and THINK about what you post before you post it a heck of a lot more. There are a few things I've already said on the IRC or on these forums that, while not against the rules, I would not say if I was functioning as a mod. You just have to be careful that you put the right public image forth - when you're staff for any site, you are a representative of that site, so your behavior must be held at a high standard. All of this isn't even going over everything..

The hard work it takes to mod or admin is no excuse for an abuse of power, and yet there are a lot of instances where moderators and admins take flak for things that are blatantly NOT abusive of power - usually just aspects of doing their job. One thing I used to see so much when I used to mod, and I am aware happens in every community, is people getting upset about a rule that "should" or "should not" be in place. The thing is, moderators don't really have much of a say in that in most communities, and sometimes even some admins do not. Part of the job is to enforce the rules, whether or not you agree with every single one - and in a community with very many rules at all, anyone is bound to disagree with a few. :)

So be civil and polite to your mods and admins - they work hard in what can be a rather thankless job. Now I can already hear the objections from some - "Well, in ANY community sometimes staff can get out of control." I agree. But being polite and nice is still the best way to do things, and more importantly, it is the right thing to do. If folks do think a staffer is somehow out of line, it is good to think about it twice. Then think about it three times. Then think about it yet again. If at that point you're still sure you feel that way, then whatever you do, DO NOT post about it publically. Take it to PM, and if you're given flak, go up the chain of command if you have to in order to explain your grievances. Just don't make a recommendation as to what punishment may be in order - staffers rarely like that. At all times, remember that taking major complaints public normally results in a complete fiasco, which serves no purpose other than to inspire chaos and frustration, whether this is the intended purpose or not.

*Cough* All that wordiness through with, be nice, be polite, be happy.. and be thankful for the folks that give their time to do this stuff for us. The vast majority of staff in a good community (having lurked for awhile unregistered, and yet still being around, I'd have to say this is a good community) just want to do their best to help, and it is out of a sense of debt to the community that has treated them well and/or a simple desire to help.
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« Reply #38 on: August 06, 2008, 05:03:56 pm »
Just adding a little to what Icefox said. ;) It's not an easy job us staff have, folks. There are lots of duties to perform and many decisions that we have to make. We do the best that we can to provide the members here with a fun, caring, and decent website/forums/community. :)
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« Reply #39 on: August 06, 2008, 06:52:35 pm »
wow...the beginning of this thread is OLD and was jsut sort of...suddenly revived. btu yeah, mods and admins have a tough job keeping out the idiots that want to ruin it for other people. not everyone is an idiot, but sometimes we DO make mistakes and need to be corrected for them. even if I do something wrong, as long as the punishments are not too extreme, then i see that it is fit that i get waht i deserve for them. as everyone should. but i enjoy our mods, even when teh attentions are to me.....>.>
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« Reply #40 on: August 06, 2008, 07:22:16 pm »
wow...the beginning of this thread is OLD and was jsut sort of...suddenly revived.
Yeah, it was revived a few times this year, plus it is stickied, so I didn't feel bad about resurrecting it. Well, I was a bit hesitant, still. ;p I typically try to avoid thread resurrection like the plague. :) *Goes quiet again to leave the poor thread in peace*
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« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2008, 05:25:04 am »
This may help some concerning bringing old topics back to life as stated in the forum rules:
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If it has been 6 months or longer since the last post was written in a thread, then please start a new thread on the subject you wish to discuss and then also contact the Mods/Staff by PM so we can close the older outdated topic. Older topics (Depending on date & subject) should probably not be posted in for the following example reasons:
1. Original poster (or other members from that thread) may be gone and not active on forums anymore to read their own thread/posts and offer advice, or they have already gotten all the info. and advice they were asking for.
2. Information/advice may be outdated, links broken, pics are gone, etc.

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« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2008, 01:54:01 am »
Well I'm new here... but the mods seem to do an excellent job of keeping this site running.  And the responses to this seem to be positive.  So I'd say give the mods a raise!  If they got paid for this XD  Considering the fact they do this out of time, I think they are deserving of the highest praise we can bestow upon them.
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« Reply #44 on: October 16, 2008, 04:58:41 pm »
I've been on many forums and this is BY FAR one of the best. Slick controls and staff of the highest caliber. Even more dazzling is how much they dedicate to this.

I have served as moderator for RMT (ratemyteachers.com) since 2006 and as a senior moderator since 2007. Even though it is not a forum, I still deal with spam, trolls and acid comments (one even carried over into my life!). I truly respect the duties that it takes to operate a forum.

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« Reply #45 on: October 16, 2008, 05:12:14 pm »
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« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2008, 06:52:44 pm »
Can't remember if I've said my thanks already, but here they are just in case:

Thanks.  :-D  The staff here really does a wonderful job.
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« Reply #47 on: December 08, 2008, 05:55:50 pm »
I'd just like to say that when I was looking for a furry forum to get involved in, I looked at quite a few forums. One of them caught my eye. I wrote a nervous first post after reading a bunch of topics. And I was really relieved at the warm welcome and the respect that even new members get here. I love the mods, and I wish I knew them better! I love the Irc channel too!

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« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2008, 05:25:11 pm »
Of course I've been absent a long while, but I still had to say:

You guys have always done a really nice job here at Furtopia; I've never been disappointed in the way any situation has been handled. I feel safe here, and I'm sure others would stand with me on that one. What a wonderful community :)

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