Hey all, just an exploratory question here. If you couldn't tell by the title, I'm looking into the possibility of adding a moderator or two to the site.
I have less time to devote to TT than usual, and while we're still able to deliver what I feel is a pretty good blog with the help of Pete, Dave, and Other Ben, there are times I can't go through and check through all the threads and FanPosts to make sure everything's up to snuff and no abuse has taken place. We all have other lives and doing that in combination with taking care of news can be troublesome at times, especially because none of us can consistently check in periodically and read through all the comments. I'd feel better about the site if I knew I could step away for a day when real life comes calling and still be able to know that (in addition to the news) the moderation is taken care of.
Two notes here: 1) any moderator wouldn't have any responsibilities beyond what they do now; basically, they'd just use the site as they normally would and be an extra site of eyes and ears in the process, delete/hide something clearly inappropriate, send us a note when there's any serious abuse, etc. 2) there's no guarantee we actually do go down this road. It's just something that's being considered.
However, I would like to get a pulse on if anyone would be interested in doing something like that. Ideally, we'd be looking for someone who's been around here for a little while, understands us and the culture of the site, and who we understand and are comfortable with. Preferably not too controversial a figure, either. (Sorry, Chuck.) If it's something that no one has much interest in, it makes our job a lot easier.
Send me an email at testudotimes [at] gmail [dot] com if you'd be interested in something like that. (Or, if you're crazy anti-email, leave a note here.) Again, I can't guarantee we will indeed go down this road, and if we do it'll only be for one or two guys, so don't go getting your hopes up too much. :)
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