There are several levels of privileged users on these boards.Administrators.
I am one of the active Administrators. There are others with reserved powers.
They have full control over the board, its software, the posts, and the accounts.
Essentially, they have unlimited power over everything forum related.
If they hand out official warnings or judgments, you should take them very seriously.Moderators
Moderators are "in charge" of a specific forum or forums; they have the actual day-to-day powers.
They have the power to lock threads, delete posts, or move threads to other forums.
Because they are in charge of specific forums, they are also responsible for "setting the tone" of what is acceptable, what is on-topic, etc. They can also make up additional rules as needed.
In addition, they have the power to step into a dispute and hand out whatever warnings are needed.
If specific punishments are needed (bannings, suspensions, time outs, etc.), they work with the admins to implement it.
The boards recognize three classes of moderators:Staff Moderators
For the "FanimeCon" section of the boards, the respective department or division heads have the ability to moderate the forums that correspond to their division or department. This is by virtue of their staff role.Fanime Super-Moderators
Fanime Super-Moderators are trusted Staff Moderators, whose powers extend to all "FanimeCon" forums.
The current Fanime Super-Moderators are: ewu and MPLe.Forum Moderators
These are non-staff members who are in charge of one of the community forums. They function exactly as regular moderators for their respective forum.Reporting to the Moderators
- OMG, some post pissed me off! GRR!
- Posts can do that. Something it is a matter of interpretation. Or they might just be a jerk.
- You're probably better off just ignoring it, or posting a one-sentence reply.
- Posting a one-sentence reply to avoid escalating a situation is completely encouraged.
- If someone disagrees with you, this is not a reportable offense.
- If someone is just stupid, this is not a report offense, although logic may not work in these situations.
- If it is egregious, you may use the 'report' button. This will forward it to a moderator.
Each report is read and taken seriously; those in charge have the option to privately warn, publicly warn, punish, or do nothing. Again, that is the basic process.
Note: Moderators who post in a forum where they are not in charge are merely regular forum members. Their moderator status does not "carry over" to the other boards. (Of course, Fanime Super-Moderators are, by definition, moderators of all FanimeCon-themed forums).Flaming a moderator or administrator is strictly against the rules.
Again, I have no idea why I have to make this explicit, but there you go.