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should mods in forum be paid

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by forumrating, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. #1
    whats your opinion on this, should mods in communities be paid.
    SEMrush
    if yes it would be monthly or on basis of their performance ?
     
    forumrating, Sep 27, 2007 IP
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  2. terminator69

    terminator69 Notable Member

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    #2
    I don't think so. It should be a privilege only given to trusted members. in my opinion..
     
    terminator69, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  3. ltd

    ltd Active Member

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    #3
    I second that.
     
    ltd, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  4. MattG

    MattG Guest

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    #4
    The simple answer would be no.
     
    MattG, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  5. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    #5
    Why not?

    But most would do it for free!

    Just make sure they are moderating...
     
    Qryztufre, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  6. GoodOmens

    GoodOmens Peon

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    #6
    I know some people who don't pay their mods but send them stuff for Christmas and such.

    I think thats the best of both worlds :)
     
    GoodOmens, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  7. Qryztufre

    Qryztufre Prominent Member

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    #7
    hey, heh... I do that! Bday cards, christmas list, even small gifts.

    But I consider them gifts to friends more then payment to moderators.
     
    Qryztufre, Sep 28, 2007 IP
  8. CountryBoy

    CountryBoy Prominent Member

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    #8
    I'm happy to moderate for free, just to generate a bit of extra exposure and to help people out. If you pay someone there's always a concern they'll just do the bare minimum for the money, instead of contributing fully as they should do.

    That's my take anyway.
     
    CountryBoy, Sep 29, 2007 IP
  9. john269

    john269 Notable Member

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    #9
    Depends really on how much work they do. Some mods will do it for free while others will want money. The thing to do is to get your best posters to hopefully help you out for free in exchange for a link on your site or something else.
     
    john269, Oct 3, 2007 IP
  10. newworks

    newworks Peon

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    #10
    I think mods should be paid something based on the depth of what they do. I know that one forum I visit pays $400.00 per month to one moderator/forum manager but that person is responsible for the advertising as well.
     
    newworks, Oct 3, 2007 IP
  11. jjpmarketing

    jjpmarketing Peon

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    #11
    This is very tricky to answer. On one side you have the fact that some, not all, moderators work very hard to keep a forum clean from scammers and spammers. On the other hand, it would create an incentive to do whatever is necessary to become a moderator, which could decrease the quality of the moderators. Also for those moderators that don't do a lot of work, it doesn't seem fair or just, that they be paid.

    Suggestion:

    Setup up a donation system for moderators and frequent posters. Also setup a nomination system for the "frequent posters" to get paid. Otherwise people would just post anything and everything just trying to get paid. Actually the best option would be to leave the adsense revenue for posters only. Then setup the donation system for the moderators. Or maybe there should just be a donation system for everyone. Instead of the useless rep points... have it setup so if someone felt like a user was very helpful, moderator or not, then they can donate a flat rate, such as $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, etc. Since the people are going to be funding this, then there shouldn't be any worry of abuse of the system. Also make the amount that a person has had donated to them, transparent.

    Additional Suggestion: Setup a system so that if a poster is making useless posts all over the place just trying to get donations, or is soliciting donations (which should not ever happen), that functions in a way that if x number of users complain about this violation in a 24 hour period, they lose the ability to receive donations for 30 days.
     
    jjpmarketing, Oct 7, 2007 IP
  12. SEOBusiness

    SEOBusiness Well-Known Member

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    #12
    It quite depends on what your forum is and what kind of work your mods need to do?Actually mods are very important to forums,so if i were you i would like to pay a little money to hire some nice men to join.
     
    SEOBusiness, Dec 26, 2007 IP
  13. DigitalSeller

    DigitalSeller Peon

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    #13
    I totally agree with you Man !!
     
    DigitalSeller, Dec 26, 2007 IP
  14. Symbiansstreet

    Symbiansstreet Banned

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    #14
    If its a warez related forum,then NO
    For Webmaster and other forum,depends on the admin
     
    Symbiansstreet, Dec 27, 2007 IP
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    terminator69 Notable Member

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    #15
    The general practices that need to be done are the same, doesn't matter the topic of the forum.
     
    terminator69, Dec 27, 2007 IP
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    jjpmarketing Peon

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    #16
    Since I last posted I have become a paid moderator for a forum that I frequent. It isn't much, but enough that it can support my domain purchases every month, or any other small purchases. It is $150 to be exact. However, I didn't ask to be paid, the forum creator offered it to me.
     
    jjpmarketing, Dec 27, 2007 IP
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    RectangleMan Notable Member

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    I sometimes pay admins. Moderators I send money too every now and then for birthdays or christmas. Also when I sell a site I normally give staff something.
     
    RectangleMan, Dec 27, 2007 IP
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    -MGS- Well-Known Member

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    #18
    I have ran a few forums, some very successful and I have always hold the notation that.

    To be a member in a status of power is a privilege not a given right, they have earned the right to be a moderation as they want to dedicate time to a forum, payment should not be given, its a status that they are helping the community and paying them makes them become more like employees and a business which can be very tiresome.
     
    -MGS-, Dec 29, 2007 IP
  19. Torans

    Torans Active Member

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    #19
    No way, otherwice they would do it only for money :)
     
    Torans, Dec 29, 2007 IP
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    jjpmarketing Peon

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    I was given the mod title, because I was always reporting the violators of the golden rule of the forum... no affiliate links. The money I consider to be a huge bonus. If I wasn't getting the money, I would still do what I do.
     
    jjpmarketing, Dec 29, 2007 IP