The mod forum has been undertaking some discussion of late. Basically, we feel like NSG has become a bit of a mess. This is partly our fault. A couple of years ago, there was an executive decision made to loosen the slack on moderation in this forum and let it be a bit more unbridled and unmanaged, and focus on keeping the other forums a bit more organized.
This hasn't really worked very well - or, to be more accurate, NSG has gotten a bit out of hand the last little while. This has started to affect other areas of the site, as the behaviour level in this forum has transferred over into other forums and content like news comments and media. Overall, it's not giving off a good impression to people who might come on here. When a content producer clicks on a thread in NSG and the first reply is "OP's mom is a huge slut" or something equally brilliant, it immediately turns people off the site. When an interview is posted and the first comment is "this guy is a huge chode", it puts a damper on everything afterwards.
With that in mind this thread is intended to give people the chance to give some input on what we can do to make it better. New rules, new policies, new ideas, and so forth. Doug suggested I post a thread so we can have a public discussion with the people who use the forum. I know some people think it's fine and like it this way, but we've decided to change the atmosphere, so hopefully people can just post suggestions as to how make improvements rather than arguing over whether we should.
As you see we added two new moderators this week, Dingosean and BWalmer. This was done more or less entirely in response to a meeting we had about NSG. There were some other good candidates and, who knows, we may add more mods down the road. Incidentally, for the first time I can remember, we really changed the process from focusing solely on people who have been around a long time and are long-standing members and towards people who have been producing good threads and responses lately. We want to encourage that.
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