On another website I use regularly, moderators have the ability to toggle their "moderator" title/badge. This makes it clear when they're speaking officially and representing the forum, or when they're speaking just as user and expressing a personal opinion.
This might be a useful option on BHO. I'm not sure, perhaps some moderators could give their opinion. But I think it might be a useful feature.
Edited by - KCJones on 08/11/2020 20:39:20
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
I’ve not found it a problem; usually the nature of my post makes it clear. I’d have no objection to such a toggle either. If I think a post might be misinterpreted I try to clarify whether I’m speaking for myself or as a mod.
Like Bill, I've not found it a problem. I think it's pretty clear whether I'm giving my opinion on something as a member or whether I'm letting members know a rule has been broken.
An intriguing question.
It's not the moderators, but rather the non-moderator BHO participants, who should assess the merits of the "toggling" approach.
The moderators of course will always believe their statements are clear. Yet "clarity" is defined by the readers -- the listener, not the speaker. So let's hear from more participants, who should be the decision makers on this issue.
As for me, I don't have a strong opinion one way or another regarding "toggling" when the moderators are speaking ex cathedra.
Edited by - Alex Z on 08/12/2020 07:13:22
I have always understood whether a moderator is citing a rule violation or is just contributing a casual comment on a thread.
I think that any badge toggling would simply be an unnecessary addition, an added burden for moderators, and could be a possible source of computer glitches.
I agree with Alex, it's not the moderators, but rather the non-moderator BHO participants, who should assess the merits of the "toggling" approach.
However, I think I have never had problem to know when a moderator post as a BHO member or as a BHO moderator, and I think the mods are very clear when when they post as moderator. And both Sherry and Bill are very active in many threads (as a member). But in some threads they can act both as mod and as a discussing member, and it may be difficult when other members refer to a post from them.
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