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Aug 11, 2020 - 8:38 PM
877 posts since 8/30/2012

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

Aug 11, 2020 - 10:51:33 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23880 posts since 6/25/2005

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.

Aug 12, 2020 - 4:39:42 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24814 posts since 8/3/2003

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.

Aug 12, 2020 - 7:11:39 AM

Alex Z

USA

3908 posts since 12/7/2006

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 cathedrasmiley

Edited by - Alex Z on 08/12/2020 07:13:22

Aug 12, 2020 - 7:31:41 AM

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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.

Aug 12, 2020 - 7:39:07 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40634 posts since 3/7/2006

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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