Put simply, the moderator is responsible for keep the show running. The following list summarizes the duties/responsibilities of moderators.
Make sure all the messages under a forum adheres to the charter of the forum. In case of a digression move the message to an appropriate forum.
Enforce policies, keep a check on troublemakers.
Encourage and cultivate a healthy professional environment. Develop a good rapport with your readership and understand their requirements. Incorporate changes to the charter of the forum if necessary.
Build and maintain an FAQ for your forum. Update the FAQ regularly.
Participate in other JavaRanch site-related projects and activities.
Help identify other potential moderators.
If you want to learn more, take a look at JavaRanch Moderator Guidelines document. John, hope this list gives you an idea about what is involved in this role( and what is not ) Ajith [This message has been edited by Ajith Kallambella (edited November 21, 2000).]
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What we have been doing lately is a nomination process. But a few people have jumped on board because they have offered to take on a slice of the ranch (one of the many pages), or have come up with a need for a new forum. To get through the nomination stuff, you basically help others around the ranch. Answer questions, help to ease tension, stuff like that. Generally, a moderator will spot you and nominate you. Then another moderator will agree (or maybe disagree!). When all is said and done, if several moderators think you're a good egg, we extend the invite.