Should Mod Squad Stop Doing Weekly MSUs?

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Grimby, Oct 13, 2010.

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Should Mod Squad Stop Doing Weekly MSUs?

Poll closed Nov 12, 2010.
No way, I like reading weekly MSUs. 13 vote(s) 16.9%
Yes, weekly updates are unnecessary. Every two weeks, or even once a month is good enough. 19 vote(s) 24.7%
Yes, they are completely useless. Get rid of them entirely and stick to announcing things in separat 45 vote(s) 58.4%
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  1. Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Dec 15, 1999
    star 6
  2. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Jul 10, 2004
    star 6
    MSUs must be destroyed.

    Seriously though they're pointless.
  3. Jada Chapter Rep Charlotte, NC

    Chapter Rep
    Member Since:
    Apr 20, 2006
    star 6
    I wouldn't mind once a month and make announcements for anything dire in the JC/FF world.
  4. epic Ex Mod

    Member Since:
    Jul 4, 1999
    star 7
    i voted to get rid of them entirely and without remorse.
  5. G-FETT Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Aug 10, 2001
    star 7
    Voted to get rid.

    However, will someone promise they'll be brought back when George starts making the new Trilogy and we increase our traffic?[face_cowboy]

    Will we have a thread posted for mod departures? I like to keep track of who's stepping down.
  6. Spider-Fan Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 15, 2008
    star 4
    This is one of the many reasons I like the updates.
  7. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jan 12, 2000
    star 7
    We're currently discussing possibilities on that front right now - such as a dedicated thread for when mods step down (as promotions get their own threads), general thread for any minor announcements, or another option. Nothing is decided on that, however.
  8. Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA•

    Member Since:
    Mar 11, 2000
    star 6
    Option 4: Delete Comms
  9. Rox Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Nov 24, 2000
    star 6
    I voted for monthly/yada yada yada option. But I really don't see the point if there is nothing to say. But then again if this place gets more traffic due to other future Star Wars projects then who knows.
  10. Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 19, 1999
    star 7
    I voted for the biweekly or monthly option. I appreciate being able to read them, and I think they still represent something just as important as they did years ago from the standpoint of mod squad transparency and public relations.

    That said, I know there isn't as much content as there once was (partially because the boards don't get as much traffic as they used to, but also partially because my smart-ass generation of moderators and all of our "initiatives" and high-level strategies for the JC and ensuing long-winded discussions and focus groups have gone the way of the dodo :p ). People's time is valuable, and if it's a struggle for the mod assigned to post the update to come up with something to say, maybe it's better to cut the frequency of the updates.
  11. JoinTheSchwarz Comms Admin & Community Manager

    Administrator
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    Nov 21, 2002
    star 8
    [face_flag]
  12. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jan 12, 2000
    star 7
    Also because "your generation of mods" already covered most topics. Instead of needing to create policies, now its more a matter of "decisions and precedents were set years ago and we're just keeping it going" (for the most part, at least).
  13. Everton Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Jul 18, 2003
    star 10
    Let's have a focus group to decide this.
  14. JoinTheSchwarz Comms Admin & Community Manager

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    Nov 21, 2002
    star 8
    I'm appointing Everton to the Advisory Council to this Focus Group.
  15. Katya Jade Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jan 19, 2002
    star 7
    Will they want titles? Or colors? What will be the purpose of this 'Advisory Council'?
  16. harpua Chosen One

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    Mar 12, 2005
    star 8
  17. Everton Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Jul 18, 2003
    star 10
    With a grim sense of responsibility, I accept the appointment. I demand a fleet of limousines to transport me to and from the Advisory Council Headquarters (which no doubt, are already under construction). In the unlikely event of anything approaching a decision being made during the course of the Focus Group, I shall require a diamond encrusted gavel (which I shall christen, Thadeus). Thadeus will strike down upon the grave of uncertainty wherever it is is dug - this is of course, provided suitable insurance can be arranged. Once I have all these things, I will begin the process of appointing nobody else to positions of great power in the organization. This will ensure corporate infallibility and low staff turnover, and result in a healthy profit margin. Once the Advisory Council has been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to become irrelevant to modern day practices and therefore controversial amongst the plebeians - which should not be long - I will take early retirement and reminisce about my former office (including the fabled ivory writing desk and my late servant Panda bear 'Crompton').
  18. ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jun 18, 2004
    star 8
    lol, was there really a purpose for the previous ones? :p
  19. World_Cup_Wally Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jun 27, 2010
    star 4
    Isn't it going to hurt when you step down from a moving limousine halfway to the HQ on your first day?

    EDIT: also, voted to get rid.
  20. Vertical Former Head Admin

    Member Since:
    Apr 6, 1999
    star 6
    It's the end of an era.
  21. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Dec 14, 2000
    star 9
    If you guys aren't really doing stuff any more, then there's no need to report that to us every week / fortnight / month.
  22. Everton Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Jul 18, 2003
    star 10
    You speak as if they should be doing stuff.
  23. rhonderoo Former Head Admin

    Member Since:
    Aug 7, 2002
    star 9
    And I'll bet everyone appointed to this "Advisory Council" will end up being a mod. [face_plain] Conspiracy!
  24. Grimby Technical Consultant

    Administrator
    Member Since:
    Apr 22, 2000
    star 7
    I wouldn't really say we aren't doing stuff. We certainly are. It's just that most of the stuff that happens in MS these days pertains to dealing with problem users, mods who will be away, and moderator vacancies. Policy discussion, if it happens at all, usually just involves reminding each other what a specific policy is and where it came from. For example, we recently discussed the policy of when doubling a user's ban length is and isn't appropriate. We discussed the origins of the policy, and in the end, the majority agreed that it was appropriate and there wasn't any need to change it.

    While MS has been a lot less active lately than the old glory days of the boards, I think that is going to change a little bit in the coming months because of the move. A lot of new policies may need to be ironed out simply because of the new features of the forum software and the way things work for moderators and admins on the back end. We'll basically have to reteach everyone how to do the everyday things like edit posts, ban and unban users, and promote VIPs. Not only that, but there will be a lot of decisions that need to be made regarding whether or not to incorporate new board features such as visitor messages in user profiles, the "report a post" system, automatic unbanning, etc. Any new features that are adopted will of course need brand new policies ironed out.
  25. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

    Game Host
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    Nov 26, 2000
    star 10
    The MS ought to be open for public view, but only for 5 minutes, on some random day, at an odd time during that day. It would be fun to see how many people would notice.:p

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