I’m sure veterans of the sub are aware the mod team has been having trouble keeping up for a while. All the work had fallen to /u/Dakota360ci and he just plain didn’t have the time for it. You probably noticed that the stickied post about recruiting a new moderator went away… Well, I figured I’d say howdy and toot my horn for a bit.
If you don’t much care about me or my horn and just want to read what’s relevant to r/locksmith you can skip the next section. I’ll leave this post up for a while so our less active folks have a chance to see it.
So I’ve been lurking this sub for a couple of years without participating much since the bulk of our content is residential/commercial and I’m an automotive specialist (10 years experience), but I have been learning some residential stuff over the last year or so. I’m in the US but I work the night shift so I’ll mostly be active from evening to early morning.
As for moderating, most relevant is that I was a mod at a much larger subreddit called r/NoStupidQuestions (NSQ for short) for… I think about a year? Been a while. I stepped down voluntarily because there are some impressively asinine scumbags over there and it was just too much for me at the time. Still, I learned a lot, and I’ve already used my experience there to make some improvements around here (mostly behind the scenes stuff that y’all can’t see and that Dakota greatly appreciated). I’ve also been mod or admin at dozens of other various forums and servers over the years, and other staff members usually complement the way I moderate.
The most important thing to me about being mod is that I remain as impartial and objective as possible. My personal opinions should be entirely separate from my decisions as moderator. In fact, when I have been faced with a decision that I do feel strongly about in the past, I would go out of my way to put even more thought and effort into it in an attempt to make absolutely certain that I genuinely believe it is the right thing to do and it’s not just what I want to do. Almost every mistake I’ve ever made from a position of power has been due to a snap decision I made based on my feelings.
Also important is understanding that I am a servant of the community, not a ruler. I am not here to impose my view of what I would like the r/locksmith to be, I am here to enforce what we as a whole agree it should be. Any change I make is done with the intent of improving the overall experience of our users as whole.
As for my plans for the subreddit… well, I don’t actually plan to change much to be honest, just small quality of life improvements and clarification of rules and such. The automoderator should be less prone to mistakes now too.
The biggest change I have planned is transferring the rules found on old reddit into our sidebar on new reddit. Those who use new reddit probably didn’t even realize we had rules, so it might feel like a massive change, but the rules you’ll soon be seeing have actually been there all along. It’ll take a bit of work transfer since the format is entirely different.
If you have any ideas for new rules or suggested changes to existing rules, let me know in a reply to this post. Also please look through other people’s suggestions and upvote any that you agree with. Enough upvotes might make a change happen that otherwise would be dismissed. I’d recommend checking this post again in a few days after some comments have come in.
I am fairly active on reddit and most days I’ll check in at least once or twice, so any modmail messages or modqueue items (that’s where reports and automoderator actions show up) should be dealt with reasonably quickly. If I have a reddit tab open at the time then I will even get a little popup notification (thanks to a plugin called Moderator Toolbox than I learned about back at NSQ) and I can deal with it immediately.
In other words… please use the report button! I may be active but that doesn’t mean I will scour every comment on every post. You guys are our eyes and ears, and with your help we can keep this sub free of spam, more on-topic, and less misinformed.
Lastly, if ever you feel that I have made a mistake, please do not hesitate to message the moderators. Don’t worry, I won’t get upset or lash out – if I do something wrong I want people to tell me. Be aware that I will probably defend my decision, but I’m not doing it to say “I am right and you are wrong,” but rather to explain why I thought it was a good idea in the first place so you can then point out the flaw and I can improve.
Alrighty, well that went a hell of a lot longer than I expected. If you actually read all that rambling, know that I appreciate you. If you didn’t, well that’s okay too, most people will probably just skim through it at best.
Y’all have a good night and keep tumbling those tumblers.
And don’t worry, I won’t ban Chensky for being a dick 😛