How are moderators selected?

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Moderation selection starts with recommendations from the current moderators. We look for members with the right personality, interests, and instincts: those who are helpful, friendly, rational, fair, who speak honestly, who understand how the site is run, and whose participation has consistently been a benefit to their fellow forum members; not about privilege or ego.

They must have been a member long enough to understand the forum community, and an ongoing participant, but there's no fixed minimum length of membership or post count. From their involvement they tend to be fairly well-known users, although some candidates come to our attention for their behind-the-scenes efforts to help other users.

It's advantageous for us to have team members with a range of views and opinions. We have no requirements that moderators share political or religious views (and they don't) but they must all be able to put aside personal differences when moderating. It's a benefit when we have moderators across many time zones, both men and women, and moderators of different ages. We don't require specific experience or expertise and we don't require prior forum moderation experience - we provide the necessary training. Moderators must be able and willing to spend time moderating that they might otherwise have spent in normal forum participation or away from the site.
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