The only people I've ever made a moderator are people who've been regular members and have proven they can stick the rules for a long period of time, its never really crossed my mind to make them sign an agreement...apart from the one they signed up to the forum with.
I guess each forum is different, but on mine the moderators have quite limited control - All deleted posts are put in the trash can instead of being fully removed. All moderator actions are logged should any problem arise.
I guess if you prefer to have your moderators agree before the take up their role then it gives you extra piece of mind. However, I feel mods shouldn't be new members...let them prove they can keep to the rules.
I certainly agree, my problem is that I don't have as much time as I did to keep checking the site. I already have a couple of good one's but would prefer to have different one's to each forum so thay can focus on improving that forum as they seem to have a good knowledge of what the forum subject is.
The stuff you mention about deleted posts/threads going to a trash can is interesting. Which forum software is this on (I use phpbb) or did you make the modification yourself?
I'm using IPB 2...although I'm sure there are mods out for phpbb which would allow you to add a trash can or similar.
If you don't have a much time to keep checking, I'd suggest finding someone to be a super mod responsible for the day-to-day running of the site. Make this someone you can talk to daily and let them suggest people who would make good single forum mods.
It all depends on your circumstances, however, and thats just my thoughts.
Yeah i've found some good stuff there and am compiling an agreement now. I'm keeping it as brief, friendly, and guiding in role as possible. More to advise te mods in role than scare them to death. I'll post a copy when I've done for you guys to have a look at.
I haven't found any need to sign any agreement, either as a moderators on a forum or as a forum administrator bringing new moderators into the group. I think simply chatting about expectations with a potential new mod is all that's required, and if a mod is abusing his or her authority or showing bad judgment, simply pull the plug. Now, things change dramatically when you're talking about promoting a member to admin status. At that point, you should seek some sort of agreement, and I would strongly advise against giving away server-level access.
Thanks guys. Good points. I'm worried as I have exclusive news published on the site and don't want anyone ripping off the content for their own purpose's/ventures. Do you think I am going too far? I don't want to leave myself open.
Would making someone a moderator give them access to the news which they wouldn't have as a member? If not, I don't see how that could be a problem. I'm not sure what restrictions you can impose...but would it be possible for them to moderate elsewhere but not there?
Thanks Vulture. I see your point. I have a hidden Mod/admin forum with marketing strategies etc in. I think instead of having just one I will have one for each Mod, hidden from the others. My older Mods have established much credability on the site and so I am able to discuss more 'sensitive' info with them.
On the forum I'm most active on, we have 3 staff forums. The first is one which all staff can see...mainly used for announcements or problems which affect the entire board. Another is for global mods and above where we discuss the majority of the current problems/events/etc. One final one is for admins only - site passwords and other sensitive stuff is stored in there. (Yes, that forum is pretty well secure.)