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Artists Beware Moderator Code of Conduct


The Duties of a Moderator

All moderators listed on the Staff Page fall into one or more of these categories, and will be happy to answer any questions users have.  Below are the ranks for moderators and what their duties are:

Queue Mods - Review incoming bewares for adherence to the Submission Guidelines. 

Comment Mods - Monitor the comments and forums for inappropriate activity.  Review incoming comments on bewares. 

Administrators - Handle back end and technical work on the website.  Are responsible for direction of all other moderator categories. 


Special Moderator Categories

The following moderators are special ranks and do not field general user questions.

Forum Mods - May be assigned to a specific forum, or may be a general forum mod.  Their duty is to fill in where the main mod group can't cover.  They do not have access to the queue, or have the ability to moderate comments on bewares.

Web Admin - For technical issues only.  You may either contact an Administrator who will forward any problems to the Web Admin, or you may contact @Alex Wright directly.  Please note our web admin also moderates comments when necessary.


Code of Conduct

Artists Beware is run on a volunteer staff, however due to the nature of the community we ask that all moderators adhere to the following Code of Conduct.


1.  Moderators are to remain professional and polite even when users are not.

While we understand some moderators are prone to be more to-the-point and blunt than others, we absolutely will not tolerate name-calling, cursing, or responding to individuals in a snarky manner.


2.  What happens in the queue and direct user communication stays private.  Always.

We are privy to medical, personal, and private social information sometimes.  Leaking of this information to the public will result in an immediate dismissal.


3.  Moderators are to be in good business standing with the community.

Moderators are not exempt from bewares.  We understand that life happens, and a singular beware is not an automatic dismissal.  However, if poor business behavior becomes a consistent issue we will ask the moderator step down.


4.  Moderators should be able to handle disagreements with fellow moderators gracefully.

Sometimes a beware will not be cut and dry, and will require extensive discussion.  Everyone who is participating in the queue chat should be able to handle themselves gracefully if they are out voted on a final decision.


5.  Moderators are expected to be unbiased.

There will be a time when the bewaree in queue is a friend or someone close.  A beware will never be rejected on the basis that the bewaree is a friend, family member, or partner.  If a moderator finds they can't be unbiased, they may sit out discussion on the beware without penalty.

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