The design of the forums software requires the moderator's name(s) be displayed.
That seems fair to me anyway, it prevents people from hiding behind anonymity.
If you've already applied, and this bothers you, let me know and I'll take your name off the list.
Unless a post or picture is completely out of line (obviously from one of the scumbags we occasionally suffer with), the first step should be to PM the poster.
Point out what is not acceptable, and why.
Not sure what is considered unacceptable?
Review the User Agreement you agreed to when you became a member: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/agree_review.html
If that doesn't cover the situation, use common sense. You've all seen my posts about this subject, but the main point to keep in mind is, This Is A FAMILY FORUM!.
Our membership includes young children, religious leaders (Priests, Ministers, Rabbi's, etc.), and others who could be offended by offcolor posts.
First and foremost, these are the Piano Forums.
While discussions of other subjects are allowed and even encouraged, there is no reason they should be dragged down into the muck.
I get particularly peeved when people are being mean to each other. I'm not saying we should all be sitting around the campfire singing folk songs, but the posts I've seen in some threads just aren't necessary.
Our membership is now equivalent to the population of a small city. There are bound to be people you don't agree with. It's ok to disagree, it's what keeps life interesting.
But there is no need to stoop to name calling and disparaging remarks.
If you can't debate with them civilly, avoid them!
People are entitled to their opinions. The fact that you can't change their minds may just mean they truly believe what they are saying.
Remember... "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still".
We will not be holding any polls for moderators, I will make the decisions.
Please show some respect for the people chosen as moderators, they have kindly volunteered for a difficult job.
If you see a moderator's name disappear, do not assume they have done anything wrong.
Them may have asked to stop for a while, or I may have decided to rotate them out and try someone else for a while.
If you are chosen to be a moderator, please remember to be fair and tactful.
A number of people have already expressed an interest in becoming moderators, but I'm still accepting applications.
If you have applied and don't get picked for this round please do not feel offended. We will end up with more applications then we need, and will likely rotate assignments as time goes by.
If we do this right, you should see very little change in how the forums operate, except there should be less problem posts.
My thanks to everyone for your input, and for trying to make our community a better place to visit.
- Frank B.