I'm very happy to announce the debut of the newest additions to our volunteer moderator team!
Our recent request for additional moderators resulted in an impressive field of candidates. From the many eager volunteers, we've selected a group of five individuals as our first wave of new recruits.
We'll be adding additional moderators in the weeks to come, so if you put yourself forward for consideration, please know that we're still increasing the size of the team.
In the meantime, please welcome the five folks who have joined the moderator team today:
They'll be joining our current group of amazing mods:
And of course, all of them will be supported by Steven, our newest MFP staff member.
By adding to the mod team, our hope is that we'll be able to respond faster to any issues in the forums, as well as be more consistent in posting explanations of why topics are locked or deleted. We're working on some tools that will help make that easier for the mods, as well as working on a rule-rewrite which will both streamline the rules and make them clearer. In the end, our goal is to make sure the forums remain a safe and supportive environment for everyone.
At the same time, we're working on a number of improvements to the forums. As many of you know, we're currently working on Groups which will allow MFP members to form their own public or private groups. Each group will have it's own forum. We're really excited about the potential for groups, and we hope to have some news shortly about our initial groups launch. But at the very least, we hope groups will allow like-minded individuals to communicate with one another more easily, without interference or harassment from members who disagree with them. Groups will still have to adhere to a set of site-wide rules, but the intent is to allow groups to discuss a wider range of issues and topics than the main forums. The mods will mainly be focused on the main forums, while Groups will be largely self-moderated.
The groups functionality is already in progress. I don't have an ETA yet, but our hope is that it won't be very long (weeks, not months) before they are ready.
All of the mods are volunteers who are helping the site on their own time, so please join me in sending them a HUGE thank you for their efforts. They really play a critical role on the site, and we appreciate everything they do for MFP.
See you around the forums!
Mike, Al & the MFP team