I have zero points.
But I do have a case of beer, and a grasp of basic grammar (at least, before I have too many beers) and I've at least 10 years on any of you punks (Oi! Get Off My Lawn!) -- I've taught college courses, I can skool you noobs into shape; "Oi! You there, that's porn, don't go uploading that here -- post a link with an NSFW tag, and we'll all thank you (twice over even)"
wait, what was the point again?
I think it's fine, admirable even, that you want to contribute to a collaborative site.
1. What do you have to contribute?
If you have time, then spend time. Update the site. Comment (cogently) on other topics. Start your own threads on the forum -- if it's worth talking about, then other folks will comment on Your posts.
There's this whole wiki... thing.. at 'Vice and I have no idea what to do with it but they've posted videos and whatnot about how to get started -- and that'd be an excellent place to get started.
2. Moderators are (at least until we promote them to mod) usually the most active users of the site; but more importantly they:
- keep others on topic
- call other users to task when things veer way out of established bounds
- try to politely redirect others to appropriate fora or to other resources when they are out of line
and none of this is dependent on their ability to edit -- it's a mindset before it is an auth code.
so if you'd like to be a mod, try to exhibit the best behaviors of a mod in your everyday forum activity.
3. A mod isn't a police officer.
They're just another user. They think a Little Bit More about courtesy, politeness, and what it takes to keep discussion lively without degenerating into pointless debate or offensive diatribes.
(I mean, there's 4chan for that, if that's what you're into.)
But a Mod doesn't really create anything for the site (as a Mod; they have to do all that in their own free time) (and if that's what you want, you don't have to be a Mod to do it).
4. A mod isn't god.
If you want power over Everthing
start your own damn blog. I have.
Heck, there are even free ways to do it. It's a lonely, lonely path... but no one can say jack on my site unless I deem it worthy. I can even go back and edit their comments to make them say things they didn't say. Not that I ever had. Or would. But if that's what you're looking for, then your own site is the only option.
5. Mods serve the community, they don't rule it.
...because they serve at the discretion of others. Anyone who acts like a dick isn't going to remain a mod long.
6. [One Revisted] What do you have to contribute?
Because if all you want to do is help out the site, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to foster lively debate and civilized conversation in the forums, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to make sure only accurate and up-to-date information is added to the wiki, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to post news and previews that you've found elsewhere on the internet, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to review anime, and manga, or figurines, or anime-related games, or hentai dating sims -- you can start doing that now. (but post a warning if you're going to upload screenshots)
If you'd like to post an opinion column berating the rest of us for playing hentai dating sims, you can start doing that now.
This is a Wide Open Forum. almost distressingly so, and that's why they had to nominate a few steady, proven users to be mods -- to keep the rest of us pervs and trolls in line. The role of a moderator (and I say 'role', not 'job', because it is a thankless unpaid position) is to constantly monitor the forums for folks like me who will upload porn at the drop of a hat (...OK, so I have a shade more discretion than that but there is this awsome pic of Horo and if you send me a personal message I'll be glad to share the link) ...and I think (even with the gross exception that I just invited you to share) this is the level of civilized discussion that the mods are trying to maintain on this site.
Examine your motives. Consider your resources, and the time you have to spare. Realise that when you go from 'us' to 'them' [mods] you're opening yourself up for a whole new set of headaches. Do you need to be a mod to accomplish what you'd like to do on the site? Do you even want to be a mod?
It's not all bans and cakes. There is no cake. The cake is a lie.
If you can find a way to do what you want to do, and to post constructively, and to contribute in whatever fashion that best suits you -- then recognition will come
. Do your best and we'll all fete you for it. (& the def. of fete for the high-schoolers.
) Being a moderator is just a commitment that will tie you down; before you sign up for the ground corps, maybe you should try to fly.