Hey FOX community!
If you’re reading this you’ve likely engaged in our discord and have read about the fundamental values that we as a community would like to promote. Unfortunately as the community expands problems will surely arise. I would like to prevent excessive ‘noise’ in the community caused by trolls, bad-actors, and confused individuals who may spam the discord without becoming familiar with the community in which they’re attempting participation.
Here is a rough breakdown of my ideal first attempt in strengthening and enabling a growing community to thrive:
We will have ‘Head Moderators’ and ‘Co-Moderators’. These individuals will be responsible for a number of tasks associated with supporting, informing and protecting the FOX community:
Head Moderators: The ideal situation would be to have two ‘Head Moderators’. The logic behind that assumption is that workload may be overwhelming, further, availability of a ‘Head Moderator’ would be optimal for any given situation that may arise. These Moderators would handle more significant structural issues within the community, including feature request, and settings adjustments.
Co-Moderators: This would ideally consist of three individuals. This would allow for more specific assignment specializations, while allowing a moderator to always be ‘online’. Co-Moderators would play a very active, and hands-on role in the community. Interacting with members. These Moderators effectively act as a ‘safety-patrol’ helping people cross the road when school is out. Scheduled reporting/meetings with ‘Head’ mods would take place both on a scheduled and as-needed basis.
Due to demand, one ‘Head Moderator’ and two ‘Co-Moderators’ would provide coverage until the number of users, and activity increases across community platforms. When excessive work load become apparent a vote by the DAO to expand the current community support team may take place.
Expansion to vote on when DAO deems necessary:
Language support/translation capability; This can be handled by a new moderator or multiple moderators in regards to community support demand across numerous languages.
Added Moderators to support the initial team.
- ‘Head Moderators’: 4500USD in FOX/monthly
- ‘Co-Moderators’: 3500USD in FOX/monthly
- Bounty Established for translation services
- Bonus associated with multilingual ‘Mods’
Work load may be very significant initially until expansion occurs if user volume continues to climb. I am considering the idea that the first moderator team that takes on reorganization tasks and capacity strengthening measures should have the same pool of compensation to draw from as the final (expanded) team. This would mean that the first Moderators will be compensated higher than the final expanded team of compensated community supporting FOXs.
Edit - Addressing topics of discussion:
- Head Moderators - how many do you think is needed? What do you think a reasonable time commitment would be for these individuals? From here you should be able to easily calculate a reasonable level of compensation for both managing the co-moderators and moderating yourself.
I believe that voting on valid candidates (chosen in forum) would be an effective way to approach the situation. Initially, having one Head Mod., would meet the needs of the current community. Two of these positions would eventually likely be necessary, in order to cover expansion. The positions would be full-time, as the community is international, and problems arise at any hour in my experience.
Co-Moderators - One Co-Mod will suffice until community growth provides necessary human capital resources (more Co-Mods). The idea is to have two or three Co-Mods prior to having two Head-Mods. This will maximize efficiency IMO.
Should there be any special privileges assigned to these moderators? For example, @Giantkin has proposed a moderation strike system - where mods can put strikes on users, with context, and certain numbers of strikes = certain outcomes. I would further propose that in the spirit of decentralization, only Community Mods (head and co) have this power, and Foxes like myself making a transition from Centralization to DAO run in support of those strikes. This may address your point of preventing accusations of vested interest. Since only community elected mods have the power to preserve and maintain the DAO culture.
Yes essential privileges associated with necessary community moderation tasks must be in place. This includes a system such as the one you mentioned already at a whiteboard with @giantkin of which I need to make myself familiar with. The idea is exactly as you mentioned, to decentralize community moderation. Preventing vested interest, and promoting genuine community environment is the goal of structuring the community itself in a way that enables growth without loss of user-experience (feeling a personal connection/value/purpose/safety in an environment).
There are of course specifics that I would love @giantkin and any other proposed candidate to comment on that may improve the planning of the formal proposal/plan moving forward.