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Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« on: September 15, 2013, 09:38:37 pm »
I'm pleased to announce our new moderator: Gaz!
He is the new moderator of Teen Health and General Chatter. Go send him a warm "congrats" <3

And, in light of recent events, I need to add something to this announcement. This was originally in response to the discussion going on in Minor Rants, but I decided I would post it here instead, to keep things organized:


Okay guys. I've said time and time again that you can contact Natasha or I if you have a problem with something. I have seen NONE of this happening, just posts like these and people passively-aggressively mentioning the Skype group.

I'm really ashamed at this behavior, however I know this doesn't solve things. But this next part is important, so please pay attention:

Our staff go through a rigorous screening process. They have to write a specific application, which is then voted on by all current staff members. Majority rules. If it doesn't get enough "yes"es, that person is not a moderator. This process is further detailed in this thread.

We see potential in Gaz. We don't pick our staff members lightly, I can't stress that enough. We saw in Gaz what we require of all staff members--a large amount of activity, a friendly demeanor, and a real devotion and care for the well-being of the forum.

Normally, the users get a say in issues here. But this is one where I'm going to be stubborn. Gaz is an amazing person and I'm sure he will be an exemplary moderator. None of the staff saw any of these incidents everyone's referring to because, of course, nobody bothered to contact staff about it. And honestly, we've had staff members who had a way worse history than Gaz, who turned out to be just fine on the team.

That being said, it's worth mentioning that Gaz doesn't get a free-pass to do whatever just because I back him so strongly. Like any other staff member, he is expected to hold up to a strong set of behavior guidelines. If he doesn't not uphold a professional image while on duty here, his staff privileges can be revoked.

I hear what you all are trying to say, though. I'm sorry for Gaz's past actions, but I ask that you see past your personal biases and at least give Gaz a chance to be a moderator before throwing assumptions out.

Thank you, and if anyone wishes to discuss this further, I'd be happy to through PM or e-mail.

Edit: Gaz made an apology here
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 09:41:50 pm »
If I can't send PMs right now, can I congratulate Gaz here?
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 09:47:37 pm »
If I can't send PMs right now, can I congratulate Gaz here?

Oh of course, I meant send or post c:
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 09:48:27 pm »
Alright if that's the case then I congratulate Gaz here!
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 09:49:31 pm »
If I can't send PMs right now, can I congratulate Gaz here?

Oh of course, I meant send or post c:

Ok, then...

Congratulations, Gaz! You're going to be one of the best mods that FT has seen. I'm sure of it :lol-fox: (specially since you're a ninja and now I'll feel watched at all times xD)
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 09:54:16 pm »
If I can't send PMs right now, can I congratulate Gaz here?

Oh of course, I meant send or post c:

Ok, then...

Congratulations, Gaz! You're going to be one of the best mods that FT has seen. I'm sure of it :lol-fox: (specially since you're a ninja and now I'll feel watched at all times xD)

You will be watched constantly! >_>

xD Just kidding lol

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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 09:57:27 pm »
Well thank you for clearing it up a little bit.  I'm still not very happy about it,  though. I'm considering contacting Natasha, but only if I see bad things emerging. As it stands I think I can just say I'm dissatisfied.
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2013, 10:00:07 pm »
For what it's worth, Natasha knows as much as I know, but you're welcome to contact her with additional info or concerns, of course
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2013, 10:04:48 pm »
Congrats, Gaz!! :D
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2013, 10:08:31 pm »
Welcome to the staff Gaz! I'm just sorry about the hostile response from some community members. Of course we value such concerns and are completely open to hearing them, but the manner of which some have gone about it is completely unreasonable and rude. There's absolutely no need to create groups about it off-site or anything alike a smear campaign. To retread one of Panda's points, if you have any issues with the conduct of a forum member (even with a member of staff), you should privately contact the staff about it. We have a duty to listen and respond to your problems without bias.

With that said, I'm glad that you're now being assigned to your boards. I'm personally quite confident that you'll do a great job.
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2013, 10:11:17 pm »
Welcome to the staff Gaz! I'm just sorry about the hostile response from some community members. Of course we value such concerns and are completely open to hearing them, but the manner of which some have gone about it is completely unreasonable and rude. There's absolutely no need to create groups about it off-site or anything alike a smear campaign.

Agreed. I was mad at those posts. Gaz, you're my friend, and nobody screws with my friends. >:[
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2013, 10:13:27 pm »
everybody be hatin on gaz... tisk tisk. i think he will be a good moderator and i welcom him into his moderatorial office
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2013, 10:15:43 pm »
Whelp. Had a big reply typed out, but the server lost it I guess.

TL;DR

As Gage and Panda have said, posting angrily in Minor Rants isn't the best way to go about this. I'm considering removing my post even though I made sure I worded it without a condescending tone.

I may disapprove, but congrats anyway Gaz on getting this far up. I hope you prove us very wrong.
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2013, 10:16:21 pm »
Congrats, Gaz! I apologize for my behavior before. Hopefully we get off on the right foot this time.  :fox-:):
P.S: Hopefully you'll reply to posts.
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2013, 10:17:55 pm »
I forgot to add:
That string of posts in Anger Management was deleted because it was irrelevant to the original topic. However, all the staff can still see deleted posts, so nothing is being censored to them. They can still see all of your arguments
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2013, 10:57:10 pm »
Congrats Gaz, I know you've wanted this ever since you joined so, good for you on sticking with it. My opinions of it don't matter, you still worked for a goal and achieved it, that's something to be proud of.

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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2013, 01:24:25 am »
Already sent you a PM before I saw this thread, but congrats Gaz! Don't let the haters bring you down. I remember what those people who are hating on you are talking about, and even though personally I saw your view as somewhat drastic, the people who tried to use that against you are the people in the wrong here. You're personal beliefs have nothing to do with how good of a mod you can be, and personally I think Gaz could be an awesome mod. People just need to let that go. You're an amazing person Gaz, and are perhaps the most deserving out of anyone on this site to earn the distinction as moderator. Congratulations man. Keep being awesome.
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2013, 06:41:14 am »
Congrats gaz on becoming a new mod! I never saw you as a person many people describe you as so, Best of Luck moderating !

And i think i need to apologize for bringing the fuel to the fire (if im thinking correctly) SORRY!
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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 09:45:35 am »
Lawl. I wonder if I'll ever be moderator.

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Re: Welcome new Moderator: Gaz!
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 11:16:10 am »
Congrats Gaz. I think you'll be a good mod. I want to formally appoligize for my associations with some of the anti-Gaz people. I truthfully feel ashamed for it and shouldn't have joined it anyway, as I knew very little of Gaz myself. It was only based upon what were probably exagerated rumors I had heard, leading me to make a hasty decision.

So Gaz, and the rest of the wonderful FT staff, I am sorry. I hope Gaz becomes the good moderator many of us think he will and I want to say I deserve any hate targeted at me for doubting him.

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