A new series of interviews will take place where we ask our current trial moderators questions and post their answers here. Want a daily insight into what it’s like to be a trial moderator? Then look no further! Enjoy.
How long have you been playing MCPVP? How did you find MCPVP?
I’ve been playing on MCPVP since May 2012, so around two and a half years. I found MCPVP through my cousins who had previously found CTF. As a group we played quite a bit of CTF before discovering the wonders that were HG and moving there for almost the next year or two of our MCPVP experience.
I have been playing on this account since May 11th, 2013, but I originally played on a friend’s account who didn’t play Minecraft which was right before Sabotage launched. I’ll never reveal that name however. ;D I found MCPVP by scrolling through a server list and here I am today!
What server/gamemode do you currently moderate?
I currently am a trial-moderator on McSmash, which was re-released a few months back after it was closed Summer 2014.
I currently moderate Sabotage.
What is the hardest thing about being a trial moderator?
After the first weeks or so I would definitely say the hardest part of being a trial is the small but existing pressure to ban hackers. After moderating for an hour or so and a hacker still hasn’t shown up I kinda get nervous about not recording any bans, but in reality there’s no requirement to how many need to banned or any time requirement, so it’s more of a personal worry.
The hardest thing about being a moderator is being told no. There will be so many things you want to do as a moderator when you get the position, but there are guidelines that you have to follow as well. You shouldn’t just ban people you don’t like, although there may be times when you really want to (Not going to lie xD).
In addition to that, as a moderator, you have to understand that the admin team has final say with decisions. You will have amazing ideas that you think of and some of them will be able to be implemented to help the gamemode you moderate. There will be some ideas that you think are great, but others don’t think so or there isn’t time to code what you would personally like to see. All in all, that is perfectly fine and something that you will need to accept. It will be frustrating at times, but you have to take criticism from everyone else and develop yourself as not only a moderator but as a person in and out of the game as well.
My time so far as a moderator has been amazing and I have learned valuable skills that I use both in the game and can carry over that confidence outside the game in school and work. Being a moderator on MCPVP is one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have.
What is your favorite thing about being a trial moderator?
I’d say my favorite part is definitely the opportunity you’re given vocal wise. When you have something to say, people are bound to listen whether it be relaying kit ideas, giving feedback on tutorial ideas, or just talking with the Smash community as a whole. I like to be in a position where my thoughts matter and I am able to get things done.
My favorite part is helping out the community that I serve; my Sabotage family I have on here. Everyone greets me in a polite way and if they ever have anything wrong with their daily lives, they talk to me about it and I offer them advice. If there are any game related problems or player issues, I try my best to address those problems and solve them so the community can enjoy playing the gamemode and not have any additional stress. If any player has a suggestion, I also take into account and document every idea someone says and I bring it up at planning meetings so the community’s ideas might become a reality. I love being a moderator because I can be that person that people look towards to be a role model and am there to provide the support that sometimes, many people don’t get in real life.
What made you want to become a trial moderator?
I first wanted to apply for staff back in 2013 on Sabotage, actually! I was very dedicated to the awesome community over there and at least three of my friends I talked to every day on Sab/Skype were mods, so the role interested me. I quit for a year or so, but when Smash was re-opened I decided to hop back on and was given a chance at chat moderator (to kick AFKers) by Wiki. Jacob ended up opening applications around that time as well so I took the opportunity and was contacted a month or so later.
At first, I was always an outspoken member of the community. I always tried to go above and beyond and report players who repeatedly caused problems, help catch hackers and provide support for the moderator team. In all honesty, I didn’t really think of becoming a mod during that time, but I hit a major road block. There came to be a point where when I talked to people who were acting irrationally, I would always get the line, “You’re not a moderator, I don’t have to listen to you and you can’t do anything about it.” That pushed me to apply because I saw that my efforts to help make the Sabotage community a better place would be amplified if I had the commands of a moderator.
So I applied and what do you know, I was accepted! The purple name tag doesn’t really mean a whole lot for me, it’s the power and influence I obtained that really allowed me to continue helping out the community. I was able to ban hackers, and mute and kick players who warranted those actions. I love this community and I would do anything for you Sabotage players, because without you, I wouldn’t have a job to do : ) I will continue to push for different changes to benefit the community as well, because the community should always come first.
What tips and advice would you give to people wanting to become a trial moderator?
If you want trial moderator, don’t do it for the purple name and PRO that comes with it. Get out there, be friendly, give ideas and feedback, make some friends, and want to help the gamemode you love the most. If you truly care, someone important will notice, so don’t think you’re helping for nothing. When it comes to applying, quality over quantity. You don’t need to write a 3000 word essay as your application. Be patient!
Always stay level headed and calm. If you cannot compose yourself and handle a situation, you are not going to be able to help it. You have to have a thick skin as a moderator because people will be jealous that you have powers that they don’t have. It is more positive than negative though, so I don’t want you to get the wrong idea that everyone is going to hate you now. You will be looked up to as a role model that people want to become, so make sure you leave a lasting, positive impression on the community you moderate.
The next tip might be a little confusing. Don’t try to become a moderator for the position, but what you can do with the position instead. You get a purple name and can fly around and everything, but make sure you are willing to do the job that is required of you. At times being a moderator can be stressful when there are 50 hackers in a game, the chat is being spammed, and there are game breaking bugs all at the same time. Try your best to fix all of those things but don’t be afraid to ask for help in the process. The role of a moderator is a community role. You should actively be involved with the community both before and after you become a moderator. The community is your biggest contribution to your rank in all honesty. I need help sometimes and when there are multiple hackers and other moderators are not online, I ask members of the community to branch off and keep an eye on people so I don’t miss anyone.
The most important tip I have is to be yourself. Not everyone can become a moderator, so whether you are a moderator or not, do not become discouraged and act differently in either position. I was blessed with the opportunity to become a moderator, but if I was denied during the application process, I would have continued to do what I was doing before; helping the community and being an asset to the staff instead of a problem. Continue to be helpful, active and kind to other community members and the staff. You never know, I might be talking to one of you guys in the future as a fellow moderator : )
Some really insightful answers there – big thanks to GreatLordOz and MagsTM for participating in the interview. Want to help out and join our trial moderator team? Click here to apply.
If you have any ideas for future questions to be answered by other trial moderators, leave them in a comment, and who knows – I might pick yours to be asked. Next post should be sometime this week, stay tuned!