Different moderators often show different moderator approaches when dealing with their users. Depending on the situation, each is very useful when it counts.

Positive reinforcement[edit | edit source]

Positive reinforcement: rewarding users with interaction and competition

  • Effective in most moderator situations
  • Usually involves posting content and replying to users
  • Is the most rewarding but has an effort trade-off

Social engineering[edit | edit source]

Social engineering: use of tools, structure and subversion to mod communities

  • Works well in communities where the users like structure
  • Fandoms that mainly appeal to an older age bracket (i.e. adults)
  • Complement it with positive reinforcement to be sure of user growth

Negative reinforcement[edit | edit source]

Negative reinforcement: use of discipline through warnings or punishment

  • Often needed in communities where the users don't like structure
  • Good for catch-all communties/servers, forums with really big user flux/upheaval
  • Is usually controversial with users, so be prepared

Obliging users[edit | edit source]

Obliging users: taking user direction and suggestions

  • Is a good way to fix unnoticed issues and notice new mods
  • Useful in growth communities
  • Weakens mod authority and causes chaos if overused
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