Obligatory Disclaimer: This post is my personal opinion alone and should be considered separate from the other moderators and Pokimono group.
This is not an apology. It may be taken by some as a reprimand. What I am hoping to accomplish with this is to clear the air and have the truth out in the open because I fullheartedly believe that the truth is on my side.
We did not hold this moderator hunt to appease anyone. We did it because we were strapped for moderators when not one, not two, but THREE mods left and we desperately needed help. Not only were we left holding the bag several times but now the story has been mangled and twisted to make it out that Pokimono’s moderators are somehow the villians.
I pity the people who are apparently so upset with our decision that they have resorted to childish attacks and evasion tactics. You would think I would be more understanding of people who applied and didn’t receive the position but in fact I am all the more disappointed in them for it. I saw a lot of talk in moderator entries about ‘the good of the group’ and wanting to ‘help Pokimono’. Well frankly, that appears to be a load of horse shit from what I can see. It may not be the intention, but some of the responses from those who were not chosen so far has only served to perpetuate the frustration and resentment that would only make things worse for the group.
I would like to know just what it is about the moderators chosen that apparently make them SO UNQUALIFIED for the position. There have been accusations and hostile commentary that skirts around the issue but so far all I have seen about why the winners are unfit boils down to ‘they know the mods’. Newsflash, almost every single one of the applicants did. And out of twenty or so people? We could only pick three.
Surprise, surprise, though, IT WAS CLOSE. I am not at liberty to give specific numbers but many people had very strong applications. And at least two of those strong candidates have reacted in a way that I personally find to be disappointing. If there had been another moderator hunt they would have been top choices, but after recent displays of spitefulness I can only say that it reaffirmed that our current choices had been the correct ones.
If you want a more detailed explanation of the process, Llawll has already written a very thorough post on Samurai HQ's tumblr, but the point is that this has already gone too far. Moderators sometimes will have to be ‘the bad guy’ yes that’s part of the job description, however in this case it is unwarranted and downright vicious of those who would try to portray it as such.
Instead of seeing the good in that the group got help from some eager and dedicated new moderators the only focus I have been shown is how hurt people are that they didn’t get picked. ‘For the group’ my ass. If that were truly the case it wouldn’t have mattered who was picked. You’d stick around and tough it out helping where you could. I should know, I had to do it. For this same exact group even.
I have known some bad moderators. Some truly corrupt ones. The kind that if they didn’t like a member personally, they would find ways to get them banned. And since that wasn’t good enough they decided to go to every one of those member’s friends and spread rumors about art thievery and dissent. Moderators who would outright tell members that they didn’t have to listen to any complaints whatsoever because they were a moderator for the perks and didn’t want the stress. Moderators who secretly made their favored members into shadow moderators backroom privileges and all.
So what have Pokimono Moderators done? Let’s look at the FACTS. We…responded civilly and politely to all notes, questions, and concerns. We made an askblog specifically for complaints so people could feel comfortable to talk to us anonymously. We dedicated a WHOLE 12 HOURS on a Saturday to reassure and talk with members who treated us like we were out to witch hunt them and blatantly accused us of being corrupt. We come up with events, the most prolific year or two so far in the group’s moderate history, and rp with anybody when we have the time to spare. I know for a fact that at least one of our mods extends warm greetings and conversations, note or otherwise, with new members and we even let previously banned members back into the group because we gave them the benefit of the doubt and a second chance.
What response do we receive? We are called biased. Cliquish. Nepotistic. Ignorant and spiteful. When convenient we should be spending every waking moment catering to the group like we’re a paid service. Except we’re not paid and then again when convenient instead we’re pointed at as tyrannical dictators bloated on our own ego if we do not acquiesce to said ‘requests’. We’re commanded to justify ourselves, to PROVE our worth and if this entitlement was flipped around would any of you demanding that we show our purity of heart like to be treated in such a manner?
We’re not perfect, no person is. But this petty feud? This helps no one, least of all Pokimono, and for anyone who would dare say that it’s the moderator’s fault, take a good long look at your own actions first. It’s all ready been brought to light that at least one anon who had a problem with the group in fact had a personal issue with one of the mods and was using the dissatisfaction of other members with the group as a smokescreen for their real attack on said mod. I can only guess as to who or what started this path of unhappiness but I do not think it fair to throw unfounded accusations around on pure speculation.
I may not be the most eloquent or diplomatic of people but I am straightforward and I will honestly and openly answer and discuss any questions that anyone has regarding my opinions on the matter if any of you will actually come out and just ask.