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New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
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New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
As most of you probably know, members of staff are chosen out of our regular membership. This means that staff are part of the membership, have posts with their own opinions, and continue to post in a non-official capacity. For a while now, certain members of staff took it upon themselves to try and distinguish their regular posts from their official posts. Though in most cases the tone of a post can be used to determine whether a staff member is speaking officially, to help users out, some staff members would color their post text either green (for moderators) or red (for administrators).

Today we're making it an official thing, and introducing Administrator and Moderator Notices, which look like this:

Administrator Notice

This is an administrator notice.

Moderator Notice

This is a moderator notice.

If you cannot see the above properly, you may need to clear your browser cache.

If you see one of these notices in a thread, please read it, as they will be used by staff to make official statements in the thread which may apply to you. For example, if an argument in a thread is getting heated, a member of staff may use a notice to ask that the participants back off and be more civil.

It is important to note that anyone caught trying to impersonate staff by using these notices will be warned and banned if they continue to do it. This does not apply if you are quoting the notice and responding to it (e.g. to ask for a clarification).

We hope that by introducing these notices, people will be more informed when a member of staff is speaking in an official capacity, and when they are just being a regular forum member.

We are also in the process of updating the rules to make them less ambiguous. This is a lengthy process as we want to be thorough, but we felt it was fair that everyone had some advance notice.

- Tiberius
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
Is it supposed to show up as different colors?
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
(July 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm)Minimalist Wrote: Is it supposed to show up as different colors?

It should show up as red or green text within a light blue "bubble".
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
Now I'm seeing red and green text on light blue screens.

Should I get my eyes checked?

Big Grin
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
(July 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm)Minimalist Wrote: Now I'm seeing red and green text on light blue screens.

Should I get my eyes checked?

Big Grin

Heh, maybe I need to refresh my page or clear my cache. Big Grin
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
Probably your cache Min. It should resolve automatically for people given a few hours.
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
Cache cleared - I'm still seeing Admin in red text and Mod in Green both on the light blue screens.  If that's what you wanted, you've got it.
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
On mobile they show up like this:

X notice

This is a(n) x notice.

(X being administrator or moderator)

Cache cleared
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
(July 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm)Neimenovic Wrote: On mobile they show up like this:

X notice

This is a(n) x notice.

(X being administrator or moderator)

Cache cleared

Confirmed. We probably should do something to provide visual contrast from ordinary posts.
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RE: New Administrator / Moderator Notices + Rules Update
This is a really great idea.  When a thread grows really fast, it is easy to miss a post.  Having important messages stand out will help prevent problems with that.

"A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence."
— David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Section X, Part I.
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