How does being a mod of KYM impact other facets of your life?
Being a mod, as of now, doesn’t affect me much in other parts of my life. I told my two closest friends about being a mod, and they were fairly impressed, because they know the site. Most other people wouldn’t care.
In a sense, I went to New York City mostly on a whim, because of KYM, but that didn’t eally have to do with me being a moderator. And I’ve made friends online in a context where we don’t even talk about memes or the Internet specifically. But other than that, KYM is almost entirely removed from IRL things.
That isn’t to say that it will continue to be. I tried to keep things very manageable while going to school, so I wasn’t as connected as I had been in college or high school. As I meet more people and as more opportunities arise, I might speak about what I do on KYM and how I haven’t gotten my powers revoked yet.
Tell me about your education, please.
I talked about it a bit earlier in this thread, but to be brief. I went to a large, public university in the Southeastern US for undergraduate study in psychology and sociology. I went to a fairly prestigious, private institution in the Midwestern US for public health graduate studies.
As for any perceived eloquence or skills in articulation, I’ve just always liked talking and getting what I’m saying across. I always thought that news anchors, game show hosts, and sports commentators were so cool in how they explain what’s going on to you. (Bob Costas is super cool.) Of course, in practice, it’s often redundant, but that kind of approach is part of my speech patterns.
Minus the occasional psychobabble and social commentary, I’ve been this way since I was 3 or 4. I’m not really talkative, and I’m certainly not loud. But I do enjoy talking (and listening.)
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Have you always been know throughout all of your online forum history as a tl;dr poster? Or did your status as that guy who writes more words than most people begin at, and remain contained within KYM only?
Actually, I never posted much online before I became active on KYM. I lurked forums and sites with the rare account if I couldn’t see certain things without a registration. It was enough to read what other people said.
My first forum was in high school, but it was generally invitation only among high school students. I mostly participated in forum games, so there was no need to get really wordy.
I chose my username based upon MySpace and Facebook posts in notes and journal entries. Whenever I had an open forum and it was suitable (or at least wouldn’t be frowned upon,) I simply said everything I wanted and spared no expense on word count. I was known within my IRL circles for making posts that you’d really have to be a friend to read all of.
My username here was…my first name for a while, but that was before I was active. No one knew to go to the account, and there was no activity to see it anyway. I changed it to my name spelled backwards (because it’s unique, still can be pronounced easily, and makes for a decent username.) But once I realized “Oh! People I know go to KYM and they’ll recognize that,” I had to think of another username. I forget how “Verbose” came to me, but it was suitable considering my first comments on KYM and my sorta philosophical Myspace/Facebook posts as a teenager.
In terms of interacting with people I didn’t know personally, KYM is my first forum. I don’t post in any other forum anywhere near as regularly.
I didn’t know that I was that influential in you frequenting the forum at first, X (in case you’re wanting to be a bit incognito, I won’t use your full username.) But that makes me happy to know.
Is (posting on new members’ walls) intentional, or are you just being helpful? And how do you do it? Do mods see all recently registered members? (I remember you weren’t a mod back when you talked to me)
I’m a lurker by nature. Even if I don’t say anything, I generally notice when a new user begins to post in the forum. I may not notice one or two posts, but if someone makes five posts or so, then I’ll probably notice them at some point.
This thread helps too. It doesn’t get bumped all that often, but since I know most of the posts will be by new users, I look at it when it is bumped and see what the new user has to say and how he/she introduces him/herself. The more information they give, the more likely I am to go and speak. So no, I can’t see new users on a moderator-specific list or anything. (We’d probably stop a lot of “Daniel” spammers that way if we could.)
In your case, I just so happen to read Sinfest, so I recognized your old avatar from some of your first posts. So that was more about having something in common with another user. In others, I’m generally being friendly.
I also pulled from olivia’s cues. I don’t know if she still does it, but she was one of the first people to Follow me when I began to post, and she often was for many other newly active users. I don’t always follow people, but I figured she just lurked and noticed when a user became active. I saw it as a friendly gesture, and so I do it when I think it’s appropriate.
However, I don’t always introduce myself. It’s usually when I see a post that interests me, see an avatar that’s interesting, see a new poster in my favorite threads…Some people are naturally welcoming. But I sorta see going to any and all new users and individually welcoming them to the forum as being a little disingenuous.
On the whole, I only say hi if I have something other than “Hi” to say. Depending on my mood and the situation, it might be “Thank you for not being an idiot” or “Oh, you like The Big O too? Do you like other mecha anime?” Otherwise, I feel like it becomes less special. I’m not really a welcome committee nor am I really a welcoming person. But I try to be friendly and sincere.
So I guess that’s how that comes about. I think Kris (Celestia avatar) was the most recent user I did that to. He posted in the New Members thread and had a few well-constructed and thought out posts, and I thought to send him a wall post (or two) about them.
I also go to walls and comment when I see a user ask a recent question on an entry or image. If I have an answer, then I go and answer. Sometimes, I send a PM instead.
What’s your opinion regarding Karma/Krama?
Whoo, I’ve been typing this for over an hour now, so this won’t be indicative of my full opinion, but I think it can serve purpose. I think it is best used to encourage well-thought out posts, particularly witty comments, unique insight, a very well-placed image, or a helpful post. On the other hand, negakarma would be used to discourage and subsequently hide off-topic posts, posts that are carelessly or intentionally antagonistic, or posts that are otherwise against the rules.
I’m fairly sure that karma isn’t used that way, so it doesn’t have the desired effect. It encourages certain posts, and eventually, it encourages a certain kind of culture of garnering karma. It feels great to have a post with 10+ karma, even if you can’t do anything with karma. So many users post the things that get them karma. Basic conditioning response.
However, since users give out karma for antagonistic (but witty) comments, any funny image, simply agreeing with their opinion, on reputation, and other reasons/give out downvotes for disagreeing with them on a controversial issue, to troll, or on reputation, it makes for a bad set-up.
People say you shouldn’t care about karma, but the system was put into place (I believe) because it does have a value (or more accurately, it is given value.) So if the system is put into place, it can’t be done carelessly or without a lot of thought.
However, I don’t think the karmawhoring/avoiding culture here is so bad that it requires a drastic change. But it isn’t what I’d like for it to be either.
Going back to sleep. I’ll respond to the other questions when I wake up.