I agree and disagree with Wyn. I don't know if we should be discussing in great detail what this thread should and shouldn't do, even though I did start it. But I also don't want it to turn into what we should focus on with regards to reviewing.
So I'll try to be as brief as possible so we can get to actual reviews again (not just criticism, although I feel like mods get plenty of praise.)
- If you weren't tagging and categorizing in the first place, then you wouldn't have been asked to be a Media Moderator. The main thing that can be questioned is the amount of work done, and that's not something most users are going to be able to see anyway.
- You can be critical of entry work, but I wouldn't suggest a whole other thread for it. I think this thread was brought about with the hope that people that had something to say already knew what they were going to say and why.
- Related to that and RM's points, people who are DB do work in so many areas of the site that even other moderators couldn't give a proper critique of RM does. If Forum mods can't give a critique of Entry mods or Media mods, then I don't think other users should be expected to. I say critique what you know. If that's simply how you handle users from a position of power, then so be it.
- I also agree that Forum Moderators should be assessed heavily on matters other than just deleting spam threads.
I'll tell you what I do that I cannot do as a user without Sr. Forum powers:
- I spam ban spammers.
Everything else is simply directing traffic and is usually at the request of users.
"Stay on topic, please."
"Ease up on the tone."
Sometimes, I post in threads I don't have much interest in just to keep things from being one-sided or to keep a user from feeling like they're being shamed, but I don't need powers for that. Most users post threads where they should be. We rarely have to edit posts.
So personally, I'd want a critique of me to be based not necessarily on my personality but I do want it to be based heavily on how I deal with users when I'm implying "moderatorship." And there's no real way around it: it's very difficult for users to see a mod as just being another user unless you know that moderator outside of that context. I feel like that's part of any "burden" we have though.