Extracts from KC's "The Rules - Please Read" - relating to the responsibilities of KC Moderators. See the complete original Pinned Thread in 'Announcements', by Admin., Jul 3, 2005. Original status of that Thread: NOT Open for Replies. GENERAL PROCEDURES. Moderators will be responsible for enforcing these Rules in the forum for which they have responsibility. In cases of a minor departure from the Rules, Moderators will edit or move/delete posts. In the case of more serious or repeated departures from these Rules, Moderators will PM the user(s) involved and advise them of the problem. The user can then choose whether or not to refer the dispute to Admin. for resolution. If Moderators disagree whether any action should take place they will refer the matter to Admin. who will view the disputed post and make a decision. INFRACTION. If a warning is deemed appropriate to any member, an infraction notice will be given. This will occasionally, if serious enough, limit the member's use of the site. Only one notice will be issued; if that member continues to misuse the site, further action will be taken. BANNING. A Moderator CANNOT ban users. In circumstances where a serious breach or breaches of these Rules occur, only the Moderators AND Admin. will have the ability to ban a user, when [i.e., after] a majority decision has been reached. Discussions between the Moderators involved AND Admin. must reach a consensus BEFORE banning takes place. DISPUTES WITH MODERATORS. Any disputed action taken by Moderators (including SuperModerators) should be referred to Admin. _________________________________________________ MY COMMENTARY : Those are important parts of the KC_RULES that are to be upheld by Moderators AND “Admin.” in their dealings with KC Members. Those Rules have applied since 2005. References in The Rules to actions by KC's “Moderators” also includes KC's "SuperModerators". Neither Moderators nor SuperModerators have any SuperPowers ! Fortunately, "Admin." may indeed have. . At best, all Moderators including all SuperModerators have no more than primus inter pares status vis-a-vis "Admin.". . Moderators including SuperModerators are obliged by these Rules to give advice by PM to members before doing anything untoward that would affect members' perceived 'serious' breaches of these Rules (other than Ms'/SMs' authority, of necessity, promptly to edit or to omit any posts reasonably deemed to be truly objectionable). . Remember, your own Reporting another member's posting, including those of a Moderator or of a SuperModerator, is NOT of itself an objectionable act by any KC member. Member's Reports each must be evaluated upon their merits. Reports should not be arbitrarily dismissed by anyone acting alone. Of course, it should be patently obvious that it must be a gross conflict-of-interest for any Moderator or SuperModerator acting alone to take any decision or to act upon a member's Report that has been made against the KC 'Staff' member. . BANNING-Unilaterally by a Moderator or a SuperModerators who acts alone, without their having consulted with Admin., and especially before the KC 'Staff' collectively takes some mutually-agreed action, is NOT sanctioned by these Rules. Never. . Any KC Banning decision must involve providing the due notice(s) to affected members, as well as KC reaching a consensus view among Moderators including with Admin. about the appropriate action to be taken, decided beforehand. . SPECIAL NOTE - KC's Admin. CAN be Contacted by eMail (i.e., person to person), outside of this KC forum. . Lastly, it's not in The Rules, but also be aware that - "Staff members may not be ignored". That simply means that KC's software does not permit you to UNfollow any of them as individuals. Happily, anyone's personal contempt for a KC_Staff member for their acting alone outside of 'The Rules', can quite usefully become the fount of retrospectively-substituted texts such as this one of mine. . . Aside - BusyBear's 'like' below did not relate to any of this text. The other members' texts below, related to former texts that no longer are relevant. For that party that never ends ..