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Your Monsterpin Intranet is an interactive medium where campus community members exchange information with other campus community members. While Monsterpin endorses and supports free and uncensored expression of thought, it condemns the abuse of its communication tools.

Why Moderators?

In order to keep Monsterpin's messageboards and classifieds well structured and clean of inappropriate content, Monsterpin seeks moderators that facilitate communication and enforce Monsterpin's "code of conduct", as laid out in its Terms of Use.

We encourage active Monsterpin community members to assume a community leadership role, by taking charge of a specific “branch” of categories within their Monsterpin online campus community. For example the moderator for the "Basketball" category would also be moderator for all "Basketball" subcategories (s.a. "Basketball Teams", "Basketball History", etc).

Monsterpin Moderators receive special authorities that allow them to move and delete content in their category, as well as to warn community members that have communicated "inappropriately". The extend to which a moderator executes his/her mandate depends soley on his/her commitment to making his/her category a valuable information exchange tool for all community members.

Basic discussion moderating can consist of simply removing "dirty" content. More engaged and commited moderators will also actively provide new ideas, welcome new members to the community, summarize the content of their discussion threads, and mediate individually in case of disputes. Please refer to our Moderator Guidelines, for more information about moderating.

Please take one minute to quickly fill out our Moderator Application Form if you are interested in moderating your own category.

Moderator Guidelines

As a Monsterpin moderator you will be responsible for a specific sub-set of categories within your Monsterpin campus community. Your role as the “host” and “category warden” places a special responsibility on you. The Moderator Guidelines intend to give you a better idea of how you act out on this responsibility.

Facilitating Communication within your category

Even though most of the content in your category will come from other Monsterpin community members, you should encourage others and facilitate discussion. Quite obviously you should be interested in and have some knowledge about the topic or area of interest that you intend to moderate.

Following a few suggestions on how you might enrich the experience for other users that communicate in your category:

(a) create the framework for discussion

  • set an interesting agenda
  • raise key questions
  • suggest threads of discussion
  • put in some of your own ideas

(b) state the purpose of your category

  • introduce yourself
  • clarify if you will work towards a specific goal
  • clarify if you will function as a “teacher”, a “facilitator” or merely as a “watchman”

(c) facilitate discussion

  • provide feedback to posts from other community members. You can do so publicly (i.e. in the thread) or individually (i.e. using email); latter one is more personal and will make you appear less dominating of the discussion
  • summarize posts and weave various different contribution together (this enables community members that join the discussion at a later stage to still understand what it is about)
  • provide new material, to vitalize and enrich the discussion
  • keep the discussion on track, by moving unconstructive posts to other areas
  • mediate in arguments

Keeping Your Category Clean

As a Monsterpin moderator you will have to screen the message boards of your category for inappropriate content and reprimand users if the communicated for inappropriately. "Inappropriate communication behaviour" is defined by posting messages that include defamatory, abusive, obscene, threatening or illegal material. According to the tone of communication that you wish to establish in our category, you may allow more or less leeway in what can and what can’t be posted.

Please, review the following list of Specific Prohibited Uses, as laid out the Monsterpin Terms of Use, to get a better idea of what inappropriate communication behaviour entails.

Specific Prohibited Uses

  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content that in our discretion might be unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, libellous, or obscene.
  • Impersonating any person or entity, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
    Forging headers or otherwise manipulating identifiers in a manner that disguises the origin of any content you transmit through any Communications Service
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content or material that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under any contractual or fiduciary relationship (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
    Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content or material that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary right of any party
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, any illegal pyramid or "Ponzi" type schemes, or any other form of solicitation, without our express written approval
  • Gathering for the purpose of "spamming" any email addresses that visitors post in our chat rooms, message boards and other public posting areas
  • Uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available any content or material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment
  • Uploading or posting any off-topic or irrelevant material to any chat room or message board
  • Interfering with or disrupting any servers or networks used to provide the Communications Services, or disobeying any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of the networks Monsterpin use to provide the Communications Services;
    Violating any applicable local, state, national or international law. "Stalking" or otherwise harassing another
  • Instigating or encouraging others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person;
    Collecting or storing personal data about other users
  • Gaining unauthorized access to any of our sites, or any account, computer system, or network connected to any of our sites, by means such as hacking, password mining or other illicit means
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through any of our sites.

If you find that a certain user repeatedly abuses the Monsterpin service, you will need to notify Monsterpin staff at moderators@monsterpin.com, so that we can discuss the matter and decide whether or not to ban the member from our community.

Please take one minute to quickly fill out our Moderator Application Form if you are interested in moderating your own category.

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