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The use of a marked moderator (or 'sheriff' as they are known in Finnish chats) means that a temporarily designated member - with the designation clear to all from the changed nick - can do various moderating tasks with temporarily assigned editorial powers.

In the Finnish case, these are planned assignments by the owners or operators of the commercial chat, where trusted members of chats are given these powers, and they are usually rewarded for their moderating work. They work shifts, often moderating several threads concurrently.

The rewards are small - usually 'in kind', such as free membership.

In sheriff mode, these members do not take part in the discussion, but they can easily switch identities. Often the sheriff member will be taking part in the discussion and only switch to the sheriff mode when moderation is needed.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Apr 9th, 2009 at 06:13:10 AM EST
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