Being An Internet Forum Moderator

by Ed Lau on January 25, 2007

Quite a few people that read this blog know me from an internet forum that I volunteer for called REVscene.net which started as a local car club board for car junkies but has evolved into a hub for many people in Vancouver to socialize, post videos of stupid crap, sell their used stuff and call each other noobs. I’ve been on REVscene since 2001 and have been volunteering as a moderator of the forums and general ambassador of awesome for the site since early 2002.

It’s a bit difficult to explain what my “job” entails. I started out as a mod for the Buy and Sell section of the message board, looking for idiots who sell stolen goods on the site and people who want to make a quick buck plugging their business without paying our sponsorship fees. Back in 2002, I was rather alone in doing this in three seperate forums but since the site now has almost 50,000 members, traffic has increased exponentially and thus, our team of mods has grown to about 15 people. Our job usually means checking new posts to make sure they’re legit and banning those who want to undermine our rules.

About three years ago, I was given even more to do on the site, overlooking the Movies/TV forums, starting up a Photography forum and helping at the booths for our events held at various times during the year, usually meaning that I hang with the models or make people do stupid things for prizes. It’s a fun “job” and not without benefits. I’m usually treated to a few good dinners each year and I get quite a few t-shirts from time to time. Being staff on REVscene also means that all the sponsors kiss my ass and give me a great deal every time I need something!

It’s not all fun and games though. I regularly get messages from idiots asking me questions that are clearly answered on the boards and there are quite a few morons who annoy me to no end but either way, it’s a fun place to hang out and chat. You don’t need to be from Vancouver to join us. If you’re a car enthusiast, there are plenty of car tech forums. If you’re not, there’s plenty of other stuff from food to fashion to sports and general insanity to keep you busy.

in Tech and the Net

{ 8 comments }

Gdog January 26, 2007 at 5:46 am

REVscene.net was the best back in its original glory when it first started. I haven’t had much time to visit the forums lately but I still do once in a while.

Ed January 26, 2007 at 9:10 am

I agree. The summer of 2003 was legendary. We’d have BBQs and unofficial meets every week.

Michael Kwan January 26, 2007 at 10:03 am

Despite what my “registered” date may indicate, I’m more old school than you think (though I didn’t participate as much back in the day). I don’t even know when my first registration was (I got banned in 02 when the UBC computer wouldn’t let me log out and then some idiot went ballistic with my account).

KenMarshall April 20, 2007 at 6:00 am

I think, that is interesting for all.

chris June 22, 2007 at 2:04 am

“Being staff on REVscene also means that all the sponsors kiss my ass and give me a great deal every time I need something!”

You are a fucking clown.

randy bragg December 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

Why curse man, come on, show some class….

Wood burning stoves January 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

I don’t think I would have the patience to be a forum mod. I see far too many many people asking stupid questions or posting junk, not to mention the people that try to scam others on forums. I think it must be infuriating at times.

automotive January 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

I don’t even know when my first registration was (I got banned in 02 when the UBC computer wouldn’t let me log out and then some idiot went ballistic with my account).

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