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Forum Moderators: rogerd
joined:June 2, 2003
Apply security patches? Okay, I've heard about that, but if things like that aren't on my 'reminder list' you know what happens? I forget, at least for awhile.
I've never run a forum so I don't have a forum to do list, but I'd sure appeciate seeing an outline of what's on your mental or written daily - weekly - monthly or annual forum management to do list.
Right now, I'm guessing I would put "Update latest forum security patches" high on the list, but there's also likely "Delete latest spammer accounts", "Answer private messages", . . .
Is is a list of 10 or 100 items?
Here's one that isn't obvious: Make time to participate in the discussions! I find myself getting bogged down in admin/mod activities and not interacting with members/visitors. If you take the time to engage your members, you'll enjoy the forum more and make members feel more welcome.
At the same time, checking recent posts since last visit for spam, etc is next on the list (usually mods do a great job covering this tho! ;)).
Week to week (or perhaps monthly) a review of the general subjects in each forum can be good to give you ideas for new forums to add, etc. While you are doing this you can also move topics to other forums if need be (if you aren't doing this more regularly).
Most forum software has great community support, so it's worthwhile keeping up to date on their forums - new add-ons, updates, etc.
I started off as admin by replying to everyone who posted, but after I while I felt that this may deter others from replying, so I tend to leave posts to let others deal with them now and only reply if there hasnt been any response.
It's good to take a break from the forums - being to passionate about them an just drain your time from other duties! But you really need others to rely on in your absence (moderators).