Is moderator a paid position?


#1

It's evident that moderators log in massive hours...

There is certainly a non-numerical reimbursement part, in the form of kind words and badges.

But is it enough?

Sometimes you really have to listen and try to understand what is the issue. I am not talking about the misspellings and missing spaces, but questions like what are objects, what does a function do, why is there a return here.... etc. The answers have to be tailor-fitted, and something like that takes time.

I have a massive amount of admiration for all, moderators and non mods, who keep this forum going by answering the seemingly never ending (sometimes repeating) questions.

I would like to single out moderators, you invest so much of your time into this endeavour.

What keeps you going?


#2

No, it’s not paid. The moderating team are just friendly individuals who help out in their spare time. :slight_smile:
@moderateurs


#3

Yes, it takes time. But it is satisfying being able to help someone else :slight_smile:

But as a moderator you need to have good understanding of multiply languages/concepts, but if you will pay close attention you will see that we are a bit selective. I very rarely answer jquery questions for example.

Thank you for the compliment. The team is also great, i appreciate that, and it really helps. We can help and support each other, and learn from each other.

So yes, time consuming but also rewarding. Maybe not in the form/shape of cash, but money isn't always the most important thing :slight_smile:


#4

Thanks for noticing us @puristaja! :slight_smile:

What keeps you going?

The interesting questions. The type that take me a long time to think about, or make me learn new stuff in order to explain something to the person asking. I don't have any great examples right off, although I did enjoy answering @nickgrimes50's question about if statements recently (I should have remembered how if statements work, because I've checked if a variable is true or false plenty before, but because of the context, I completely forgot and got to spend some time re-teaching myself that :slight_smile:).

When I see a learner thinking about how something works and asking a question that hasn't been asked before and makes me think, and then I'm able to answer their question satisfactorily, it's a nice feeling.


Also, I feel like this can be viewed as a bit of a “Pay it Forward” thing. People help me when I'm stuck, so then I help others when I can, and hopefully they continue that and help teach even more people :slight_smile:


#5

I enjoy helping others, it makes me happy and its something that I enjoy so why not do it :slight_smile:

As stetim94 said we only answer post regarding what we know well !

I myself have learnt a lot from being on this forum and it makes you more observant when coding.


#6

Stetim! I wish I could code like you one day (I will try my best). To be honest, it's too precise and accurate. Good going. Thanks for all the help. :slight_smile:


#7

I want to thank you all so much for helping! I am a newbie with JavaScript the moderators keep me going! If it weren't for you all I may have quit a long time ago!

Thank you!
:grinning:


#8

You're welcome.  


#9