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#1 by yorhel
2019-02-05 at 11:48
I notice that my relative lack of activity has been a bottleneck in some of the recent activities, and seeing that you are actively managing the both database and the forums better than I ever could, I'd like to promote both of you to admins. That will allow you to moderate the forums and revoke/reinstate user rights when that turns out to be necessary.

But before I do so, please confirm that you are using a secure and unique password for your VNDB account; I'd like to avoid a breach on an admin account if we can avoid it.


While we're on the topic, I've been looking to grow the moderation team a bit. I haven't seen many among the existing contributions who really stand out for this task, but I might not have been paying close enough attention. If you (or anyone else, really) have someone to recommend, I'd love to hear about it.
#2 by beliar
2019-02-05 at 17:18
Damn, Yorhel, that's a lot of trust to show, by putting your baby into the hands of two people you don't even know. :-) I hope me and Decay will be up to the task.

Anyway, I did use a unique password, but I have just changed it to one that I consider to be even more secure.

As for expanding the mod team, I honestly have no idea. Just like you I haven't seen anyone particularly noteworthy, but maybe these guys can be considered: u78535, u54182, u28609? They don't seem to be making any egregious mistakes and they edit the db quite a lot...
#3 by yorhel
2019-02-05 at 19:41
Baby? She's over 11 years old now, it's about time she'd get a little more independent.

I've updated your account. Being an admin gives you a few more permissions than you strictly need, just don't use the scary stuff. In terms of user management, all you'll need is the 'Permissions' field. It's possible to fully delete accounts too (the 'remove' button), but I only ever use that at the users' own request. I have database backups I can restore, but I'd much rather not, of course. :)
#4 by beliar
2019-02-05 at 20:22
Okay, a few questions. I can see I can edit user posts now, but what does the option "Don't update last modified field", mean? And I gather that if I mark "Hidden" everyone will see the post as deleted, right?

Regarding permissions, I gather basically removing "board" will prevent the user from posting and removing "edit", will prevent them from, well editing the db. That is what constitutes as the ban on vndb, right? So if I say want to give someone a temporary ban, I have to manually reinstate their permissions after the time?

I didn't try to closer check the "remove" tab, but I suppose there is some sort of confirmation, before the system goes through with it?

And could you explain the affiliate links a bit?
#5 by yorhel
2019-02-05 at 20:35
what does the option "Don't update last modified field", mean?
Allows you to edit a post without showing the "Last modified on .." thing in the thread. I... don't know when that's useful, to be honest.

And I gather that if I mark "Hidden" everyone will see the post as deleted
Yup, same as database entries, except there's no change log. If you mark the first post as hidden, it'll hide the entire thread. First post is also where you lock a thread.

Permissions: Correct on all accounts. I usually also remove the "tag" right, which does what you expect it to.

I didn't try to closer check the "remove" tab, but I suppose there is some sort of confirmation, before the system goes through with it?
Fortunately, yes. Saved me a couple of times.

And could you explain the affiliate links a bit?
Uh... not sure it's very relevant. It's a thing I made so that I could manage those links, but the interface is a pain and you'll not need it. I only assigned it because you need to have all permissions to be counted as "admin" on the about page. But if you're curious, the overview is at /affiliates.
#6 by beliar
2019-02-05 at 20:55
Ok. Thanks for the explanation. :-)
#7 by dk382
2019-02-06 at 01:47
I really appreciate the offer, but I'm gonna have to decline, sorry. I haven't been especially active lately and I won't have any more time in the near future. And there are also conflict of interest concerns, considering I work in the localization industry. I trust myself to make unbiased decisions, but not everyone may see it that way, and I also don't want any decisions I make here to impact my work at all (such as anyone who may respond to a banning or thread closing by contacting those who hire me). I'd like to think that wouldn't happen here, but that kind of stuff has been happening more and more lately, so you never know.

Ultimately, I prefer having a more passive role as a database mod where I can just sort of contribute when I can and not worry about the ramifications too much (except when it comes to game inclusion or, apparently, romanization).

Thanks again for the offer, though. I appreciate the trust you put in me. And good luck to beliar!
#8 by yorhel
2019-02-06 at 07:08
Alright, sad to hear that, but an understandable decision.

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