sas the investigative hedgehog (theaeblackthorn) wrote in hih_mods,
sas the investigative hedgehog
theaeblackthorn
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Appeals Mod

Please pick.

A



Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? Nope
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? Well, seeing as I'm unemployed come Friday...a lot!
How familiar are you with the way this community works? Extremely. I've been a judge for four or five terms and have really loved it. I'm familiar with the way the community works currently and have some ideas in order to make it run even more smoothly.
Do you have any suggestions for making things run more smoothly in this community? First, I would open up a dialogue with the judges about any changes they would like to see in the application process/their feelings about the process this past term. I think asking the people involved what their feelings are about things is important, as the judges are giving up their time to do this. I'd also like to give past appeals applicants a chance to give feedback on the process, so that the judges are able to take that into account. I also think that it's important to review the expectations and requirements for an appeal and discuss perhaps change those requirements in light of the feedback gained from judges and from past participants. I also think that checking things with prefects is an important thing, and I think discussing the option of having the prefects answer a short questionnaire (Has this person been active in the house? Do you think that this person has made an effort to get to know the others in the house?) that the judges would be able to see would be a helpful thing to look at. Also, any applications with any sort of house-bashing would not be dropped until the applicant removes any inflammatory language towards the houses.
If an applicant (or sorter) has a dispute with the way things were done (disagreeing with the vote count or being upset for an application or vote being removed due to breaking the rules, for instance), how would you handle this? I'd first address the person immediately, to explain why the specific action was taken, citing the rules for support. Then, I'd give the person a chance to say their peace, as I believe it's important to hear everyone out, whether or not I agree with what they have to say. If after explaining things clearly and listening to their concerns, I would initiate a dialogue with them and, if necessary, consult with the big mods to resolve it. If it were a case of housebashing or anything like that, I would refuse to post the application and ask the appeals applicant to rephrase their words.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? Because I love being an appeals judge and I think that, while the community runs fairly smoothly, it can be even more efficient and fun for the judges. Appeals, while they are fairly rare, can be time consuming for the judges and so I'd like to make their jobs as easy as possible while still respecting the desires of the applicants.


B



Have you ever held an officials position in HiH? If so, how many terms? I have been getting more involved in positions as they have opened up - Club Leader, the Order of the Phoenix, shopkeeper, etc.
How much availability do you have in an average week for performing mod duties? I check on everything daily, so I can always deal with urgent situations right away. I spend an hour or more a day at hih, which I can use for mod duties.
How familiar are you with the way this community works? I am very familiar with how this comm. works and have also experienced it from the applicant’s point of view.

Someone who wishes to appeal first comments on the appeals mod’s post stating their desire. Supposing they have been around a month, a date is then agreed for their appeals application to be dropped (so as to ensure they have the time to answer questions). The appeals judge then moderates the discussion between the applicant and the judges during the questioning in Appeals and posts a screened voting post at Judges, where the judges comment with well-reasoned house votes (for a new house or the old). After four days, all votes are unscreened to allow discussion between the judges. At the end of the week, the appeals mod writes a long explanation, using reasoning from the votes, to explain the end decision to the applicant, whether they have been resorted or returned to the same house. For resorted applicants, the appeals mod then informs the officials in Officials so that prefects will add/remove the applicant.
Do you have any suggestions for making things run more smoothly in this community? Mia and Heather have done an excellent job as the previous appeals mods. And it excites me to have the chance to follow in their footsteps. As long as appeals requests are dealt with promptly and the judges reply within the timeline, I do not think much more can be done to make this community run smoothly. After all, the judges can always amend their questions or ask more, and I would encourage them to do so as they felt it would help clarify any given appeal.

However, there is a change I would like to make. All of the judges in the appeals community have been wonderful, ask good questions, and spend a lot of thought on their vote. However, unlike with officials, they do not have to run for office every term or indeed ever, as they are given away on a first come first serve basis. And as much as I love our current judges, I would like to change that, to ensure the fairest as well as smoothest appeals process as possible. I would open the judging to applications, for which the voting would be decided by each individual house. Current judges and new blood would have equal and fair chances to run for judgeship.
If an applicant (or sorter) has a dispute with the way things were done (disagreeing with the vote count or being upset for an application or vote being removed due to breaking the rules, for instance), how would you handle this? I would look into any dispute and allow all sides involved to make their case, making sure this process happened calmly, diplomatically, and without drama. The words the applicant writes can upset the judges from that house, but it is important to work with everyone to minimize house bashing and personality clashes. Mainly I hope people will simply need to be calmed down with diplomacy, but if a decision needs to be made beyond that, I would explain my decision, so that everyone could see that the rules were being followed.
Why are you interested in being the mod for this community? I am keenly invested in the appeals comm. because I myself was sorted into a house I was unhappy in and was able to appeal, which ended up with myself much happier in a different house. I would hate for anyone to be stuck somewhere that they were not happy in and be turned away from HiH in return. I have also been an appeals judge before, and find it an important and fulfilling position to hold and run.



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