What is a Moderator?

A Genius moderator is someone who has proven that they are an exceptional contributor and community leader who consistently contributes to the site in one or more of the following ways: crafting high quality annotations and bios, creating new initiatives, contributing at a higher level (e.g, writing Genius articles), and/or effectively leading, inspiring, and mentoring other contributors to become editors and mediators. Moderators are also responsible for managing user roles and should be very critical of who they choose to propose as members of the editorial and moderation teams.

Moderators are the most trusted Genius users and are held to an extremely high standard. A moderator must make active contributions to set the standard for content quality and ensure that Genius remains inclusive and innovative. Moderators who do not make active contributions for more than a three month period should get in touch with staff, or otherwise step down from their role. If the moderator does not take action, they may lose their privileges.

The status of a moderator's role is staff's discretion and if a moderator continuously breaks guidelines, makes poor judgment calls, or inadvertently or purposefully uses their role at the detriment of others, a community staff member will reach out to give feedback and guidance. If a moderator ignores or fails to act on multiple rounds of feedback to a satisfactory level, they will lose their role. If you have an issue with a moderator or feel like they are not serving the community to the best of their ability, contact a community staff member. Your feedback will be anonymous.

Moderator Permissions

• Purple badge
• All transcriber permissions
• All editor permissions
• All mediator permissions
• Promote/demote users to transcribers, editors and mediators
• Verify Artists
• Edit artist page
• Create, merge/delete tags

Become a Moderator

Moderators are carefully chosen by the editorial and moderation teams based on the merit of their contributions to the community. There's no set time requirement to become a moderator—the consistency and quality of your contributions, along with your ability to lead and mentor other contributors is what the community looks for in a moderator. To be considered for the moderator role, you must already be an editor or mediator, and an existing editor, mediator, moderator, or staff member must create a thread proposing you for the moderator role to the moderation community.

Once your proposal thread has been created, the community staff will message a link to that thread to active Mediators, Editors, and Moderators on the site (within your community group—i.e we won't be sending English proposals to Genius France!) to make sure everyone is aware that they can chime in on these conversations and to promote a more rounded, healthy discussion.

If you want to become a moderator, consider your engagement with these aspects of the site:

If you feel confident that your activity on the site falls in line with one or more of these bullet points, hit up a moderator or community staff member and they will provide you with the proper guidance.

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Genius Annotation

The Moderator role was last updated on July 3, 2017. Here is the announcement thread.


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How do I contact a mod?
Genius Answer

Go to their page and click ‘Message.’

Do you need a certain amount of IQ to become a moderator?
Genius Answer

No, there is no IQ requirement for any roles on Genius beyond the contributor role. While IQ can be a useful metric of a user’s experience, it is the quality of your contributions that matters most when being considered for the moderator role.

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