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Player Moderators (colloquially pmods or just mods) are normal RuneScape players chosen specifically by Jagex staff due to their commitment to the in-game community. They are ambassadors of the game and help to maintain an enjoyable in-game environment. They were added to the game on 14 June 2004 and since then the team has grown to about 5000. Other types of moderators include Forum Moderators and Jagex Moderators.

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Moderator abilities

An example of a Player Moderator's silver crown.
Player moderator in RuneScape Classic

Player Moderators can be recognised by the silver crown - File:PMod crown.png visible next to their name when they speak in-game. The crown cannot be disabled or hidden.[1] On the Runescape forums, however, there is no visible differentiation between Player Moderators and regular players. Any claims to being a Player Moderator made by a player without a crown should be reported using the report abuse menu.

A Player Moderator has two ways of dealing with rulebreakers.[2] The first is through priority abuse reports. All abuse reports filed by Player Moderators are directed to a separate group of Jagex staff members.[3] The second way is through administering temporary, 48-hour, mutes with their report. Occasionally when a player is being particularly defiant towards the rules, a mute is required so that other players can no longer see his or her text. Mutes effectively stop any attempts to scam, advertise websites, or bypass the filter. However, a player muted by a Player Moderator may still use the Quick Chat feature. Once again, mutes are quickly checked by Jagex Staff to ensure that they are correct, and incorrect mutes will be promptly lifted. If a Moderator regularly mutes without proper reason, his or her moderator status will be removed. A Player Moderator's mute is not a punishment, it is a safety precaution to help prevent the player in question from causing any  more harm to themselves or others. As soon as a Jagex Moderator checks the report, the mute is lifted and a subsequent punishment is then applied if it is needed.

The messages written by a Player Moderator can be seen even by players who have turned their public chat off. Private messages sent by a Player Moderator are also visible when private chat is turned off, though Player Moderators are unable to send subsequent messages or see that the player is online via his/her friends' menu.

Player Moderators have access to additional forums and the P-Mod Room, in which they can discuss moderator issues with other moderators and Jagex staff. They also have access to the Player Moderator Centre, which can be reached from within the Moderators article in the Game Guide. Jagex states that content discussed within these areas is strictly confidential, and any Player Moderator who reveals content within these areas will lose their moderator privileges.

How Player Moderators are chosen

Player Moderators are chosen specifically by Jagex staff based on their truthfulness, maturity, involvement in the RuneScape in-game and forum communities, and by the accuracy and quality of abuse reports. They must also have a secure account. Players with black marks may become Player Moderators if Jagex feels that they have learned their lesson. Jagex will only contact the player via the Message Centre system to inform him or her that he/she has been selected to become a Player Moderator, and allow the player to accept or decline the position. Players selected to be Moderators will rarely be notified in-game, but never on the forums, or by e-mail. Though you do not have to play a certain amount of time, most moderators have played 1 year or more before being modded. It is mentioned that being on the forums helps being noticed.[4]

Surgeries and the P-Mod room

The P-Mod Room is a special area within the game that can only be accessed by Player Moderators while a Jagex Mod is present. The player moderator room is found by talking to the Lumbridge Guide while a Jagex mod is having a session. Only current player moderators can give the command to enter. According to Jagex staff, the P-Mod Room is "effectively a blank room that's a direct copy of an existing dungeon found elsewhere. That's to ensure that mods don't have access to anything that the rest of the community doesn't. I should also point out that it's not possible to practice skilling or anything while in the room as this could be considered an unfair advantage (take alching for example)."[5] The room is used for surgeries, which are scheduled question and answer sessions where Player Moderators ask for advice about reporting procedures. All discussion during a surgery is strictly confidential. Before the December 2007 updates, surgeries would often be followed by a "Bot busting" session.

"Bot busting"

Before the 2007 updates made macroing unprofitable, macro users were very common. There would be a "bot busting" session once or twice a day, during which Jagex Moderators checked on places where bots were commonly located. Player Moderators regularly attended, although normal players were welcome to assist in the hunts as well. Since recent updates have imposed restrictions such as the trade limit, real-world trading has increased in difficulty; as such, "bot busting" sessions have been discontinued.

Players interested in helping with the fight against bots are welcome to follow these steps:

  • Go to a location where bots are known to reside. Advertising bots might be found outside of Lumbridge, at Bounty Hunter, or in the middle of the Grand Exchange, for example.
  • Once a bot has been discovered, the most important thing is to stay calm. Quietly report the bot under "Macroing". It's also not a good idea to tell anyone if a moderator is on the way or in the vicinity.
  • In the case of advertising bots, which should be reported under Advertising other websites instead of Macroing, kindly informing nearby players that visiting the advertised website is dangerous to their account security is advised.

Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions regarding Player Moderators and their abilities. The truth is:

Myth Truth
Player Moderators are given free benefits, including free items, experience, or membership. Player Moderators do not receive any type of reward for being a Player Moderator, and have to pay for membership and work for their items and experience like any other player.
Player Moderators can change their levels relatively whenever they want. Player Moderators cannot change their levels except through training like normal players. However, Jagex Moderators can change their levels for testing purposes.
Player Moderators can get any item they want. Player Moderators cannot generate any items they want. However it has been shown on various occasion that Jagex Moderators can generate any items they want for testing purpose.
Player Moderators are told updates before they are publicly released. This is not true, as there is a chance that information will be leaked, ruining the surprise for everyone. Jagex does occasionally seek input from moderators on changes which may have an impact on moderation, however.
Only Members are allowed to become Player Moderators. Any player may become a Player Moderator regardless of membership.
Player Moderators are chosen based on the number of reports they make. Quality of reports is far more important than quantity, and making large numbers of reports in the hope of becoming a Player Moderator is actually counterproductive.
Players are chosen for modship because of their high combat level or how long they have been playing the game. Player Moderators are not simply high combat levelled players, nor are Player Moderators necessarily chosen for their time devoted to the game. Many Moderators may have combat levels exceeding 120, but there are also many who have levels as low as 3.
Player Moderators must have absolutely no offences on their record. A player does not need to have a perfect record to become a player moderator.
Player Moderators have to help someone in need. Player Moderators are not obliged to help anyone as their cooperation is entirely voluntary. This even means that reporting and muting is optional as well, just as it is for others.
Player Moderators can either appeal offences for someone else, remove them entirely, or request them to be removed. They cannot lift any bans or undo Jagex actions against an account. The owner of the account in question is responsible for appealing the offence.
Player Moderators can ban other players. Player Moderators can only mute players, not ban them.
Player Moderators are obligated to report players they see breaking the rules. Just like regular players, it is the Player Moderators discretion as to whether or not they choose to report a player breaking a rule. In fact, Jagex encourages their P-Mods to only report if it's absolutely necessary.
Player Moderators are exempt from the trade limit. Just like regular players, Player Moderators are forced to abide by the trade limit

 

Trivia

  • Player Moderators on RuneScape are also Player Moderators on FunOrb. However, Forum Moderators on RuneScape are not always Forum Moderators on FunOrb.[6]
  • Player Moderators' crowns are not shown on the RuneScape Forums because they don't have any abilities there. This is also one of the reasons that Player Moderators are not allowed to reveal their status on the RuneScape Forums.
  • In circumstances that cause a Player Moderator to speak out loud without typing, such is the case with random events, the crown does not appear next to their name.
  • Player Moderators' chat will still show despite the usage of chat filters.
    Notice the crown is missing.

External links

  • RuneScape Knowledge Base

References

  1. ^ How can I recognise a Player Moderator?
  2. ^ What is a Player Moderator?
  3. ^ "Moderators Team" lists the staff dedicated to taking care of Player Moderators
  4. ^ How does someone become a Player Moderator?
  5. ^ PMods Get Advance Notice
  6. ^ A FunOrb forum moderator explains about Dual and Triple mods.
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