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A '''Player Moderator''', also known as a '''PMod''', is a player chosen by Jagex to help monitor and maintain the in-game ''RuneScape'' environment. Player Moderators have the ability to issue a 48-hour mute to any abuse reports they submit. In-game, they can be identified with a silver crown or a silver star if they are members of the gold [[runescape:Membership Package|Premier Club]]. One must accept an invitation by Jagex from the [[runescape:Message Centre|Message Centre]] to receive this position.
'''Player Moderators''' (colloquially '''pmods''' or just '''mods''') are ''[[RuneScape]] ''[[player]]s 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 [[Update:New In-Game Player Moderators|added]] to the game on [[14 June]] [[2004]] and since then the team has grown to about 2000. Other types of moderators include [[Forum Moderator]]s and [[Jagex Moderator]]s. All RuneScape Player Moderators are automatically FunOrb Player Moderators & vice versa.
 
   
==Moderator abilities==
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==Roles and abilities==
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Player Moderators were introduced into the game in June 2004, and they act as volunteers for the community. They have access to the Player Moderator Centre, which contains links to private Player Moderator forums, guidelines, registration links, and other information pages. Player Moderators also have the ability to add a 48-hour mute to any abuse reports they send. A dedicated team of Jagex Moderators check these reports as a priority to ensure that the action taken by the Player Moderator was fair. All Player Moderators in ''RuneScape'' are also Player Moderators in [[w:c:funorb:FunOrb|''FunOrb'']].<ref name="rswiki">{{cite web |url=http://services.runescape.com/m=rswiki/en/Player_Moderators |title=Player Moderators |accessdate=20 May 2014 |work=RuneScape Wiki }}</ref>
Player Moderators can be recognised by the silver crown visible next to their name when they speak in-game (but not in their username when right clicking), or when they are sending messages. The crown cannot be disabled or hidden. On the RuneScape forums, however, there is no visible differentiation between Player Moderators and regular players. Additionally, in circumstances that cause a Player Moderator to speak out loud without typing, such is the case with [[random event]]s, the crown does not appear next to their name. Anyone who claims to be a Player Moderator without a crown can be reported (for staff impersonation) using the [[report abuse]] menu. While acknowledged as not actually being hired members of the Jagex Staff (only regular players with extra entrusted tools), the rule is still applicable to impersonation of them.
 
   
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As is the case with [[Forum Moderator]]s, there are regular private meetings in-game, called "surgeries", between Player Moderators and Jagex staff. These meetings occur in a room called the Player Moderator Room during prearranged times. During this meeting, Player Moderators discuss any concerns they may have.<ref name="rswiki"/>
A Player Moderator has two direct approaches to [[Rules Guide|rulebreakers]]. The first is through priority [[Report Abuse|abuse reports]]. All abuse reports filed by Player Moderators are directed to a separate group of [[Jagex]] staff members. The second way is through administering temporary, 48-hour, [[mute]]s 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. A Player Moderator's mute is a safety precaution to help prevent the player in question from causing any more harm to themselves or others, as it will effectively stop any attempts to freely talk. Jagex provides Player Moderators with muting guidelines, and mutes are, according to Jagex, checked to ensure that they are correct. Any incorrect mutes may be lifted, and if a Moderator regularly mutes without proper reason, his or her moderator status may be removed. As soon as a Jagex Moderator checks the report, the mute is lifted and a subsequent punishment is then applied if it is needed. Players muted by Player Moderators are able to use [[quick chat]].
 
   
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==Recognizing a Player Moderator==
The messages written by a Player Moderator can be seen even by players who have turned their public chat off. [[Private chat|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. However, players will not see text written by a Player Moderator if they are added to that player's [[Ignore List|Ignore List.]]
 
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[[File:Player Moderator chat.gif|thumb|200px|An example of a Player Moderator message in ''RuneScape''|alt=A Player Moderator talks in-game. A silver crown appears next to the moderator's name in chat.]]
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Player Moderators can be identified with a silver crown next to their name in chat. If they are members of the gold [[runescape:Membership Package|Premier Club]], their icons are silver stars ([[File:Player Moderator silver badge.gif]]) unless this star is toggled off by the Player Moderator. Player Moderator chat is visible, even if one's chat setting is set to "off", unless one puts the Player Moderator in their [[runescape:Ignore List|ignore list]].<ref name="rswiki"/>
   
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==Becoming a Player Moderator==
Player Moderators have access to additional forums and the [[#Surgeries and the P-Mod room|P-Mod Room]], in which they can discuss moderator issues with Player and Jagex Moderators. They also have access to the [[Player Moderator Centre]], which can be reached from within the [http://services.runescape.com/m=rswiki/en/Moderators 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.
 
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Players are invited to become a Player Moderator via a message from the [[runescape:Message Centre|Message Centre]], not by email, third-party websites, or in-game. Players who accept this invitation are given Player Moderator status. Jagex states that they take various information into consideration when looking for prospective candidates: "[W]e review personal gaming style and forum posts. We consider the validity of the player's abuse reports and as well as how helpful and friendly they have been to other players in the game." Players may still receive this position even if they have broke one of the [[runescape:Code of Conduct|rules of ''RuneScape'']]. Players' combat levels or total levels are not taken into consideration when determining whether they should obtain this position.<ref name="rswiki"/>
 
==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 of abuse reports (therefore, not reporting someone for extremely minor reasons, or just because you can). They must also have a secure account. Recently there has been a greater focus on involvement within the community. However, recently after a livestream with [[Mark gerhard|Mark Gerhard]], he stated that they were looking to expand the Player Moderator team to 10,000, stating that he wished P-Mods to be more ambassadors, with a broad community mind and evidently willing to help other players.
 
 
Players with black marks may still become Player Moderators if Jagex feels that they have learned their lesson. Though you do not have to play a certain amount of time, most moderators have played 1 year or more before being given moderator status. It is mentioned that being on the forums helps being noticed.
 
 
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. The player is then able to accept or decline the position. New moderators are required to register certain contact details with Jagex before they receive access to any moderator tools.<ref>[http://www.jagex.com/corporate/Parents_Guide/in_game_safety.ws In-Game Safety]</ref> Jagex will '''''never''''' private message you in-game and tell you to go to an external website and enter your username and password. These people are phishers who steal account logins, and they can be reported for staff impersonation. Any player without a gold crown next to their name asking in-game for your login details should be reported '''immediately''' so Jagex can punish them accordingly.
 
 
== Surgeries and the P-Mod room ==
 
The player moderator room is a special area within the game that can only be accessed by Player Moderators. Previously, Jagex Moderators were required to be present to open the room for P-Mods, but this has since been changed. Only current player moderators can give the command to enter. According to Jagex, 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"''. In this quote, the "''existing dungeon found elsewhere''" is the Varrock West Bank's basement just stripped of most furniture and the wall and gate in the middle. The room is used for surgeries, which are scheduled question and answer sessions where Player Moderators ask for advice from the Jagex Moderators. 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 [[macro]]ing unprofitable, macro users were very common. There would be a "bot busting" session once or twice a day, during which [[Jagex Moderator]]s checked on places where bots were commonly located. Player Moderators regularly attended, although normal players were welcome to assist in the hunts as well.
 
 
Players interested in helping with the fight against bots are welcome to follow these steps:
 
*Go to a popular bot location. Advertising bots might be found outside of [[Lumbridge]] or in the middle of the [[Grand Exchange]], for example.
 
*Once a bot has been discovered, you may [[Report abuse screen|report]] the bot under "Macroing".
 
*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. In simple terms, they are the same as regular players, but with the ability to temporarily mute other players and access special Moderator forums. Some myths about Player Moderators and their abilities are, in fact, true for [[Jagex Moderator]]s, however. Here is a list of myths about Player Moderators, along with the truth:
 
 
{|class="wikitable" width="90%"
 
!width="40%" | Myth
 
!width="40%" | Truth
 
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|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. Before Jagex allowed qualifying free players to post on the forums, player moderators were able to use them regardless of their membership status. However, Jagex has said that it was an accident, so at the time, asked player moderators not to post in any forums besides the Player Moderator Forums. Now, though, any mod can post on the forums as part of the "qualifying free players".
 
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|Player Moderators can change their [[level]]s whenever they want.
 
|Player Moderators cannot change their levels except through training like normal players. However, [[Jagex Moderator]]s can change their own levels for testing purposes.
 
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|Player Moderators can get any item they want.
 
|Player Moderators cannot generate any items they want and must work towards obtaining items like any other player. However it has been shown on various occasion that [[Jagex Moderator]]s can generate any items they want for testing purposes.
 
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|Player Moderators are invited to the Player Moderator team in-game or by e-mail.
 
|Jagex will '''only''' notify a player that they have been invited via that player's ''RuneScape'' inbox. If there are any unread messages in a player's inbox, a red "X" will be shown in that section of the [[lobby]] and in the information box will be a message containing the number of unread messages as well as a link to the player's inbox. Anyone telling you in-game or via email that you have been selected to become a Player Moderator is likely attempting to steal your password and should be reported for staff impersonation.
 
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|Player Moderators are told updates before they are publicly released.
 
|This is not true in most cases, as there is a chance that information will be [[leak]]ed, ruining the surprise for everyone. Occasionally, Jagex will allow Moderators to give advanced input on Moderation-related updates, such as an update to a game rule, or the reporting system.
 
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|Only [[Members]] are allowed to become Player Moderators.
 
|Any [[player]] may become a Player Moderator regardless of membership.
 
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|Player Moderators are chosen primarily 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. If a situation is doubtful, you may send a report—but keep in mind that there may be a better solution, like asking "Could we please talk about something else?" or simply ignoring the other player. There are also several other factors besides the quantity/quality of reports that affect which players are chosen to become Player Moderators.
 
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|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 level]]led players, nor are Player Moderators necessarily chosen for their time devoted to the game, though the more good information on a player Jagex obtains, the better. Many Moderators have combat levels of 200, but there are also many who have combat levels as low as 4.
 
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|Player Moderators ''must'' have absolutely no offences on their record.
 
|Having a clean record can help your case however this is not true - everyone has 'off' days and getting an offence isn't the end of the world! We learn from our mistakes, and as such, it is important that if you do have offences, you have learned from them. Offences will typically only affect your chance of becoming a Player Moderator if you continuously violate the rules, or if they are serious offences, such as scamming.
 
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|Player Moderators ''have'' to help someone in need.
 
|Player Moderators are not obliged to help anyone and their cooperation is entirely voluntary. This even means that reporting and muting is optional as well, just as it is for normal players.
 
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|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.
 
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|Player Moderators can ban other [[player]]s.
 
|Player Moderators can only ''mute'' other players, not ban them.
 
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|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.
 
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|Player Moderators are given money to train skills and buy items instead of working to make their money.
 
|Just like every other player, Player Moderators have to find their own ways of making money.
 
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Latest revision as of 02:10, 11 April 2016

A Player Moderator, also known as a PMod, is a player chosen by Jagex to help monitor and maintain the in-game RuneScape environment. Player Moderators have the ability to issue a 48-hour mute to any abuse reports they submit. In-game, they can be identified with a silver crown or a silver star if they are members of the gold Premier Club. One must accept an invitation by Jagex from the Message Centre to receive this position.

Roles and abilities

Player Moderators were introduced into the game in June 2004, and they act as volunteers for the community. They have access to the Player Moderator Centre, which contains links to private Player Moderator forums, guidelines, registration links, and other information pages. Player Moderators also have the ability to add a 48-hour mute to any abuse reports they send. A dedicated team of Jagex Moderators check these reports as a priority to ensure that the action taken by the Player Moderator was fair. All Player Moderators in RuneScape are also Player Moderators in FunOrb.[1]

As is the case with Forum Moderators, there are regular private meetings in-game, called "surgeries", between Player Moderators and Jagex staff. These meetings occur in a room called the Player Moderator Room during prearranged times. During this meeting, Player Moderators discuss any concerns they may have.[1]

Recognizing a Player Moderator

A Player Moderator talks in-game. A silver crown appears next to the moderator's name in chat.

An example of a Player Moderator message in RuneScape

Player Moderators can be identified with a silver crown next to their name in chat. If they are members of the gold Premier Club, their icons are silver stars (Player Moderator silver badge.gif) unless this star is toggled off by the Player Moderator. Player Moderator chat is visible, even if one's chat setting is set to "off", unless one puts the Player Moderator in their ignore list.[1]

Becoming a Player Moderator

Players are invited to become a Player Moderator via a message from the Message Centre, not by email, third-party websites, or in-game. Players who accept this invitation are given Player Moderator status. Jagex states that they take various information into consideration when looking for prospective candidates: "[W]e review personal gaming style and forum posts. We consider the validity of the player's abuse reports and as well as how helpful and friendly they have been to other players in the game." Players may still receive this position even if they have broke one of the rules of RuneScape. Players' combat levels or total levels are not taken into consideration when determining whether they should obtain this position.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Player Moderators. RuneScape Wiki. Retrieved 20 May 2014.


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