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Old 12-02-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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I'm not looking for a job, but... (an endless series)

OK, it's been out for two whole days now, but if nobody else is going to report on these important employment trends then I guess it's up to me:

Dirtiest Web Jobs Increasing With Outrageous Spontaneous Expression: Tech - Bloomberg
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Moderators -- or “mods,” as some call them -- can earn $40,000 to $80,000 annually, but need to be prepared for daily exposure to humanity at its vilest. Extreme racism and bigotry, images of pedophilia, and even personal threats are all too common. Littleton, who has even had her home address and phone number posted by disgruntled commenters, makes sure new recruits undergo extensive background checks.
Now I guess we really can determine what a good moderator is worth!
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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$80K/year for being a mod? But, but, but......

Just wait until someone sends this to Andy. I'm envisioning avalanches of $$$ cascading down upon the mod team.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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But will healthcare be included, and a 401(K)?
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And I thought you two had 40K+ posts between you because you liked the forum. I want in.
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I knew I should have asked for more money...
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So...is this an accurate description of what y'all are protecting us from Are these the life stories that got deleted before the poster could even post them? I believe I feel a swoon coming on....

daily exposure to humanity at its vilest. Extreme racism and bigotry, images of pedophilia,
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Hmm, I never realized moderators got paid. I thought it was all volunteer work. Just goes to show you what I know.
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Hmm, I never realized moderators got paid. I thought it was all volunteer work. Just goes to show you what I know.
The article is talking about moderators for corporate websites--they're social network specialists of a sort and moderating their companies' sites is part of a real job.

Here at e-r.org, the mods and admins are just ordinary inmates. Every year or so we try to get our compensation doubled or tripled, but unfortunately zero times any number is still....
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.....Here at e-r.org, the mods and admins are just ordinary inmates. Every year or so we try to get our compensation doubled or tripled, but unfortunately zero times any number is still....
Reminds me of a saying about the inmates running the asylum. Seems appropo.


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Looking at the revenues of two of the companies they discuss and the number of employees at each, they had $43,750 of revenue per employee at one company, and $50,000 revenue per employee at another. I would assume salaries are something less than this to allow for payroll expenses beyond salary and other costs of running a business.

Granted some of these moderators aren't full time 40 hrs/wk mods, but they aren't raking in the big bucks it seems. Still, not too shabby pay for something you can do from a hammock on the beach in Mexico. But I doubt $80,000 per person is common.
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And I thought you two had 40K+ posts between you because you liked the forum. I want in.
We're up to a penny a post!!
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That clinches it. We're all getting raises, right? And a company computer?

Aw, there ya go, busting my bubble....

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The article is talking about moderators for corporate websites--they're social network specialists of a sort and moderating their companies' sites is part of a real job.

Here at e-r.org, the mods and admins are just ordinary inmates. Every year or so we try to get our compensation doubled or tripled, but unfortunately zero times any number is still....
You mean you and the others aren't getting paid? Oh my...

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Looks like salaries have really improved since I was a mod. We didn't get paid much but the COLA pension sure is nice.
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Reminds me of a saying about the inmates running the asylum. Seems appropo.


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"Asylum"?? They told me it was a positive mental health facilitation establishment when I checked in several years ago
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The article is talking about moderators for corporate websites--they're social network specialists of a sort and moderating their companies' sites is part of a real job.

Here at e-r.org, the mods and admins are just ordinary inmates. Every year or so we try to get our compensation doubled or tripled, but unfortunately zero times any number is still....
If this is true, what is the attraction of doing an unpaid job for a moneymaking business?

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If this is true, what is the attraction of doing an unpaid job for a moneymaking business?

Ha
Well, it is true. And any post to a website is pretty much doing an unpaid job for a moneymaking business in that the posters are all providing content for free.

Maybe we need to "occupy e-r.org."
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Maybe we need to "occupy e-r.org."
I think I already spend enough time occupying e-r.org
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Looks like salaries have really improved since I was a mod. We didn't get paid much but the COLA pension sure is nice.
I have to admit that I miss the free massages and the waterproof laptops for the hot tub...
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... any post to a website is pretty much doing an unpaid job for a moneymaking business in that the posters are all providing content for free.
Websites like this provide an outlet to people who are too lazy, antisocial, extreme INTJ, or have whatever reasons to not maintain a blog. Readership of a website like this ensures that any rant will get read by a few dozen. It also provides an easy answer to the question of "what ya do all day".

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Maybe we need to "occupy e-r.org."
OK, where and how do we start?

Umm... never mind. It wouldn't be long before the "occupiers" start bashing each other over the head deleting each other's post, and make the OWS participants look like a bunch of Gandhi's followers.
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