What qualities are needed to be a good admin ?

Discussion in 'iSketch' started by REM., Dec 29, 2011.

  1. REM.

    REM. Member

    There are some great admins on Isketch , I have chatted to many over many years and when there are trouble makers and trolls they are a welcomed visitor to any room.
    I realise I can not name them but in my opinion the best ones are always the older more mature ones who have their own life experience to call upon. They seem level headed and are not sarcastic but do their job without being over judgemental or condescending.
    Occasionally you come across a younger player ( and older players ) who are so keen to become an admin but the powers that be see right through that thinly disquised ambition to obtain a position of what they see as a form of power over others. They know that particular person would abuse that position for their own needs.

    Qualities required ( my opinion )

    1. Understanding
    2. To be able to listen to what other players say about a situation.
    3. Tolerance.......obviously to a limit.
    4. Personality, the ability to make light occasionally.
    5. To be decisive at the right time.

    and so many more . Does anyone else want to add to this list ?
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  2. Arrisdaroldi

    Arrisdaroldi Forum Junkie

    Qualities Rob wants in his admins IMO are things any employer would want. Such as respect, trustworthiness, politeness, etc.
    Here is a great post of more.

    Personally that is a great post but what is needed IMO are players who love the game, love helping others and can make a positive impact on the regular players. They also choose amazing players who they trusts will follow the admin code.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
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  3. elfy

    elfy Little Spoon

    Don't forget he's human, and all humans make mistakes :p
  4. bruehlberg

    bruehlberg New Member

    Imho: none of you know the criteria of how to become an admin, neither do I. I would stay away from speculations of what Rob wants as admin quality. Different and totally ok to mention how YOU would like admins to be like. And many of the points you've made are so true. Lol at 'humans making mistakes' :)
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  5. REM.

    REM. Member

    I never claimed to actually know what the criteria is but find it interesting only because I have found that they are so different and diverse. Ask most long term players and they will say a certain admin is very good but they will say that others are not so good ( trying to put a polite slant on the ones they say are not so good )

    We appreciate the work of admins, like most referee`s there would be no game without them. In Isketch`s case total chaos would rule.

    There does seem to be quite a high turnover of admin staff and some are short term and other s have been there forever or so it seems. I think they are quickly worn down by the behaviour we all see on a daily basis.
  6. El_Nino

    El_Nino New Member

    There's no need to phish around for what might or might not be the criteria for becoming an admin
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  7. SoulAngel

    SoulAngel Active Member

    Oh I don't know...I think that on the whole, it's a good discussion. Everyone has different ideas on what they perceive as good qualities for an admin to have and it's interesting to hear what some people see those qualities as being. SO long as nobody is trying to claim they KNOW what the owner expects of his admins, listening to others' opinions can be quite valuable...and even revealing, to some degree. Especially as we don't actually know what the owner EXPECTS of his admins once they are appointed.
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  8. db1986

    db1986 Super Moderator

    I think a lot of the aforementioned comments apply to us as well, not just the admins. It's all very well having friendly, trustworthy and reliable admins, but we do regulate the games in some respects as well. On the whole I reckon there are fewer admins than open rooms, unless they have some crazy multi-screen, multi-room-viewing thingies, so sometimes it's our votes (or PMs) that help the admins as well.

    [me]* db1986 claps all of us :)[/me]
    Everyone's different so I'd guess each admin has their own way of dealing with things. Obviously they have a certain degree of uniformity; I mean the rules are to be followed, but I guess that's why some don't mind being actively known and others would like to remain hidden and nameless.

    [me]* db1986 claps all the admins :)[/me]
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  9. SoulAngel

    SoulAngel Active Member

    * SoulAngel is concerned about the sudden appearance of the claps! :lol:
  10. REM.

    REM. Member

    I had a long discussion with an admin about a warn that I gave for the use of VW on the front of car drawn by a player. The admin said it was a symbol ! I asked about the Mc Donalds M and again it was said it was a symbol and allowed .

    I had seem many people get warned for symbols
  11. db1986

    db1986 Super Moderator

    I have as well. Certain symbols like the VW on a car and the McDonalds M or even P for parking are a bit of a grey area. In the case of VW and M, you could say that they are logos or symbols, but you could argue that these "symbols" are not used in everyday language or mathematics, such as symbols like "&=%£$:+#;. Although there are so many that I suppose they are normally generalised as "symbols". Personally I think that it is possible to convey the word without including one of these "grey-area" symbols :)

    This case is a bit too specific in this thread, but it was discussed before. You could try asking Feedback for some guidance.

    Back on track: The admins are what sets iSketch aside from any other Pictionary-style game. Many (if not all) of the others that I have come across show no rules and people do constantly write letters, draw porn etc.

    And SoulAngel, lol at the claps :razz: They're not the claps you might be thinking of :lol:
  12. Dagon

    Dagon New Member

    Dibs: SA, clearly, just thinks this all a lot of claptrap.
  13. Holydiver

    Holydiver New Member

    Hmmmhhh what's the wage? btw?! :p

    I'm not trying to be rude or snobbish btw but besides power means a bit cash too right?!Oh nvm!
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  14. SoulAngel

    SoulAngel Active Member

    Oh no! There are traps too?!?!!? :lol:

    My understanding, from the admins I know, is that the job is voluntary and wageless. They do it for the love of the game...and for that, I really appreciate their efforts.
  15. Holydiver

    Holydiver New Member

    I do too of course..my point was emphasize a different meaning..Anyway I like my Green Peace Fighters on isketch! Ty guys...
  16. Sam_I_am

    Sam_I_am New Member

    LOL... I had to repost this (apologies if you already read this before!) :twisted:

    How to Become an Admin
    This is meant to be funny and in no way, shape or form should any of this be taken officially or even seriously.:eek:

    1. If you suspect that someone in the room is an admin, please call several times, "Who admin, who admin". If he or she answers, you now have an instant admin friend who will recommend you for the job.

    2. Show your true iSketch colors... vote on anyone for any reason, slap newbies, make up your own rules, swear a lot, flood the chat window, and gang up on other players. This way the admins will get to know you, and again be able to recommend you for the job.

    3. Be under the age of 18. We all know that old people can't use technology, so why should they even try.

    4. Don't mail iSketch info. It would get lost anyway. Instead, tell every admin you can find that you want to be an admin.

    5. Put in applications for each and every name you have ever used on iSketch. That way one of them is bound to become an admin, eventually.

    6. Lie profusely. Who needs your phone number and computer set up anyway? We all know the only time you can access iSketch is during 5th period study hall when the monitor thinks you are typing your English research paper!

    7. Say that you know at least 2 languages. After all, you know all the cuss words in French and Spanish.

    8. And last but not least, share those useful iSketch anecdotes on your application. You know the ones about one time in Cyber...
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  17. SoulAngel

    SoulAngel Active Member


    I sure hope I haven't bothered the admins too much over the years! But that list made me giggle heaps!

    I'm wondering if I could become an admin quickly...I know more than one language...

    English English
    American English
    Australian English
    Kiwi English
    Pigeon English
    Chicken English (that's a long name for fowl - oh, I mean foul!)
    Uvva Engrish

    Will that be enough?
  18. REM.

    REM. Member

    Apparently all admin are sent a pair of size 11 Steel toe capped BOOTS !
  19. Nuka

    Nuka New Member

    and a t-shirt.
  20. SoulAngel

    SoulAngel Active Member

    What's on the T-shirt? "I have passed the admin entrance test" ?

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