To be fair, I am probably the first player (or at the least, the first who hasn’t been deleted since…) to have ever played SM outside of the staff at the time, Fluffeh is one of the best SM players ever, Gaurav witnessed and took part in the birth of SM, Elcent plays it casually, Xzyckon is a well known face in the SM community thanks to his incredible work on fanart (custom sprites).
We’ll definitely add more people over time as demand increases and so on. They serve no in game purpose, but they do in fact pass a lot of things on (through Sarah though… Used to be Liran but these days there’s an office where everyone is in shouting distance so anything that reaches Sarah reaches the entire team ).
Don’t be mistaken by our BD heritage, most of the staff does try to pass things on to the SM team and we pretty much all like the game (and some of us prefer it).
I totally agree, it’d be nice to have more SM mods. But last time we recruited from SM, we only had about 3 applications (vs 10-20 from BD players) for volunteers.
So yeah, if someone stands out a lot, we’ll add someone. if we end up needing it, we’ll take a dive in the deep one. But it’s a little more complicated to hire for SM-only
Ultimately it’s up to Sarah though, anyone is free to PM her as well if you think they think they could be a good mod.
But keep in mind the mods aren’t people who make decisions or vote or such. They’re just people who get an extra ear and the ability to get rid of bad content, in trade of which we expect to be able to trust them to stay constructive and think in solutions and refrain from ending up too heavily in public arguments (we’d rather they don’t end up in heated arguments with players, nor can we have people attached to us attacking us in public ).
To be honest, it only makes sense for someone to even want to be a mod, if they already act like that anyway and want to make it easier. It’s satisfying and honestly quite engaging to take a much more active approach in the community. Most people just wouldn’t want to have a supporting, backseat role instead.
Just makes me more appreciative of those who do it honestly. They’re awesome people. Even when they get attacked for stuff they didn’t even know about, they tirelessly work for the benefit of both of our games here. I cannot describe with ease how much I appreciate these wonderful people for joining us on this journey along the way and continuing to selflessly aid everyone who plays or maintains these games.
Can’t have ever have too many, but they’re hard to find. Most people, even (especially?) the very helpful ones, prefer either staying out or taking a more forefront role. To be honest, I would too.