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P101 Mod Basics

Welcome to Pagan 101!

You are now a part of a wonderful group of people on different paths for a common goal! Now that you are a Moderator, or a Mod for short, you may be wondering, Where do I begin? What do I do? How do I start?

Firstly, make sure you are set up for emails with the Google Group. This is where the mods can all connect and share concerns, discuss the direction of the blog, and provides a safe space for all group discussion. Please be aware that any and all discussion on the google group can be seen by all mods. So make sure that anything you post here is safe for everyone to see 🙂

From this group expect to receive 5-15 emails a week depending on amount of discussion going on.

Second, please add a small bio about yourself to the blog.
To do this go to the main blog : http://pagan101.tumblr.com/

  • Click Customize
  • On the left hand side, you will see a side bar
  • Scroll all the way down until you see the menu for “Pages”
  • click on Pages and find the “/mods” page.
  • Click Edit, and a small pop up window will open allowing you to add your info.
  • Add your name to the list and a brief description of yourself, your path, your hobbies etc. Keep it short! Feel free to use the others listed as examples. Don’t forget to link your name to your personal blog!
  • Click save and the window closes
  • On the main blog side bar, click “save” again and then close to finish editing.

Finally, it is time to learn how we answer questions!

(if you do not know how to get to the Pagan101 blog, simply go to your personal Dashboard and look for the button that says your personal blog URL. There is a small drop down arrow on the right, click it and all your side blog URL’s pop up. Click Pagan 101 and then you will see the Pagan 101 page. Click on Drafts to make posting easiest)

First I will explain a typical way we move through the inbox.

When Pagan 101 receives an ask, we do not just answer it like you would in your personal inbox. We copy and paste the ask into an actual post and then we save it as a draft. This gives all the mods a chance to answer the post. Once we have a good answer (more on that later) we put it into the queue to be put in line to be published.

And that is it! that is how we do things. Now I will go into each step in detail.

How do I Create a post on Pagan 101?

When we receive an ask, copy and paste it into a new post on Pagan101, you may want to have a few tabs or windows open for this. I like to have “Inbox” “Drafts” and the Main Pagan101 blog open in 3 separate tabs.

  • Paste the question, being sure to make the font both BOLD and Italic
  • Once that is done the text should look like this:

    Why is the sky blue?

  • we follow this with two hyphens or dash lines and add the signature. Anonymous or the blog’s name
  • When you are finished it should look like this:


    Why is the sky blue?
    –Anonymous

  • Then we add tags. First you always want to tag Pagan101, and if it is from a blog, add their name as a tag as well. Finally you can add any relevant tag to the subject matter.
    #pagan101, #science,
  • If you are unsure about which tags to add, please feel free to say so below the question in the draft. Sometimes, when you’ve added your own comments, it may look like this:

    Why is the sky blue?
    –Anonymous
    ***I need someone to add more tags to this, please- Devo***

    ((I added some tags, will add answer later tonight- Witchy))

  • When you have all that done, the post is ready to be saved as a draft. Do not publish.
  • To save a post as a draft all you do is look down at the lower left corner of the create post window and click the little dropdown arrow to the right of the “Publish” button. here you have several options for posting, but for now all you need to use is “Save as Draft”
  • Be sure your question was successfully saved by hitting the refresh button at the top of your page. When you are sure your question is there, you may delete the original question from the inbox.

How do I answer a question that has already been placed in Drafts?

If you would like to answer a question here is what to do:

  • Go into the Pagan101 drafts bin (see above for instructions on how to get there)
  • find the question you want to answer and click on the little gear which will bring up some options. click on Edit.
  • Now you can add your answer to the question and post links. We do not change the font! Our answers are always in regular font no bolding or italicizing.
  • When your answer is complete sign it with your personal (or Pagan) blog name.

This is what my signature looks like:

–TheWitchyandtheTurtle

Simple as that!

How do I add a question to the Queue?

  • to add a completed question to the Queue all you need to do is open the Drafts folder of Pagan 101
  • Click on the little gear icon on the post you wish to queue
  • click Queue
  • a little pop up will ask Que this post for publishing? Click yes or no

Done! The post will be added to the end of the queue.

How do I know when to Queue?

There are a couple times we know a post is ready to be queued.

The first is:

  • Many Mods gave an answer.
  • Proofread the post, make sure there are no moderator notes such as ((Still gathering links)) ((Not ready for Queuing)) ((Still working on this)) etc.
  • If there are no notes, and there are a good number of mods answered, it is safe to assume the post is ready to be added to the queue.
  • Verify the tags are appropriate and add it to the queue.

The second is:

  • the post has an answer from 1 mod, and has been sitting for a number of days (around 7 or 8 days is what I think most of us go by)
  • Again proof read the post, be sure it is finished.
  • Verify the tags are appropriate and add to the queue.

If you have any questions about answering questions, please let us know in the google group and one of us will assist you 🙂

What should I do if I decide Moderating is not right for me?

While we hope you decide to stay with us and grow with us, we understand that this is a community service, and an unpaid one at that. We do not expect you to spend every waking moment online, nor would we ask that of you.

Should you decide to leave us there are a few things you need to do.

  • First, make a post on the Google Group letting us all know about your decision, and a little post about why is a kindness we have come to expect, but it is not required of you.
  • Second, remove yourself as an admin from the blog. None of us, not even the blog owner, have this power. You must do this for yourself.

How do I add submissions to the Resource page?

If you find what you believe is a good source for the Resources page, please notify us within the google group. All members of the group will then discuss or verify whether its a good choice for the resources page. If it is considered to be a good resource, I (Devo) will add it to the resources page.

How do I turn off asks on the blog?

Sometimes we get inundated with asks and need to turn the ask-box off for a few days.

  • To do this, click on the gear at the top of your dashboard (by the log-out button).
  • Click on the Pagan101 icon on the left hand side of the page.
  • You will see a heading that says “Ask”. Click the check box next to the line that says “Let people ask questions”.
  • From there, go to the customization page for Pagan101
  • On the left hand side of the screen you will see a box with our blog’s description in it.
  • Please add in that box that the ask box is closed until X date- that way our readers know why it is missing.
  • Be sure to save your changes before you leave the page.

What is our stance on Cultural Appropriation?

From time to time we do receive questions on cultural appropriation. Our general stance on CA is that it is a very difficult thing to answer and we always redirect all CA questions back to the PoC blog. A common response to CA would be:

It is the Pagan101 Blog stance that we offer no further commentary on this question as we don’t want to cause any confusion. Cultural appropriation is a very difficult topic, and opinions on what is and isn’t closed can change drastically between members of the same community. We recommend that if you are hesitant about incorporating aspects of a culture or religion into your practices, you do heavy research and, if possible, contact members of the living community you wish to enter or borrow practices from.

Please refer to the CA Resources post for more information.

How do we answer the questions that seem really mean, or rude, or controversial?

We do occasionally receive questions in our ask box that can be considered mean or rude. If you are unsure how to answer these questions, please let the other mods know and we will assist in answering the question in a kind, PC manner 🙂

What is our stance on requests for spells?

We do receive asks asking for spells, and we generally try not to hand any of them out. It is okay to direct the asker to other resources (such as aggressivespellcrafting) where they can craft their own spells- but we don’t hand out specific spells to users if we can avoid it. We do often give out general suggestions with spells, though such as:

I keep feeling scared while in my car do you have a spell that can help me?
–Anonymous
Sure! Try an Amulet or talisman for your rear-view mirror.
If you’re ever unsure about how to answer a spell request, let the others know and we can help you figure something out.
 

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