A little while back somebody complained that match threads aren’t getting posted in a timely manner on this board. It’s a legitimate complaint. Just about the most basic thing a team board should do is host match threads, and if we’re not getting them up appropriately, then something is wrong. There’s a quaint idea that if posters want match threads, they should and they will post them. But things don’t work that way. Posters in the abstract almost never take responsibility for starting routine threads. (Why is this? You can start with Mancur Olsen’s classic The Logic of Collective Action.) If you want to get something done, then somebody’s got to take responsibility for it, and on most boards that final responsibility will lie with a moderator. The fact that simple, routine things aren’t getting done shows that this board doesn’t run itself, and that it would benefit from moderator oversight. But that’s only one side of the matter, and it’s the boring side. The quotidian stuff is important because it has such powerful effects. By doing the simple things, mods infuse their boards with contagious energy. That energy is the difference between backwater boards and pulsating discussion communities. I was the DC United mod for years back when that was the biggest, most active board on BigSoccer. What made that board great? The mods made sure all the simple stuff got done, and by doing so we gave our energy to that board. We constantly started match threads, news threads, and topical threads. Threads were stuck and unstuck on time. Everything was kept timely and tidy. (And we squashed trolls with glee!) Those simple things sustain and build active, vibrant boards. I look at this SRFC board and the developing SRFC community, and I see the opportunity to build something special both on and offline. This board should be a big part of that. If you want reliable, high-quality SRFC discussion, this should be the place to find it. But we need some mods to step up and make it into that kind of place. A lot of folks think great posters make great boards. That’s not true. Especially these days, there are countless places for great posters to express themselves. You need great mods to build great boards that attract great posters. Modding isn’t for everyone, and it isn’t forever. When I finally stepped down from modding the DC United board, I was, frankly, relieved. I didn’t want the responsibility any longer. My energy was tapped out. I didn’t think I’d ever want to mod again. But I’ve been so tempted to step up to mod this board. So very tempted. I know this team and this place could be extraordinary. But I’m not the right guy. My allegiance is still with DC United, and if SRFC makes it to MLS, I expect it’ll precipitate some sort of existential crisis for me. Even if that weren’t an issue, I think this place needs younger, newer, less jaded blood. Still, I can fully see what this board could be, and the idea of being part of that is compelling. If I can’t do it, then I should at least try to persuade some of you to step up. (Note the plural: all boards should have at least two mods.) So I’m opening up this thread. Maybe some of you are interested but have questions. Maybe others want to chime in with their thoughts on modding this place (and modding in general). For now I hope I’ve at least piqued your interest. So let’s talk.