|Synonyms:||Mod, Admin, Maintainer, moderation, moderate, moderated, listmom|
|See also:||Challenge, Concom|
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A moderator is a person who directs an online fannish activity. The term is used to refer to those who control challenges, journal communities, message boards, mailing lists, etc. It is common to pre-pend the type of activity to the term, when speaking of a particular person or activity, e.g. listmod, challengemod, etc.
A person is often the mod because they control the webspace or software used to host and enact the activity, or because they are the compiler of information about the participants and the direction of the activity, e.g. in a challenge, participants may submit their sign up information to the mod so they can receive a challenge assignment.
When multiple people share the moderation duties, they are referred to as co-mods. This co-moderation may or may not reflect equal status and responsibility between moderators.
Challenge and exchange mods
Aside from collecting sign up information and distributing assignments, moderators of various kinds of challenges have many other tasks. Some mods may hand match participants. Mods are usually responsible for finding pinch hitters or, if one cannot be found, writing the pinch hits so that everyone who participates receives a gift. In gift exchanges where writers are kept anonymous until some time after the gifts are put up, writers are generally only contact their recipients (for DNW clarification, etc) via the challengemod, although some tumblr exchanges might make use of the anonymous ask function.
Mods are also responsible for running nominations to see what participants are interested in included in the challenge (usually for matching purposes) and deciding which of their ideas qualify. If the exchange is happening on Archive of Our Own, the moderator will also control the tagset. Large exchanges may have mods on-board just to help manage the tags.