Many times forum moderation can be a difficult and challenging journey. Many situations can lead a mod to stress, anxiety and even depression. Things form trolls, moonbats, spam, derailments and even Admins can lead to an overwhelming day for a mod. With this short and simple guide though your day as a mod can go much smoother. All you have to do is follow these short simple steps to achieve your potential as a mod. 1. When you find a situation where someone is trolling it is best to just pm that person and explain what they are doing is naughty. You DO have the power to ban a member but don't over do it. Save those bans for when serious situations arise. 2. If you find that someone has posted a topic that has already been discussed just kindly merge the topics together with a short explanation on what you did. You are a mod that is your job, If you find this to be " time consuming" and stressful maybe you are not cut out to be in your position. 3. Know other sites to direct users with interests not associated with the site you are moderating. Moon Bats can be directed to sites such as http://www.abovetopsecret.com/ 4. Spam - Delete spam, ads, ect........ There is NO internet rule that says you can not hard delete a post. Ban the accounts so no more spam shows up. 5. Derailments can be a tough situation to moderate. Sometimes teh user doesn't realize what they are posting is actually derailing the thread. You have to use extreme caution when moderating a topic that you feel has been derailed. Sometimes the original topic puts an idea in Joe Users head and he/she gets excited and wants to talk about it and thinks that it fits with in teh current discussion. Derailments are not always punishable acts. 6. Admins - Simple, you do your job and they won't have to do it for you. They can be Admins and only that. If you do what you need to do with out complaining about it, its makes and Admins job that much easier. Happy Admins = Happy Mods. I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple guide on how to moderate a forum. feel free to ask any questions.