Originally Posted by BagMan
I hate to see a good guy burnt out by something like this. I happen to like the fanboy debates over the formats, but I can see how many in this forum would rather talk about the movies. Perhaps if they created a forum just for debating the format-war (you know, anything goes), then this forum could return to some sanity and maybe it wouldn't be so time consuming and stressful for Mark.
I think I can shed some light on this, given some past experience as a moderator on a number of other sites.
As a moderator, you can't look away. You have to force yourself to read every post, whether you like it or not. You can't put people on Ignore (in fact, I don't believe the Ignore function works at all for moderators in the vBulletin software).
You also have to strike a fine line between what you say and how you feel. You can't take sides on an issue or people will accuse you of bias, which undermines your authority as a moderator and makes the job of moderation (thankless as it is) even more difficult. Even when you aren't dealing with that, you have people who have developed personal grudges or worse playing at petty games of wordplay, innuendo, or outright flaming who will resort to using the Report Post function as a tactical weapon in their verbal duels.
And in between playing referee, there's the constant battle against spammers. I'm surprised that AVS is as clean of spam posts as it is, and it's a testament to how good the team really is here that it remains so pristine.
Being a moderator truly is a thankless job.