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Mind of a Moderator: An Interview With M_T_M

On XDA, we like to talk about moderators. Whether you agree or disagree with their actions, they are a very real part of our electronic lives. Follow the rules, and you’re okay; break them, and out comes the ban-hammer.

Rarely though, do people realize that our moderators are everyday people with lives and interests just like the rest of us. Because of this, I decided to have a chat with one of our favorite Senior Moderators, M_T_M, to try and shed some light on a day in the life.

Jase: What got you into flashing, hacking, breaking things?
M_T_M: I love to tinker with my electronic devices…to the point of no return sometimes. I’ve burned out two processors on my old PCs just messing with them and then got into cell phones while working for Verizon Wireless. My life gave a 180 degree turn when I receive the first 2G phone to show it off to the world…the LG-VX6000. After that I would get a new device every three months.

Jase: How’d you end up on XDA?
M_T_M: Searching for wallpapers for my T-Mobile HTC Dash. Google did the rest.

Jase: What do you like the most about being a mod?
M_T_M: The ability to help an ever growing and expanding community of cell fanatics that want to get more out of their devices.

Jase: Is there any advice you would give to new/less experienced members of the forum to prevent them from mucking things up?
M_T_M: Ask them to remember that the name of the site is XDAdevelopers and not XDAtechsupport. This site is dedicated to develop and create new stuff for the betterment of technology hence proper respect needs to be given to the real developers that pour their life into their creations…whatever those may be.

Jase: Have you ever banned someone because they asked to be banned?
M_T_M: Yes, yes I have. This site becomes addictive, too addictive if you ask me. Some members decide to request a ban due to real life matters and they believe that if they have access to this site. Nothing will be accomplished.

Jase: How many people have you banned?
M_T_M: Over 9000!! (trololol) JK mate. I don’t keep tabs as it should not be a bragging matter.

Jase: What do you suggest to people who want to become a mod?
M_T_M: To realize that you will become a public servant. Grow a thick skin and be humble about it. Otherwise you will crash and burn faster than….let’s just leave it at that.

Jase: What do you do as a day job (when not moderating)?
M_T_M: Corporate management.

Jase: What do you see as the future of the XDA community as a whole?
M_T_M: I see nothing but good things coming up mate. The administrators and Senior Mods along with the FSM (forum specific Mods) are working hard to keep XDA as the best Developing site for cell phones in the world.

Jase: Is there anything else you would like to let everyone know about you?
M_T_M: In my personal life I answer to a “higher” authority and that dictates a lot about who I am and the way I treat people around me. I’m a family man and like to have fun while doing both my real life’s job and this one. Life is too short to live it with hard feelings and hating on everybody. I care for the members of this community and try my best to make their experience as fun and didactic as possible. I’m upfront and forward and try to be as honest as humanly possible. I’m just another imperfect human trying to do the best out of an imperfect me.

So there you have it, folks. That’s M_T_M in a nutshell. If you want to join him in the ranks of forum moderator, head over to this forum announcement.

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