An internet virus.

A very little man, probably the spawn of J. Edgar Hoover with Cromwellian tendencies of stamping out opposing views on internet forums and chat rooms and rewarding sycophants. He's long given up the stakeout, the binoculars and the wire taps in favor of online activities behind the scenes. The more banal the website topic or thread, the crueler his tactics and iron fist becomes. His past is riddled with rejection, inability to hold a job or maintain friendships. And this arena, or "forum" is precisely the drug he needs to fulfill his illusions of grandeur and the taste of power over others.

Avoid him at all costs and find "real" humans to talk to, not avatars on a computer screen.
Guy#1: "I got booted out of that history forum today!"

Guy#2: "Really, why?"

Guy#1: "That moderator got po'd when I corrected him and told him Dumas was French mulatto and not 100% white. He said he'd banish me to internet Siberia if I attempted to challenge him again."

Guy#2: "Wow, that's just plain wrong!"
by Alleycat1969 July 10, 2012
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A man or woman typically between the ages of 16-36 who essentially 'maintains' forums, chat rooms, games, and other forms of internet media. Depending on the administrator's discretion, a moderator is given special perks that allow them to gain power over normal users. Enforcing the rules and warning/kicking/banning users are among the most common perks given to moderators. Unless it is a moderator gap period, at least one of these people will be online consistently to monitor the activity within a given community.

Moderators range from super friendly to super strict and everywhere in between. Here are some of the most common types of moderators:

Mr. Whatever: This type of moderator doesn't really know how he/she even became a moderator in the first place, but they are one nonetheless. They mostly ignore their job unless in the presence of higher-ups. Often looked down upon by the other moderators. Sometimes possesses traits similar to Sir Social.

Sir Social: This type of moderator is usually liked by the majority of the community. He/She often treats everyone as equals, and fully engages with everyone, even offering advice to struggling users if needed. Sir Social is known to be very lenient.

The Rules Guy: The average moderator. A few warnings then punishments as needed. That's it. As long as you follow the rules, you won't be on his/her bad side.

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Mr. Popularity: This type of moderator is generally popular among the community's high-end clique. He/she is usually a person who has been around for a long time, and only expresses genuine likeness among his/her friends and/or sycophant users. Often hostile towards everyone else, especially new users. If Mr. Popularity is ever in an argument with an inferior member, members of the clique will always back him/her up.

Mr. Smartass: This type of moderator will always go out of his/her way to correct everything you say and/or do. Even if it's none of their business. Sometimes pulls crazy statistics out of his/her ass; anything just to mortify the opposition. Often possesses the same traits as Mr. Popularity and/or Mr. Ego.

Mr. Ego: This type of moderator literally has an oversized ego. Mr. Ego, being the typical narcissist that he/she is, will always act as if he/she is higher up than everyone else, even if it means bending the rules and/or abusing their power. Almost always shares the traits of Mr. Popularity and Mr. Smartass. Sometimes bad enough to be a Nazi Moderator.

Nazi Moderator: This is the strictest, most despised type of moderator around. Nazi moderators will not go easy, even on the most minor of infractions. They don't mess around, and they're certainly not afraid to use the ban hammer on anyone. Act as if they are holier than thou. In the most extreme cases, nazi moderators could ultimately wipe out the majority of a website's user base.
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Person 1: hey! Did you know I'm a moderator on reddit?
Person 2: No Charlie. You have to take your meds.
Person 1: fine. *takes meds*
Person 1: Wait! Hank! Please! Don't leave me... Hank...
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A total control freak. Someone who either has no life or just has fun controlling yours. Can be a parent, older sibling, teacher, pastor, anyone who you're told and expected to listen to.
Man, my sister is such a moderator! She never let's me have friends over on weekdays, but she's always going out to places.
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A person who keeps peace and joy in all forums. While some mods can be immature and annoying, some of them are nice, mature, helpful and funny, all at the same time. But that's rare.
That moderator is really nice, he never gets mad at noobs who ask weird questions!
by Grubuchmu February 17, 2008
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A moderator is a person who watched an internet message board system and deletes posts that break the rules, and move threads and such. They often are voically abused by rude teenagers who like to post porn.
Stupid Kid: 5TUPid m0D5. 1'Ll P05t MY nuD3 p1C5 oF jEnn4 4NY t1Me!
Moderator: Please don't do that. That breaks the rules. If you do it again I'll have to kick you.
Stupid Kid: pHUxOr Y0U, M0D$! wH3n 1 ruLe TH15 pl4cE aNd H@X0R IT +H3N i'lL fIrE YOu!
Moderator: You've been kicked.
by CaptainAmerica March 11, 2005
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Moderators are the strong-hand of the administrators. They are like administrators, but they have limited permissions. There are two types of moderators, global moderators and local moderators. Local moderators are often focused on one or a few categories, global moderators are focused on all of the categories on the forum. Sometimes, with enough activity, all work will be paid off and you may even become an administrator.
Moderators need to be active in order to be promoted to be administrator.
by MisaTange July 6, 2009
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