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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:27 PM

We are now accepting new volunteers to serve on the MIR Team from July-October 2012

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Volunteers who wish to help keep DU running smoothly should consider joining the Malicious Intruder Removal Team (MIR Team). The role of MIR Team members is simple: they are empowered to revoke the posting privileges of people who show up at DU with the intent to disrupt.

Members of the MIR Team are provided with tools to delete spam posted by people who have had their posting privileges revoked, but they are NOT responsible for removing community standards violations, locking threads, or dealing with violations of DU's Terms of Service wherever they may occur.

If you are a DU member with at least six months of membership, at least 1,000 posts, and proof of identity (ie. you are a Star member or current DU2 donor and made the donation in your own name) then you can apply to be a member of the MIR Team.

How do I apply?

Simple: just post in this thread to let us know that you'd like to give it a try, and you could be selected by the Admins. There is no application form to fill out, and no confidentiality agreement to sign. MIR Team members do not have access to any privileged information about other DU members.

We plan to introduce the new MIR Team on Tuesday July 3.

For much more information about the MIR Team, click here!

Edited to add: due to power outages in the Washington DC area, the MIR switchover will be postponed for a few days. We will do the switchover on Thursday or Friday this week. Thanks for your patience.

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Reply We are now accepting new volunteers to serve on the MIR Team from July-October 2012 (Original post)
EarlG Jun 2012 OP
uppityperson Jun 2012 #1
cyberswede Jun 2012 #2
rug Jun 2012 #10
TBF Jun 2012 #48
rug Jun 2012 #49
elenagreenwell Jun 2012 #53
uppityperson Jun 2012 #54
ornotna Jun 2012 #55
uppityperson Jun 2012 #56
gkhouston Jun 2012 #57
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #3
TriMera Jun 2012 #4
Behind the Aegis Jun 2012 #5
Vanje Jun 2012 #6
Kali Jun 2012 #7
Scout Jun 2012 #12
Kali Jun 2012 #18
Grateful for Hope Jun 2012 #8
Little Star Jun 2012 #9
Hassin Bin Sober Jun 2012 #11
PassingFair Jun 2012 #13
Bobbie Jo Jun 2012 #14
The empressof all Jun 2012 #15
zappaman Jun 2012 #16
FloridaJudy Jun 2012 #60
Warren DeMontague Jun 2012 #61
LiberalLoner Jun 2012 #17
Hatchling Jun 2012 #19
OKNancy Jun 2012 #20
William769 Jun 2012 #21
Ruby the Liberal Jun 2012 #37
uppityperson Jun 2012 #40
TBF Jun 2012 #47
gkhouston Jun 2012 #52
TBF Jun 2012 #59
tkmorris Jun 2012 #22
laconicsax Jun 2012 #23
msanthrope Jun 2012 #64
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2012 #24
Neoma Jun 2012 #25
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 #26
aintitfunny Jun 2012 #27
kdmorris Jun 2012 #28
maddezmom Jun 2012 #32
ZombieHorde Jun 2012 #29
libodem Jun 2012 #30
Control-Z Jun 2012 #31
Texasgal Jun 2012 #33
Fearless Jun 2012 #34
Warren DeMontague Jun 2012 #35
dmr Jun 2012 #36
Woody Woodpecker Jun 2012 #38
tammywammy Jun 2012 #39
fishwax Jun 2012 #41
EvolveOrConvolve Jun 2012 #42
Chemisse Jun 2012 #43
REP Jun 2012 #44
petronius Jun 2012 #45
Tumbulu Jun 2012 #46
mtnester Jun 2012 #50
Throckmorton Jun 2012 #51
Bolo Boffin Jun 2012 #58
UnrepentantLiberal Jun 2012 #62
Marrah_G Jun 2012 #63
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #65
ncrainbowgrrl Jun 2012 #66
NYC_SKP Jun 2012 #67
JNelson6563 Jun 2012 #68
proud2BlibKansan Jul 2012 #69

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:34 PM

1. I want to encourage most everyone to try being on MIRT.It is very interesting and a good thing to do

I am retiring and looking forward to a break, but it has been great being on MIRT. Learning how to work with others, how to get past our individual biases and listen rather than run roughshod over each other like is typical out in the forums. (I am not saying everyone does that, speaking about myself and what I've seen in becoming a team).

Learning about repeaters, spammers, all sorts of interesting things, and how to deal with people who come here to disrupt and not to disrupt. Learning about my own habits and patterns. Seeing how the MIRT part of the moderation IS done from the inside. Learning about forums that I never went to before. Learning more about other DUers.

And by working together, making friends of posters I didn't think possible.


Give it a try.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:42 PM

2. I second everything uppityperson said.

Serving on MIRT has been a great experience, and getting to know the other team members has been very rewarding.

I highly recommend serving on the team - it will change how you look at DU (for the better, I hope).

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:04 PM

10. I volunteer.

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Response to rug (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 09:48 PM

48. You'd be terrific, rug. nt

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Response to TBF (Reply #48)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 09:58 PM

49. That's a nice thing to say.

Thanks.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:53 AM

53. Spam deleted by uppityperson (MIR Team)

 

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Response to elenagreenwell (Reply #53)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:59 AM

54. bwahahahahahaha. Damn it. I was too slow. Can you spell Irony? Spam reply to a MIRTer?

on a thread about MIRT? Not too bright of a spammer, eh?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #54)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:03 AM

55. It is funny

You wanna delete it?

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Response to ornotna (Reply #55)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:06 AM

56. spam be gone. I was too busy laughing to ppr. Good job.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #54)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:28 AM

57. Stay tuned. Maybe the thread will turn into troll-paper.

About time for a new one of those.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:51 PM

3. I would be willing.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:52 PM

4. I would be interested in being on the MIR Team. n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:52 PM

5. I think I'd like to give it a whirl.

Count me in.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:53 PM

6. Well alrighty then

Please consider this to be my application.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:54 PM

7. me! me! me!

even though I JUST had my second hidden post...

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Response to Kali (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:08 PM

12. don't worry, "several" MIRT members have had deleted posts. n/t

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Response to Scout (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:52 PM

18. yeah, I know the hidden post scarlet letter isn't as big of a deal as it was going to be at first

but the timing on that one was pretty close

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:56 PM

8. Count me in, EarlG.

Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:04 PM

9. I think I would like to give it a try if you still need people.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:05 PM

11. I'm game.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:10 PM

13. I would like to re-enlist n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:11 PM

14. Would love to serve

if needed!

You know how to find me.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:15 PM

15. I'm happy to help


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:18 PM

16. Sure!

I could use the extra money and the 3 week paid vacation is a definite plus!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:31 PM

60. Do they offer dental?

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Response to FloridaJudy (Reply #60)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 03:09 PM

61. Now, see...

THAT'S funny.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:18 PM

17. I would love to serve, if I'm needed. Thank you for considering my application.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 02:00 PM

19. I would like to volunteer.

Thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 02:19 PM

20. It's been fun in many ways, although

if you want to be a good MIRT member, there is more than just sitting back and piping up when your favorite issue is discussed, or when the worst trolls are discussed.
There is a lot of "scrub" work too. You wouldn't believe the number of spammers we have.
Then there are the one post trolls and we have a handful of repeaters who sign up over and over.

I'm retiring after two terms because that is how it is set up, so I ask all new volunteers to take it seriously and be prepared to actually work at it. Lazy bones need not apply. It's not fair to your other team members.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 02:25 PM

21. +1.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:37 PM

37. Thank you for this.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:23 PM

40. Thank you OKNancy. Those are very good points.

Thank you for serving with me and for all your hard work.

I ask all new volunteers also to take it seriously and do the work that needs to be done. Be fair. Learn to work together. It can be very rewarding and fun.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 09:47 PM

47. Really good point -

The amount of spammers were pretty eye opening, and also the onslaught of newbie "members" every time there was a big news item. It is a busy but very rewarding job, and very interesting to see how other members look at things. It will hopefully change your perspective a bit, as it did mine.

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Response to TBF (Reply #47)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 11:31 PM

52. Two things were really eye-opening for me: the sheer number of newbies who bite

the dust every day (on the evening of June 5th, there was a one-hour period where every newbie who signed up and starting posting right away got PPR'ed) and how many of the MIs we get are the same people signing up over and over and over. It makes me wonder if their online-dating profiles list "trolling" as their hobby.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #52)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 10:28 AM

59. The nearly-coordinated attacks were bizarre -

a big news story (like Zimmerman or the Wisconsin recall) would hit and we'd get massive sign-ons with talking points. No way to know if they were concerted propaganda writers or folks watching Fox news (or other channels even) and signed up to voice opinions on the big news (or a mix of both). If they are hostile from the get-go they are easy to PPR, but some seemed to be honest posters so we'd have to wade through them all, watch a few posts etc ... It truly is very interesting and makes you look at internet comments in a new way no matter which site you're reading/posting on.

I'd encourage anyone to try it for 3 months and see what you think.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 02:41 PM

22. I'd love to participate

I have this strange compulsion to throw my hat into every ring I see.

Edited to add: I spend plenty of time on DU during the day, but am ALWAYS on during the late/overnight period (EST).

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:33 PM

23. Sure, sounds like a great way to give back to the DU community.

 

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Response to laconicsax (Reply #23)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:41 AM

64. I think you should withdraw your application to MIRT.

Given this thread, I express the reservation that while you may have thought this a neat prank, I think your presence on MIRT would engender suspicions about the group's objectivity and motives.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1240&pid=116557

This is my opinion. Admin, and yourself may disagree.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:49 PM

24. I'd like to volunteer...

I'm going to be on vacation for 2 weeks or so in September. I will still be on DU but not as much as normally.

Is this a problem?

If not, then count me in, if you still need people.

Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:14 PM

25. I want to try.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:19 PM

26. another retiring MIRT member who loved the job and strongly suggests going for it....

you gain a better appreciation for your co-MIRTers, a bit of the inner workings of DU, the sorts of people DU can attract (and hopefully get dealt with quickly) - for those who give it a whirl, best of luck and have fun!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:23 PM

27. I volunteer.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:25 PM

28. I'm interested!

I think it would be incredibly interesting to be part of this team.

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #28)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:53 PM

32. you'd be a great addition

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:35 PM

29. I have been getting requests to join the MIRT team, but my star membership ran out.

Can I be a MIRT member with an expired star? I did donate using my real name and Paypal account.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:36 PM

30. Must get my star back

I'll have to fire up the laptop at a WiFi spot. This phone thing prohibits some of my wishes.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:42 PM

31. It appears you already have plenty

to choose from. But, if you find yourself short on volunteers, lol, I'm here.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 05:22 PM

33. -I'd like to be considered.

Thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 05:47 PM

34. I'll do it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:00 PM

35. Count me in, if it's not too late.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:09 PM

36. I'd be happy to help.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:58 PM

38. So I need another 600 posts and 4 more months of experience here

 

before I'm considered?

No problem. I'll just hang around here, and learn.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:03 PM

39. I'd like to join. n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:52 PM

41. I'm interested

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:58 PM

42. I'd like to volunteer

Either in this cycle or the next.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:58 PM

43. I would like to volunteer for this. :)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:59 PM

44. I'm volunteering

I haven't tried done this yet, and my surgery isn't until October.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:00 PM

45. I would like to volunteer, however my current star is not in my name

I have real-name donated in the past though, IIRC...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:58 PM

46. I am happy to volunteer

but will be away from my computer for a few weeks coming up ...until July 12th.....so perhaps you can keep me on your list for next term.

Thanks to all those who have served!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 10:09 PM

50. I would like to give it a whirl

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 10:12 PM

51. I'm interested

Does it pay well, do I get a Secretary, can I have a stock option?
Never hurts to ask.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 02:14 AM

58. Interested here too.

If it's too late for July-October, put me down for October-December.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 08:59 PM

62. Good hunting.

 

And thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:46 PM

63. I am putting in my application

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 09:53 AM

65. I know my post count is low

But I have been a member for quite some time. I am really working to get to 1,000 posts!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 10:49 AM

66. me me me?!

Had taken some time off from politics to work on health care advocacy. I'm a very very happy multiple pre-existing condition person this morning.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:35 PM

67. ***Raises Hand***

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 07:20 PM

68. I would gladly serve a term.

I've been enjoying DU for many years and would be happy to help out in this way.

Julie

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:59 PM

69. I'd be glad to serve

I certainly make enough referrals to the MIR team. Time to pay back!

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