First, this does not apply to any site except mafiascum.net. If you are on a different site, abide by their policies.
All modding experience requirements can be satisfied on mafiascum.net. Offsite modding experience will be taken on a case-by-case basis subject to approval by mith, with a preference for sites that play in a similar way/timescale as MafiaScum. If approved, a body of offsite modding experience will be substituted for _one_ game's experience on MafiaScum, and must have taken place prior to your join date on MafiaScum.
You need to play one game on mafiascum and have been around mafiascum for three months before signing up to mod any game, regardless of prior experience.
Until they have successfully modded two completed games, moderators may run only one game at a time. Afterward, they may run two concurrently. Mods who desire to run three or more games simultaneously must apply to mith (see "Special Games" below).
As modding Newbie games is considered a public service, Newbie games are completely outside the system, both for the limit on games you can mod at a time and satisfying "experience" requirements.
|Game Type||Location||Time on Site||Played Games||Moderated Games||Other|
|Open||3 months||1 completed||none||Limited to one game or mod queue position between the Open/Mini lists|
|Normal||3 months||1 completed||0 (0-13 players)|
1 (14-20 players)
2 (21+ players)
|If Mini, limited to one game or mod queue position in the Open/Mini lists. Otherwise, requires a backup moderator. Also requires a Normal Review Group review.|
|Mini Theme||3 months||1 completed||1 completed||Limited to one game or mod queue position between the Open/Mini lists|
|Micro||3 months||1 completed||0 (Open/Normal)|
|First time moderators require a back-up moderator|
|Newbie||3 months||1 completed||1 completed||Must have a good overall record of moderation; first-time Newbie Game moderators are required to have a back-up moderator|
|Large Theme||6 months||1 Large Theme completed||2 completed||Game review and approval required; backup or co-mod required.|
|Special Game||Varies||3 months||1 completed||5 completed||Approval by mith required|
- Queue Moderators can be found here.
Open Game Requirements
Open games require only the basic three-month tenure and one game played. There are usually two Open games taking signups at any given time; the List Moderator will notify you when you are near the top of the list to mod. The game you moderate will be assigned to you by the list mod.
Note that this queue counts as a "Mini" queue in that you may only mod or be in line to mod one Mini at a time. The other two Mini queues are Normal (if the game has fewer than 14 players) and Mini Theme.
Note that very small games such as 5P Vengeful may not count as modding experience. If this turns out to be the case, you will be informed ahead of time.
Normal games require only the basic three-month tenure and one game played. Additionally, if the game has 14 or more players, you require 1 game of moderation experience and a backup moderator; if the game has 21 or more players, you require 2 games of moderation experience (at least one of which had 14+ players) and a backup moderator. One Mini Normal and one Large Normal game can take signups at any given time; the List Moderator will notify you if you are near the top of the list. Your game must be reviewed to ensure it fits the Normal Game rules, placing restrictions on the complexity of the roles, disallowing themed flavour, and requiring a balance review. You will be assigned reviewers from the Normal Review Group after you join the queue, and the review will take place while you're waiting to reach the front of the queue; thus, there is no need to get the setup reviewed in advance.
If the game has 13 or fewer players, it counts against the "Mini" game limits; you may only mod or be in line to mod one Mini at a time. The other queues containing Mini games are Open and Mini Theme.
Mini Theme Requirements
Mini Theme games require you to have been onsite for three months and played in one game. In addition, you must show that you have modded one game on mafiascum.net, or PM mith to allow you to use a body of work offsite as a substitute for that experience. There are two Mini Themes taking signups at any given time; the List Moderator will notify you if you are near the top of the list.
Note that this queue counts as a "Mini" queue in that you may only mod or be in line to mod one Mini at a time. The other two Mini queues are Open and (if the game has fewer than 14 players) Normal.
Micro games require you to have been onsite for three months and played in one game. If your game is a Theme game, you additionally need to have moderated one game on mafiascum.net (alternatively you may be able to PM mith to allow you to use a body of work offsite as a substitute for that experience). If the game fits the definition of an Open or Normal, first-time moderators are allowed in the queue, but must have a backup moderator. There are two Micros taking signups at any given time.
At one time, Micro games did not count towards moderation experience, but that has changed; nowdays Micro games grant moderator experience just like other games do.
Newbie Game Requirements
First-time Newbie mods must send the List Mod links to their completed games to verify that they satisfy the experience requirements; if only one link is sent, it will be assumed that you are a first-time Newbie moderator. Moderators with only one game of experience are required to have a backup moderator. When you reach the top of the modding queue, you will be notified and assigned a player list. The setup and ruleset for Newbie games is very controlled; make sure you know what is permitted.
After satisfactorily modding a Newbie game, they may mod multiple Newbie games concurrently (but are urged to use common sense in doing so).
Newbie games are outside the experience system used elsewhere on the site. Modding a Newbie game does not count as experience to be used for purposes beyond the Newbie queue.
Large Theme Requirements
Large Theme games require the following:
- The moderator must have been on-site for six months.
- The moderator must demonstrate that they have moderated two games on mafiascum.net in the Micro, Normal, Open, or Mini Theme Queues.
- The moderator must have familiarity with Large Theme games. Usually this will require having played in a significant portion of at least one Large Theme game.
- First time Large Game moderators are limited to having no more than 21 players in their game.
- The game's setup must be approved by a reviewer (unless it is Open with the setup publicly available in advance). Unlike with Normal Games, which have a formal reviewing team, any moderator capable of running a Large Theme may act as a reviewer for it.
- The game must be approved by the listmod before sign ups begin, and the listmod may impose additional restrictions.
Special Game Requirements
Special Games are games like invitationals, games that take up multiple threads, or games that require forum powers beyond what single-thread moderator authority can offer. In order to run these games, a prospective moderator must have successfully modded five games onsite, and must have mith's permission. These requirements are the same for mods who want to run three games simultaneously; however, usually the third game fits under one of the other definitions of "Special Game" as well.