Radka Janeková
aka Rhea Ayase
writes C# code on Linux, in Azure. Former game programmer with passionate opinions about the industry, Discord admin and active contributor to gaming and open source communities. Currently wearing her RedHat, playing with the delicate C# letters in Linux.

On the topic of moderation

Moderation is very important part of community management. Let me begin by explaining these terms, so we understand what do I mean by what.

  • Community manager is the one who makes the rules, who lights the path and guides the rest of the team. All the responsibility in any community falls onto the CM, whether it is responsibility for the moderation team, administrators, or even the state of the community and how happy the members are.
  • Moderators are the footsoldiers of the community team, the first line of defense against bullies, trolls, spammers and alike. They are also the first point of contact of a member with the authority, and as such are responsible to relay the ideology to members and if necessary, they have to enforce the rules.
  • Admin is often mis-used term in gaming communities, and people labeled admin are often playing the role of the community manager. Admin merely provides the hardware/software for the community, and tools for the team, to make their job easier. I often use Elite Dangerous Discord server as an example, and I'll use it in this case as well. I am an "admin" of the ED Discord, however, I am not only providing the tools (setting up permissions, roles and channels, keeping it running, and the Botwinder, but I also laid down the rules, the moderation ideology, and I handle the worst cases - these are tasks of a CM, not that of an admin.

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 6

  I open my eyes, still sleepy, but I've got job to do. "Kirea, any messages?" - "One new message, from Lieutenant Antoine Dubois." - "Play the message." Getting dressed while listening to it... that suicide ship was another Eagle, and it would seem that it had modified thrusters, just like the rest of them. Well, time to visit Felicity and talk about some business. I'm docked in one of the outside bays, I'll take one of those trains. It's pretty fast mag-lev transport, it would be rather long walk to the control tower otherwise.

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 5

  *BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP* - "...what's going on?! Kirea shut it off!" Why is the impact warning waking me up in the middle of the night?! I better run to the bridge. "Status?" - "All systems functioning within specified parameters." I notice an incoming ship on the scanner as I jump into the seat.. It's heading right for me. "Engage thrusters, maximum power!" I'm betting on the speed rather than shield strength right now. Boosting off of the landing pad with thrusters full vertical up, slamming the throttle forward really hard, just to hear an explosion behind me and alarm go off... "Under attack." she said. Shrapnel from the explosion I guess. What on earth was that, anyway?

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 4

  I'm still sleepy, but it's already light outside... I'll just keep laying here in bed, it's so... beautiful. I'm happy, last night was awesome. We found each other by the terminal entrance, and then he took me to nice little restaurant by the river. I just went with whatever he suggested, and it was a good meal. After we've eaten, he took my hand and lead me to the river. You could see the bridge from there, it has beautiful lights. It was somewhat calm even though we are in a busy city.

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 3

  The day passed, my ship is in a hangar with repair bots working around the clock. I'm laying on the bed in low gravity of a Coriolis station. I can't stop thinking about him. It's almost noon, i'm surprised that it's taking so long to fix the armor plating on my Fer deLance. There wasn't any hull integrity damage, it shouldn't be that big of a deal.
  "Incoming encoded transmission." Daydreaming will have to wait...

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 2

  I wake up, take a deep breath, and upon smelling the fresh natural air, I realise where I am... I find myself in a tent... covered by a blanket, on a soft foam mat, with a man laying next to me. He is turned away from me. He looks like he's cold, without blanket, and laying only on the cold ground. The tent was small, obviously intended only for one person. The young man laying next to me was Eric, the blond driver who made the yummy piece of food for me. I covered him with the blanket, but he woke up and looked at me. "Good morning," he said. "Thank you" was my reply, i felt... i felt happy, someone took care of me after all.. I've not felt like this since... since ever. Since I lost my family in the Scion massacre nearly ten years ago. I think that this was the moment when I realised that I'm in love.

  "Warning, ship under attack!"

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An ordinary recovery mission - Day 1

  I took a contract to recover lost cargo from crashed vessel. It was on some agricultural planet - night side. So I was chasing jettisoned cargo from damaged ship, in the atmosphere. They dropped it at high speed before ejecting themselves, to save it from the destruction. It got far enough from the crash site to be out of sensor range, so i didn't really know where it was...
  I was flying my Fer deLance in the general direction of their original heading, when I was met with several eagles and even an anaconda flying straight at me. I dropped it down to literally licking the ground, trying to get them to crash as they were chasing me.

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Who is Rhea?

Rhea and her fiancé

Rhea & her fiancé

  The name is Radka, but I’m known as Rhea Ayase on the interwebz. I’m that rare unicorn, a female programmer. And a gamer. I’m an active contributor not only to dev communities, but also to the gaming ones. Grill on the web!

  I used to be a streamer with rather decent amount of viewers, but now I stream only casually while still trying to put up a video or two every month and actively maintaining several large gaming communities on Discord.

  I began my career in game development, leaving my C++ code all over the Angry Birds, later on a little bit of C++ and Python in the World of Tanks engine, and a lot of C# in several other released titles and prototypes. I’m currently wearing my Red Hat though. As you could have guessed, I’m on the dotnet and Azure teams. I love C#, I find C++ a bit too slow to use, and dislike Python for its whitespace syntax… Hate me for it if you want :p

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