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It’s been a long time since we’ve updated the list of current Mods. Here you’ll find a list of all the active Mods and the areas in which they specialize.

Each mod's profile is linked to their name. Feel free to ask questions and get to know us. Also, feel free to follow each mod so that you can see when each is online in case you have a problem.

Some of us check in more regularly than others; if you have an issue, you may want to PM or tag all the Mods in that area. We are dedicated to maintaining the standards of behavior and excellence of content on this site, but please understand that we all do this on a volunteer basis and in our free time. We have school, jobs, families, and other responsibilities we also need to take care of IRL—thank you in advance for your patience as you wait for a response.

If you have a question, it is probably better to PM the specific Mods who specialize in that topic than to use the “all Mod” PM button on the right of your screen, but feel free to use the “all Mod” link if necessary.

Each mod was asked to respond to the following prompts:

  1. Time zone
  2. What do you moderate
  3. How long have you have been a moderator
  4. How long have you have been on the site
  5. Favorite comic characters
  6. Favorite writer and artist
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions
  8. Something about yourself (that one time you got paid to play music, that one time you almost died by falling off a cliff, that one time you got mistaken for a porn star in Vegas, or whatevs)

Some Mods didn’t answer the questions, and prefer to keep their private info private. They’re simply listed here by name.

This list will be updated as needed; Mods, let me know if you want me to change your info or status.

Credit to Renchamp, who created the previous version of this thread and its questions.

Battle Mods

God_Spawn

  1. Central
  2. Battle Forums
  3. Mod: Almost 9 years
  4. User: 11 years
  5. Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Superman, Bane.
  6. Creators:
    1. Writers: Joss Whedon, Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, and Frank Miller
    2. Artists: Gabrielle Dell'Otto, Simone Bianchi, Kris Anka, Esad Ribic, and Clay Mann.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Personal Trainer
  8. I like the gym and Oreos a little too much.

juiceboks

  1. Time zone: CT
  2. What you moderate: Battles mainly
  3. How long you have been a moderator: Almost 5 years now
  4. How long you have been on the site: About 9 years
  5. Favorite comic characters: Peter Parker, Vergil Hawkins, Wolverine, Ben Grimm, Hulk, Cassandra Cain and Spawn
  6. Favorite writer and artist:
    Writer: Rick Remender, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Eiichiro Oda
    Artist: Greg Capullo, Jack Kirby, Todd McFarlane, Eiichiro Oda
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: History with a minor in African American Studies, on the path to becoming a College Professor
  8. Something about yourself: I play almost enough DnD a week to qualify as a full-time job

rogueshadow

  1. GMT
  2. Battles Forum
  3. Mod: Feb. 2018
  4. User: I joined 9 years ago; I think I only became a real user about 7.5 years ago though.
  5. Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Fist, Wolverine, Rick Grimes...
  6. Creators:
    1. Writer: Can't pick one.
    2. Artist: Alex Ross and David Aja for artists.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Currently studying neuroscience
  8. Honestly can't think of anything. I'm completely banal.

Owie

  1. Time zone EST (US east coast)
  2. What you moderate Battles
  3. How long you have been a moderator January 2021
  4. How long you have been on the site August 2011
  5. Favorite comic characters The Molecule Man, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Dr. Doom, Elektra, Hellcat, Grendel, Kevin Matchstick, Jack of Hearts, Moonshadow, Power Pack, Loki, Runaways, Devil-slayer, Dr. Aphra, Moon Knight, Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Pet Avengers, the casts of Saga and Paper Girls, Squirrel Girl, Tim Hunter
  6. Favorite writer and artist Walt Simonson, Matt Wagner, Ryan North, Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Andres Genolet, Kris Anka, David Aja, Al Ewing, Kieron Gillen, G. Willow Wilson, Mike Del Mundo, Tom King, Adrian Alphona, Cliff Chiang, Chelsea Cain, Rod Reis, Rainbow Rowell, Chris Samnee, Daniel Acuna, Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, Kathryn Immonen, Marco Checchetto, J.M. DeMatteis, Jon J. Muth, Fred Hembeck, Steve Gerber, Kev Walker, John Ney Rieber, Peter Gross
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions I'm an artist and a teacher
  8. Something about yourself As if all this wasn't nerdy enough, I also cosplay :)

Darthjhawk

  1. Time zone EST (US east coast)
  2. What you moderate Battles, a bit of General Discussion
  3. How long you have been a moderator January 2021
  4. How long you have been on the site September 2014
  5. Favorite comic characters: Ultron, Black Panther, Deathstroke, Azrael (JPV), Martian Manhunter, Adam Warlock, Annihilus, Nova (Rider), Batman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Cassandra Cain
  6. Favorite writer and artist: Writers: Al Ewing, Christopher Priest, Chip Zdarsky, Matt Fraction, Dan Abnett, Keith Giffen Johnathan Hickman. Artists: Tite Kubo, Sejic, and a few others I'm probably forgetting!
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: English and Journalism Double Major, currently working as freelance article writer/blogger and financial consultant.
  8. Something about yourself: My first kiss was with my 3rd-grade principal. I was playing Santa Claus and she filled in as Mrs. Claus because the girl who was supposed to, fell sick.

Emperorthanos-

• No answers at this time!

Wiki Mods

KillerZ

  1. EET (EEST)
  2. Wiki-mod
  3. Mod: since 2010
  4. User: since 2008
  5. Tigra & Cheetah
  6. Creators:
    1. Writer: None
    2. Artist: Michael Turner, Marc Silvestri, Stjepan Šejić
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Graduated in Fit-electronics specialist; currently being a slacker; aspiring to be archaeologist
  8. I'm a gamer, which takes a lot of my time.

fesak

  1. Central European
  2. Wiki and spam
  3. Mod: since 2007?
  4. User: since the start of 2006
  5. Characters: It constantly changes
  6. Creators: It constantly changes
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Dropout. Worked in media for many years. Recently rebooted life and started doing gardening.
  8. I have a daughter.

pikahyper

    1. Pacific
    2. Wiki and spam
    3. Mod: 2 years or so
    4. User: Joined in 2010, used the wiki as a resource in 2009
    5. I don't do favorites
    6. I don't do favorites
    7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: I have half a dozen computer degrees and almost got a seventh in Electronics before dropping/getting kicked out. Currently I'll do anything with a computer if it pays but I might go back to school.
    8. I watch 2-4 thousand movies and tv/cartoon/anime episodes per year.

RPG

Feral Nova

  1. Time zone: Pacific
  2. What you moderate: RPG, but I'll stop by Off-topic and General every once in a while to help with the spam bots.
  3. How long you have been a moderator: Since 2016
  4. How long you have been on the site: Since 2008
  5. Favorite comic characters: Batman and the Batfamily in general, Captain Marvel and Donna Troy.
  6. Favorite writer and artists: Gabriel Picolo, Terry Moore, Stjepan Sejic, Dexter Soy, Gail Simon, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tom Taylor, Kelly Thompson, Jim Lee and probably a few others I forgot.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Currently working as a Patient Access Administrator in an Emergency Department (Just a fancy way to say I deal with insurance stuff in the ED). Still waiting for my super powers to develop from the COVID Vaccine... or become a Power Ranger, which ever comes first.
  8. Something about yourself: In 2013 I was in an all girls gaming clan and we raised about $600 during a Let's Play event for "Child's Play" charity.

Nordok

  1. Eastern
  2. RPG
  3. Mod: Very, very recently.
  4. User: 9 years
  5. Conan, Red Sonja, and He-Man
  6. Creators: Eric Trautmann and Walter Geovani
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: I work in college administration.
  8. I have a bit of an obsession with paranormal research.

Zauberin

  1. Eastern Standard Time. But I keep odd hours, for reasons.
  2. RPG
  3. Mod: Very, very recently.
  4. User: I lurked awhile, created my first account in 2011, off and on since then.
  5. As concise as I can get it, in no particular order: Sara Pezzini (Witchblade); Forever Carlyle (Lazarus); Aphrodite IX (Aphrodite IX, IXth Generation); X-23; Magik; Supergirl
  6. Creators (also in no particular order)
    1. Writers: Greg Rucka, Matt Hawkins, Ron Marz; Stjepan Sejic, Neil Gaiman
    2. Artists: Stjepan Sejic, Michael Turner, Mike Choi, Michael Lark
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Psychology; student/officer of security; lots of ambitions, not all of them certain.
  8. I can pull a pretty mean Showtime Kick, or so I've been told.

General Mods

SC

  1. Time zone: GMT+12
  2. What you moderate: Generally anything that isn't Battles or RPG.
  3. How long you have been a moderator: Too long.
  4. How long you have been on the site: Also too long.
  5. Favourite comic characters: Too many to mention, but I have a soft spot for certain versions of Hercules, Elektra, X-Men, Teen Titans, Emma Frost, Big Barda, X-Factor, Birds of Prey, Defenders, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Sif, Thor, Rogue, Runaways, Young Avengers (yes, I included whole teams to try sneak in more favourites), and a bunch of indie side characters (and I suppose protagonists) I tend to forget, till I don't.
  6. Favourite writers and artists: Jack Kirby, Neil Gaiman, Chris Claremont, Marjorie Liu, Gail Simone, Peter David, Clay Mann, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Simone Bianchi, Mike Choi, Sana Takeda, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Jenny Frison, Jim Lee, David Finch, Mike Carey.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Enjoy nice things, aspiring to become a 1D character.
  8. Something about yourself: How about instead, you feel free to give me comic book recommendations if you have any. Just send me a PM, about your favourite comic series, Marvel, DC, but especially indie series. Especially if you feel they are underrated and not talked about on CV enough! I missed out on a lot of comics over past few years and need to catch up. Only if you want to though, I can't force you. Oh manga and anime recommendations are welcome too. Take care, and be excellent to each other!

wildvine

  1. Time zone CST
  2. What you moderate Fan Fic / Off Topic / Gen Disc
  3. How long you have been a moderator Really don't remember
  4. How long you have been on the site Since '12
  5. Favorite comic characters Deadpool? All of them are Deadpool
  6. Favorite writer and artist Junji Ito & Junji Ito. In that order
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions What is this, a date profile? :P
  8. Something about yourself I like to write but I LOVE to tell people I'm a writer. Really makes them ooh and ahh. I think zombies are underrated as sexy monsters, animated scarecrows are underrated as scary monsters, and Taco Bell breakfast beats the morning competition. For anything else check my date profile

MajinBlackheart

  1. EST
  2. Whatever and whomever needs some moderatin'
  3. Mod: Wiki Mod 2010-2016; General Mod Dec 2017 - ????
  4. User: Lurk in '07 and sign up in '09
  5. Silver Surfer, Galactus, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, DragonBall
  6. Creator: Jack 'King' Kirby
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Degree in architecture and work in construction project management. I'm a father; my ambitions are not my own.
  8. I'm a man of few words. Any questions?

Lunacyde

  1. Arizona (which is sometimes Mountain and sometimes not)
  2. General forums
  3. Mod: January 2016
  4. User: 13 years
  5. Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, Cassandra Cain, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers.
  6. Grant Morrison, Larry Hama, Ed Brubaker, G. Willow Wilson, and Chuck Dixon
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Currently earning my Masters in American Studies from ASU, with a minor in German. Long term looking at a Doctorate in International Relations and a career in Academia or Diplomacy.
  8. People fairly often tell me I remind them of Chris Pratt. I love beer and hiking.

Icarusflies

  1. Eastern
  2. General modding - kind of backup when things get busy
  3. Mod: 11 years (I was the youngest moderator ever when I started.)
  4. User: 12 years
  5. The Séance, The Corinthian, and The Calculator
  6. Creators:
    1. Writer: Neil Gaiman
    2. Artist: JH Williams III
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: I'm a (currently undeclared) Neurolinguistics major, hoping to work in the music industry or world-building field (and as a writer).
  8. I once accidentally almost ended up naked during jury duty.

the_stegman

  1. Time zone: EST
  2. What you moderate: General Discussion
  3. How long you have been a moderator: 5 years
  4. How long you have been on the site: 11 years
  5. Favorite comic characters: Peter Parker, Barry Allen, Cassie Hack
  6. Favorite writer and artist: Brian K Vaughan/ Jim Lee
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Librarian
  8. Something about yourself: My goal for this next year is to travel the world

socajunkie

  1. Time zone- Greenwich Mean Time
  2. What do you moderate- Gen. Discussion mainly, occasionally battles
  3. How long have you have been a moderator- About a week
  4. How long have you have been on the site-you may know me from loving One Piece a bit too much
  5. Favorite comic characters- Spidey, Daredevil, Zoro, Trafalgar Law
  6. Favorite writer and artist- Mario Puzo/Derek Landy- art, Monet
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions- degree in TV and Film/tourism in central London/to not leave any potential wasted
  8. Something about yourself (that one time you got paid to play music, that one time you almost died by falling off a cliff
  9. Funny you should use that example as that almost did happen to be on a school skiing trip when I was around 14. We on the top of a mountain on a red slope and a snowboarder came flipping over from the other side of the hill, he crashed into my friend, I started laughing before realising I was in the way, they crashed into me, we went tumbling down towards the edge where there was no safety net so me being the genius I am decided to slow us down by…holding out my gloves hand on the snow, dramatic as hell until I stopped being dumb and swung my skis over on the snow, stopping about 20 feet from the edge. I went ballistic at the guy and our teacher sent me back to the hotel for swearing. Also as a side, I used to compete in karate competitions and hold titles in British, World and European events

KrisBishop

  1. Time zone - GMT+8
  2. What do you moderate - Gen Discussion / Battles - mainly LA and manga/anime
  3. How long have you have been a moderator - Together with Soca and NW
  4. How long have you have been on the site - Officially registered in 2017, but been lurking for a few years before
  5. Favorite comic characters - Batman, Dr Strange, Silver Surfer, Constantine
  6. Favorite writer and artist - Lovecraft, JRRTolkien
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions - Studied in business and marketing
  8. Something about yourself - I was named after Batman after my dad saw one of the old Batman films

Higherpower

  1. Time zone - Central
  2. What you moderate - Gen. Discussion
  3. How long you have been a moderator - A few months
  4. How long you have been on the site - 7 years
  5. Favorite comic characters - Morpheus, Constantine, Thor
  6. Favorite writer and artist - Assuming writer and artists across all mediums... it's quite the list. But I'll say Shakespeare is by far the greatest penman in the English language and has had the biggest influence on my own writing. But also:

    Across all mediums: Rene Descartes, Inazo Nitobe, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Karl Marx, Gen Urobuchi, Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Kaufman, Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Virgil, Homer

    Comics: Jim Shooter, Junji Ito, Mark Waid, Greg Pak, Dan Jurgens, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Ron Marz, Grant Morrison, Hirohiko Araki, Yoshihiro Togashi, Takehiko Inoue, Eiichiro Oda

    Artists across all mediums: Too many really and I'd have to look through favorite pieces again

    Comics artists: Yusuke Murata, Shinichi Sakamoto, Boichi, Inio Asano, Hiroya Oku, Kentarou Miura, Takehiko Inoue, Kengo Hanazawa, Junji Ito, Makoto Yukimura, Tsutomu Nihei, Hiroshi Harata, Alex Ross, Esad Ribic, Christian Ward, Kenneth Rocafort, Jack Kirby, Clay Mann, Alex Maleev, Zhen Jian He

  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions - Engineering and Psychology/work study, software programmer, freelance writer, sales consultant and options trader/financial freedom self-employed in the entertainment industry
  8. Something about yourself - I'm an open book, but I'm still writing chapters

ReaperAce

  1. Time zone: GMT+3:30
  2. What you moderate: Battle Forums.
  3. How long you have been a moderator: Two months.
  4. How long you have been on the site: 3 years with this account, way more with previous ones. (around a decade)
  5. Favorite comic characters: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Dr.Doom, Joker, DIO, Logan, Scorpion.
  6. Favorite writer and artist: George R. R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Studying for my Master's degree in Medical Nano Science/ Commercial Manager in a Petro Chemical Export Company/ High personal status, wealth, and power.
  8. Something about yourself: A man on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell.

Frozen

• No answers at this time!

Killbilly

• No answers at this time!

nwname

• No answers at this time!

Death4bunnies

• No answers at this time!

AKZ

• No answers at this time!

The_Magister

• No answers at this time!

Artist Show-Off

EGoD

  1. Eastern
  2. Artist Show-Off Forum
  3. Mod: January 2016
  4. User: Since 2008
  5. The X-Men
  6. Creators:
    1. Artist: Marc Silvestri and Michael Turner
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: I have a degree in travel and tourism and have worked as a certified Travel Agent for the last 20 years.
  8. Hmm I have an identical twin brother and I spend way too much time playing various MMO games. Most already know I have this thing I like to do called drawing and I once had a friend commission me for a couple of pieces for her miracle baby. Oh and I AM CANADIAN! woohoo!!!

LEGACY

These folks have all served as Mods. Some of them have left the Vine, some are still around but have moved back to being regular users, and still others are still Mods but are mostly on “pause” and may return to fulltime in the future. Here, we honor their legacy, and the time and effort they put into contributing to Comic Vine.

This list may not include all former Mods. I will add others upon getting new information

Xwraith

  1. Eastern
  2. General forums
  3. Mod: January 2016
  4. User: December 2012
  5. Rocket Raccoon, Green Arrow.
  6. Creators:
    1. Writers: Charles Soule, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jeff Lemire.
    2. Artists: Andrea Sorrentino, Jerome Opena, Gurihiru.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: I'm currently a janitor for a Northeast grocery store chain, although I'd like to be a professional photographer.
  8. I have had my picture printed in a nationally-published magazine.

Vance Astro

  1. Eastern
  2. Battle Forums
  3. Mod: Nearly 4 years (Since 2011)
  4. User: 9 years (Since 2006)
  5. Daredevil, Justice/Major Victory, Captain Marvel (Carol), Ms.Marvel (Kamala), Spider-Man, Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, etc.
  6. Favorite creators:
    1. Writers: Dan Slott, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Chris Claremont
    2. Artists: Adam Hughes, Terry Dodson, Leinil Yu, Marko Djurdjevic, Alex Ross
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Associates of Science Degree (Major: Graphic Design)
  8. My Life Drawing teacher was Dave Hoover, an artist most notable or his work on The Wanderers, Starman, & Captain America comics.

Blue_Shield/cwpolzel

  1. Pacific
  2. Wiki and images
  3. Mod: since the fall of 2009?
  4. User: joined in February 2007
  5. Longshot, Avengers, Squadron Supreme
  6. Creators:
    1. Writer: Kurt Busiek
    2. Pencils: George Perez
    3. Inks:Terry Austin
    4. Colors: Tom Smith
    5. Letters:Richard Starkings
    6. Cover:Alex Ross
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Criminal Justice major and currently working as an Asst. Operations Manager.
  8. Just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary in Vegas by having our vows renewed by Elvis. Our granddaughter just turned one.

JediXMan

  1. Eastern
  2. Battles Forum
  3. Mod: 1 year
  4. User: 6 years
  5. Fantomex, X-23, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Death of the Endless, Dream of the Endless, X-Man, Cassandra Cain
  6. Creators:
    1. Writers: Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Mark Millar, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Alan Moore
    2. Artists: Mike Choi, Alex Ross, Ivan Reis, David Lloyd
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: English major, with aspirations to be a university professor.
  8. When I was younger I had the nickname "John" in my fencing groups because some people thought I looked like John Lennon, though I never saw it myself. (… I also had a reputation for hitting hard). I currently assistant-teach fencing.

the_red_viper

  1. GMT+3 (Israel)
  2. Battles Forum
  3. Mod: July 2018.
  4. User: Joined the site a bit more than 5 years ago (May 2013).
  5. Green Arrow, John Constantine, Hal Jordan, Superman, Batman... mostly those.
  6. Creators:
    1. Writer: Mark Waid, Jeff Lemire, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Ed Brubaker, Judd Winick, Mike Grell.
    2. Artist: I have no real favorites, but if I had to choose, I'd say Alex Ross, Mike Grell, and Jim Lee in his prime (early 2000's).
  7. About to start studies in computer science (October 2018).
  8. I did 3 years in the army (IDF). Tons of exciting, interesting, and funny stories I can share from that time.

Lady_Liberty

  1. Eastern, though on at other odd times.
  2. Forums, with an emphasis on the RPG forum
  3. Mod: January 2016
  4. User: Nearly five years, but lurked for three years prior.
  5. Batwoman
  6. Creators:
    1. Writers: Grant Morrison
      Artists: Amanda Conner and Frank Quitely
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Law enforcement, currently working in commercial and managerial real estate, and would like to one day be elected as an alderman (alderwoman?)
  8. I once had hair that reached my waist.

BumpyBoo

  1. GMT
  2. General forums
  3. Mod: 1 year
  4. User: 3 years
  5. Nemi, Scream Queen, and Eddie Dean.
  6. Creators: I'm too fickle to have favorite writers and artists.
  7. School major/profession/life's ambitions: Got a lot of weird qualifications in subjects ranging from web design to door security. Not for work or anything, I just enjoy taking random courses. Currently working as a sales assistant.
  8. I farted once on the set of Blue Lagoon... >_>

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Happy to see.

@owie Your a teacher? Wow. Shocked you have time for CV. I do have some questions if you are interested.

Thoughts on concurrent learning?

Homework, good or bad?

Are Youtube videos good for explanations?

Are final exams a good way to measure academic skills?

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Happy to see.

@owie Your a teacher? Wow. Shocked you have time for CV. I do have some questions if you are interested.

It is one reason I can't be on 24/7, that's for sure. But sure, I can answer these.

Thoughts on concurrent learning?

Concurrent learning is tough for both the students and teachers. It can be done well under optimal conditions, but those are rarely present. In recent situations it was often the only option, but I wouldn't recommend it in normal circumstances unless the work for the day really fit it well. In some art circumstances, like I have had for some classes, when you're having people just work on their art on their own, it's OK.

Homework, good or bad?

There are some studies that show that the more someone works on something, the better they get at it (this includes normal academic stuff, not just art). For instance, schools with longer hours tend to show more student academic improvement than schools with shorter hours. So from that point of view, homework should be good. However, other studies show that homework doesn't do a lot. (Yet more studies show that some homework over the summer reduces summer slide.) The different results may be the difference between working under supervision and working on your own. From my art perspective, I believe that the main way people get better at art is just by doing a lot of it, so I do believe in art homework.

Are Youtube videos good for explanations?

Yes, some are very good. Using them all the time in class is kind of lazy, but sometimes the visual effects beat out anything you can do in person. In-person may also be better depending on how well the instructor works the room--for instance, if the instructor regularly asks students to re-explain what they just learned, etc., that kind of reinforcement is helpful to learning. And of course some subjects are better for videos than others, and some people learn better from watching videos vs reading, etc. If I take cosplay technique as an example, there are some things I prefer to learn about by reading instructions, and some I prefer to watch videos for, and some where I like to have both resources to compare and contrast when something is confusing.

Are final exams a good way to measure academic skills?

Studies show that the process of studying for a test helps someone improve their knowledge of a subject. For instance, when I took art history classes, I definitely only memorized hundreds of artists' names, titles, and dates by studying them for tests, and I still more or less remember them now. I would never have remembered them if I had just gotten a list of them and didn't have to do anything with them, or even if I had to do some kind of paper or creative project with a small selection of them. Helping to remember things is not quite the same as how well tests measure skills, but it does imply that testing can be helpful. I do think testing can measure someone's learning or insight though. I personally wouldn't save it all up for a final exam, however. I'd go for multiple short quizzes if I was going to use some form of testing. It's better to not stress people out so much, and also studies have shown that giving a few big tests leads to worse results for students from marginalized populations because they often have more trouble at home that causes challenges studying for or even physically getting to the test. So if you have multiple small tests, those students are more likely to only take a small hit to their grade after missing a couple small ones, as opposed to possibly taking a huge hit to their grade by missing the big one.

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@owie: Thank you for responding. Best of luck!

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Thanks Owie!

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#12  Edited By buildhare

Nice!

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Great to know! Thanks!

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@owie Does this mean that there are no longer admins or staff on here? Also, I understand that my best bet is to message a moderator if there is mod abuse of power, but this is exceedingly confusing as well as worrisome because I know that a lot of mods are friends. It would be helpful if there was a person that I know will be partial and righteous.

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#15 owie  Moderator

@redheathen: There are no staff/admins that work directly on Comic Vine as a specific part of their job although there are some that we check in with if we really need to find somebody at the company, like inferiorego. Comic Vine is essentially administered by the mods.

I understand what you're talking about, that at least in theory it would be a good thing to have an impartial person above the mods. However, there's not really anything we can do about that, the lack-of-staff ship sailed long ago. We can simply do our best as mods to make sure we are all working to make sure we are upholding proper ethical standards, and I believe that is what we do in fact do. I know there are rumors that go around about mods doing this or that. But to be honest I think those tend to be misunderstandings and at times intentional misrepresentations of the facts by users who have been banned, etc.

I got your PM and you can certainly communicate more with me there if you wish.

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Helpful for future reference. Thanks for updating this.

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How do I add a comic? New to this place.

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#21 owie  Moderator

@tezzaanne: Look under the Editing and Tools forum for wiki info. But generally, only experienced users are allowed to add new issues, as far as I understand. Better to start off adding simpler info.

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SC... is that Slight Confuse?

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Is the mod list current? I never know who's really here anymore.

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Maybe this should be updated with so many newer mods, and past ones gone? But I'd be more interested personally in seeing the best mods for helping with situations, most active etc as well. That would be helpful and useful. Even their schedules on the site as oppose to their personal hobbies. Nothing against that it's just I feel the former info would be more important.