Arbiters will be assigned to a specific forum or three. Their duties overlap some with the role of Moderator, but they will have additional responsibilities as well. Think of the forums as a college campus. While the Moderators play the role of campus security, the Arbiters are the professors. The professor is responsible for maintaining order in their class, but hand off larger problems to the security guards. The security guards have the ability to enforce rules in any classroom, but aren't necessarily well schooled in what is going on in that classroom. We will be trying to select Arbiters that have shown they are good citizens here and have posted intelligently on a subject or variety of subjects.a person or agency whose judgment or opinion is considered authoritative
The Moderators spend most our their time chasing the problem children, and have little time left to help organize individual forum sections. We hope bringing Arbiters on board will allow the information on the forums to be better organized, and help us catch problems quicker.
This is going to be a slow rollout. I am discussing with several well-regarded forum members taking on the role of Arbiter, and as we get people up to speed we will continue to bring more on board. The first Arbiters will be announced in the next week or so. By this time next year, we should have an Arbiter assigned to many of the forum sections.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.