Jagex Moderator

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Jagex Moderators, also known as Staff Moderators[1], Jagex Mods, JMods, or admins are employees working for Jagex Ltd. Jagex Moderator accounts are only used for work purposes such as play-testing, debugging, hosting events, attending private meetings ("surgeries") with volunteer moderators, and dealing with in-game situations.

Jagex Moderator accounts will always have a gold crown (Jagex moderator crown.png) beside their name when speaking in chat, as well as a gold glow around their posts with a gold avatar background when posting on the Forums. Jagex Moderator usernames will always begin with "Mod", although there have been some exceptions. Usernames of Ian, Paul, and Andrew Gower, the founders of RuneScape, were simply "Ian", "Paul", and "Andrew".

Employees can only login to a Jagex Moderator account while connected to Jagex's private network.[2] They navigate the RuneScape website using a staff portal, a webpage that gives them quick access to moderation tools.

Employees[edit | edit source]

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Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Description
Analytics, Data Science, and Engineering Team Draws insights from player behaviour to help create better gameplay for Jagex's games, through analysis and data science & engineering solutions.
Art & Graphics Team The Art team develops all the art-related content for RuneScape, such as banners, animations, textures, concept art and such.
Audio Team Audio Developers create, compose, and manage the music in Jagex's games, including RuneScape.
Community Management Team Members of the Community Management (CM) team specialise in communicating with players. They ensure that everyone is getting the best experience out of Jagex's games, and feedback any comments from the community back to the company.
Content Development Team Content Developers are the people behind creating concepts of and developing larger scale content updates. They code the content that goes into Jagex's games.
Engine Development Team Engine Development Team members works on the engine of both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape.
Executive Team Members of the Executive Team are responsible for running Jagex and/or RuneScape.
Game Design Team Game Designers are responsible for designing the game, it's interfaces and giving support to the Developers on the creation part.
Live Events Team The Live Events Team is responsible for the Treasure Hunter promotions and the Time-limited events.
Localisation Team The Localisation team is responsible for translating and giving support to RuneScape to it's three different languages: Portuguese-Brazilian, German and French.
Marketing Team The Marketing Team is responsible for making and managing Jagex's connections and relationships.
Player Support Team The Player Support Team, or the Customer Support Team, handles support tickets, in-game reports, maintaining the Rules of RuneScape, and other online support needs.
Ninja Team The Ninja team generally makes tweaks and changes to existing content to improve the player's quality of life when playing the game. The ninja team's ethos is to deliver the highest impact changes at the lowest cost to development time.
Old School Team The Old School Team are the people responsible for developing Old School RuneScape.
Quality Assurance Team The Quality Assurance (QA) team makes sure that all developed updates and future content are suitable for release. They check the quality and usability of all content.
Social Media Team The Social Media team is responsible for taking care and feeding the RuneScape's official social channels with content.
Video Team The Video Team is responsible for recording and editing videos for RuneScape and Old School RuneScape.
Web Team The Web team is responsible for developing RuneScape's and Old School RuneScape's website.

Individuals[edit | edit source]

These lists are not complete and only include employees that have made known contributions.

Current employees[edit | edit source]

Former employees[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

There are a range of abilities that Jagex Moderators possess. They can:

General[edit | edit source]

  • Use the tools that Player Moderators and Forum Moderators have to moderate the game and the forums, as well as being able to issue bans. They also have these abilities on other games and services owned by Jagex.

In-game[edit | edit source]

  • Use the rotten potato, an in-game item that has multiple uses, including healing to full, accessing the bank, and many other features.
  • Turn invisible.
  • Add or remove items from their inventory. Any items dropped aren't visible to other players.
  • Modify their skills, including their combat level.
  • Teleport to any location by holding ctrl and clicking on the minimap. Alternatively, they can double click a location on the world map.
  • Use the developer console in order to change many variables associated with their in-game account, such as quest progress and completion. It can also be used to teleport to players and prevent automatic logout, among other commands.
  • Transform into any NPC.
  • Pass, walk on and teleport over physical boundaries of the game world (no-clip).
  • Make themselves vulnerable or invulnerable to all forms of attack.
  • Kick/ban players from a friends chat or clan chat that doesn't belong to them.
  • Access member areas while playing in a free-to-play world.
  • Spawn NPCs in any location.
  • Wear the Jagex Moderator outfit.
  • View chat messages that are no longer visible in the chatbox.
  • Start a Jagex Moderator Event and give out event cards. They can run community scenarios using the pickled cabbage, and access the JMod Toolbox interface.
  • Use World 13, a live test server only Jagex Moderators can see and access.

Forums[edit | edit source]

  • Use HTML and JavaScript, allowing them to change fonts, include images, and post videos.
  • Edit other player's posts.
  • Make threads into sticky threads, causing them to be displayed at the top of the forum.
  • Lock threads and edit titles. These actions cannot be reversed by Forum Moderators.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mod Paupersen (anagram for 'Made up Person') was a fake Jagex Moderator that was featured in the 2010 April Fools joke.
  • Players cannot create accounts that have 'Mod' in their name to prevent confusion and scams. One early player created the account "Mod Element" before this restriction was implemented but was later required to change his name. Mod Element has since been used by an actual employee of Jagex.
  • There exist JMod accounts with NPC names such as Avalani, Wiz Chambers, and Sliske. They were used by Jagex employees to post on the forums during the Cryptic Clue Fest II, Tuska Comes, and Sliske's Christmas Adventure events.
  • T. S. Church was given a JMod account in order to do a Q&A regarding his novel Betrayal at Falador.
  • Players used to be able to trade with and attack Jagex Moderators whenever they wanted, however an update now prevents players from doing so.
  • Players can throw a gnomeball to a JMod, but JMods can only throw it to other JMods.
  • If a JMod is reported for Staff Impersonation, a message will state "You cannot report that person for Staff Impersonation, they are Jagex Staff. You can spot a Jagex Moderator by the gold crown next to their name. You can report that person under a different rule."
  • Messages sent by a JMod in any channel can be seen regardless of whether a player has their messages turned off, including private messages.
  • Players cannot bless gravestones that belong to a JMod.
  • Jagex Moderator accounts never appear on HiScores, and their adventurer's log is set to private.
  • JMods can mute each other. They can also be muted by Player Moderators and ChatWatch.
  • JMods could still get random events while they existed.
  • The combat level of a Jagex Moderator always appears in red.
  • JMods cannot sit on the Throne of Fame, and upon attempting to do so, receive the message "No! Bad mod, bad! No stealing throne from players."[3]
  • A total of five Jagex Moderators have had names without 'Mod' at the beginning of their names, being rsguide, sirmodsteve, Andrew, Ian, and Paul.
  • Jagex Moderators' accounts can be Ironman and Hardcore Ironman accounts, and their deaths do get broadcast.[4] However, Jagex Moderator accounts in Ironman mode are unable to display the Ironman badge as the crown takes precedence.
  • Each player's account has an variable called staffmodlevel that determines their access level. Normal players have a level of 0, Player Moderators have a level of 1, and most Jagex Moderators are level 2. Level 3 is reserved for a few Jagex employees and typically only used for testing so as to avoid accidental disruption to the game.[5]
  • Similar to real-world insider trading laws, Jagex Moderators are not allowed to use their knowledge of future updates to their advantage. Doing so is grounds for termination.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. "New In-Game Player Moderators." 14 June 2004. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Lee's Twitter account. 28 July 2015. (Archived from the original on 14 March 2019.) Mod Lee: "Looks like I can't VPN in right now but I'm coming on my personal account!" (VPN stands for Virtual private network)
  3. ^ Jagex. Mod Selfie's Twitter account. 22 September 2014. (Archived from the original on 11 October 2014.)
  4. ^ Trickzbunny. So, Mods Die on their hcim? xD. Reddit. 11 April 2019. (Archived from the original on 31 October 2020.)
  5. ^ Mod_Kieren. There's also level 3 Jmods, which is exclusive to very few people, like Andrew Gower's Jmod account. People who have it now, often actually keep their Jmod at level 2, but promote it to level 3 only when required to do something.. Reddit. 1 February 2017. (Archived from the original on 24 May 2021.)
  6. ^ Mod Shauny's Honest Answers! - Trimming Armour Podcast #10 w/ Mod Shauny.*