A term invented (I believe) by the sci-fi
author Melissa C. Scott
in the book Trouble and her Friends
. A SysCop
is a hired position, sort of the 'Wild West Sheriff' of an online community in a time post-Network Admin, when the actual infrastructure has submerged into the system. SysCops 'live' in the community and police it using power granted and assumed. The best current analogy would be a BBS adminstrator
, or something between an Everything2 Editor
and an Everything2 God
. They aren't usually the makers and maintainers of the system, and so fall beneath the E2 God, but they have the power to /kill and otherwise discipline other virtual inhabitan
ts and potential intruder
s, so are more than editors.
This term is occasionally used IRL to describe jobs which match this description, or their holders.