Some of you may recall that I posted a little teaser about this a few days back over on our Facebook page (oh — and be sure to become a fan if you’re not already!).
Now that we’ve reached the end of 2010, and with the new year encroaching a few brief hours away, what better time than to launch a little friendly competition amongst our Protagonize brethren?
Without further ado, I give you: the Protagonize Moderator Auditions!
Moderation on Protagonize
We’ve been short a moderator for a few months now, so I’ve decided that it’s time to staff up once more. As you’re all probably aware, being a moderator on Protagonize is a strictly a volunteer position, but it’s not without its benefits:
Moderators are able to:
- Edit, delete, and otherwise manage most types of content (stories, users, groups, comments, etc.) found on the site
- Have free Plus-level account access during their tenure as a moderator
- Have full beta access to new features as they are released
- Get a their own @protagonize.com email address (!)
- Create an unlimited number of groups
- Access a special moderators-only dashboard showing trends on the site
- Discuss site-related (and other) topics within a private Moderators-only group
- Have a spiffy moderator badge on their profile and throughout the site
- Ban-Hammer™ spammers (this is probably the most popular feature they enjoy :)
- … and a bunch of other stuff I can’t recall off the top of my head right now.
So, you ask — details about the contest!
Basic moderator requirements
I’ve discussed this with our existing team of six moderators and I’ve had them put together a list of questions based on the original call for prospective moderators issued back in 2009. The requirements to be considered to become a moderator are (mostly) the same — to recap:
- Active Protagonize members who’ve been with us for at least 6 months and are passionate about the site
- Applicants should be at least 16 years old
- Applicants must be respected community members on the site (i.e. no outstanding reports is a good start!)
- Must have the time to commit to moderation duties
- Don’t be shy! Prospective moderators should be deeply involved in all aspects of our community
- Cool, calm, mature and level-headed folks will have the upper hand when applying
- Moderator status means you will actively represent and promote Protagonize on the site and in the world at large — try not to make us look bad ;)
(Feel free to dig through the original call for moderators post for more details about what the position entails.)
How will the auditions work?
Curious, are you? I’ve created a new group strictly for our moderator auditions. The group will be open and public for the duration of the “contest” — about 10 days — after which it will become restricted while our moderators judge the applicants.
The important bit:
Each and every applicant will need to create their own topic in the group’s discussion area, clearly entitled with their handle/name and that they are auditioning as a moderator. Within their topic, they will need to answer the list of questions that the moderators and I have assembled. There will be several questions to answer, some free-form and some specific. Failure to answer any of the questions will mean that your application will be disqualified from the auditions, so please make sure to read the questions carefully and answer them thoughtfully!
So… where do I audition again?
Contest closing time & judging
Entries will close at some point on January 10th, 2011 (possibly midnight, possibly mid-day; either way, I’d suggest getting your application in early and avoid missing the deadline.)
We will be selecting one (1!) lucky prospective moderator from the batch of applications we receive. If you’re the lucky applicant, you’ll be notified within a few days of the close of applications. Once the selection is made, the winner will be promoted immediately.
Please, don’t pester or badger myself or the other moderators for the status of your application — believe me, that will not help your case. :)
If you have any further questions, I’ve created a topic in the new auditions group where I (or the other moderators) will answer questions applicants may have. Please try and limit yourselves to asking questions only in that topic. I would prefer the group not become cluttered with random questions, so that the moderators and I can sift through the applications without too much trouble.
So, that said, on with the auditions! The moderation team is looking forward to reading your submissions. :)