The unwritten rule in Internet forums is: "If you want to be staff, don't ask." This is primarily to keep the spamming from unqualified aspirants down so staff can do their work and still have time to enjoy the board. However, we have a new approach here at the PokéGym - staff positions and qualifications. These let someone who has been waiting to be asked, or didn't know we'd like someone to fill a certain position, step forward and be confident they can help.
Even if you don't have time to step up, we hope everyone will read the Staff Roles, Staff Rewards and The Rules (see below). It will not only tell you about the site's direction, but might give you an idea for a service or feature we haven't thought of yet.
A staff candidate:
How to Proceed
- Has been an active contributor of good posts for the last 6 months
- Has no infractions in the last 6 months.
- Is helpful to other members.
- Can keep his or her cool when people are not being reasonable.
- Thinks the PokéGym is special & wants to help this site in particular.
What not to Do
- Read these documents:
- Read the posts below & see what matches up with your talents/passion.
- Post a thread in the Team Compendium Hideout forum, stating what position you think you fit and why. Only you and the Boss (Team Compendium) will know you posted.
- Check back on your thread after 2 days to see the response.
Your thread in the TC Hideout will be the only place your interest is made known and we will never discuss an application outside of TC & you.
...to all the members for your support of the PokéGym and to those of you thinking of stepping up your service here.
Originally Posted by bulbasnore
What's New EditorStaff Expectations:
You will write or help the Front Page editor to write a weekly front page news item, probably due Friday night, summarizing what's new and what's hot on the PokéGym in the last week. You will be actively looking for these things on the forums and other feature areas. Any staff member can PM you a feature or rules change and you'll investigate it and write up a blurb about it in your weekly summary. Qualifications:
Sometimes you'll do a write up before the weekly, if some topic or change is hot or perhaps forum mods need some forum guidelines change announced right away.
A lot of things get changed and improved around here every week; many times it goes unnoticed because there was no time to write a feature or the change is buried in a particular forum. This staff member is on the lookout for hot threads in various forums and links to the worthy ones that might get overlooked. Perhaps you'll be linking a Pokemon of the Week, or noting the uptick in announcements in the Tourney forum for the next pre-release, or a new announcement from P!P. You have the pulse of the Gym and the Staff and make sure the members know what it is.
You can write decently.
You're on the Gym nearly every day.
You want people to not miss what's going on around here.
You are faithful to get things done week in and week out and not afraid to get someone to fill in if you can't meet deadline.
You can think of a good title for this position.
Originally Posted by Big Daddy Snorlax
Forum ModeratorStaff Expectations:
Community members who want to give back to the Community are encouraged to volunteer to moderate a forum or two. One or more Forum Moderators are assigned to each forum and they have the responsibility to monitor new posts in that forum, and respond to 'reported posts' for their forum. Members selected as a Forum Moderator will be assigned to one or two specific forums for a set period of time and will receive training and assistance from other staff. At the end of the assignment a review will be given. You may sign up for additional Forum Moderator positions. Successful completion of a Forum Moderator assignment can serve as a path to a full time staff position on the PokéGym.Qualifications:
This is the entry level, trial service position for the PokéGym Forums. These staff are the front-line leaders and set a tone that encourages good posts and contributions in their forums. A history of good posting and active involvement in the Community and Pokemon in general are desired. You will be expected to be present and complete assigned tasks daily, so a history of active involvement in the PokeGym is desirable. You are neither afraid to politely enforce The Rules, nor do you have an 'axe to grind' with any member or group.