Available positions will be posted as closed sticky threads. Please create a "New Thread" with the position title supplemented with your application outlined below. The application will then be peer reviewed by the community and then finally approved by me.
The most important thing about being a moderator is being an example to the community and also inspiration. This is not a "power trip." This role is to inspire and help.
I'd like to point out this role should be focused on community inspiration, and help; rather than a power-trip and wanting to moderate people. Every forum needs a unique volunteer to help create inspirational threads, and also help with common problems. If you're passionate about any specific forum(s) on Indigo Society here's your chance to make a difference and make that forum shine.
Expectations of moderators:
- To become a moderator you have to have a post count of (50) posts/previous activity on the forum, this is so the community already knows you, and you already know some of the members.
- Minimum real life age 18 (soft rule, but will mostly be true for experience sake in life, when you are not 18 yet, adult behavior is expected).
- Overall a positive energy that shows encouragement.
- You are required to log in at least 5 times a week to "caretake" the forum(s) you are moderating , when you cannot do this for a while (holiday, rl busy etc) make sure the other moderators know this.
- In the section that you moderate, posting and initiating new topics, and/or replying to topics that other people have made is a soft requirement. Reading them is a must.
- Be as neutral as possible in conflict, you have to be able to step away from experiences you have had with certain members in the past and view things objectively, or at least ask another mod for help if you cannot be objective.
- Be aware that when you are a moderator, you can become the target of trolling, or be openly/privately questioned by members in a not so pleasant way at times, when people are unhappy with things that are going on.
When someone questions a decision you made, state your view as clear as possible, and do not engage in an open discussion about whether you were right in this or not.
- Be aware of the fact that being a moderator gives you more responsibilities than power, and you will not be immune for the rules, you have to have an understanding of IS rules, and be a row-model when it comes to those rules.
- When engaging in discussions where you think your view may be a controversial one not shared or not popular amongst members, make sure people know this is your personal view, and you have taken off your mod hat to type it. If you think your opinion could create a flame war, keep it to yourself.
- Work together with the other mods, try to stay on the same page, ask them for help, give them your opinion, and do not openly discuss any possible disagreements you may have with them.
- Anything said behind closed doors stays there, members and your fellow mods have to be able to trust you with their opinion.
- Last but not least, being a moderator can keep you busy and is above everything else a responsibility, be aware that it will involve quite a bit of work at times.
Please use the below to apply to positions that are open.
You are free to create a thread requesting a position in a forum that isn't otherwise posted as "position open." If you want to see how the current moderators are distributed take a look at the following page: http://indigosociety.com/showgroups.php
Thank you Abigail for helping to write the expectations.