Preparing for staff

LordScorch

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Preparing for staff

I'm sure all of us have had thoughts about becoming staff in the past, present or future. Many of the community members have ideas on how to go about it too, (do something extravagent, take advantage of another, work for it, or simply beg). Many of the things I said in that last sentence aren't ideal, they do not show what you can really do as a staff member, or how you could help the community in a manner of being apart of the administration. But I'm going to tell you how to prepare yourself, and teach you how to be apart of the staffing community the good way. (There are various ways, but I find this the easiest, and the best.)

-Seeker of Truth

- Join the forum, and the first thing you want to do is study the rules.
Take them to memory for future reference. Why would you need to do this? It's the first step in preperation. If you are to enforce the rules, you must know them.

- Understand the ideas of the community. Make sure you know what you're getting into before you apply for staff. You don't want to assist something that disinterest you, or you even dislike strongly.

- Get to know the members, and administration. This is a key step in your path. You must acknowledge all ideas put forth, and boast your opinion on them. Attain your voice, it's the only way. Get to know the community leaders, and people of all kinds. The more diversity you learn from, and cling to, the more your name becomes populated, and revered. Become friends with a good majority, and wonderful things will happen to you.

- Get to know the forum software. This is definitely not a requirement, but it is something that is highly recommeded. The more you know about the software, the more you can do to help the current staff on that site. You'll become known as a helper, and your opinions will be taken into higher account, and your name revered even more.

- Work, work, work. Posting is a key part in becoming staff. This doesn't mean spamming the forum endlessly attempting to up your post count, but it means raising your voice on subjects, and teaching others in different situations. As a wanna-be-staffer you should help with things that are not getting done, and take things into your own hands. This way, the current staff knows your a dedicated, and hard worker, and they'll want you on their team. (But remember, these things take time.)

- Sentence Structure, and how you type. Make sure you teach yourself how to type. Try...

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I agree and can relate to just about all of it, expect the "Get to know the members, and administration" part. I don't really see this as being a big deal. By working hard (posting for example), you're bound to get to know the members anyway.

That point gives off the vibe that unless you're a friend of a staff member, you won't have a good chance at becoming one. Unfortunately some forums actually run like this, and don't regard work and effort as much as "relationships".


Good article though, I can relate for sure.
 

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One of the most important things, notably, is to not ask (unless they have an application system like TAZ). Asking is usually a major turn off for administrators...
 

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One of the most important things, notably, is to not ask (unless they have an application system like TAZ). Asking is usually a major turn off for administrators...

You speak the truth. :tup:
 

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I agree and can relate to just about all of it, expect the "Get to know the members, and administration" part. I don't really see this as being a big deal. By working hard (posting for example), you're bound to get to know the members anyway.

That point gives off the vibe that unless you're a friend of a staff member, you won't have a good chance at becoming one. Unfortunately some forums actually run like this, and don't regard work and effort as much as "relationships".


Good article though, I can relate for sure.

Very good article.

I think becoming close with others in the community is wise. Is just good practice anyway. Being on good terms with others is always good. But I tend to be on good terms with a least a few members of a community I really enjoy.

You should never go to a community simply to be staff. You should enjoy the forum for what it is. And if your staff then great. If not its OK too.

Realize being a staff members is often a lot of work and it can really drain you sometimes. A former staff member of mine made a comment that being a staffer means moderating yourself more than it dose others. This is true sometimes and can really test someones will.

But know that its very rewarding. And not something to be taken for granted. A staff position can put the community your a part of into new a prospective.


Oh and yes I can relate.
 

LordScorch

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I'm going to bring this topic up. :)

Sorry if it's against the rules..
 

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Glad you did, I missed it first time round.

You make some good points that will help guide inexperienced forum users :)
 

JonasHastings

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^thanks dude. I am more of a lurker on forums and I highly appreciate moderators explaining things or sometimes playing referee.
 

Ferrari353

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Great article! Hopefully it will be useful to me in the future...So far, all my mod positions have come from here in the community cooperative haha. Thanks for posting it though :D
 

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One thing I have to add.

Make sure you fit with the philosophy of the forum and its members/staff.

This is probably one of the most important. Not matter what anyone says its much easier to have people who are on the same track you are. And normally when you disagree with most people on the staff you simply fight a losing battle to be heard. Or more importantly get things done. I think its important to ask the staff what philosophies they are founded on. How do they handle rule violations, do they ban people, are they hands off or hands on with members, what is the power structure of the staff, are they serious, silly and so on? You have to really dig and make sure you fit or you will find your staff positions seems less and less enjoyable.

A few more things to note. Avoid boards that overall praise idea people. IE artists, Designers, coders, and so on. You want a board that also rewards the loyal and consistent hard worker as well.

Also avoid forums with stagnant staff. In other words if the staff is not active yet is still retaining their staff position. Its good indication of how issues with the staff aren't being dealt with. This is especially common for boards with people who move up to admin.
 

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Thank you for the write up. I agree with pretty much everything you said.

One of the most important things, notably, is to not ask (unless they have an application system like TAZ). Asking is usually a major turn off for administrators...

I think there are two ways to do this.

Blatantly asking for a position is annoying for sure and usually makes me ignore that person, especially if they are asking when they have less than average post counts and activity. I usually delete without even responding.

A way to do this without offending me, and I'd think most admins, would be to send a friendly "love the site and what you're doing, if you ever need anything, let me know!" message. This usually catches my attention and will make me pay a bit more attention to a member that sends that or something similar without feeling like they are asking for it.

Technically they are asking, but it's a lot more tolerable and respectful that way. I don't remember ever hiring anyone for a staff role that asked for it. I've hired a few that just let me know they would be interested if I needed it and then proved they really wanted it.
 

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I know about this quite well. In the past I have been one of those who asked for a staff position. so to say. It has been at a forum I spend a lot of time on, being actually one of the most active members and the staff there was big due to the forum's structure with lots of usergroups. I let it drop that I wanted to be a mod someday. Well, aside from the fact that I declared this I didn't do anything else, but I am aware nowadays how awfully annoying I have been by doing this.
I became part of the staff eventually, when I stopped asking for it for some time.
 

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Thank you are you also going to make a guide on the eye point of a forum owner hiring staff. How he/she should do it the best recruiting staff?
 

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Yes Sir!

I'm sure all of us have had thoughts about becoming staff in the past, present or future. Many of the community members have ideas on how to go about it too, (do something extravagent, take advantage of another, work for it, or simply beg). Many of the things I said in that last sentence aren't ideal, they do not show what you can really do as a staff member, or how you could help the community in a manner of being apart of the administration. But I'm going to tell you how to prepare yourself, and teach you how to be apart of the staffing community the good way. (There are various ways, but I find this the easiest, and the best.)

-Seeker of Truth

- Join the forum, and the first thing you want to do is study the rules.
Take them to memory for future reference. Why would you need to do this? It's the first step in preperation. If you are to enforce the rules, you must know them.

- Understand the ideas of the community. Make sure you know what you're getting into before you apply for staff. You don't want to assist something that disinterest you, or you even dislike strongly.

- Get to know the members, and administration. This is a key step in your path. You must acknowledge all ideas put forth, and boast your opinion on them. Attain your voice, it's the only way. Get to know the community leaders, and people of all kinds. The more diversity you learn from, and cling to, the more your name becomes populated, and revered. Become friends with a good majority, and wonderful things will happen to you.

- Get to know the forum software. This is definitely not a requirement, but it is something that is highly recommeded. The more you know about the software, the more you can do to help the current staff on that site. You'll become known as a helper, and your opinions will be taken into higher account, and your name revered even more.

- Work, work, work. Posting is a key part in becoming staff. This doesn't mean spamming the forum endlessly attempting to up your post count, but it means raising your voice on subjects, and teaching others in different situations. As a wanna-be-staffer you should help with things that are not getting done, and take things into your own hands. This way, the current staff knows your a dedicated, and hard worker, and they'll want you on their team. (But remember, these things take time.)

- Sentence Structure, and how you type. Make sure you teach yourself how to type. Try to use as much grammar as possible when writing out your messages, and other information. This will make you look more professional, and more understandable.

- Believe in yourself. Never give up in your pursuit of becoming a staff member on the site you enjoy coming to. Just keep working and eventually, if you put enough effort in, you'll get it.

I agree mate!
 
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