As we storm ever closer to 50,000 registered users, it has becoming increasingly clear to myself and the other site administrators that we require a more organised staff structure.
We have been discussing this over the last couple of weeks and have put together a plan of how we would like the site to be organised in the near future.
The plan is to divide the staff into 4 “departments”, each of which will have its own manager that will be in charge of organising the staff in that department.
The 4 departments are:Moderation
– in charge of the smooth running of the forums and chat roomNews
– in charge of regulating stories to the homepage, and selecting reviews and articles for publicationContent
– in charge of Game, Achievement, and DLC information, and the soon to be arriving WalkthroughsInvestigations
– in charge of investigations into game saving by gamers on the site
I'm delighted to say that we have appointed managers for 3 of these departments - Clever Jake
will run the Moderation Department, Aerodynamo
will head up the News team, and NightStalkar
will be our Content Manager.
In consultation with the new Managers, we are shortly going to be asking for applications from the community for positions in these departments.
There are a couple of things that we want to introduce when we do this:
1) A staff member can only have a position in a single department
2) We would like existing holders of positions to re-apply
The first of these is to try to get more people involved with the running of the site, loads of people have PM’d me over the last few months asking if they can help out, and this should enable more to do just that. You have some great ideas and enthusiasm and I want to try to harness that for the good of the whole TA community.
The second is because we have some people that have been made staff over the last year or so that no longer have the time to be involved in the site any more, or are only involved because they feel obliged to be, but would be happy for someone else to take over. I also want the managers to be 100% behind their teams, and so they will be involved in choosing them.
I will also be writing some new features for each department to hopefully make their jobs a bit easier.
We will begin by asking for applications for the Moderator positions. Clever Jake
has put together some guidelines for the role:A moderator should be active on the forums.
A moderator must know and follow all the rules of the forum and chat room.
A moderator should work to keep the site running smoothly by enforcing site rules and answering any questions that members may have regarding the site, its policies and/or procedures.
A moderator should possess good decision making and be able to follow the site’s disciplinarily procedure when necessary.
A moderator is expected to have shown and will continue to show respect for fellow users and staff.
A moderator will ideally be knowledgeable of how the site works.
A moderator should possess good grammar and spelling
Above all, since this is a voluntary position, a moderator should enjoy helping users, and previous experience of doing this would be advantageous.
If you would like to apply for a moderator role, then please send a private message to Clever Jake
before Friday 9th October, and with answers to the following questions:1) What time zone are you in?
2) How many hours per day are you likely to spend on the site, and which hours are these likely to be?
3) Do you use the TA chat?
4) Have you ever moderated forums before? If so, where?
5) Is English your first language?
6) How old are you?
7) Why do you want to be a moderator on TA?
Once the moderation team has been chosen, we will begin asking for applications in the other departments.
Until teams are announced, I would ask that existing staff continue in their current roles. If they do not want to continue, then please contact me by PM.
I would like to publicly thank everybody who currently has a position in the staff, you have been awesome and a crucial part of making the site what it is today, and I hope that you will want to continue in your role.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, we are very excited about the impact these changes will have on the site - together we can make it even better!