WordPress.tv Moderator Update Week 3

OK, the holidays are behind us (well, way behind us now) and it’s been a while since you’ve had an update from the WordCamp TV moderator team.  That is not to say we have not been busy; here is what we’ve done to date:

  • Since forming our moderator group on Nov 20th, we have published 58 videos. That’s a new WordCamp video every day, and that’s just with us getting our feet wet; we’d like to improve that to 3 videos a day.
  • Those videos represent great presentations from the following major 2012 WordCamps: Las Vegas, Toronto, Sydney, Raleigh, Nashville, and Chicago.
  • To increase the usefulness of the content we publish, we now include full text descriptions as well as links to relavent content, such as source code and presentation slides, with every video we publish.  Sometimes this is easy, and sometimes a little sleuthing is required.
  • At times we have also (sadly) had to make the call to not publish videos.  This does not happen often, but we want to put the quality of the videos we publish first and foremost, which makes for some tough decisions.   It’s never a good feeling to hold back great information due to technical problems such as weak audio, poor video, etc.  More on that in a second…

What’s next

Up to this point we have primarily been focused on working with a publication systems that already exists.  Now that we’ve had some time to settle in, we have some definite thoughts for how we can do even more to improve the videos you see on WordPress.tv as we move forward.

  • We have started creating (and need to finish) a set of  guidelines/approval standards for videos that we can pass on to WordCamp organizers; hopefully this will reduce the number of submissions we reject due to technical problems and lead to a higher quality experience overall.
  • Create process documents for the day-to-day stuff we do; an instruction manual on how to be a mod, if you will.  As WordCamps grow worldwide, the need for moderators can only increase, and we want to be sure we’ve got good materials ready for that eventuality.

We’re also planning on having a real-time meeting in the next few weeks (tough, due to our global makeup) to discuss these major directives, plus consider other ideas as we move forward.  Our plan is to have this meetup on IRC using the new #wordcamp channel.  When that date is set, we’ll share it here and you are welcome to attend.

Also, if you are interested in becoming a mod, why not let us know in the comments here or on our team’s P2 blog; we’d love to grow our team, and as a reward you can watch as many WordCamp videos as you want!