When is a new mod no longer a n00b?

A long time ago, there was a mod (let’s call him super-mod) who used to schedule all videos for publication, and all the other mods tagged their videos READY FOR PUBLICATION, to let super-mod know that they, well, ready for publication.

That didn’t scale very well, so we implemented what we have now. All mods schedule their own posts, no super-mod needed with one exception: New mods.

For new mods joining our merry band, we ask them to use the old READY FOR PUBLICATION tag so current mods can double check to make sure everything is great, and then schedule the video if it is. After an ill-defined period of time we let these new mods know that they are good to start scheduling their own video, and all is good with the universe

The problem though is that this doesn’t scale well either.

Given the possibility of growing our squad even more, and expanding our role to include other activities like post-production and translation, I wanted to ask you all (new and current mods alike) what you think a better system for on-boarding new team members could be? How can we create a system that makes new mods feel welcome and gives them a place to go for questions, ensures that videos are moderated correctly, and is a little more sustainable than the current READY TO PUBLISH tagging system?

#new-moderators, #training

Please welcome new moderators Alejandro Mozo @woobyn and…

Please welcome new moderators Alejandro Mozo (@woobyn) and Jose Freitas (@josefreitas2)! Alejandro speaks Spanish and Jose speaks Portuguese, so they’ll help round out our staff of moderators who can review non-English language videos and subtitles.

Guys, please review the Video Moderator Manual and watch @myroseapple‘s great instructional video.

Are any of the newer moderators ready to “graduate” to admin and able to mentor Alejandro and Jose? @philerb and @myroseapple, could you please weigh in on that? I don’t want to overwhelm you two. 🙂 Or perhaps longer-time mods like @defries or @maharzan could help mentor this time?


Welcome new moderators in training @lorenzocaum and @metodiew…

Welcome new moderators-in-training @lorenzocaum and @metodiew! Lorenzo applied to be a moderator way back when we had a slow period with videos being submitted, and Stanko applied recently to help us moderate the videos from WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Sofia, as he speaks Bulgarian.

Guys, please review the >Video Moderator Manual and then watch @myroseapple‘s great instructional video.

Have @meaganhanes and @adavis3105 reviewed enough videos to understand the process and be allowed to publish videos without someone looking over their shoulders? If so, perhaps their trainers – @myroseapple and @philerb – can take care of training Lorenzo and Stanko?

Also, have we had any luck finding a trainer for @pr0v4? @ericmann @theadityajain @andrewmorris @maharzan, do any of you have time to help train some new mods?

#new-moderators, #training

Adding another new moderator Andrea Barghigiani username Pr0v4…

Adding another new moderator: Andrea Barghigiani (username Pr0v4) has also agreed to join our merry band. Andrea speaks Italian, which will probably come in handy with all those videos from Bologna still in the queue. 🙂 (Funny story, Andrea is a girl’s name in the US and a boy’s name in Italy. Go figure.)

Andrea B, please read through the Video Moderator Manual and then see about moderating some of those videos in Italian? Also, if you’re interested in helping with post-production, we could use more people there!

Is anyone able to mentor Andrea B? cc: @ericmann @andrewmorris @theadityajain 🙂

#new-moderators, #training

Introducing wp tv mods in training Al Davis…

Introducing wp.tv mods-in-training Al Davis and Meagan Hanes. Both happen to hail from the Ontario area. Both have also been added to this blog and to WordPress.tv as editors.

Al Davis is a WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizer and speaker, and also helped create the WordCamp multi-event sponsorship program that’s all the rage these days.

Meagan Hanes is a designer who’s used WordPress since 2005. She’s also a WordCamp speaker.

@philerb, I think Al could be a big help to you and @theadityajain with the oh-so-gentle, post-your-content reminders to WordCamp organizers. Perhaps you could be his trainer?

@myroseapple, I am have some emails out to possible additional helpers for post-production. Do not despair. Do you think you could train Meagan, in the meantime?

#introductions, #training

The One About Training New Moderators

So, we never did get any kind of training documentation started. I have two new volunteers who would love to help mod videos – how shall we get them started?

Suggested process:

  1. Read through the Submission Guidelines.
  2. Read through this P2P2 “P2” is the name of the theme the blogs of make.wordpress.org use. When asked to post or view something “on the p2” by a member of the WPTV team, that usually means you’re asked to check https://make.wordpress.org/tv. for context and history. It’s not that long. 🙂
  3. TagTag Tag is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. Users can add tags to their WordPress posts along with categories. However, while a category may cover a broad range of topics, tags are smaller in scope and focused to specific topics. Think of them as keywords used for topics discussed in a particular post. a video to “claim” it for review.
  4. Watch the video.
  5. Post any questions to this site.
  6. If you’re certain it meets our standards for accuracy and video/audio quality, post to this site that you think it should be published.

For your first 3 videos, your trainer will review the video too, to make sure you haven’t missed anything. After that, you’ll be able to schedule videos for publication independently.

IMPORTANT: We only schedule 3-5 videos for publication per day. This is to avoid spamming all the people who are subscribed to WordPress.tv. Please don’t publish a whole slew of videos at a time, because sadness.

ALSO IMPORTANT: This blog is public, though it does discourage search engines. If a question comes up with a video that might be sensitive, we try to be discreet with people’s names.

Please suggest changes/additions/deletions. 🙂