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Title:Status of forum moderators in the Gentoo project
Version:1.4
Version:1.5
Last-Modified:2005/09/13 10:54:28
Last-Modified:2005/10/17 17:53:05
Author:Christian Hartmann <christian.hartmann at email.de>, Wernfried Haas <w.haas at xover.htu.tuwien.ac.at>, @@ -44,7 +287,7 @@
Type:Informational
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Created:06-May-2005

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Abstract

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Abstract

Global moderators and site admins should also go through the mentoring process and become official Gentoo staff.

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Motivation

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At the time of writing the forums are apart from the recruiting process and +

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Motivation

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At the time of writing the forums are apart from the recruiting process and people helping out there are not made an official part of Gentoo. This GLEP aims on creating and establishing a recruitment and mentoring process for moderators and site admins of forums.gentoo.org. By doing this we hopefully @@ -83,7 +326,7 @@

Moderators and site admins are doing a hard job for the community as well as all the other projects do but they get no voice in the gentoo internals. Recent events such as the election of trustees or the new metastructure poll are effectively -affecting the forums, so the wish to be part of the decision as an equal member +affecting the forums, so the wish to be part of the decision as an equal member is present among the moderators.

Moderators are often a contact person between users and developers, so we should try to improve the communication between these two groups of people. As @@ -107,14 +350,14 @@ be aware of the difference between moderators and developers, so the actions of a moderator may represent Gentoo Linux to them anyway.

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Specification

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Specification

To obtain a certain kind of quality assurance and to (create and) ensure that upcoming moderators know about the forums guidelines a document and processes will have to be created and established that the recruits need to follow. -This document (called Moderators handbook/FAQ [1]) will include the moderation guidelines -as they are currently available in the moderators forum plus a FAQ that was created as -a possible candidate for a forums-quiz. The guidelines and the FAQ should help the +This document (called Moderators handbook/FAQ [1]) will include the moderation guidelines +as they are currently available in the moderators forum plus a FAQ that was created as +a possible candidate for a forums-quiz. The guidelines and the FAQ should help the moderator to get some general information about how to moderate the forums.

Suggested procedure for becoming global moderator: Existing moderators can suggest a user to become a moderator. The ability of the new moderator to @@ -132,24 +375,24 @@ are encouraged to help the new moderator if they are unsure how to deal with a situation.

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Rationale

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Rationale

The process of aquiring new developers seems to work for the rest of Gentoo Linux quite well. A mentoring system has been chosen since new moderators were mentored unofficially by the other moderators anyway. This means more or less writing down things that have been done already. -It was discussed to add a forums-specific quiz to the process of aquiring new -moderators. -Devrel's standing on that is that it is up to the moderators how a new moderator is +It was discussed to add a forums-specific quiz to the process of aquiring new +moderators. +Devrel's standing on that is that it is up to the moderators how a new moderator is chosen. Since the old process worked fine so far and some people among the moderators -didn't exactly like the idea of a quiz, we chose not to make one. A document containing the -questions collected for the quiz in form of a FAQ together with the moderation -guidelines seems to be a more feasible approach. The new moderators are supposed to -read the FAQ as well as they had to take a quiz, so they will learn the information +didn't exactly like the idea of a quiz, we chose not to make one. A document containing the +questions collected for the quiz in form of a FAQ together with the moderation +guidelines seems to be a more feasible approach. The new moderators are supposed to +read the FAQ as well as they had to take a quiz, so they will learn the information given in this document.

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Backwards Compatibility

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Backwards Compatibility

Moderators who are currently inactive (Bodhisattva status) should be considered akin to retired developers and will have to take the staff quiz if they return to moderation activities. New moderators should have to go @@ -159,16 +402,16 @@ would be a requirement to become a staff member. We decided that it would counter productive to make it mandatory for them. Becoming a staff member is optional for these moderators.

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As a side effect of the discussion about the glep among the moderators +

As a side effect of the discussion about the glep among the moderators as well as in discussions with other developers and devrel, it turned -out that the forums have never been assigned to a toplevel project in the -general organization of the Gentoo project. Forums don't really seem to fit +out that the forums have never been assigned to a toplevel project in the +general organization of the Gentoo project. Forums don't really seem to fit into one of the current categories as they are related to the infrastructure -and the documentation project. We suggest putting it in the other category +and the documentation project. We suggest putting it in the other category or making a separate one for the forums.

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