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A Check-in Section?


Johnny

Heh, I think I'm starting to get my admin mentality back.

 

Anyway, I was just thinking about inactive staff members, and randomly came up with the idea for a check-in section in the staff forums.

 

How it works is like this:

Every x weeks an admin posts a new topic in the check in section

Then, each staff member replies to that within the next x weeks (until the next one is posted), and perhaps we can require them to post a short summary of what they've been up to lately.

If a member doesn't reply in that time period, they're considered inactive and essentially removed from staff.

I think this will definitely help keep an eye on those staff members that like to disappear for months at a time, which I've been noticing more and more of lately.

 

I suggest the time period be anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

 

Also, as a sort of check in for me, I have 12 more days until I graduate, and then I've got nothing but free time, aside from a trip back home during the summer, so I'll be able to take care of Xisto as much as I used to. I'm currently working on rebuilding my site from the ground up, and I've been discussing the idea of launching a small graphics company with a friend of mine. That's really just in branstorm stages right now, but if anything, it should be launched by the end of summer.


jlhaslip

Okay, I'm checking in now.Had a 6 day trip East to the Centre of the Canadian Universe (Toronto and area). Saw my folks, all is good there. Been working lately, also working around the yard, Trees and flowers, etc., so not much time for the Forum. I do check in early in the AM and around bedtime for a quick look see, handle PM's, etc., but with a full-time job and chores in the yard right now, my time on the Forum is sparse.Another couple of weeks and I'll have some more time here, unless something unusual happens.


rejected

I'm on my summer vacation right now too, and have plenty of time.. This sounds like a fair idea, so we can keep in check with all of the staff.


BuffaloHelp

I would hate to think that being a moderator for Xisto is stressful--have to notify and check-in for brief time of absence. However, I do appreciate when a moderator returns at least in timely bases and let us know where his/her schedule would be like for said time frame.So I'm in a dilemma with the check-in but at the same time I think it's necessary. Some members of our staff will never be removed below moderator status (for their past contribution to Xisto) and this isn't my decision, it's OpaQue's. And I agree. But if we need to include more active moderators I will take your votes and considerations to make the room.PSHere is an idea. You can PM to all current moderators with your whereabouts and track those messages. When you return from your break, for those who didn't check your PM you can delete them from their PM box before they get to read it. Forum PM tracking system works that way.


Johnny

I would hate to think that being a moderator for Xisto is stressful--have to notify and check-in for brief time of absence. However, I do appreciate when a moderator returns at least in timely bases and let us know where his/her schedule would be like for said time frame.
So I'm in a dilemma with the check-in but at the same time I think it's necessary. Some members of our staff will never be removed below moderator status (for their past contribution to Xisto) and this isn't my decision, it's OpaQue's. And I agree. But if we need to include more active moderators I will take your votes and considerations to make the room.

PS
Here is an idea. You can PM to all current moderators with your whereabouts and track those messages. When you return from your break, for those who didn't check your PM you can delete them from their PM box before they get to read it. Forum PM tracking system works that way.


Lol, come on BH, one extra post every few weeks? Hardly stressful, and I could honestly think of good reasons to have the staff do exponentially more work than just that.

If we're all serious about being here, a check-in should be no problem.

I agree that some staff shouldn't be removed though, so that's understandable. It would be nice if they checked in anyway though, even if it's not required for those people in particular, just to leave an update. I know some of the older staff are literally never here, yet stay on because of what they've done in the past. More of an honor title for them, I suppose.

BuffaloHelp

Lol, come on BH, one extra post every few weeks? Hardly stressful, and I could honestly think of good reasons to have the staff do exponentially more work than just that.

I said "stressful" because I see moderators loggin in but forum is not managed, approved tutorials, spams made invisible etc. So I naturally assumed moderating Xisto forum became a slave work rather than volunteering for fun.

Johnny

I said "stressful" because I see moderators loggin in but forum is not managed, approved tutorials, spams made invisible etc. So I naturally assumed moderating Xisto forum became a slave work rather than volunteering for fun.

All the more reason then...clear out some people, and add some new active ones. From what I've seen Plenoptic's activity and devotion seems to be rivalling yours BH, he'd be a great choice, IMO.

Forgive me if I read you wrong, but I think that's what you meant?

BuffaloHelp

I was looking at the list and seems like everyone has been active in last few days. So none from our current list will be demoted. So looks like we'll be adding additional moderator to our list.Plenoptic is active and very good, I agree. But the problem is how long will the member continue that way? Plenoptic was active and wasn't for a long time. And now he is active for his vacation just started.I think a moderator that can devote 1 hour a day, frequently, is more effective than a moderator who is here for 10 hours, once a week etc. Just an example.


Kubi

A slave work? Not at all, I enjoy the work, even when it comes to warning members, though I wish I didn't have to, I'm glad things are being controlled, in a "I'm not controlling you're life" manner. If that makes sence.

I'd support the check-in. It simply ensures that a moderator is doing there job, and not slacking off. Even if the job is purely volenteer, there still comes responsibility, even volenteers have curtain "obligations". Even if it's just checking-in every month or so.

I don't think making one post stating what's happening with you, once a month, if not more, is stressful. Heck, it's not really even a challange. 5 minutes out of your day to do it, even do it at school or work if you have access.

As for me, I'm going to be running all the even sotws, while Avalon handles all the odd sotws, as he states

You do the even sotw I'll do the odd, because I feel odd like that.

. So I suppose I'll also be updating GFXTrap as well, pretty much some of the things SM used to do.
Anywho, when are to looking for new mods? We've lost a couple, and I think Avalon would be perfect for it. He runs SOTW(now every "odd" week), and he's a very good contributer. Running SOTW without being a mod can be tough, closing and moving the topics and such. If we're looking for new mods, he's at the top of my list.

Johnny

Sorry, I didn't mean that we should literally add Plenoptic, that was just an example.Anyway, I know that some of these people are probably on the list of "honorables", so to speak, and won't be removed, but two currently inactive people:NilsC -- Last Active 20th November 2005 - 10:08 AMs234a -- Last Active 24th March 2006 - 09:12 PMNilsC hasn't been here in almost half a year (6 months), and s234a hasn't been here in a quarter (3 months). Other people seem to log in regularly, but rarely do I see them actually moderating, which is something I myself do a lot when I'm busy, so that's a tough call.But if you do want suggestions for new mods, I think Pleno and Avalon would be good choices, but I'm not sure how available they are at the current time.IF you think the check-in section isn't a good idea, that's fine. I'm sure I can brainstorm some other ways to help out.Sorry if this posts sounds a bit scrambled...I just got up from a nap.


Kubi

Pleno is still on the list? His activity lowered quite a bit recently.It seems Avalon seems quite available due to the speed I'm recieving PM's back from him. He's on most the time.


rejected

I think we should leave it up to the admins before getting new mods..? NilsC doesn't really do much anymore, but he's still here. He used to be an admin and I doubt he will ever be put below a moderator . If I had to choose someone to be a moderator, it would be Avalon. Plenoptic in my opinion doesn't seem ready to be a moderator. We need people with consistancy, as someone said before, and I can't remember who, but not people who are on five hours a day for a couple of weeks and then disappear for a long amount of time. Not only that, but I think Avalon is much more mature and could handle to the duty better. Once again though, this is up to the admins for picking new mods, not the mods themselves.


Johnny

I think we should leave it up to the admins before getting new mods..? NilsC doesn't really do much anymore, but he's still here. He used to be an admin and I doubt he will ever be put below a moderator . If I had to choose someone to be a moderator, it would be Avalon. Plenoptic in my opinion doesn't seem ready to be a moderator. We need people with consistancy, as someone said before, and I can't remember who, but not people who are on five hours a day for a couple of weeks and then disappear for a long amount of time. Not only that, but I think Avalon is much more mature and could handle to the duty better. Once again though, this is up to the admins for picking new mods, not the mods themselves.

Haha, we're all staff here rejected. Admins are just like mods only with a few extra powers and a lot more responsibility. We can all have a say in things though.

Anyway, I doubt Nils would ever be moved below mod, but then again, no offense, but I can't really think of any major thing he's done for trap, moreso than any of the other admins...but I fall into the same category...I don't think most members even know/remember that I was an admin.

Avalon is a very good choice, IMO. He's responsible, a quick learner and pretty active.

There's also a few members hiding around here that could also be good choices, they just don't make themselves too noticeable, I guess.

I dunno, I'm going off on a tangent. I made my suggestion, so it's up to the rest of you to decide what you want to make of it.

Kubi

And right...HereThis topic just completely changed subject . Lol.Well the reason I say Pleno isn't to active, is just that. He was on constantly the first...month maybe. Then it seemed once we started considering him for the position, and decided we didn't need mods, he lowed his activity. It's true, Avalon does seem more mature, isn't he older too? I can't really say that Pleno is "to young" or "Immature", be just myself, I'll only be 16 in 2 weeks. So there's not much age difference.Then again, Avalon was just appointed a temperary mod position, so he can handle the graphics crew portion. From what I heard, he was asked to focus on GFXTrap mainly, but he was aloud to check for spam in other places. Hopefully this position will be able to last longer, he'll be a real help.


serverph

whew! the time i have my PC busted for short-circuitry in my power switch button (long story, i had to bring in my PC for repairs three times in five days ), this comes along. hehehe? not complaining though, just that if i'm missing from the forums these past few days, it is because of that. i think i'm good to go now having my PC finally fixed (fingers-crossed, hope glitches don't recur very soon!), so i'm amenable to this check-in suggestion if ever it gets implemented. BUT if anybody misses me, it could only mean i can't get online because of a busted PC.


Johnny

whew! the time i have my PC busted for short-circuitry in my power switch button (long story, i had to bring in my PC for repairs three times in five days ), this comes along. heheheü not complaining though, just that if i'm missing from the forums these past few days, it is because of that.
i think i'm good to go now having my PC finally fixed (fingers-crossed, hope glitches don't recur very soon!), so i'm amenable to this check-in suggestion if ever it gets implemented. BUT if anybody misses me, it could only mean i can't get online because of a busted PC.

Heh, no worries server, that's why I suggested it be a few weeks, so anyone with computer problems or a vacation or something can take care of that.

Avalon

To be honest I wouldn't have thought a check-in system would be necessary. Wouldn't we see who is active in their moderating duties and who is not? (remember I am new and may not fully understand)As for my maturity... hmm.. well. Let's say a young head on an old body (46). Seriously though, I think you can safely say any tantrums are well out of my system.


Johnny

To be honest I wouldn't have thought a check-in system would be necessary. Wouldn't we see who is active in their moderating duties and who is not? (remember I am new and may not fully understand)
As for my maturity... hmm.. well. Let's say a young head on an old body (46). Seriously though, I think you can safely say any tantrums are well out of my system.

Wowza. I've got to stop assuming everyone's a kid like me...

And it's a bit harder to notice people's moderation, since there's so many topics they could be moderating, and we obviously can't read every one of them. And of course, not all topics need to be moderated.

jlhaslip

checking in.Been busy with seasonal chores at the house, a new project at the job, and a problem with the Internet connection here, but we're all good now. Should be seeing more of me over the next little while.


BuffaloHelp

Anyone knows whereabouts of Avalon? Is he okay? I hope he's okay



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