Community Building and Leadership – Ideas
A transcription of a Long Form Toot earlier this morning, fully composed on the fly, in my toot Editor at my main Mastodon instance.
Very lightly edited for Blog publishing, adding links and references only, content was ready. The views in the post are my own, but I believe they reflect the values which make our instance a vibrant and pleasant place to be in.
We at Qoto are always scouting for new Talent, and open to suggestions, comments.
Adding new Staff members is good for all communities — it's a labour of love, we do it for the fun, the pleasure of seeing things growing up, a nice social climate growing.
I would like to invite any Active user here at Qoto (or in the Fediverse at large, if you decided to join us) to consider if they would like to help.
- Collaborators are one of the levels I see as important in user's participation in any community. While not in a formal administrative role, Collaborators are recognized for the quality of their posts, interactions.
All communities depend on users participation — otherwise you would be building static web pages and publishing your own content, like a Blog for example.
The Role of Moderators :
- Moderation staff, in my opinion, should be active members, who personally produce content and interact with the local membership to enhance a positive climate.
It's not a Cop on the Beat job, although sometimes we have to perform the duties of judging content and deciding what action if could require, or not.
iv. What makes a good Moderator? Ideally a stable and pondered person, capable of communicating clearly and actively present in the community.
The job of a Moderator is, in my personal view, more than simply keeping an eye out for unacceptable behaviour or content. But any Staff member in a site should be interested in it, a content producer and community builder him/herself.”
Any user can contribute to the site
...through their posts and added content, thru their interaction with others. I find the size of the community ideal, we don't have a huge crowd or overwhelming numbers of new posts.
We all can help:
- say hello to a new user, when they post that first toot. I remember it, mine was just a month ago, this mastodon thing totally new to me. And I also remember receiving a welcome message from the administrator, which is not something you see in many larger places.
- keep an eye out for unwanted posts (for example, as per site rules, porn, open advertising, any spamming, etc). Use the Report button at the bottom of the post, and send in a report to Staff.
- respond to other user threads, even a small comment is encouraging. It's sad to see someone put the effort to create a nice post, well written, with additional info link(s), maybe image(s) —– and see that post sit, ignored. It's disheartening but sadly common.
- make the place feel like a collegial, friendly place to be, which we enjoy spending our time in.
Additional Reflections :
I wrote my own personal reflections back in late November, 2019, about the role of an active user and aspiring leadership candidate. At the time, I was being nominated to the December 2019 Moderator Nominations at Qoto.org.
It's a Long Form page, of course; (1,023 words 6,374 characters). I don't post bare URLs or video links much, Words are my passion.
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