In the last few weeks you may have noticed that a few regular participants have started sporting a green badge - like this:
This is the “Mentor” badge, and I am very excited to officially launch the Mentor Team.
From the very beginning of the community development by The Society, the plan was to involve members in the running of the community and make this truly “member-driven”.
All community members have the opportunity to moderate content - should that be required. Anyone can flag a post to report it for spam (which has yet to happen - this is such a well-run place), for being inappropriate, or for something else, such as miscategorisation or going off-topic, and then admins and moderators can see the flags and decide how to deal with it.
But helping to run a community is not just about the cleaning and policing, it is about sharing the culture and supporting each other.
This is already one of the friendliest and most interesting sites I’ve had the fortune to be involved with, but there’s always opportunity for even more.
The two areas we were most interested in developing were:
- a group of non-staff for members to be able to contact for advice and support, particularly for brand new arrivals who are unsure of how the community works
- a way to encourage a greater variety of topics for conversation driven by interests of participants - and clearly separated from any Society marketing plans
We decided to create “The Mentors” to fulfil this particular role.
The current group of mentors is:
This team is small, but formed of members who have a variety of backgrounds but knowledge of how the site works so we can provide advice and support. We can also fix certain issues (such as splitting or merging topics) without having to get the admin team to deal with it.
Each of the team may also take responsibility for encouraging certain topics. We won’t necessarily post about these all the time, but we will try to encourage others to write about these areas of interest so that we can keep this place as varied and interesting as possible.
This is currently a trial. In future the Mentor team might be expanded, or we might even find new ways to vary the membership and set it up so we take turns in the role. As the lottery likes to say, “It could be YOU!”
In any case, the idea is to increase the role of members in developing the content of the community, and so I’m very excited to have the support of a wonderful team.
If you want to speak to any of us about the role, or have any ideas and suggestions, you can either contact us personally or send us a group message by addressing it to @Mentor