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February 7th, 2004

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11:13 am - Points of note
In the last few days, we've seen some interesting discussions in the various Elfwood communities, directly relating to the moderation of Elfwood.
Some of them are things that pop up now and again, so we'll log them here as a sort of mini FAQ based on the outcome of some of the discussions.

1. Mod's Choice

Mod's Choice is called that because it's art that the *moderators* think is good or deserves a bit of recognition.

However, it doesn't mean that we're the only ones who are allowed to do so.
There are other ways that you can draw attention to the art that you personally think is good.

- Check out Woodworks ezine. There is a very good recommended art section, and the editor (the beautiful and talented gealflings) is constantly trying to find appropriate art to show off. Yes, it has to follow a theme, but if you'd like to help, drop her a line :)

- Since you don't need join codes for LJ anymore, why not get together with some likeminded individuals, and set up a community for daily art picks?

- Speaking of communities specifically for plugging art, we do actually already have one. elfwoodplugs is not just for plugging your own art, it's for plugging ANY art that you like. And it already has a large reader/membership.

2. Rejected Art

So, you uploaded a picture/story that you are totally sure fits the rules, but it got rejected?
What to do, what to do.
Don't know what to do?

- The thing to do is to reply to the email you receive from Elfwood telling you about the rejection, and question it. Give reasons why you think this picture should have been let in.
The emails go directly back to the senior mods (co-ordinators) who will then review the decision and either correct it if a mistake has been made, or tell you in more detail why it was rejected.
The reason we need you to reply to the email, is that then we get a link to the original ticket, and we can see what you had as your description and all of your account details.
We will also endeavour to give you suggestions for making the image/story suitable and direct you to upload it again if it's just a case of fixing up a couple of bits.

Don't rant about it to general membership without actually approaching staff. Even if the other members agree with you, they can't help you do anything about it.
Yes, you can rant about whatever you like in the LJ communities, however it is only very occasionally that this will have the desired result, and most often just annoys people.
Particularly in those cases where it turns out that the picture should have been rejected anyway.
The only people who can reverse the decision are the Mod's themselves, so why not just go to them first?

3. Mod's Changing Items on Tickets

We don't have the ability to edit anything on your ticket. We can't change the category or the description, or the spelling.
All we can do is view the actual item you have uploaded, and the description, and make a decision based on it.

4. Becomming a Moderator

Want to become a mod? Not sure how to go about volunteering?

- First, read the rules (seriously, you'd be surprised how many people volunteer and don't actually know any of the rules).

- Second, make sure that your own gallery doesn't have any rulebreakers. Also, it shouldn't really have any borderline images in it either. We're tougher on ourselves than we are on general membership.

- Third, use the Contact Form on Elfwood.
Tell us your name, your gallery URL, and your age. Tell us if you are interested in Modding a specific area like FanQuarter (we need more of these) or Wyverns Library, or just the Fantasy and Sci Fi area.

We only recruit one or two mods a week. This is so that they can get some intensive training, and we don't have too many newbies at any one time.
Due to this, and the fact that we only have a small team of recruiters and trainers, the volunteer queue is sloooooow and it can take months to receive a response.
This doesn't mean that we don't want you, because we really really do. We always need more mods.
When we get to you, we will check out your gallery, and then we'll send you a link to the moderators test.
Based on the results of your test, we'll either accept you and set you up with a mentor, or we'll say sorry not this time around.

PLEASE do not contact mods directly asking to volunteer. The only way to do this is to use the contact form.
Most mods cannot help anyway, since not all of us recruit.

We hope that answers some questions, or clarifies a few points.

(5 comments | Leave a comment)


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Date:February 15th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this very useful info! I'll keep it in mind!


[User Picture]
Date:February 16th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
likewise, thanks :) it's good to know how the system works. level headed along with positive sugestions.
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)

This is really useful :)

I've been thinking about volunteering at elfwood for a while, but I've had no idea how to go about it until now.

Thank you
[User Picture]
Date:August 18th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
goodness! and all this tim eI had no idea Elfwood was on LJ. Fascinating!
Date:April 21st, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
well this was really useful for me!
Thanks alot!

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