Posted Jun 19 2011 - 07:01 PM
How do you become Staff?The Administration is approached regularly by members interested in becoming staff. Unfortunately we do not always have the time to reply in a prompt manner.BZPower appoints members to the Staff as needed them, not as a reward or a favor. The Administration appreciates that there are many, many members interested and willing to give some of themselves to benefit the community being building here. Being a Staff Member tends to be a thankless job, and those who want to contribute their time & energy to the cause are greatly appreciated.There is an expression about 'too many cooks in the kitchen' - if everyone who wanted to become a Staff Member was appointed, pretty much everyone would be on the Staff and it would be very difficult to organize or get anything done.How Staff are chosen:A Staff position becomes vacant when a current Staff Member leaves their post. They can either resign, be removed from their post, or may just lose interest and float away from BZP. Either way, when there is a need for a new staff member the search will begin.Three people make up the BZP 'hiring team': Black Six, Tufi Piyufi, and Kaiapu.Blog and Forum Assistants are chosen by taking note of how helpful a member is. One item looked for is people reporting posts. This is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Also, posting in the Q&A forum, properly answering questions can also get you noticed.Forum and Blog Leaders can be chosen from current Assistants or the membership body as a whole. When a Leader position becomes available, the 'hiring team' will look for people who will best be able to fill the hole left by the departing Leader. This qualification may be different each and every time a new Leader is chosen, so its hard to say what is being looked for.Reporters are chosen from members who have shown their ability to write and express themselves well in addition to being active and respected members of the BZPower community. They are the frontmost-facing Staff Members, with their work appearing on the front page, so care is taken to select individuals who are trustworthy and responsible.Both Tufi Piyufi and Kaiapu play equally important roles in Staff selection. Therefore, you should try to display your best to these two Forum Administrators when desiring a staff position on BZPower.It is understood that a Staff position on BZPower is a very desirable position, and subsequently the competition is very high. The best advice is to keep doing what you do in terms of being a good member, and you never know if one day you might be contacted by an Administrator.