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Old 03-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Looking for volunteers to run one (or two?) clubs, for welcoming ppl and helping ^_^

Because I'm required to spend time on a lot of other parts of the site (feature development, training moderators, etc), I don't have time to run these sorts of clubs - but they're ideas I've had for awhile, and am here to ask the community if any of you have interest in helping create or run these club/s ^_^

Specifically, I have two ideas in mind - they could potentially be the same club, or maybe split apart into two if people have a strong desire to do one or the other. I'm open to suggestion on how they'd be run, anything - I'd love for the community to work together on how they would best work, and for a few people to run each of them ^_^

1) A 'welcoming' type of club. the idea i had was that club members could welcome newcomers to the site (the 'users' homepage has a list of people who joined that day). I think you'd agree that seeing friendly faces when you join a community is always a great thing :)

2) a 'we're here for help' type of club. These might be the same clubs because I think 'welcome to the site' and 'let me know if you have any questions' sort of go hand in hand, and new folks often want help with things like setting up their lists or figuring out site features.

Ideally this would be a large team (or teams) of people who love Anime-Planet and want to help out people with questions, or just help people feel welcome. This would hopefully mean I get less private messages/profile questions and things to me directly, most of which I never have time to respond to :/ you'd be the club I'd send people to if they need help figuring out something, etc.

Other random notes/ideas:

-I could get a badge created for both the admins of the club, and for members of the club. In theory (i think this is set up already, i just need to make sure), the club admins would be able to award these badges to the club members themselves, without needing me to do it

-We'd need a good handful of people to run each of the clubs - this way if people are gone/lose interest, there's others to keep things going :)

-We'd have a subforum in the clubs section, including potentially a mod section where the mods could brainstorm projects/plans

-The mods could decide if they want to do projects on the site that awards TACO points (or something else) to the members who do the most

Any other thoughts/ideas? Is anyone interested in this, etc?
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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I'd be willing to help. I could do that welcoming club thing.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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I personally would be happy to be a part of the second club. The first sounds like it would be something of a time-demanding club, so I can't say I'd be terribly helpful there, but I would be happy to help other users out if they need anything. :)
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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Default Re: Looking for volunteers to run one (or two?) clubs, for welcoming ppl and helping

I'd be interested in a "help" club thing, I'm always interested in helping people ^^

I'm used to having a thread or such open indefinately to check =P (I haven't left R C-C or LT for a year or so xD)
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:50 PM   #5
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Would like to be aboard the second one, at least. First one sounds a bit demanding unless the welcomes would be spread out over the members or something like that, since welcoming that many people per day... well...
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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Hey.. I haven't been to active on the site.. But it's a great site and I was looking to get some web experience so I'd be keen to help.. could do either :)
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I think both club ideas should only make one. What's the point of "hiring" people only to giving a friendly welcome to newcomers? There's already a section in the forum to introduce oneself, how big of a difference would it make to create a club? It makes sense if the club includes your second idea ("we're here to help"). Friendly faces as you join the forum? Isn't it already happening because nice people post something in the "introductions" part of the forum?

Except from that, I'm willing to help if I can. ^^
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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one idea i just had, there could be a fake person entry that coudl be set up on the site just for helping. joining the forum can be a hassle (until we get the accts merged), and maybe daunting for a newcomer. if we had an account whose purpose was helping (for example, anime-planet.com/users/help) (the name of the user being 'help'). one of the mods could have access to the account (or both mods, or whatever), and then the 'helper' club could just pay attention to the comments left on that account's profile, and whoever sees it first could go answer the person on their page.

so the scenario would be, if we had two clubs, the welcome club could go around and always give a link to the 'help' user account if they have any questions at all about the site. the user could then go there, ask any questions in the profile, and the help team could just monitor the acct and reply to the person ^_^
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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greg - i mean on the site, not the forum. lots of folks don't know about the forum, don't realize you have to have two accounts, etc. this would be a group that would welcome people on the site (User Community - Anime-Planet <---the new users). yes, some people might introduce themselves, but a lot won't/wouldn't. this is us coming to them.

i can tell you from experience over the last 10 years that when people are welcomed to a site personally, and see that it's a friendly community, it greatly impacts their desire to stay. i say this having left messages like that myself (especially when i had more time), and watched when others did so, as well. the response was 99% of the time extremely positive, people often were surprised that someone was actually reading their profile, they immediately felt welcomed, etc. trust me, it works :)

funari: yeah i wouldnt see the welcoming club as being all 'every person has to welcome everyone else every day'. there could be a 'division of labor' per se, or it could even just be a volunteer thing when you have time, having a 'statement of intent' for the club, something like that^_^

i can indeed see why having two clubs might help for different users' interests. some might like the simple hello type welcome messages, others might want to volunteer more time to help peopl eget through problems/show them how to do things.
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one idea i just had, there could be a fake person entry that coudl be set up on the site just for helping. joining the forum can be a hassle (until we get the accts merged), and maybe daunting for a newcomer. if we had an account whose purpose was helping (for example, anime-planet.com/users/help) (the name of the user being 'help'). one of the mods could have access to the account (or both mods, or whatever), and then the 'helper' club could just pay attention to the comments left on that account's profile, and whoever sees it first could go answer the person on their page.

so the scenario would be, if we had two clubs, the welcome club could go around and always give a link to the 'help' user account if they have any questions at all about the site. the user could then go there, ask any questions in the profile, and the help team could just monitor the acct and reply to the person ^_^
Sounds like one possible solution to get help to the site-side users as well. And kind of like for the ClaimingClub where I made the dummy-account all editors could access, it makes transferring the "position" to other people seamless.

There should still be a forum section though for the forum-side of things.
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