Help wanted! Now recruiting database moderators

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  1. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Posted by sothis on Feb 8, 2021
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    Today, we’re announcing a public recruitment drive to find passionate fans that can join our database moderator team.

    Anime-Planet was created as a passion project 20 years ago and is still run by a small team of volunteers from around the world. Our goal has always been to be a friendly, welcoming community that provides the best quality information about anime, manga, and other fandom, and we’ve only been able to accomplish that because of the Anime-Planet community.

    Because the site is run by volunteers, it’s inevitable that we both gain and lose moderators throughout the year… Typically we’re able to maintain a team size that allows us to handle your requests quickly, to make sure new licenses get added quickly, and to improve the database in general. Unfortunately, we’ve lost a considerable amount of the team over the past year due to increased stress and responsibilities caused by the COVID pandemic, leaving several teams severely understaffed. We’d love to find more enthusiastic, highly-motivated members who want to help out and are interested in helping the database grow.

    What teams are recruiting?

    We are looking for manga and people moderators, and for native language experts for a few specific languages. All moderator positions are unpaid, volunteer positions.


    Basic team requirements

    ★ Ability to communicate well in a team, and to maintain positive and constructive relationships with other moderators and the wider community. As a moderator, you indirectly represent Anime-Planet.

    ★ Fluent in English, or near fluent understanding of English.

    ★ At least 16 years old. Certain teams require a higher age, noted below.

    ★ Experience with computers and technologies such as browser plugins and image editors. For security reasons, all database moderators are required to set up 2FA on their account (we provide a guide for how to do this).

    ★ Consistent availability in Discord, where moderators discuss guidelines, manage projects, and conduct training. All moderators need to be available in the moderator Discord, as well as the public Discord server for community requests. Most moderators have a daily presence in the Discord servers, even if they’re only available some days to check for important pings or to help with a few requests.

    ★ Willingness to participate in team projects, as well as group discussions, and daily tasks.


    Team-specific details

    Please fully read the below information about the team you’re interested in before applying.

    Manga moderators
    In the past, manga moderators handled submissions for anything in our manga database, such as:

    - Manga
    - Manhua
    - Manhwa
    - Novels (light novels, regular novels, web novels)
    - Webtoons
    - OELs

    Because there’s so much to learn, manga moderators typically spent a great deal of time in training, We recently changed this process and no longer require training for all content areas. Instead, moderators can choose one or a few areas from the above list to train on, with the possibility of expanding your role after you complete training. Until we complete a few rounds of recruitment and get the team back up to its previous level, we ask that you stick with your initial content areas for the short term future.

    We’re also hoping to find a few moderators who can focus on one or more of the following niche projects:

    - Licensed content - helping update anything in the manga database that’s been officially licensed, to reflect the licensed name, covers, etc based on announcements.

    - BL - there’s an immense amount of BL, Yaoi, or Shounen-ai content that users crave and want to be added or updated for all content types.

    - Harlequin and Renta - there’s a huge amount of Harlequin manga and Renta releases that are released each month, and are currently impossible to keep up with. Having fans of this content on the moderator team would be a huge help.


    Team responsibilities

    - Basic moderation - adding covers, updating entries, finding full start and end dates, listing magazines/publishing labels, adding missing entries, etc. Manga moderators are expected to use our internal guides to help find information in native languages other than English; you are not required to read or speak native languages to become a manga moderator.

    - Adding manga staff roles

    - Updating entries to reflect official licensing information

    - Handling requests in the forum, Anime-Planet’s public Discord server, and the moderator server.

    - Participating in team projects


    Team requirements

    - A minimum 4-6 hours per week that you're able to volunteer.

    - 18+ years old. The manga database doesn’t currently list hentai, but viewing explicit content is inevitable due to the nature of the requests we receive.

    People moderators
    People moderators focus primarily on adding anime and manga staff information to the database, such as series credits or voice actor information. We are almost ready to announce a major overhaul of production credits on Anime-Planet, which means we need more hands on deck to help fill in this information. If you're passionate about seeing your favorite directors, translators, or mangaka credited properly this is the team for you.

    Team responsibilities

    - Basic people entry moderation - adding photos, listing alternative names, finding duplicates

    - Adding missing production credits.

    - Adding missing voice actor credits.


    Team requirements

    - A minimum 3-4 hours per week that you're able to volunteer.

    - Handling requests in the forum, Anime-Planet’s public Discord server, and the moderator server.

    - Participating in team projects.

    Native language moderators
    We’re looking to form a new team made up of language experts that can help assist all of the database teams with issues such as:

    - Help define and maintain guidelines for romanization consistency.
    - Quickly answer questions related to:
    - How to translate a specific series name or staff name.
    - Determining if a series is on hiatus or is finished based on a native language announcement or post.

    Optional, but highly desired:

    - Willingness to find new content that needs to be added by being up to date on native language announcements or websites. For example, our Chinese language experts could be on the lookout for new announcements for donghua or manhua that need to be added to the database, and would post requests to the applicable moderator teams to add the content.

    - Interest in training to become a database moderator, in addition to the language help.

    This is an unusual team in that moderators aren’t expected to actually moderate any database content themselves, but you’d be free to train on any team that interests you, if you want. The most important requirement is availability to help answer questions quickly, so that mods can handle requests quickly.

    Applicable languages

    - Japanese
    - Chinese
    - Korean

    Note that we are looking for fluency in these languages, and the recruitment application requests specific information about your skill level such as applicable test scores, time spent living in a specific country, etc. Please do not apply if your language skills are limited to experience watching anime, being able to look up words, or other intermediate hobby-level type experience.

    Team requirements

    - A minimum 1-2 hours per week that you're able to volunteer. As language moderators won’t be actively moderating database content, what’s most important is willingness to be on top of Discord pings and to answer questions quickly, to unblock the other moderators.

    - 18+ years old.


    Recruitment process

    Each team has created a screener and questionnaire via Google Forms, which are linked below. Applications will be accepted for approximately 2 weeks. Each team will review the applications and plan to invite around 3 or 4 people to become trainees, which is the most we can currently handle with our team size. We plan to set aside some applications so that we can reach out to more candidates in the future after the first batch of trainees have completed training.

    We have limited space available so we can't guarantee a reply, but we encourage all applicants to contribute to the public submission threads on a regular basis. We frequently reach out to potential candidates based on the quality of submissions made there. Thank you, regardless, for your interest in this process and for your application.


    Still have questions?

    If you have any questions about the recruitment process itself, or any team-specific requirements, please post them in this thread and one of the team leads will reply.

    Please avoid posting anything else in this thread (such as your intention to apply, asking what the status of your application is, etc). These posts will be deleted so that valid questions are more easily found.

    This thread will be locked when the recruitment drive ends in approximately two weeks from the date of this post.


    Apply for a position

    - Manga moderators

    - People moderators

    - Native language moderators


    Thanks, as always, for your support of Anime-Planet.
     
  2. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Feb 8, 2021
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    Just an FYI the manga modding tests are intentionally very hard. We don't expect many, if anyone to fully fill out any of the sections (in some cases there are multiple boxes that answers don't exist for).

    So please don't worry if you are unable to fill out many of the boxes in each question, its simply a test to gauge where your research skills are at currently and also to give you a taste test what manga modding involves. We will train people how to gather all the information asked for when we take them on.

    The average first entry added by trainees after basic training takes about 40mins.

    The first manga entry test in the application which is the hardest out of all the questions in the application took me (an experienced moderator having done this for multiple years) 10-15mins to gather 95% of the information. The remaining 5% being impossible to find currently.
     
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  3. vvxlery

    vvxlery Database Moderator

    Posted by vvxlery on Feb 8, 2021
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    Hi! Am I able to apply for one of the positions? I’m 15 right now but, I turn 16 in March, which is next month and that’s also the age requirement for database moderators. I have a lot of time on my hands so I wanted to help by volunteering.
    :sweat:
     
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  4. azratun002

    azratun002 Active Member

    What I'm about to say might sound crazy but here it goes, the moderators won't actually be working on the database coding side, am I right? They won't be working with MySQL or anything like that!
     
  5. Helbaworshipper

    Helbaworshipper Forum Moderator Database Moderator

    That would be under the developer umbrella, which isn't being recruited through this thread. You don't sound crazy at all. A valid question to ask.
     
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  6. Noitra

    Noitra Well-Known Member

    Posted by Noitra on Feb 8, 2021
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    Umm, I really wanted to be a character moderator? Are you gonna recruit for character moderators any time soon?
     
  7. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Feb 8, 2021
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    You can apply but we won't be considering you for the first batch of recruits, valid applications not accepted in the first btach will be considered in the following groups afterwards.

    We are not recuiting character moderators currently, the annoucement post says which teams are currently recruiting.
     
  8. D4RKS3NS3I

    D4RKS3NS3I Well-Known Member

    Oh c'mon, you need to be 18 to me a manga moderetor? Guess I will have to wait :(
     
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  9. vvxlery

    vvxlery Database Moderator

    Posted by vvxlery on Feb 8, 2021
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    That’s what I thought too Imao.
     
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  10. Hi! I actually applied and filled out the form for manga moderator using both my phone and laptop but it jumps from page 1-5-12-9-10 and doesn't give the submit option.
     
  11. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Feb 9, 2021
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    You can ignore the page jumping, this occurs because it skips sections covering the fields of you don't say you wish to do.

    The only reason I can think of for the submit button to not be appearing is you have not completed a mandatory question on your current page. The final page has a mandatory question please make sure you fill this out and try again. If it still doesn't work please let me know.
     
  12. osaka

    osaka New Member

    Posted by osaka on Feb 9, 2021
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    yeah that's sad tho- I wanted to be a moderator but I'm too young :< haha
     
  13. Grizz

    Grizz Database Moderator

    Posted by Grizz on Feb 9, 2021
    #13
    Just an FYI the manga modding tests are intentionally very hard. We don't expect many, if anyone to fully fill out any of the sections (in some cases there are multiple boxes that answers don't exist for).

    So please don't worry if you are unable to fill out many of the boxes in each question, its simply a test to gauge where your research skills are at currently and also to give you a taste test what manga modding involves. We will train people how to gather all the information asked for when we take them on.

    The average first entry added by trainees after basic training takes about 40mins.

    The first manga entry test in the application which is the hardest out of all the questions in the application took me (an experienced moderator having done this for multiple years) 10-15mins to gather 95% of the information. The remaining 5% being impossible to find currently.
     
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  14. AnnaSartin

    AnnaSartin Database Moderator

    Just to let you know, Noitra, character mods are usually selected from people who watch seasonal anime (because the team works together to get characters added to all the new anime that drops each season) and makes character submissions either on the forum or in Discord.
     
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  15. thor123

    thor123 Well-Known Member

    If my own experience as a former manga moderator is any indication for the current work... you can blame the VERY explicit yaoi and bara stuff manga mods sometimes have to look at
     
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  16. Helbaworshipper

    Helbaworshipper Forum Moderator Database Moderator

    Given the material that anyone that deals with manga has to deal with, it's a fair requirement. Manga has a lot of not so family friendly roads it can go down.
     
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  17. vvxlery

    vvxlery Database Moderator

    Oop-. I already read/currently reading various mangas with very explicit scenes LOL. But, I can understand the age requirement for those kind of mangas since it’s not really for some users with certain ages. I’ll probably ably for the position when I’m of age since it seems like a fun, enjoyable thing to do haha.
     
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  18. thor123

    thor123 Well-Known Member

    Can confirm it was a ton of fun :)
     
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  19. MythTheOtaku

    MythTheOtaku Member

    Hello I was curious about what you are meaning by browser plugins or image editors?
     
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  20. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    For the latter, this means being able to use something like Paint, Photoshop, Gimp, etc (or being willing/able to learn)
     
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