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Notice Bulbagarden Site-Wide Staff Drive 2020 (Closed)

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Do you love Pokémon? Have you ever wanted to directly contribute to the Pokémon community? If so, we have multiple opportunities for you!

Bulbagarden is looking to hire new staff members for the following projects:
  • Bulbanews
  • Art Staff
  • Social Media
  • BulbaTrade
  • Bulbagarden Forums (multiple sections)
These are all volunteer positions that allow fans to directly support the Bulbagarden and greater Pokémon community. If hired, you would become a member of the Bulbagarden Staff and would therefore be expected to uphold Bulbagarden's values while posting on our platforms.

Bulbagarden's values are:
  1. Providing fans, staff, and the wider community with a safe and inclusive place to connect to connect with each other and discuss all things Pokémon
  2. Celebrating the diversity of the Pokémon community, and supporting these communities and marginalized groups through our platform and direct action
  3. Offering the community and staff a chance to impact Bulbagarden and all Pokémon fans through opportunities to contribute, grow, develop, and lead
  4. Becoming "the very best, like no one ever was" — seeking to challenge ourselves, push forward, and strive to improve ourselves and our community
Each position has its own application form and submission method, so please read the instructions for each position you are applying for carefully. You are welcome to apply to as many of the positions as possible. Experience is helpful, but the only requirements to apply are a love of Pokémon, a desire to help out the community, and a willingness to learn. Much of our staff communication and socialization happens through Discord, so if you are hired we will strongly encourage you to create a Discord account if you do not already have one. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in this thread or message any of our current staff members.

We will be accepting applications through July 19th, and we will announce the new staff members shortly after that.

We hope to have you on our team! :bulbagarden:

Non-Forums Applications:

Bulbanews Writer


To apply for the Bulbanews Writer position, please fill out this application form.
Position Description
  • Keeping track of relevant news and events Bulbanews can report on
  • Writing, editing, and publishing Pokémon-related news articles in a timely manner
  • Pitching ideas and collaborating with Bulbanews staff and other Bulbagarden staff members to write and edit articles

We are currently working on overhauling and rebuilding our Bulbanews project. We'll be transitioning Bulbanews's content to our forums software XenForo, so editing and publishing articles will be easier and they will be more interactive. Additionally, we're hoping to expand the type of content we will be covering, so new writers may have opportunities to help us brainstorm and try out new styles. We need your help to make Bulbanews better than ever, so any and all interest in this position is appreciated!

Staff Artist

To apply for the Staff Artist position, please fill out the following application and submit it to Cresselia92 as a Private Message on Bulbagarden Forums, a Direct Message on Discord, or as an email to [email protected].
Position description:
  • Creating graphical content for the various areas of the site (like artworks for Social Media, new styles for the forums, streaming skins for Multimedia, etc.)
  • Respecting the deadlines as best as you can. If you are unable to fulfill a request, let the other artists know in advance.
  • Brainstorming new ideas for the forums and social media, like new forum styles or art competitions.
Application Form
1) What username do you go by?

2) What's the best way to contact you?

3) Do you have an account on the Bulbagarden Forums, Bulbapedia, or the Bulbagarden Discord?

4) What username do you go by there, if different?

5) Which of the following skills are you experienced in? (Making Pokémon-related art, Making graphic art such as banners and image manipulations, Making forum skins)

6) How much experience do you have with those skills?

7) Can you give some examples of your work, or a link to your portfolio, Tumblr, DeviantArt, etc.?

8) If you haven't made forum skins before, would you be interested in learning it?

9) Do you have any other skills or traits you think would be useful to our team?

10) Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following areas of Bulbagarden? (Bulbagarden Forums, Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube)

11) Is there anything else you would like us to know?


Social Media Staff

To apply for the Social Media Staff position, please read the position description below and fill out this Application Form.
Position Description:
  • Finding content on social media that Bulbagarden can share to engage followers
  • Keeping track of relevant news and events in the Pokemon world
  • Working with other Bulbagarden staff members to create and promote interactive events for our community
  • Promoting content and activities on other Bulbagarden platforms


BulbaTrade Staff

To apply for the BulbaTrade Staff position, please read the position description below and fill out this Application Form.
Position Description:
  • Breeding boxes of Pokémon to be given out during weekly giveaways, announced through Twitter
  • Holding raffles for special distributions throughout the year (event Pokémon or shinies that we’ve hatched)
  • Hosting events such as our yearly 12 Days of BulbaTrade, when we give out holiday-themed and special Pokémon on the twelve days leading up to Christmas


Forum Applications:
As a moderator, these would be your basic responsibilities
  • Viewing threads in your section and reporting problematic posts for staff discussion
  • Discussing and acting on reports from your section through PMs, warnings, or other appropriate methods
  • Managing your section by performing tasks such as deleting posts, moving threads, and banning spambots
  • Engaging with users and responding to questions when you feel comfortable doing so
  • Participating in discussion about other sections, the forums as a whole, and off-forum projects with all other Bulbagarden staff members
Each section may have other, specific responsibilities listed on their application form.

To apply to any section of the forums, copy and paste the form for the forum you are applying to as a new thread in this section. Fill in your answers thoughtfully and honestly, then post the thread. Your thread will only be viewable to yourself and staff. Please submit a separate application for each section you are applying for. Include your username and the section you are applying to in the title of the thread.

Example thread title: "General Pokémon Discussion - Enzap"

Position Description:
  • Keeping up with and informing users of any Pokémon games-related news.
  • Keeping OP and Rules threads updated (e.g. the Confirmed Information Thread).
  • Making sure spoilers and leaks stay in their designated threads or are spoiler tagged.
  • Optional: help out users with trading and their competitive teams in the Bulbagarden Trade and Battle Center.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?


Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.


Position description:
  • Creating new Preview / Review threads and moving the old ones to the archive.
  • Brainstorming new threads about various topics, anime-related and/or manga-related.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?

Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here


Position Description:
  • Brainstorming and creating discussion-provoking threads.
  • Updating Pokémon-related claim threads.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?


Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.


Position Description:
  • Engaging with users on a regular basis.
  • Creating a welcoming atmosphere for our new users users here at the forums!
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

7. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

8. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?

Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here


Position Description:
  • Brainstorming and creating discussion-provoking threads.
  • Engaging with users on a regular basis.
  • In general, engagement with users is the most important part of this position.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?

Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.


Position Description:
  • Keeping up with and informing users of any Anime/Manga-related news
  • Making sure spoilers and leaks stay in their designated threads or are spoiler tagged.
  • Engaging with users on a regular basis.
  • In general, engagement with users is the most important part of this position.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?

Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.


Position Description:
  • Keeping up with and informing users of any gaming-related news.
  • Making sure spoilers and leaks stay in their designated threads or are spoiler tagged.
  • Engaging with users on a regular basis.
  • In general, engagement with users is the most important part of this position.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?

3. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

4. Can you provide an example of when you worked together with a team to solve a problem?

Moderating Questions
1. Why are you interested in moderating this particular section? Why do you think you would be good at moderating it?

2. How would you help improve the overall user experience in the section you wish to moderate?

3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. What do you think is the appropriate reaction as a staff member?

4. If you disagree with a forum rule that the majority of staff seem to approve of, what would you do? Why?

5. What would you do as a user if a staff member gives you an infraction that you disagree with?

6. What would you do if you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority?

7. Suppose you are in a situation where you witness fellow staff members venting about one of your friends. What would you do?

Misc Questions
1. Would you be interested in helping out in any more of the following area of Bulbagarden: Bulbapedia, Discord, Social Media, YouTube, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

2. Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.
 
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Reminder that you have one week left to apply to join our staff! We have not received many moderator applications yet, so we appreciate any and all interest.
 
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i'd like to clarify this in particular:
Please submit a separate application for each section you are applying for. Include your username and the section you are applying to in the title of the thread.
if you're submitting a separate application for a different forum to mod, you can copypaste your answers on that separate application. there's no need to start over.
 
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Hi everyone! We are extending the deadline for applications by 1 week. The new deadline is July 26th. Thank you very much to those who have already applied, we are currently reviewing your applications and haven't made any final decisions on those yet.

If you are considering applying, then I would like to encourage you to go for it! We have cut down on the size of our forum mod applications to make it easier than ever to apply. As I said before, the only requirements to mod are a love of Pokémon, a desire to help, and a willingness to learn. :)
 
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I'm interested and would love to give this a go but unsure whether to apply or not.

I'm not sure whether I have the time.=/
 
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I'm interested and would love to give this a go but unsure whether to apply or not.

I'm not sure whether I have the time.=/
Since it's a volunteer position, any amount of time spent would be appreciated. :) We don't have a quota you'd have to meet or anything.
 
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Good luck to those who get the job, I look foward to seeing which one of us will be the fresh blood for enzap errr new kids on the block!
 
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Bulbagarden Site-Wide Staff Drive 2020 Results [Forum Edition]

Hey, everyone! Apologies for keeping everyone in the dark for so long, but no doubt many of you have seen our new mods around and about anyways o: But for a formal announcement, please congratulate our new forum moderators!

@Tood, who will be modding Current Events, Pokemon Video Games, and General Pokemon;
@prog rocker, who will be modding Pokemon Video Games and, later on, Current Events!;
@WyndonCalling, who will be modding Current Events, Pokemon Video Games, and General Pokemon;
@Aulos, who will be modding The Arcade!
@Sheep, who will be modding Pokemon Anime & Manga and The Garden GRotto

Although he's not a new mod (anymore), I also would like to thank @Parissong for wanting to help out in General Pokemon as well as A Certain Bulbagaden Section (Animanga)!

I'd also like to take the time to announce that @Pikadex has returned to mod Outside The Box!

So, putting it another way....

The Garden Grotto
General Pokemon
Pokemon Video Games/Current Events
Pokemon Anime & Manga
The Arcade
A Certain Bulbagarden Section (Animanga)
Outside The Box

Thank you everyone for submitting your applications! For those who have not been selected, don't fret! While you may send a pm to myself or @SoaringDylan inquiring on why you might not have been picked, know that there may be opportunities in the future for you to become moderator here other than Staff Drives. If you are particularly active in a given section and are a positive presence there, who knows? Maybe that section's staff will notice and then invite you to join their team! o: Something to think about!
 
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It seems not long ago that I made my first proper introduction to folks here (because, er, it wasn't!), and now I feel obliged to give you all another! I'm a UK Pokéfan based in London, with a penchant for Gen 2 and Random Battles; my first game was Gold, and my first Pokémon products were two packs of Base Set, with Beedrill and Clefairy Doll as the two rares.

I'm pleased to say that my new role already looks as though it will be pretty straightforward given the high-quality discussion and level of courtesy shown by forum members to others. I'm really looking forward to continuing to contribute to those conversations every day - I vow never to be a stranger!

In addition to having the opportunity to get to know all of you better, I'm in the fortunate position of having a pretty fresh perspective and few preconceived notions. Anyone can grab my ear on anything, and I'll always do my damndest to give you the time of day.

Once global normality returns, who knows - you might even catch me in cosplay at London Comicon!
 
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