• To keep up with the hype driven by Sword and Shield's release, we are taking applications for new moderators in our Current Events: Sword and Shield as well as Anime and Manga sections.

    For more information, see this thread.We hope you all consider joining our team!
  • We hope you're enjoying Sword and Shield so far! So that everyone can enjoy it and not be spoiled, please keep the all story spoilers and any images from the games in the appropriate sections or in spoiler tags until January 3rd.

    Since spoiler tags are not allowed in signatures, please do not put images from the games in your signature either. You can list the names of new Pokémon if you want to list your team in your signature.
  • AussieEevee trains in the Bellsprout Tower on his journey through Johto. Watch as he ascends to the next level here.

Bulbagarden Staff Drive May 2019

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Hey guys! I'm very pleased to announce that Bulbagarden is hosting a forum staff drive. We are looking for applicants for the following sections:
  • Pokémon Video Games & Current Event: Sword & Shield
  • Pokémon Anime & Manga
  • General Pokémon Discussion
  • Writer's Workshop
Applicants will have two weeks from this post to apply for these positions, this means we will accept applications until 27th May 2019. There is no limit to how many positions you can apply for, but you will not necessarily get all of the positions if you're successful for one. If you apply to a forum section that received a lot of other great applications, we may ask you to help in a different section temporarily and you may be moved to the section you applied for at a later date.

When we read these applications, we don't expect anyone to get every single answer completely correct. We use your answers to determine whether or not we think you are a good fit for the position based on your mindset and judgement.

To apply, find the form for the role you would like below and copy and paste those questions as a new thread in this section. Then answer those questions thoughtfully and honestly and post the thread. Your thread will only be viewable to yourself and staff. For all applications, please include the General Application Questions listed below in the same thread as your section-specific application.

Please put your username and the section or role you are applying for in the title, one thread per section.

Thread title example:

Pokémon Anime and Manga - Enzap


If you have any questions, contact an admin or staff from your section of interest. Thanks for applying!

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Forums Moderator Applications

As a moderator of Bulbagarden Forums, your job will, in general, consist of:
  • Viewing threads in your section and reporting problematic posts for staff discussion
  • Discussing and acting on reports from your own section through PMs, warnings, or other appropriate methods
  • Managing your section by performing tasks such as deleting posts, moving threads, and banning spambots
  • Brainstorming ideas to increase traffic, activity, and quality discussion in your section
  • 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
  • Any other section-specific tasks listed in the applications below
  • All staff positions are unpaid, this is purely a voluntary position.
To apply to Pokémon Video Games, use this form.
Job 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. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums per week?

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

4. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

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

2. What qualities or skills do you think are most important to have for effective teamwork?

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

2. How would you help increase section traffic and/or 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. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
Why or why not?

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

6. If a staff member gives you as a user an infraction that you disagree with, should you speak up or otherwise respond and why?

7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?

8. If fellow staff members are complaining or venting about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Section-Specific Questions
1. Which Pokémon games have you played (including spin-offs and mobile games)?

2. What is your favourite Pokémon game? Why?

3. What do you enjoy doing the most in the Pokémon games (the main story, battling, trading, shiny hunting, etc.)?

4. Do you mind being spoiled about upcoming Pokémon games in advance?

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

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

One last piece of business. Bulbagarden strives to be an accepting place for everyone, including minorities and marginalised groups such as LGBT+ individuals. As such, you would be expected to uphold our values in public as a face of Bulbagarden, whether you agree with these views or not. With that in mind, thank you for your interest and good luck. We hope to see some of you joining our ranks soon.

To apply to Current Event: Sword & Shield, use this form.
Job 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. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums per week?

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

4. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

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

2. What qualities or skills do you think are most important to have for effective teamwork?

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

2. How would you help increase section traffic and/or 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. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
Why or why not?

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

6. If a staff member gives you as a user an infraction that you disagree with, should you speak up or otherwise respond and why?

7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?

8. If fellow staff members are complaining or venting about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Section-Specific Questions
1. Which Pokémon games have you played (including spin-offs and mobile games)?

2. What is your favourite Pokémon game? Why?

3. What do you enjoy doing the most in the Pokémon games (the main story, battling, trading, shiny hunting, etc.)?

4. Do you mind being spoiled about upcoming Pokémon games in advance?

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

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

One last piece of business. Bulbagarden strives to be an accepting place for everyone, including minorities and marginalised groups such as LGBT+ individuals. As such, you would be expected to uphold our values in public as a face of Bulbagarden, whether you agree with these views or not. With that in mind, thank you for your interest and good luck. We hope to see some of you joining our ranks soon.

To apply to Pokémon Anime and Manga, use this form.
Job Description
  • Moving around preview and review threads to the Episodes Previews/Reviews Archive.
  • Staying up to date with the Pokémon anime.
  • Updating threads with new information whenever possible.
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums per week?

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

4. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

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

2. What qualities or skills do you think are most important to have for effective teamwork?

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

2. How would you help increase section traffic and/or 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. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
Why or why not?

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

6. If a staff member gives you as a user an infraction that you disagree with, should you speak up or otherwise respond and why?

7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?

8. If fellow staff members are complaining or venting about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Section-Specific Questions
1. For how long have you been watching the anime?

2. How much affection do you have for the anime?

3. Do you keep up with the current anime?

4. Are you knowledgeable about the Pokémon Manga (Pokémon Adventures, but also other manga)?

5. A user is talking aggressively about a character or series. 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, or Staff Artist? Which ones?

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

One last piece of business. Bulbagarden strives to be an accepting place for everyone, including minorities and marginalised groups such as LGBT+ individuals. As such, you would be expected to uphold our values in public as a face of Bulbagarden, whether you agree with these views or not. With that in mind, thank you for your interest and good luck. We hope to see some of you joining our ranks soon.

To apply to General Pokémon Discussion, use this form.
Job Description
  • Brainstorming and creating discussion-provoking threads
  • Being on a rotation for posting Pokémon of the Month threads
  • Updating Pokémon-related claim threads
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums per week?

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

4. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

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

2. What qualities or skills do you think are most important to have for effective teamwork?

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

2. How would you help increase section traffic and/or 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. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
Why or why not?

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

6. If a staff member gives you as a user an infraction that you disagree with, should you speak up or otherwise respond and why?

7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?

8. If fellow staff members are complaining or venting about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Section-Specific Questions
1. What part of the Pokémon franchise (e.g. anime, core games, spin-off games, TCG, etc) is your favorite and why?

2. Do you consider yourself a good writer? Feel free to elaborate with the writing style you're most comfortable with,experience level, or other pertinent details.

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

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

One last piece of business. Bulbagarden strives to be an accepting place for everyone, including minorities and marginalised groups such as LGBT+ individuals. As such, you would be expected to uphold our values in public as a face of Bulbagarden, whether you agree with these views or not. With that in mind, thank you for your interest and good luck. We hope to see some of you joining our ranks soon.

To apply to Writer's Workshop, use this form.
Job Description
  • Be an active participant by both reviewing stories and taking part in writing discussions
  • Organize and run writing and reviewing events, challenges, and competitions
  • Contribute to the weekly Writers Workshop mini-newsletters, the monthly fic of the month interviews, and Academy lessons
Application Form
Basic Information

1. What time zone are you from?

2. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums per week?

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

4. Do you have any previous moderating experience?

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

2. What qualities or skills do you think are most important to have for effective teamwork?

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

2. How would you help increase section traffic and/or 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. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
Why or why not?

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

6. If a staff member gives you as a user an infraction that you disagree with, should you speak up or otherwise respond and why?

7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?

8. If fellow staff members are complaining or venting about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Section-Specific Questions
1. Do you read works posted in the Writers Workshop? If so, how many works are you currently following? What genres do you prefer to read?

2. Are you comfortable with analyzing and reviewing a variety of works? How would you describe your current reviewing style?

3. Have you ever written a piece of work that you've published in the Writers Workshop or to any other site? What experience do you have with writing in general?

4. Do you enjoy talking about storytelling, worldbuilding, and the writing craft? What are some possible discussion topics you’d like to start?

5. Do you have any potential ideas for writing or reviewing related contests or events? Tell us about them.

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

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

One last piece of business. Bulbagarden strives to be an accepting place for everyone, including minorities and marginalised groups such as LGBT+ individuals. As such, you would be expected to uphold our values in public as a face of Bulbagarden, whether you agree with these views or not. With that in mind, thank you for your interest and good luck. We hope to see some of you joining our ranks soon.
 
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A reminder that the staff drive is ending in less than one week, so get those applications in! We are very excited to have new faces in our staff family soon. :)
 
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As we continue looking for enthusiastic new mods, we're extending the Staff Drive by a week :)The new deadline is June 3, 2019. Make sure to send in your application(s) before that date and hopefully we can welcome you as new staff soon!
 
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I hope I got the position I didn't apply for
 
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Oh darn it I really did forget to apply. That's what happens when you just keep saying "eh I'll do it tomorrow" Oh well, good luck to everyone who applied!
 
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when will we know if we did or didnt get it?
 
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