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ATTENTION: The 2016 Staff Drive has begun(CLOSED-NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)

Shiny Celebi

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Hello everyone,

The forums are currently in need of new staff so it's that time again for us to open up applications for users to join us as moderators. Every section will be taking applications, so users can apply for as many sections as they want (but you can only apply for a specific section once).

This year, unlike previous years, we won't be using forms, so instead we have a special forum section where you'll be making your own thread to apply. Please follow these instructions carefully if you want to apply to become a moderator.

1. Start a new thread in the Staff Applications forum. Please make your thread titles something like (Section name) Moderator Application-(your username). This will make it easy for staff to find your application.
2. Copy and paste the applications questions into the thread,see below for questions and make sure to look under the spoiler tags for the proper set for the section you're applying for
3. Answer the questions as best you can.
4. Submit your thread when you're finished answering the questions

If applying for multiple sections, you will need to start more than one thread.

Staff Drive Applications questions are as follows. Please use these questions if you want to apply for Garden Grotto, Pokemon Video Games, Shipper's Paradise, Roleplaying Games and Blogs:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?
Moderating Questions:
1. Why do you wish to/think you would be good at moderating this particular section?
2. How would you help increase traffic to the section you wish to moderate?
3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?
Section specific questions go here(depending on the section):

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on other areas of the site such as Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?

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

To apply for Pokemon Anime and Manga, use this set of questions:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Are the following violations of Flaming and Baiting?
1. I thought May was such a bore in this episode. Her interactions with the COTD were bland and she didn’t bring anything exciting to the table. The episode would have benefitted without her scenes and allowed the real plot to be further developed.
Please explain
2. Of course you wouldn’t like this episode because your beloved Ash wasn't the star and that’s just not allowed -_-
Please explain

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.


To apply for TCG and Collectables, please use these questions:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?
TCG and Collectables Questions:
Do you currently collect Pokemon Merchandise?
2. If no, have you in the past?
3. Where do you usually buy Pokemon Merchandise
4. Do you keep up with various Pokemon merchandise campaigns?(Pokemon Center, Banpresto, TOMY, etc) If yes, where do you usually find this information

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for General Pokemon Discussion, use these questions:


Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?
General Pokemon Discussion Questions:
1. If you were to create a long-running thread in General Pokemon Discussion, what would it be/what would it involve? Feel free to elaborate as much as you feel is necessary.
2.Can/Do you use social networking sites? if so which ones:

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for Writer's Workshop, use these questions:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?
1. Have you ever read a piece of work that is found within the Writer's Workshop?
2. Have you ever written a story that you have publishes within the writer's workshop?
3. Do you feel that you would be good at critically looking at people's work for competitions?
Why or why not
4. Do you read or submit works to any other sites outside Bulbagarden?
5. Workshop moderators are required to read, analyze and review work as part of features such as Fic of the Month and our bi-annual Awards. Are you prepared to read a large quantity of stories in your spare time? Are you comfortable with critically reviewing those stories?

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for Art Gallery, use these questions:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Art Gallery Questions:
1. Are you an artist?
2. If yes, what mediums do you use? (Markers, Colored Pencils, Photoshop, etc)
3. Do you currently or have you ever kept a thread in the Art Gallery Showcasing your work?

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for Fun and Games section, please use these questions:
Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friend, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Fun and Games Questions:
1.Are you more active in F&G, The War Room, or Both?

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for Entertainment Inc and Video Games and Technology, use these questions:
Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?

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. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Entertainment Inc Questions:
1. Do you have any expertise in technology? Please answer truthfully. Not answering to this question, or answering negatively, will not hinder your overall application.
2. If you answered yes: Where did you gain it? Are you a self-taught enthusiastic, a major in the area, or something else?
3. If you answered yes: Do you currently run a website, blog or any space in the internet where you share this knowledge? If yes, which?
4. What areas of entertainment interest you? (Multiple answers may be selected)
5. If you consider yourself an expert in an area of entertainment, how do you express yourself regarding that area? Do you publish opinions or reviews? Are you a collector? Do you closely follow the news regarding that area? Or anything else?

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?
2.Do you have anything else you wish to add to your application? Do it here.

To apply for Outside the Box, use these questions:

Basic Information:
1. How old are you
2.What time zone are you from
3. On average, how much time do you spend on Bulbagarden Forums?
4. Why do you feel you would be a good moderator?
5. Do you have any previous moderating experience?
If yes, where, if no do you have any other experience you believe would be beneficial to moderating?
Moderating Questions:
1. Why do you wish to/think you would be good at moderating this particular section?
2. How would you help increase traffic to the section you wish to moderate?
3. A user criticizes you in public after receiving an infraction. How do you diffuse the situation and handle the user?
4. Is it ever acceptable to break the rules?
why or why not?
5. If you disagree with a rule, should you keep arguing against the rule until the staff changes that rule?
Why or why not?
6. If a moderator gives you an infraction you disagree with, should you speak up?
Why or why not?
7. If you suspect another moderator of abusing their authority, should you report it?
Why or why not?
8. If staff members are talking negatively about one of your friends, should you tell your friend what the staff is saying?
Why or why not?

Outside the Box Questions:
1. In Outside the Box, where do you usually spend your time? (Example: 'I usually read and post in Romance Advice' 'I post often in those simple +1 threads')
2. In a conversation, what topics do you enjoy discussing about? (Example: pets, video games, news, school, history)
3. Are there any new thread or subforum ideas you have for Outside the Box? Feel free to elaborate on any previous related answers.

Misc Questions:
1. Would you be willing to help out on other areas of the site such as Bulbagarden's Social Media accounts(Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, ect)and/ or other areas of the site(Bulbanews, Bulbapedia, etc)?

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

Applications will run for two weeks and will close at 11:59 PM EST on March 8th. Applications after that will not be accepted.


If you have any questions about this or any trouble applying, please post in this thread.

Good luck to all applicants and looking forward to seeing some new faces on staff :)
 
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Enzap

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Good luck everybody! :)

If you have any desire to be on staff, you should apply, even if you don't think you'd be accepted. If anything you'll get your name out there, and letting staff know you're interested and motivated is very valuable to us.
 

Soulmaster

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Hey so Question 8 under the Moderating section is missing an L in talking. I don't think mod take negatively.

Good Luck to all of those who apply. The staff team is amazing and working with them is great for anyone.
 

Elementar

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Good luck everyone. Hopefully we all do well!
 

Elieson

Actually a Parent! WA0H!
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What kind of mod built this? Not a grammar nazi; that's for sure!

Question 4 in pretty much all of the "Moderating Questions" doesn't capitalize the w in "why" There's no punctuation ending Basic Information questions 1 & 4. Also, there is no punctuation ending the order of operations steps 2 & 4.

Step up your grammar game! You're a Head Administrator for Arceus's sake!
 

Lillie

Get in the bag Nebby
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I just submitted my application for the Anime and Manga forum. Good luck to the other applicants that are applying! :)
 
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