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Volunteer for a Position!
All Positions: All decisions and selections are made by the Administration and Board of Directors based on some general criteria for all positions, as noted in the next few sentences, and specific criteria detailed below for each specific position. Generally, roled positions are only available to players who have been active in BlogShares for at least 6 months. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Positions will require a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week over a period of at least 3 months, though some positions, especially the BSEC, can vary greatly from week to week. Understand upfront that accepting a roled position will take time away from playing BlogShares unless you are able to spend more time on the site to compensate. If you do not want to reduce your own playing time or increase the time you spend on B$, please do not apply.
All decisions made to select or remove players from roled positions are made with the overall good of the game and the community as the sole consideration, and not all excellent candidates will be selected to fill roles. Roled players are not required to change their play or stop playing BlogShares during their tenure. However, roled players will be held to very high standards, and will be instructed on how to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearances of 'shady dealing'. Roled players should expect their own play to be highly scrutinized by the community and Administration. Anyone who is unwilling to be under such a lens should not apply. Any roled player found breaking site rules could be subject to immediate dismissal, and any found using their role tools for game advantages will certainly be so.
You must be able to read and write fluent English. Communication online is difficult enough without also having to bridge a language gap.
You can greatly increase the likelihood of being selected by becoming a 'regular' in the #blogshares IRC chat room. Some positions may require IRC participation, particularly the GIC. You can easily pop into the chatroom by clicking the #blogshares link in 'Come chat in #blogshares' at the top of every page. Alternately, you can use your own IRC client to connect to the server (intrepid.geekshed.net) and /join #blogshares. Further help for using mIRC to connect to the chatroom is available here. Forum participation is another way to improve your chances of selection, such as thoughtful posts in discussions, or helpful responses to questions. Remember, you will need to demonstrate in some way that you understand the game and, in particular, the role you in which you are interested.
There is no set date schedule when new players are selected for positions. Weeks or months may pass without any new additions. Your application remains valid so long as you leave it active. You can deactivate it at any time by selecting 'Deactivate' next to your request in the table above (which only appears if you have submitted an application). To reinstate your request, click the 'Reactivate' option. Your request is only known to the Administration and the Board of Directors. Players can only view their own requests.
Index Manager (IM): This position requires a strong knowledge of the index and it's organization. Voting record, both original and moderation votes, will be strongly considered. Tasks include working with the Friends of the Index program, choosing and creating new artefacts, aiding in index reorganization, suggesting new industries, voting on blogs, and various other index-related tasks that may come up. You can improve your chances of being selected as an IM by voting frequently and heavily (and CORRECTLY), raising your sigma by adding new blogs or reporting dead blogs, spam, and non-blogs, or by participating in Index-related forum threads. Prospective IMs should enjoy (sometimes tedious) organization tasks. If you've ever thought being a librarian, organizational manager, or data manager might be something you enjoy, or if you like to organize your own data (music cds, books, tasks, accounts, etc), the IM position might be a good fit for you.
BSEC: The BlogShares Securities and Exchange Commission is well-known as the body which ultimately judges accused rule-breakers and, upon determination of guilt, declares punishments. However, the BSEC is also responsible for monitoring and discovering rule-breakers, using tools such as the CHEATYPANTS finder. BSEC membership is the strictest of all B$ roles, and prospective volunteers should be veteran (preferably over 1 year) and have an exemplary record in the game (ie no rule breaking). Rule-breakers can still be considered, but the response to their own BSEC case or Administrative handling must be extreme and show significant good will towards rectifying the situation.
Commitment to this position varies greatly from week to week, but you should be active on the site several days a week, and stay up-to-date on all cases and potential cases so as to investigate and respond accordingly. Access to IRC is a huge positive, but is not required. You must stay in communication with fellow BSEC members in the private BSEC forum board at a minimum. The BSEC position, unlike any other, is under intense scrutiny from the community. Any semblance of impropriety or unfounded judgements will be heavily and vocally criticized. BSEC members are still players, so there must be a strong effort to remain impartial as BSEC judge and jury member despite any implications the case or potential case may have on one's own play. This is not a position for the weak-at-heart, overly sensitive, or for anyone unwilling to follow strict guidelines found in the B$ ruleset.
GIC: The Game Improvement Commission was born out of the defunct Math Team. Creativity and a strong interest in community growth and involvement are highly sought after in this role. You must be willing to help create, develop, and often administrate new contests, community programs, game math models. A full charter for the GIC is available here. IRC participation is required. GIC discussions take place in a private chatroom on the GeekShed IRC network, and you must be willing to be available to join in discussions.
Editor: Editors are responsible for maintaining all site documentation, and at times, developing tutorials, identifying typos and grammar, and various odd tasks that arise. You must be able to demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language though forum posts, your own blogs, or other materials you would like considered. Editors work under the direction of the Admin and GIC. IRC communication is required.Top