I also see the great value and potential in your project. And, clearly, support is necessary to be able to run it effectively and make the most of it. But if, for example, wondering how to make parts of a text red instead of black is a primary project worry and prevents learner reports from being corrected, well, that just seems to be missing the whole point of the project.
What do I think?
Unlike Englishuser, I never requested any information about becoming a moderator nor did I ask to become one. I’d have been perfectly happy to remain just a “regular member” who happens to be a native speaker with many years of ESL teaching experience and who is willing to answer questions.
I’m willing to help out if I can, but, as you know, I am also reluctant to participate in areas where I feel I don’t have adequate experience (the SAT forum, for example). I don’t like having announcements made to the effect that I will be overseeing things that I don’t feel I can do adequately – as happened with the SAT forum. There are other moderators here who clearly have more knowledge about the SAT. As I said, I’m willing to help if I can, but I know my limits.
I’d be interested in knowing how the team effort on the part of moderators is going to work for your 30-Day Challenge. Is it going to amount to Torsten sending constant PMs to one or two moderators telling them to do something every time something needs doing? Or will Englishuser decide to become active and communicative in this respect and enlist and coordinate support?
I might add that sending such repeated PMs to a forum member who has regularly done as much as possible voluntarily and who did not ask to be a moderator is a bit insulting. It feels like kindergarten. Why not just say, Amy could you take over the corrections for User X’s reports for this 30-Day period, then allow Amy to say yes or no, and then be done with it?
I will ammend Heike’s report from today, but it will be a little later. I’m taking my cue from Englishuser.