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What is a moderator?
Moderators are volunteer administrators of the FamilySearch Wiki who help encourage contribution within a subject area on the wiki, monitor its content, and guide others as they contribute. If you are interested in being a moderator for a specific locality or research subject, please fill out this form to let us know of your interest. If you have any further questions, please contact Robin Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your request will be reviewed, and you will be contacted in a short period of time.
The Moderator Job Description includes the following items:
- Build Community - Help build an active, vibrant community of contributors in a locality or topic.
- Recognize Contributions - Introduce themselves to new contributors to that locality, potentially recognize contributors for great work
- Help Resolve Problems - Generally a very minor part of these responsibilities, it will be important to respond when Wiki Guidelines and Policies are broken by contributors, and help when two or more contributors are in an editing dispute by supporting the Dispute Resolution guidelines.
- For more detailed information on the responsibilities, see the Moderator Responsibilities page.
Who are the Moderators?
Our current moderators include:
Things you can do
The following items are things that a moderator can do to help improve the content in their area of expertise and also grow the community of volunteers authors and editors:
- Review and edit content as needed
- Populate the "Help Wanted" page for your locality
- Upload images
- Encourage the creation of new pages
- Encourage users to clarify ambiguous page titles
- Discuss, approve, interpret, and clarify policies
- Get good ideas from other moderators and areas of the wiki and lead contributors in your area to implement them
- Communicate important issues to other contributors in your subject area
- Organize and lead WikiProjects
- Identify and invite knowledgeable people to help with the wiki