Being a volunteer for #Chris is a rewarding experience, but it doesn’t come without responsibilities and difficulties.

The most important thing to know about being a #Chris Volunteer is that you may not want to still be one once you learn more about the position. Being a moderator is not a glamorous position and doesn’t give you the right to kick or ban anyone you want.

It takes a great deal of hard work, dedication, and most of all patience to be a #Chris Volunteer. You’ll spend a large proportion of your time answering the same questions over and over again and again, mediating disputes, providing basic tech support to members, and teaching users IRC commands.

The overall amount of time a moderator spends talking to friends in #Chris is drastically decreased. To use an analogy, you no-longer get to play in the pool; you are the one who sits on the side watching others have all the fun.

If you’re still interested and hope to be a volunteer, we have an application process. To be considered for an entry volunteer position, applicants must:

  1. Be at least 21 years old;
  2. Be a VOP (voiced user) in #Chris;
  3. Be a registered member of the #Chris community on IRC and the forums for at least 6 months;
  4. Have been active and helpful in #Chris and the #Chris forum;
  5. Have not been banned from #Chris, GeekShed, or the GeekShed forums within last 6 months;
  6. Have and maintain a registered and active channel on GeekShed with an average of at least ten users;
  7. Have an established website or blog;
  8. Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;
  9. Realize that drinking, explicit language, and talk of illegal activities is strictly prohibited! Maturity and self-policing is implied;
  10. Be of good moral character and have no prior felony criminal convictions or prior convictions for crimes of moral turpitude;
  11. Will not disclose confidential information;
  12. Know that disrespecting users is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated;
  13. Be diplomatic, a team player, problem solver, and someone who can work well in a hierarchical democracy;
  14. Have a willingness to follow direction from supervisors (Chris Pirillo, GeekShed Staff, and other Ops);
  15. Have an open mind that is always welcome to learning more and be someone who likes to expand their knowledge;
  16. Have a personal interest in working voluntarily moderating in #Chris and the #Chris forum;
  17. Have enough spare time to volunteer for #Chris and the #Chris forum;
  18. Understand that volunteering in #Chris is a privilege, not a right. Access may be revoked at any time.

To apply start a New Topic and post the following:

  • Use your registered Nick(s) for the topic subject;
  • Write a minimum 500-word essay explaining why you think you’ll make a good volunteer in #Chris and why you want to be one;
  • Include your full legal name and location (City, State or Province, and Country);
  • Include a link to your website or blog;
  • Include a valid email address and a day-time and night-time phone number that we may reach you at;
  • Please carefully review all the minimum requirements above and address the mandatory minimum requirements by including the following statement: “I meet and agree to all the minimum volunteer requirements, and if required I will be able to provide more information to show that I meet them. I certify that the statements herein are true, complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.”

Please note: Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee a Volunteer Position. We also review your past behavior on GeekShed, your past interactions with other #Chris Volunteers and the GeekShed Staff, and the content and quality of writing on your website and in your application essay. Exceptions may be made at the Admin Team’s discretion in some extremely rare cases; however, all volunteers must be over 18 years of age, be of good moral character, and have no prior felony criminal convictions or prior convictions for crimes of moral turpitude.

Applicants that are accepted as a volunteer will be required to read and agree to some policies and standards and receive some basic instruction. The management constantly evaluates the performance of all the Volunteers and may provide feedback, additional coaching or additional instruction. Volunteers are expected to listen to and apply this feedback, coaching, or instruction to their volunteer duties.

All new volunteers are subject to a thirty-day probationary period. During and after the probationary period, Volunteers may be released at anytime without explanation or notice.

Submitted applications will not appear in the forum, publicly. Within 30 days of submitting an application, you will receive a Private Message on this forum or on GeekShed to either ask for more information or let you know the status of your application. Please do not ask any of the #Chris staff about the status of your application *unless* you haven’t heard anything after 30 days.

To apply, please visit the Chris Half Op Applications Forum.