IAB Volunteer Editor Search: Revised Requirements, Extended Deadline

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 weeks ago in Misc


If you were interested in applying for a volunteer editorship at IAB but have held off, you're in luck: We're extending the deadline and revising the job requirements.

We are lowering the article requirement from 2 per day to 10 per week. Whereas the position previously would require about five to seven hours per week, it now would require about three to five hours per week. Most people could meet the 10 article quota by putting in three one-hour sessions a week -- say, one hour each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

The first job listing described the job requirements in some detail. Here, we'll just recap what we think is most important. Applicants should:
  • Have a knack for recognizing and finding interesting content.
  • Be talented wordsmiths. The majority of the articles you edit will not have a lot of writing involved, but you will need to come up with witty titles and subtitles. A good sense of humor is a must.
  • Be good team players. You'll be a member of an Editing Team and you'll need to coordinate and get along with your fellow editors.

To apply, please use the Contact link at the bottom of the IAB pages. For Topic, select "Bugs & Other Site Feedback." In your email, please tell us why you think you've got what it takes. Any information about your previous editing experience, if any, would be helpful.
 
The revised deadline for applications is December 31 at 11:59 PM. The IAB staff will be responding to all applications by January 7, 2019.

Thanks and good luck!
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Male 3,124
I'm a little late to the party. Perhaps it's best. I don't think 'volunteer' and 'requirements' should be used in the same sentence. No disrespect.
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Male 10,079
jaysingrimm None taken.

Here's the situation: We can allow only so many people to have keys into the system. I can't give out a set of keys, so to speak, to 20 or 30 people who are each able to do only 30 minutes of work once a month. If someone is going to get a set of keys, there has to be a willingness to donate at least a modicum of work, on the order of two hours a week, thus the requirements.

Also, I think most IABers are aware of this, but in case not: I'm a volunteer just like the other mods. All the work I'm doing is donated to the site.

Hope this helps.
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"witty titles and subtitles"
You will have the ability to erase someone's good joke and replace it with your own lame joke 
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Male 6
Does IAB make money?
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Male 10,079
philllpottt I'm not privy to the financials; that's really Fancylad's domain. That said, I think it's safe to say that the operation, since it was bought out from Demand Media, has either been just breaking even or been only marginally profitable. First and foremost, IAB is a labor of love.
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Male 6
squrlz4ever Fair enough. There was no real point to my question other than a) cheeky curiosity and b) wondering whether the owner is fanning him/herself with 50 dollar bills on a Caribbean beach while asking for unpaid volunteers. 
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Male 10,079
philllpottt If only! One of the first signs that IAB has begun to turn a decent profit, I expect, will be more work on the website. There are a number of fixes and enhancements that many of us are eager to see.
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Male 1,249
I'd consider applying but my new job has me swamped. My writing skills probably aren't up to snuff anyway. Good luck though, It'll be nice to maybe see IAB get more active again.
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Male 10,079
rammo34 Thanks, Rammo. I appreciate it!
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Male 13,505
sorry, still sounds like too much work.
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Male 1,961
monkwarrior Nobody wants to see what you would post anyway.
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Male 13,505
marsii You apparently go gung ho over everything i post.  Desperately trying to mock and belittle me in anyway you can, like your juvenile post here just now.   It's funny when you are like "oh i just ignore him" when you talk of me to others on here, but it's clear you've planted a little hate seed in yourself for me.  I'm honoured, but that thing will do more damage to you than anything you drop its fruits on.
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Male 2,385
monkwarrior hahaha --  I see that some things never change.
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Male 13,505
lockner01 like you, who left months ago with a monkwarrior insult, and who returned with a monkwarrior insult.  Some things never change indeed.
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Male 10,079
monkwarrior marsii I've deleted one comment in this exchange. I think you've both had your say so let's let it rest, please. This board is supposed to be about the editor positions and questions related to them. I don't want things to get sidetracked with an off-topic argument. Thanks.
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Male 10,079
monkwarrior No worries. If someone thinks posting five interesting items every 3 to 4 days is too much work, I'm pretty sure we don't want that person in an editor role. This isn't a position for everyone.
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Male 13,505
squrlz4ever *ahem*  i have posted a number of stories.  I did each of my posts so the mods/editors had to do 0 to little effort with the post.  They just didn't get posted.  My comments disappear and stuff. Makes it hard to care.
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Male 10,079
monkwarrior You've just switched the topic here. You being unhappy about some submissions of yours that didn't get published is a different kettle of fish from the job requirements of the editorships.

As far as comments disappearing, comments that violate the Community Standards are liable to be deleted by the moderators. That's what we do. Checking the Moderator Actions Log, I see you've had two deletions in the past 10 days.

  • 12/20: A comment about a LEGO set for sale that you posted on a board where we were asking for editors. Reason: Off-topic; board was not an Open Forum.
  • 12/26: Several comments on one board about the "Four Simple Words." Reason: Sloganizing/spamming.

Hope that helps.

You have reminded me that we never developed a policy regarding conspiracy-type submissions and we need to. Personally, I think some conspiracy-type content should be allowed on an occasional basis. Maybe once we get some editors in place we can take up that issue again.
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Male 7,525
monkwarrior Well how about you stop posting and become and editor, that way at least OTHER peoples content will show up, sacrifice is a good thing right?
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Male 13,505
daegog nah i don't have much time to commit to 10 posts a week, it's still too much work.  1 a week is doable.
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Male 7,525
monkwarrior Why is it so hard for you to understand that the mods get busy too?

YES they have agreed to be mods here, but all their time is 100% donated, they aren't getting anything out of this.

Im sure there is a large backlog of stuff they have to post, but just like you, they are busy.

If you have no time to help post stuff for everyone on the site, the LEAST you can do is not whine about your submissions not being posted.  That is reasonable right?

I have been here for years, I have seen your submissions, there is literally NO RUSH AT ALL.
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Male 5,892
daegog Thanks for understanding the actual situation instead of being a Negative Nancy and trying to hijack the thread for your own purpose of putting down the mods for "not doing their job".
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Male 13,505
kalron oh so you're the narcissist, doesn't surprise me.
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Male 10,079
I'm ruefully shaking my head here because I have a pretty good sense of what's going to happen.

The editors are going to get top billing on a new About page (that's accessed by a sticky link at the bottom of every IAB page). They'll be listed just below Fancylad and above the moderators. That's appropriate because while the moderators are here to make sure everyone behaves on the playground, the editors will be making sure the playground is worth coming to in the first place.

In short order, people are going see that the editors have a pretty awesome job. They'll voluntarily put in two to three hours a week -- whenever -- to highlight 10 interesting things they've found online or that have been submitted. They'll be the ones making the quips we chuckle at and raising the topics that get us thinking.

"Damn. That's cool," some of you will say. (Mark my words.) "How come I'm not an IAB editor?" At which point, this squirrel may respond, "Well, for starters, you never bothered to apply."
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i miss the early 2000s IAB
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Male 1,249
andy_bart Hell yeah, i remember coming on here everyday after school. Good times
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Male 10,079
rammo34 I've been thinking a bit lately about how IAB has evolved. HolyGod recently made the observation that IAB has become a popular site for successful, adult professionals. That was a new observation to me, and I think he's right. I'm not sure how this has happened, but it definitely seems we've moved in that direction over the past decade.

That's good and bad. I miss the silliness. I'd like to see more short, funny, humorous posts and I'm hoping the new editors can help with that.

I don't want to see us move any farther in the "adult professionals" direction because that may be akin to walking off a plank. Most successful, adult professionals don't spend a lot of time on websites like this ... because they're too busy being successful, adult professionals.

We need content that can appeal to college students and teens, too.
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Male 1,249
squrlz4ever Yeah i miss those days but like normalfreak2 said, I guess we all just grew up. But even in those old days of silliness we had a pretty diverse mix of active users, age-wise.
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Male 9,692
squrlz4ever We grew up....
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Male 2,345
normalfreak2 "We grew up...."
Speak for yourself.
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Male 7,525
Now I feel kinda bad, are we (I really mean am I) submitting too much content to process?  
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Male 10,079
daegog Nush (that's Squirrel for the opposite of yush). Don't hold back on our account. Just understand that currently it's hard for us to get up much more than 10 articles a day and we try to distribute those among different submitters.

Once we've got some editors, we should be able to bump up the average number of daily posts and make everyone happier.
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Male 7,525
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Male 10,079
daegog This. Is priceless. It's 6:39 AM EST, raining and dark, and you have totally made my entire day.
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Male 3,055
squrlz4ever Look!  Canned squrlz!
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Female 9,822
Not enough people sign up for it?
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Male 10,079
panth753 We've received a few applications, but would definitely like more. The editors are going to have a big influence in defining the IAB atmosphere and vibe. We want to be sure we've got enough applicants so that we can assemble a great team of three or four IABers who, we think, will capture that certain I-Am-Bored je ne sais quoi and also work well together.
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Female 9,822
squrlz4ever I can throw my hat into the ring. I don't know if I can hit all the marks, but I like the challenge.
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Male 10,079
panth753 You go, Panth! I'll be looking for an application email in our Contact inbox. If you have any questions, just give a shout. Thanks!  :)
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Female 9,822
squrlz4ever I used my real name when it asked for name, but I do give my user name in the email.
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Male 10,079
panth753 Thank you, Panth! All good. (What a beautiful name you have, by the way.)
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Female 9,822
squrlz4ever Thank you. :)

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