What are some tips for being a good Community Volunteer?
Many people don't know where to start, though, when it comes to volunteering. So this handy guide will give you tips, dos and don'ts about getting more involved.
Know the Iwaku Community Policies and the way things work around the site!
The policies are clearly written here in the wiki, and they tell you everything you need to know about what is and isn't allowed on the forums. You'll also want to be familiar about the right places to post things, and other commonly asked questions. These things are easily found out by reading the forum descriptions and information in each section. This way, as you volunteer by posting content or helping other members, you know the -correct- answers and won't accidentally confuse a situation!
Your attitude matters. Be a role model!
The great thing about being an active volunteer is that other members will look up to you. You'll be a role model of awesome membership. AS a role model, you should make sure you are behaving like a model citizen. You should always be treating other members with respect, whether they are old timers or just registered yesterday. Don't give in to whims of trolling, fights, be a member that is constantly involved in one drama or another, or someone who brings a lot of negativity to the forums. People will mimic your behavior, so make it a GOOD behavior they are mimicking!
You do not have to do EVERYTHING AT ALL ONCE! Over-achieving will burn you out, and drive other members insane.
A big mistake volunteers make is thinking that they have to contribute to -every- section of Iwaku, at all once, all the time, everywhere. You might log in to the forums one day and see their name as the most recent poster in every forum, find they contributed something to every single project possible, blogs, challenges and created their own projects. While the enthusiasm to help the community is awesome, doing so much at once is over whelming to the community because they feel you're spotlight hogging. More importantly, you are also going to burn yourself out! Pace yourself. Pick one project at a time, see it to completion, and then participate in a new one! You'll produce better content because you're not spreading out your attention AND you'll not burn out from working too hard.
Never FLOOD a section with too much content!
When you're excited about helping out a project or a section, sometimes the ideas are over-flowing and the desire to post more and more takes over. Unfortunately, if you post too much at once, you are drowning out -other- member's contributions! Take the Challenges forum, for example. Several of the Staff Members have special challenges. We make sure each person posts their challenge on a different day. That way we don't get 10 challenges posted all in one day. Members get to look forward to new content every day AND other people can post their own challenges without them getting buried. So when you're submitting content, helping to post challenges, or even thinking up a new project - make sure to pace it. When you have an excess of ideas, just write them down to post the next day or next week!
Be consistent and be responsible!
When you volunteer to do something: make sure you keep your word! Your willingness to volunteer means nothing if you flake out and leave people hanging. If you've volunteered to do something, or to be a leader of a project make sure you contribute to it regularly. Be responsible with your time and your commitment!