Introducing Renderosity Coordinators

AsherD · November 12, 2003 11:36 am

Membership at Renderosity has been growing at an incredible rate! In order to assist the moderators and administrators of the site to not only fulfill their many tasks, but also to continue evolving Renderosity into the paragon of online art communities, we are pleased to introduce Renderosity Coordinators. Coordinators will work closely with both the moderators and admins. It is an entirely new team within the site, created on an invitation basis. We're excited to have the new team to work with as we grow the site. Very soon you will begin to see members in the new role of Coordinator. Please help them feel welcome! And thanks for making Renderosity the #1 online artists' community. --The Renderosity Team

Article Comments


dialyn ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

I think this is a very good idea. The moderators do a great job but they can't be online all the time and some forums get off track rather easily. I just hope they are a very brave group of people. :)

Darkginger ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

Sounds interesting, but I'm not clear on the role of these new co-ordinators - can anyone expand on the description above?

Acerebel ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

It sounds, on the surface, like a good idea. I imagine the moderators and admins are flat out all the time. However, it's hard to offer an informed opinion without having a clearer notion of the role of the coordinator. What do you expect them to do? Will they be accessible to the membership? What responsibility and authority will they have? I'd be interested to know some of the goals that are planned for the whole site, in your terms: "to continue evolving Renderosity". Thanks for the chance to comment, Acerebel

rasputina ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

I echo Dialyn in hoping they a very brave group, on the whole I think the idea is quite good and would like to know what sort of tasks the coordinators would take on.

illusions ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

Nice to see you're continuing to make changes that will, hopefully, have a positive impact on the site. Mods and Admins certainly deserve some help.

Shoshanna ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

I'm also curious about what exactly these coordinators will do. Welcome to them anyway, whoever they may be :-) Shanna :-)

Dave-So ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 November 2003

no opinion yet..what are they coordinating?

TrekkieGrrrl ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

Humm yeah whatever. I don't see what this new group is supposed to do that couldn't be covered by a mod, but then again I'm not sure what a coordinator is supposed to do AT ALL from that description. But whoever you are: Welcome :o) May the force be with you

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

great Idea I think it will help a lot!!

tammymc ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

Coordinators will help manage forums, galleries, and work with members. They are taking a part of the Mod's duties from them. This will allow Mods the time to handle some of the other areas that have been put on hold because of time issues. More on these areas later....

Lucy_Fur ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

OK - invitation only......what if someone wants to volunteer?

nirvy ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

Getting better and better. Great idea! I hope they survive! :)

geoegress ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

Yup- what Lucy said

sandoppe ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

I wish them well, but I must tell you that this is beginning to sound a lot like a big old "bureaucracy" :) This is suppose to be a place for all to have some relaxation guys.....why all the "watching" and "caretaking"??? I assume the folks who do this, do it for free???

Crescent ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 November 2003

If someone wants to volunteer, they should contact one of the Mods and let us know. We'll then consider that person by looking at what they're interested in, their helpfulness and experience on the forums, and where help is needed. Helping out at Renderosity is very rewarding, but it is not for the faint of heart, as most apparently know from the comments. ;-) BTW: If someone volunteers and isn't picked - it isn't meant as an insult. We may end up with more people in one area than we need. It's quite possible that we'll come back later on and ask if they're still interested. Cheers!

lundqvist ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 November 2003

"Coordinators will help manage forums, galleries, and work with members" Oh good, so the Mods are overstretched and: "This will allow Mods the time to handle some of the other areas that have been put on hold because of time issues. More on these areas later...." Why not explain now? What other things would mods need to do (other than moderate), but can't right now because of 'time issues'?

Khrys ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 November 2003

Personally, this sounds like another way to take the focus off the problems that are plaguing the site without actually stopping them. Sort of like patching up a hole in the side of a ship when the entire bottom of the ship's been ripped out. Still, I hope these people can make a difference, and they're far braver than I.

FrenchToast ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 November 2003

I voluteered with Crescent.

-Klaus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

What I just have read above: 1)"...The moderators do a great job but they can't be online all the time and some forums get off track rather easily." My humble answer: 'Be clearer, please ! Thanks. 2)"...not clear on the role."(Oh, someone feels the same as I do about it just above !) 3)"What responsibility and authority will they have? I'd be interested to know some of the goals that are planned for the whole site, in your terms:"to continue evolving Renderosity". -My humble answer is still the same: All of us, artists, make this site exist: It is simply obvious therefore that we should have the first, if not the last word in this affair.All the rest is "litterature". 4)"...Humm yeah whatever......but then again I'm not sure what a coordinator is supposed to do AT ALL from that description." My humble answer:..Not only even sure, but I would say that I doubt of it more and more in the terms that are not precised to all of us here artists, I insist, persist & loudly affirm that ONLY us, and us all make this site LIVE. 5)"...great Idea I think it will help a lot!!.." No answer: It's maybe humour...! 6)_"This will allow Mods the time to handle some of the other areas that have been put on hold because of time issues. More on these areas later...." My answer: "Handle" what or else handle "who"? Artists who make this site exist are "put on hold because of time issues...???!!!" What they got as only precisions is: "More on these areas later...." Please read more in Part II............

-Klaus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

...Part II of my personal point: 7)"...OK - invitation only......what if someone wants to volunteer?" My answer:I would love voluteer with Crescent & Frenchtoast...who's next ? 8)"...I must tell you that this is beginning to sound a lot like a big old "bureaucracy" My humble answer: I totally agree. ..This "thing" strangely looks far too much like "moderation" instead of "liberation" to me... although I might be wrong... we'll se. (One posting daily instead of three. Let me caugh....Brrrooooch-ch ! 9)_"...Why not explain now? What other things would mods need to do (other than moderate), but can't right now because of 'time issues'?" The results I can personally get from those interesting reactions is a quote: And here it is: "The limit between too much moderation and not enough repression is so much not definite in their own view, and such an obscure decision for some to take, that these some generally find a better shelter in the second choice." And this quote is from me. ..I have a better quote from Salvador Dali: "Each rose grows in a jail". _When I took a trip to USA, I saw that in this country of which I love the people, I was not banned or deported only because I was actually yelling at a cop treated him a moron, as long as question of free speech...We would love (and certainly have all reasons to hope that the Adms, the Mods. & their TOS to be "american" too on this essential point !Only that and all of that: HONESTY NOT A LONELY WORD ANYMORE !_Is it asking too much ? Thanks for your attention. Klaus.

ladynimue ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

Hi Everyone, Thanks for your interest in this new feature :) Waves hello to Lundqvist :) As Tammy mentioned above, the coordinators will be assisting the moderators think of them as mini-mods :) Although the moderators would love to be online 24/7, it is just impossible. Also, it will help to have additional support with the galleries and forums at times when a Forum Moderator is offline, or away from the community for either family emergencies, work, or on a vacation [believe it or not some of us really do have lives outside Renderosity - honest] As to the new roles for the existing Moderators; by having assistants this will free the moderators to work on their Forum backrooms and the new Community Forum features, yet still be there to assist members with questions. We are very excited about this new feature and look forward to the coordinators joining the team :) ladynimue

Tanialmeida ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

i volunteers as well, excellent idea!!!

Mixednutt ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

I disagree with you khrys. I don't believe the bottom of the "Renderosity Boat" is torn out. It's a logical decision. When schools get more students, they hire more teachers. When a business expands, they need more employees. And when a town grows, they need more police. And it's not going to be a "Big Brother" operation either, because obviously us artists here have a lot of freedom as it is. Have you looked at the gallery recently? ;) Peace

pauljs75 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 November 2003

So... My guess is:

Admins set up the hardware and tweak n' peak the software on the servers. Tangible things like that. (They do an excellent job, but need to give members a better heads up about downtimes to help avoid rumors.)

Moderators are the ones who keep tabs on the forums and chats. They do what they can to assist new members of the community. Also they police the place in order to best keep things within the TOS, so unruly rabble rousers and spammers are under control.

Right now, I think the submitted items are reviewed by both Admins and Moderators. Which appears to be quite a task in itself when considering the volume of material.

Thus... Pondering what a coordinator is... I suppose it would be sort of like an "assistant moderator". Perhaps they'll have some of the policing ability of a mod, but with more focus on busywork type tasks like reviewing submitted models for freestuff and the marketplace. Therefore, the mods and admins could better focus on their main tasks. Am I far off on this?

ricki01 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 November 2003

Sounds like I good idea to me, put me on the volunteer list

SNAKEYS ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 November 2003

No clue as to what the co ordinators are gona do but I guess they will be looking after the task of answering the many questions that must be addressed to the site moderators and mananger or maybe just keep an eye on stuff and make reports to the moderator, act as the eyes for the moderators, thats my guess though. Well, Most welcome if the aim is to improve the quality of the site and it's upkeep.

Hellmark ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 November 2003

I'd be willing to volunteer (which i've been wanting to do for some time now)

SNAKEY ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 November 2003

I would like to volunteer too. I am online a lot and come to think of it.... I reperesent a diff region of the world. ;)

Poisen ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 November 2003

sure ill volunteer for an invite! :)

FirstBlueMoon ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 November 2003

Klaus, you were talking alot about the "freedom" of artist but what I've noticed is that when you give a person alot of freedom, they act irresponsibly. I'm always amazed at that - people like to say "I'm grown so I can do what I want" but that is such a childish statement. And following that statement is usually a childish action. They'll try to push the envelope by saying their being stifled. Mixednutt is right, when you grow you must then accomodate that growth. Posting one picture a day is hardly a crackdown. It offers the chance of the new members, as well as the old, to have their pictures seen in one round instead of three. It makes perfect sense. In a perfect world, we would all be able to post as many as we want and what kind we want but I don't have to tell you what that would lead to. So roll with the changes, give it a chance to see how it works out.