It's no secret that the got-djent.com moderation team is in need of some fresh blood.
We're looking for volunteers that share our passion for progressive and technical metal music.
got-djent.com started out as a hobby project run by a team of 5 people in the Autumn of 2009. In Summer 2010, we witnessed the rapid growth of the scene, which hasn't stalled since then. For us, this relentless expansion of the djent community implies an ever increasing workload as we do our best to stay on top of everything that's happening. Today, the got-djent.com team is three times as large as it was then, but we need more manpower to be able to keep up.
Who are we?
got-djent.com is managed by a team of volunteers from all over the world. We are fans of djent, and we want to provide platform that functions as a starting point for fans and newcomers to discover the scene, and as a means for artists to easily reach their target audience. We do not do this for personal gain, but because we enjoy it, and because we want to spread the word about this new and exciting phenomenon that's taking the progressive metal world by storm.
What do we do?
A got-djent.com moderator reviews the content that is submitted to us by our users, but their primary task is to create news items, which appear as headlines on our front page. Through the 'Send us an update' box in the sidebar, we receive a lot of newsworthy information that the moderators turn into news articles and headlines. Sometimes they also add the new bands that people share with us to the database.
A lot of content on this site is user-generated: users can submit news articles, band pages, releases and reviews. These submissions are not always up to standard: they might contain spelling or grammar errors, or they need to be partially rewritten. This is also the moderators' job - they ensure that submitted content gets cleaned up and published, and they weed out the stuff that's not worth publishing.
The latter is particularly important when it comes to band page submissions. got-djent.com is exclusively about djent, but quite often someone creates a band page for a band that doesn't qualify as djent, for whatever reason. It is the moderators' job to listen to the bands that get submitted and assess whether they qualify or not. The moderators do this as a team, exchanging opinions and insights, to ensure that their judgement is as fair and unbiased as possible.
To summarise, the tasks of a moderator are:
create news items
publish user-submitted content
keep our band database clean and relevant
What's in it for us?
As mentioned before, we are all volunteers and we do this because we love it. But of course, there are certain perks that come with the job.
As a member of the team, you are at the helm of an influential community platform. This gives you the opportunity to share your ideas and opinions with a lot of people with similar interests. Occasionally, we publish essays and editorials written by moderators, which tend to instigate thought-provoking discussions.
You may also have noticed that we do more than churn out articles all day - we like to interview bands now and then and we even have our own YouTube channel for video interviews. Interviewing a band is an exciting venture, and definitely one of the coolest perks of the job. Moderators are encouraged to be creative and propose bands to interview themselves. This creativity can also manifest itself in other ways - for example, one of our moderators has set up the official got-djent.com podcast.
Sometimes we get the chance to hear some new music before everyone else, or we can attend a show to conduct an interview. Every year, a large portion of the team meets up at Euroblast festival. Moderators also get to test new site features before everyone else.
The only thing we don't get out of it is money. got-djent.com is and will always be completely non-profit.
The got-djent.com team interviewing some of the progenitors of the djent scene in London, UK in 2011.
To summarise, some of the perks of being a moderator are:
you are given the opportunity to express your thoughts
you get to interview some of your idols
creativity is stimulated and encouraged
Who are we looking for?
We're looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team. If you:
are a good writer who pays attention to style, grammar and spelling (English doesn't have to be your first language)
are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the 'djent' phenomenon
have some time to spare to work on the site, and are able to contribute on a regular basis
... then you might be what we're looking for!
Interested? Get in touch!
If you are interested in joining our moderation team, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible. You can use the contact form (select the category 'site administrator') or send an email to admin at got-djent dot com.
As a new recruit, you'll be given a brief interactive tutorial on Skype or Google Hangout, to get an idea of how things work in practice, followed by a trial period which lasts roughly one month. During this period, you can familiarise yourself with our site infrastucture and software, and you get to know the rest of the team. You also show us what you're worth, by performing the moderation tasks outlined earlier.
After the trial period, your work will be discussed, and together we will assess whether you are fit for the job, and whether you want to join the moderation team permanently.