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Meet the first moderators

The launch of “Help us improve EPiServer World” resulted in many votes for the suggestion of having moderators in the forums.

Today we’re happy to announce the first moderators: EMVPs Arild Henrichsen and Chris Sharp.

Arild is employed at Epinova in Norway, and has worked with EPiServer CMS since 2008. Chris comes from Nansen in the US, and started working with EPiServer CMS in 2011.

These are their words about World in general, and moderators in particular.

Arild Henrichsen

What made you sign up for being a moderator?

A growing community is a good sign – but inevitably there will be growing pains.

EPiServer’s own developers (and sometimes architects/product managers) pitch in on World when time allows it. Getting help from other developers is great, but sometimes you need an answer straight from the source. Of course EPiServer should get involved – it’s THEIR community! But they can’t monitor everything, and World was never meant to be an official support channel.

World is based on volunteer work. Getting people to donate their time for free requires a civil and uncluttered environment, and that’s where moderators come in. I already keep a close eye on World anyways, so it’s great being able to contribute directly to an improved user experience.

As a moderator – what do you hope to achieve?

That my work goes unnoticed. A moderator is like a referee – his best work is when facilitating flow without drawing attention to himself. If users are able to find what they need, contribute without hassle, and continue their day in a good mood, then I’ll be pleased.

The best advice for new World members?

Keep updated with the blogs – you’ll very often pick up a few tricks you can use in your project, or get different perspectives on things.

Don’t be afraid to post in the forums – you won’t get flamed for newbie questions. In fact, if your question if basic and you couldn’t find the answer easily, you’ve just helped everyone by pointing out holes in the documentation.

Still - help us help you. Try to show that you’ve done a minimum of research before posting. Write a coherent description of your problem with enough details, and you’ll soon get a reply.

Respect that your fellow community members are professionals who volunteer their time and experience to help others. And when you feel you have some extra time or something to say – contribute back to the community!

Chris Sharp

How did you come up with the idea of having moderators on the World Forums?

The concept of community moderators is not a new idea. Most large online communities have a set of leaders to ensure the content is appropriate, available, and valuable to visitors. Over the last year, I’ve seen the EPiServer World community grow in great numbers, and subsequently the number of new forum threads and posts have increased. And recently, the EPiServer World team has been pushing changes and updates to the community, which is great to see as a regular user, and I think that during this changing time, it makes sense to put moderators in place. Hopefully this will allow the EPiServer World team to spend more time improving the overall functionality of the community and to actively participate in forum discussions, while the moderators volunteer time to improve the content of the community.

What would you like to achieve with the new moderators?

I think the moderators should focus on ensuring the content is organized and useful, which includes being able to move threads to the appropriate sub-forum, deleting duplicate threads or posts, and marking posts as “Answer”, which is a feature that can prove to be very useful for many developers. I think that moderators could also edit posts to ensure the content is readable (e.g. creating hyperlinks out of text that is meant to be a link, formatting code using the code plugin in the editor, or removing formatting from text that is not meant to be formatted).

What’s your advice to new World users?

Everyone can contribute something to improve and grow the community, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, offer ideas, or provide answers. But along those same lines, be patient when waiting for replies.

The EPiServer World community is global, and still relatively small, so it may take time for someone to respond to a thread, and that response might not always be an answer, but rather a clarification on the issue. Because of this, it’s best to do as much researching as you can on the issue prior to posting.

Finally, if your issue was resolved, either mark the post that answered your question as “Answer”, or create a post in the thread with the answer and mark it appropriately.

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Lars Bodahl
(By Lars Bodahl, 11/26/2014 12:49:52 PM)

Nice!

mathias.kunto
(By mathias.kunto, 11/26/2014 5:29:45 PM)

Excellent!

Johan Book
(By Johan Book, 11/27/2014 1:28:29 AM)

This is very welcome! Thumbs up!

Johan Book
(By Johan Book, 11/30/2014 10:41:02 PM)

btw. is there a mail alias for the moderators or how can/should we contact them?

pevi
(By pevi, 12/1/2014 11:35:23 AM)

@Johan: You can send an email to epw@episerver.com - then we'll make sure the information is forwarded to the moderators. There is no direct way of communication (yet).

pevi
(By pevi, 12/1/2014 11:37:36 AM)

By the way - thanks for the positive feedback. And don't forget to post your ideas for further development on http://world.episerver.com/support/Features-on-world/. Thanks!

anders.nordby
(By anders.nordby, 12/1/2014 4:31:27 PM)

A big congratulations (and thank you for taking the job) to both moderators! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job.

Jeff.Wallace
(By Jeff.Wallace, 12/5/2014 2:22:43 PM)

Great to have these two as moderators!

Henrik Fransas
(By Henrik Fransas, 1/30/2015 2:43:17 PM)

Great choices!

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