What does being a Moderator imply?
If you've spent any time at #OCArtists, hopefully you know about the Rules & FAQ that artists' submissions (are supposed to) follow. Sorting through which art pieces meet the strict requirements is a big part in being a Mod, but there quite a few people who would like their art to be featured in #OCArtists, meaning this is a task that can be tedious and requires patience, so keep that in mind. However, it is fulfilling and judgment becomes routine after a while.
Also, as a mod, you must also (professionally) assist members that have questions or concerns.
Now you may be wondering...
What are the Pros and Cons of being a Mod?
DOWNSIDES:This can become very time consuming, as you have to assess each piece individually and see if it meets the criteria. People can also be rather rude and misunderstanding at times, so you have to be prepared to take a few choice words without taking it personally.
UPSIDES:You get to help out the other mods and members, which everyone would very much appreciate. You will also get exposed to new works, styles, and techniques by viewing and judging others' pieces. Plus you will meet the fellow Mods, who are always ready to help you not only improve your eye for art, but also your skills as an artist. I speak from first-hand experience!
Still interested? Well you'll need to know...
What qualities are we looking for?
In the past, you may have made a polite comment slightly criticising a piece of work, your intentions to help them, and then someone--who perhaps isn't even the artist of the piece--totally beats you down for it! Then you get upset, and you start flaming them back! Well, sorry, but you can't beat anyone down or flame anyone, no matter how rude they are to you--not if you want to be a Mod here, anyway.
You have to be patient and mature.
You also must have decent (English) writing and grammar skills.
You CANNOT be soft, you CANNOT be harsh. You MUST be professional. If you're not capable of honestly judging art, you shouldn't be a Mod.
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY WORK. If you don't have the time, the willpower, or anything else that will keep you from sorting--and sorting OFTEN, then being a mod is not for you.
You must be a member of #OCArtists to become a mod.
Well, you're interested, you fit the description, and you can do the work...
How can you apply to be a Moderator?
Congratulations! You read this whole thing! So, was it all a joke and I wasted your time, or am I going to get on with it and tell you what to do?
STEP 1:Please note #OCArtists with the title "Moderator Application" or something similar.
STEP 2:In the note, tell us a little about yourself! Why are you fit for the moderator position? (Age and experience in moderating is NOT considered in this, so you don't need to include it.)
STEP 3:Also include your activity on deviantArt. What are your interests and interactions with the community and others' art?
If you don't include the things listed above, we won't consider you. Also, I may not personally be able to reply to your application, so please don't be intimidated if someone else responds to it.
Whether you're accepted or not, you WILL receive a reply. It may be a couple weeks from when you've noted us, but if you were accepted, you will recieve a briefing on how the job is done. If you were not accepted, you will be told so.
ALSO, if you end up having trouble and can't work, or if you have any questions, just let us know! If, over a period of time, you end up not doing your work correctly or at all, you will be removed from your position as a Moderator.
IMPORTANT! Those who are accepted will have a two week trial run so we can see first hand your work ethics, professionalism, and judgement skills.
We appreciate your time and consideration for helping #OCArtists, and we hope to receive a note from you!