Cranky Cuss came across a post on Craiglist from Salon.com seeking someone to become their spam-killer.
I applied for the position.
I figured that it would be better for one of us to have that j0b than someone who doesn't understand the whys and wherefores of open salon.
In my cover letter, below, I questioned why they would post a job listing on Craigslist rather than posting it on Open Salon. It would seem to me that the only reason would be that they don't want anyone from Open Salon applying for the position.
So, I did.
I've been on OS for a couple of years now, and I have a following there for my political writing and my poetry. I also have a background in software development - if that matters - and, more importantly, I have many years of experience in community organization and community development work.
I only heard about this advertisement by accident. It was posted on Orphans of Open Salon by another OS member who saw it on Craigslist, which triggers the question of why you didn't post this job opening ON Open Salon itself....or maybe you did, and we all missed it.
The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of OS members far more well-qualified for this position than I am.....but the fact remains that this job is really too big for any one person.
Open Salon is open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Having run a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, I know that, in order to staff up an editorial function of this nature, you would need a staff of four, each working a six-hour shift, to cover a five-day, 24 hour schedule, and a respite staff of three, who would cover the weekend shifts and fill in for full-time staff members when they are unable to work.
Of course, you could make do with a single person working a regular 9-5 shift, but then you end up with a spasmatically applied and ineffective implementation of the spam policy, which would result in a backlog of spam periodically clogging your system during the off-hours and on weekends, causing the peaks and valleys of service denial that are driving OS members crazy.
Rather than this kind of piecemeal approach, you might want to employ a team approach, with a moderator charged with the responsibility of supervising a team of stipended OS members who would perform that actual filtering functions, forwarding the denied items to the moderator for final adjudication.
This is especially important when it come filtering posts and comments for content. Filtering spam is easy enough. Filtering legitimate posts and comments for hate speech is quite another matter because one person's hate speech is another person's reasonable discourse and, therefore, this is a job that requires more than one person to review those comments that have been identified as offensive as well as a clear set of guidelines and a clear-thinking person to apply them.
If nothing else, I think I have a reputation on Open Salon for clear thinking, for being able to dissect issues to reduce them to clearly defined positions. That will be essential for this position. However, some kind of appeal process might be in order for those occasions when hate speech bumps up against free speech in order to keep both Salon and Open Salon free from the taint of censorship.
Knowing that this issue exists is the first step in circumventing it.
Attached, please find two resumes, one covering my first career in human services and one covering my subsequent business career.
Admittedly, I have been one of the "ring leaders" in efforts to create an alternative web site for Open Salon members who are disgruntled by the uneven quality of Open Salon's services to its members....but those efforts have been aimed at holding the OS membership together as a viable community....and I would be the first to admit that I am still deeply attached to the Open Salon format and to its membership.
There's nothing else out there that matches the satisfaction one gets from an editor's pick on Open Salon, unless is the quality of the comments we get in response to our posts.
As an OS member, I understand the volume of material that would have to be reviewed on a daily basis. As a editor, I know how to make the kinds of snap decisions that are required in order to meet deadlines. As an organizer, I know how to pull groups together to perform complex tasks. As a businessman, I know how difficult this decision is going to be.
Open Salon members are an ornery lot. You might want to put one of the foxes in charge of the hen house because one fox will keep the others away.
Raise hands if you think I will get a response from them.