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Metanews is once more (and always) in need of volunteers. We're looking for two types of volunteers. First, people who would be willing to take on link finding and maintenance for one our set reading lists (LJ, DW, Tumblr, Feedly, Pinboard, and submitted links). Right now there are only two of us, and we simply can't cover everything. It's not sustainable. The only reason we're getting by right now is that one of us is unemployed, but it would be better if that one had time to do other things, too, in addition to Metanews, and didn't end up burning out.

Second, we're also looking for volunteers who would be willing to cover one or two specific fandoms of their choice. This would involve looking for meta in general, particularly in places we don't know about or can't adequately cover (especially Tumblr), and evaluating for quality any links other link finders discover for the fandom(s). We're especially interested in help with fandoms or types of fandoms that we haven't covered much or where the quality of the meta we've been finding isn't great because that generally means that we don't know where to look to find meta for that fandom.

We use Google docs for all of our working documents, so any volunteers will have to be willing to deal with that.

We've been told that we're not doing a particularly good job at posting on Tumblr, and we don't really have many readers there. Neither of us actually use Tumblr beyond following links there that we've found elsewhere and making the weekly Metanews post (which we do by rote). We would love to have someone to take over the Tumblr posting and do it in a way that's more friendly to Tumblr readers, whatever that may look like.

The fastest way to reach us is to comment on this post on LJ or DW or to PM metanewsmods in either place. We don't check Tumblr very often, so things sent to us there may languish for a while. We can also be reached as on Gmail as We don't always check the Gmail every day, so please be patient if it takes us a little time to get back to you.

While we do check the email every day due to it being forwarded, and will attempt to get back to any replies within 24 hours of receiving them, we may be longer due to consulting with each other.

Date: 2015-07-10 08:31 pm (UTC)
babydraco: (Default)
From: [personal profile] babydraco
What do you need from the person who collects Tumblr meta? I think that's possibly something I could do

Date: 2015-07-11 10:32 pm (UTC)
dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
From: [personal profile] dirty_diana
A reading page is not the best way to follow tumblr, really? At least in terms of finding new stuff. It's all about tags and search, though an account run by someone who's already good at navigating that and reblogs what they find is also gold.

I have been leaving links I find in tumblr browsing sessions in the submission post but, it sounds like I'm really just making more work? Is there a way to do it that would be more helpful, without it being a set up where I would let everybody down if I didn't do it one week? That would be optimal for me as I'm not sure a weekly commitment is realistic.

Do you tag on tumblr? Maybe the account is hard to find.

Date: 2015-07-14 01:29 am (UTC)
dirty_diana: colored pencils sit in an empty latte cup. (Default)
From: [personal profile] dirty_diana
I'm happy to start to mail in formatted links as I find them, that sounds doable. I go through bouts of searching tumblr for my interests and then I turn up a pile of stuff in one go and didn't want to be overwhelming you all.

When I tag I prioritise the things I think people are most likely to be following/searching for on tumblr? So probably "meta" and then fandom names, or "fandom name meta" is a used tagging convention also. The first five will be the easiest to find but you can use up to twenty. Of course tagging may not be the problem at all, but it's an idea.

Date: 2015-07-17 08:35 am (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
Hello there, I've been leaving links I find for some time too and while I can't commit to being a full-time volunteer I'd be happy to keep doing so in a format easier for you to manage, to help with your load of work. You said pulling quote or summary of the article, how precisely?
Also, this comm is just awesome. :)

Date: 2015-07-22 09:30 pm (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
No problem. And I just read the PM, I think I got it. I guess we'll see next time I link you guys something. In case, please tell me if I do something incorrectly, OK?
Oh, and about the tags, shall I add them separately after the meta link?
Also, once I'm sure I'm on top of things I could leave what links I find directly on your Google doc if that would mean less work for you guys. :)

Date: 2015-07-23 05:47 am (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
Cool, thanks! And, yes, fandom is the thing I always go looking for first. *nods*

Date: 2015-07-13 10:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] babydraco
Tumblr can be really tough because it's hard to follow the thread of the conversation so like even if you find a good meta post, it might be difficult for people to A) respond to it or B) have their response seen by other people. And have an actual coherent conversation.

But I do have time, and a working knowledge of Tumblr. I don't know if I could do it all by myself but I'd be available to help for awhile.

Date: 2015-07-11 06:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi! I have a suggestion:

"The fastest way to reach us is to comment on this post on LJ or DW or to PM metanewsmods in either place. We don't check Tumblr very often, so things sent to us there may languish for a while."

In this case, wouldn't it be best to completely get rid of the contact-via-Tumblr? It must be off-putting to your supporters if they find their messages go ignored for "a while". Which one is the contact address that guarantees me my message will actually be read within, say, three days?

By the way... have you ever discussed whether you actually need a presence on three social media platforms? Perhaps you should figure out which platform is the most suitable for you and your readers' needs*, make it your home base, and only use other platforms to link to the new posts there. Don't spread yourself thin when you are only two people.

*) I don't actually know which one that would be, but probably neither DW/LJ nor Tumblr. A regular blog with a good search function?

Date: 2015-07-11 07:14 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am sorry if I'm reading your tone wrong, but I was not expecting a business form-letter phrase as a response, and only minutes after commenting. Does "we'll take it under advisement" essentially mean "no"?

Date: 2015-07-11 09:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for the explanation.

Not no, but I doubt we would consider changing where we post - it would involve a great deal of work we're not up for right now.

So it does mean no. You can just say so, my suggestion was unsolicited after all. I am sorry that I cannot help by volunteering, but I wish you luck.


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