A group with global permissions related to the Discussions feature (see next section for details). The group’s mission statements:
Bring order to chaos on active Discussions areas where the admins and community of editors have not yet become involved or are feeling overwhelmed.
Surface good moderator candidates to wiki admins, and offer help in transitioning discussions to local oversight.
Foster healthy community growth through moderation, interaction, community management and post creation
Educate Discussions/app users about the nature of the wiki community and collaborative editing
There is no specific mandate for cleanup of spam and vandalism, this remains the purview of the VSTF.
The focus of the Global Discussions Moderators is on community management, community building and social concerns within the Discussions feature specifically.
Permissions and identity
Members of this group will have, globally:
The same rights in Discussions that wiki admins have. (There is no specific permission on the MediaWiki side that is associated with this set of rights)
The “block” permission (to set a block on a specific community)
A specific user badge
The group does not have any special permissions outside of Discussions, so it's not the same as a local Discussions Moderator (who can also moderate in Forum, Message Wall, Comments and Chat).
The permission structure is meant to allow this group to operate effectively without admin involvement in Discussions. They will work with (and defer to) admins when the admins are taking an active role in Discussions.
Global Discussions Moderators will work in pairs, with two assigned to each community. This facilitates a collaborative approach to solving problems, helps build trust with communities and allows for one moderator to take time off when needed.
Each moderator will have no more than 3 communities to focus on at a given time
Focus on a specific community will be for 90 days maximum, with formal staff check-ins every 30 days
Work will be assigned and tracked through JIRA, with one ticket per community. (JIRA is a project tracking tool used by FANDOM staff as well as other volunteer groups)
All global mods will be together with key staff in a Slack channel, to facilitate strategizing, sharing of knowledge and further definition of the group’s role. Participation in the Slack channel is required.