Could've fooled me. :icon_biggrin: Fact is that the blog staff tends not to reply to some/several applications, or has done so in the past at least. It is a recurring complaint that does not have to do with quality control.
*ahem* shutting up now. :icon_wink:
Fact is that we DO reply to every application that is sent in. Now at this point, I must point out that an application is an actual application, following the posted format in the correct section that is then reviewed by the head blog staff (myself included). The following do not count as applications:
-Posts in the proper sections that do not fill out the proper application. Saying "I'll blog World X. Thanks" will not get you the job, nor a response.
-Private Messages, whether it be through the forums, in-game or skype, and yes, I've had people message me attempting to get the spot through all three
-Posts in a world specific forum. We have a specific forum just for blog applications.
-Posting an unofficial blog, and then expecting it to be incorporated into the official blog.
None of these are proper procedure and thus will not get a proper response. You'll find that most of these people complaining about no response did one of the above options.
I have to agree with rukoh on this one, if the staff only do so with quality people. Then why is it almost every single world, these so called quality people that are put into bloggers postions end up not staying on and doing a quality job?
They always do 2 or 3, then you never hear from again lolz
Again, taking a few examples and calling them fact do not make them fact. Yes, recently we've been disappointed with some of our new bloggers who only make a few posts and then disappear, but that's not always the case. On our blog site there is a members page, which includes when each individual person started blogging. Personally, I've been on the team 14 months, and I know of people who've been around much longer than me who are still there.
As for criticizing who we hire, we attempt to do the best job with what material is available to us. They answer some questions, make a mock blog, and then do an interview with some of the staff. We base our first impression off of these three things when first hiring someone, but it is not until they actually have to start doing their job that we get to see how the truly cope with it. Unfortunately, not everyone matches up with our expectations after being hired.
I suspect the Quality candidates are deterred by having to demean themselves by "jumping through hoops".
I used the phrase "jumping through hoops" because you did, though I used it in a way that implied that it is not that at all. As stated above, we do not ask much. We ask for an application, a mock blog (a sample of your writing), and a short interview. Sound familiar? It's basically the same application for anything else you'll ever join in your life, whether it be a club, a college or a career. If it's too much for people to do these three things, that tells us right away they wouldn't take the time to do the blogs like they should, which is the complaint that started this whole conversation.
Given the current standards
- and indeed standing
within the Tw's Community of the Blog system as is
I cannot but agree that something does not add up here.
Since the position is currently unavailable
, since you consider the current Blogger "active"...
may we (World 59 players) then have a decision when you conisder the Post will
and at which point... what the criteria will be for consideration of the new blogger?
Is it too much to ask that this criteria be made public (even if applications themselves are in private?)
Such criteria unfortunately is not available because, while our staff is close, we don't know each other on a person-to-person basis as we would people in real life. As such, when someone disappears like this, we don't know what happened. If the person simply chose not to do the blog, then I'm all for firing them immediately and opening the position to another blogger. However, we also don't know if they were in say a car accident that hospitalized them. In the past we've had accidents, family illnesses, storms knocking out the power and other such occurrences that have kept a person from posting not because they don't want to, but simply because they can't. I find it simply a little harder to fire someone when control of the situation was out of their hands.
I'm still waiting for you to tell me who you talked to before about this, as you haven't named anyone yet.
Why can't someone just write an unofficial blog on another website? It doesn't have to be sanctioned by the blogging staff to be read.
Rukoh did a fairly good job summing up this part. I would point out that some people have indeed done this. And some do a great job at it, but others figure out how much it requires of them and do the same and disappear in the same way as some official bloggers do.