In the last few days, the staff has gone through some major changes, with more on the way. VOID has had plenty of staff changes and resets in the past, often without prior notice. The Council takes time as needed to reassess who belongs on staff and what roles need to be filled. The purpose of this announcement is to clarify these changes and what they will mean to the site and the community.
The Council has always juggled multiple roles to keep the site running smoothly. The purpose of additional staff members is to help contribute and ease these burdens. The current staff roles have been in place over 10 years: Council, Approval Committee, Forum Mods, and Think Tank, with Community Manager being the most recent addition. Staff changes have historically occurred when the Council realizes things aren't working as well as they could be. The site thrives on people who are willing to challenge each other with a variety of opinions and viewpoints.
We understand that there is confusion about who does what and who to contact with your concerns. We want to clear up any ambiguity and confusion as well as allow new people to take on these roles. Former staff members are encouraged to apply for these positions if they wish to be a part of these new organizational changes.
VOID has always been a labor of love. As a staff member, you don't get paid, and you'll rarely be thanked for your work. Some people might think that being on staff will make them more powerful or important, but it won't. It's demanding and often frustrating work. This is why it is essential that our staff is working effectively to keep VOID alive and thriving.
The following are descriptions for each staff group as well as new roles that need to be filled. When in doubt, just send an email to staff @ enterVOID.com, and we will route your message to the best staff member or group.Kevin
Kevin was one of the founders and owns the site. He has taken a less hands-on role in recent years and lets the Council make any major decisions. We consult with him on some issues, but he trusts the Council to run the site.Council: Angieness & Red
The Council--with occasional input from Kevin--are the final authority. Few have ever reached this level or ever will as it requires Kevin's complete trust in decision-making skills and access to all the site's inner workings. Angie and Red have been on the site for over 10 years, earning this position through years of dedication and hard work.
Things Council does:
Address and resolve any problem that arises
Review and post comics for voting
Making the final call on character approvals
Review all tournament proposals
Create and enforce rules
Graphic and web design
...and all of the responsibilities of the rest of the staffCommunity Manager - Kozispoon
Kozi is really great at being unbiased and fair. This is something that we really strive to be. She's always been a great welcoming voice to new folks. Kozi is the Lead Community Manager, and official welcome wagon. She works with the global moderators to keep VOID running smoothly.
What Kozispoon does:
Greet new people and answer their questions
Moderate the Discord chat and Forums
Weigh in on character approval decisions
Post comics when Council is unavailable
When to talk to Kozi: You can come to Kozi with any concern that you have with the community, or staff members. You can also ask her for help if you have any questions.Global Moderators - CrackingSkulls & Shen
These two are here to make sure you behave. This goes for the chat room, forum, and comments. They have the power to boot, ban, delete, pin, move, etc. They are also there to welcome new members, and direct people to the proper place if they have questions. They also have social media access and promote comics.
Full discord chat powers - banning, booting, pinning, deleting etc.
Change the roles of members if need be
Welcome new members & answer questions
Banning spam bots on the forum (there are so many)
Moving and pinning topics
Answering questions on social media
Posting about events on social mediaEvent Coordinator - Pyras Terran
Pyras kind of took charge of events, so this was an obvious fit. His duties include:
Figuring out the tournaments people actually want
Setting appropriate dates
Releasing a calendar of events
Spreading hype on social media
To be clear, the tournaments will NOT solely be up to Pyras, he's just in charge of making them run smoothly.
When to talk to Pyras: If you want to create an event and have questions, or if you have questions about events.Web Developer - Bobo
Bobo knows the backend of the site better than Angieness or Red. VOID is a very tricky website, and Bobo is there if something explodes. Since they also has full access to the site, they will sometimes fill in for Angieness or Red if they are really busy and can't post a comic in a timely manner. Bobo is not a member of the Council, but is deferred to when technical issues arise.Social Media Manager - William Duel
Will is the one that has been reblogging everything on our Tumblr, and reposting all of the interesting stuff on our Facebook page. This is his main job, and he's good at it. Other members have access to our social media, but Will ends up posting 99% of the content. Contact him if you want to discuss anything related to content on social media.
Note: There is a script that automatically posts links to Tumblr and Twitter when comics go up for voting and characters are approved.News Writer - Yarnwitch
Finally, we have someone dedicated to putting out timely news articles. Yarnwitch will be writing the front page news which updates us on the current and upcoming events.Comics Coach / Approval Committee - Petarvee
Petarvee's role is more of a teacher/mentor/guidance/critiquer than anything else. He will be responsible for giving out as many helpful critiques as possible, creating tutorials, guides and reference material for VOID artists. He will also do various other things like getting interviews with real-world industry people for us to read and learn from. Petarvee's job is to encourage the community to learn and improve. He will also be weighing in on character applicants.
When to contact Petarvee: If you need drawing advice, or if you'd like to suggest a tutorial or guide.
The biggest goal of these changes is to define everyone's roles in a very clear way. If anything is still unclear, please feel free to ask.