I have a few concerns about this. Though overall I think there are some great steps forward here; and do appreciate the transparency from a long time member perspective! (And the return of public explanations for why people were promoted to a department or rank!)
When I was on the team, I do believe there was a 1+ month wait for returning admins. I think that is good to continue and make public. Though I think it should be easier for admins to go on hiatus so they don’t feel forced to temporarily resign and add to confusion that the community has. I do know there is an activity thread that is kept up to date (thanks for that!), but maybe considering adding an additional profile line for current activity status for anyone with a role - administrator, EC, RT or any other dept comes in the future. Especially as a call out for community members who are unsure who to PM about an issue. And perhaps making this a sniff title field for chat use as well. I’m sure there are inactivity limits, as there were when I knew more of the behind the scenes so this isn’t taken advantage of.
I do disagree with some of the assessments here about returning, however. I like the idea of admins who are returning after a long time away going through training again. I think that should be the case regardless and is a great policy to implement. Things absolutely change on the backend and that period of time upon returning should be that individuals chance of catching up with policy changes and the newer team dynamic. But if someone is returning who has been a beta for years, for example, they are more than likely to remember how to catch a ban hopper or remember how IPs work. Those very much defined tools don’t change that much, if at all. While I’m sure a lot of factors here you are basing off of rebuilding trust and knowledge for returning folks, it does feel a little strange to me that someone should return as a gamma with more limited tools for work ups just based on an arbitrary window, especially if they pick up the policy changes quickly during training. Maybe a consideration to base the decision on how well they do in the training period to ensure that knowledge is still there?
My other concern is the need for breaks, and I’m a little worried about how this could be discouraging to potential returning folks. Being on a team is tough, no one is going to deny that. It’s a ton of work. Burnout is very real. And considering some of what has unfolded on CL, both publicly and privately, 6+ months, even a year+ for some, may not be long enough of a window for someone to recover, despite at some point, considering rejoining.
I understand the need to have clearly defined stances and to break down policies that border or cater to favoritism. It’s a much needed change and again, the openness of this information is certainly appreciated and there are definitely points in here I agree with and support. But I think in a lot of ways, administrating and accessibility to tools based on role is similar to a workplace environment, and should therefore have some similar considerations. And if a director level person quits a comms job, for example, and decides to later rejoin the same company (which does happen, and I’ve been at jobs and have seen people return), they don’t return as an associate level position and go back to getting press releases reviewed. They go through training and orientation again, but at the same level usually as when they left.
I feel a bit weird posting this publicly. I personally don’t have plans to ever return, I don’t want my post to read as such. But I understand how real the burnout can get and needing time and space away from CL. And I can understand how that time off can look from a member perspective when it’s not publicly addressed. And I do feel the need to mention that if a person leaves a company and returns, they usually have the same role upon returning. I personally don’t view a decision for someone to return to their original role (given it’s not a leadership - in this case - Alpha - if they’ve been gone for an extended period) as strange or picking favorites. I would love to see more people take breaks and rest. Shits already tough man, we are all surrounded by state of emergencies between the pandemic and the wildfires and the floods. What makes me question an admins return is if they aren’t active or engaging the community much before rejoining or had known reports on their behavior that weren’t addressed. And that they just suddenly appear on the team and it’s not properly addressed. I feel the best advice I could give is just continue being as open as you can be with the community.
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