Hope all of you are enjoying your summer right now (and for the people on the other side of the earth, hope you’re enjoying winter!).
We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for Hopscotch forum leaders! Forum leaders perform a number of responsibilities that help us to maintain a safe and moderated community for Hopscotchers to learn and share the fun of coding. This time, we are hoping to recruit 2 new leaders for the Hopscotch forum.
If you are interested, keep reading!
Here are some of the responsibilities of a forum leader
- Moderate conversations on the forum on a regular basis
- Attend bi-monthly leader meetings with the Hopscotch Team
- Help plan, organize, and/or judge Hopscotch competitions on the forum
- For new leaders, attend and complete Hopscotch Leader Training sessions
- You must be 13 years or older to become a forum leader (no exceptions!)
- You should have used the Hopscotch app and been a member of the Hopscotch forum for at least one year
- You are expected to check the forum regularly for at least 5 days/week and spend 1-2 hours/day monitoring forum activities
- Filling out the application form: https://forms.gle/jgMfXPJUJk115KF47
- Selected candidates will be contacted for the first round of interviews (video call)
- The finalists will be invited to another interview (video call)
- We will notify you of our decisions via email
The deadline to submit your application is Friday July 16, 2021 at 9 AM EST 2021-07-16T13:00:00Z.
Frequently Asked Questions
I will turn 13 in September, can I still apply?
Currently, you have to be 13 or older as of July 16, 2021, for your forum leader application to be considered. The reason for this strict age limit is that we would like our forum leaders to be older, and we usually have fewer parental consent issues with older users. We will have other opportunities in the future, so hang around if you can’t make it yet.
Does the interview have to be a video call?
Yes, the interview would have to be a video call because we first need to verify that you’re a real person! In addition, we can learn much more about you via a real-time conversation. And you will need to participate in video calls once you become a leader, so this is a good opportunity to get a taste of how it feels like.
I’m not comfortable with showing my face, can I turn my camera off during the interview (or the leader meetings in the future)?
Yes, you may turn off your camera. However, we strongly encourage you to fully participate in the video calls if you have the option to.
I am an active member of the forum, and I never get into trouble. The only problem is that I just joined the forum and cannot meet the one-year requirement, would I still be considered?
Unfortunately, this is another strict rule we have. The reason behind this is that the leaders would need to be convincing for the rest of the community. If you haven’t been on the forum for long enough, your authority will more likely be challenged by other members of the community. Also, being on the forum for a year will give us data on how you have behaved and make a more reasonable decision on if you can transition into the role of a forum leader successfully.
There are people who made their account years ago but barely even use it. It’s unfair!
No worries, we have a way to check the days you’re active on the forum, so we will know and we will factor this in when we make our decisions.
I am not super good at Hopscotch, do I still have a chance at being a forum leader?
Yes! Being a forum leader is less about your ability to code, but more about your ability to moderate the community.
I will be away in summer during the training period, what should I do?
We will have to discuss this on a case-to-case basis. Indicate this on the application form or send us an email so that we can discuss that during our final round of interviews if you’re selected.
Can I discuss my answers to the application questions?
We recommend that you do not discuss the application questions (though it is not prohibited) because generally, it will only increase your anxiety over the application process to compare yourself to your fellow Hopscotchers. If people get upset/uncomfortable about it, we might have to put a stop to the discussion and give people involved warnings, so be careful around these topics!
My parents are not really okay with me being a forum leader. Can you talk to my parents about it?
If you are selected as a forum leader, the Hopscotch Team can certainly contact your parents to help them understand what this role entails and explain any concerns they may have.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.