Community moderator program

Become a contributor


The community moderator program will identify key contributors and advocates and provide them with a framework for how they can contribute to and guidelines for how to advise the team on future decisions regarding the site and community.


The team will invite new moderators twice a year by monitoring contributors who have reached Open Minded status or who are approaching 100 points on the site. After a contributor has agreed to becoming an moderator, the team will send them a welcome kit that documents how they interact with the team and provide resources for them to be successful. The moderators will also receive a SWAG kit for their commitment.

Community moderator expectations

These are the expectations of moderators, which are not channel/group specific.

  • A one year minimum commitment
  • End of year one-on-one evaluation to renew or complete commitment
  • Contribute content (articles, polls, etc.)
  • Moderate comments for authored content (and beyond if desired)
  • Promote content (articles, polls, resources, videos, etc.) on social media
  • Attend one Community Moderator meeting per quarter (a virtual/conference call)
  • Review site terms and conditions
  • Review publishing guidelines
  • Review interview guide


Community moderators would commit to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Content creation: Write at least four posts per quarter with a goal of 20 posts during the year; or write at least one post per month (three posts per quarter) and assist with comment gardening and social media at least twice a week (Monday- Friday).
  • Content curation: Facilitate the authoring of three originally written posts per quarter (one per month) from a colleague, student, or other open source expert.
  • Community nurturing: Assist with comment gardening and promoting content (articles, polls, resources, videos, etc.) on social media and other online platforms at least four times a week (Monday - Friday).

Moderator benefits

  • Access to a global publishing platform and distribution system
  • Access to worldwide collaborative community of open source advocates / activists
  • Receive moderator SWAG kit
  • Receive Moderator badge on
  • Receive Comment Gardner badge and comment moderation privileges
  • Priority editing from editing team
  • Receive one vote in annual Moderator's Choice Award
  • Receive group moderator access on LinkedIn "Open source professionals group"
  • Addition to moderators email list
  • Addition to meet the moderators page
  • Receive an email alias
  • Receive track jacket upon fulfillment of 3-month commitment
  • Receive Linked-In recommendation upon fulfillment of commitment
  • Receive recognition and plaque for completing each year of commitment
  • Opportunity to expand professional network
  • Opportunity to develop open source leadership skills
  • Opportunity to be part of a global open source project
  • Opportunity to meet, interview, and discuss with open source thought-leaders, advocates, and activists

Optional perks

  • Invitation to the weekly moderator meeting (attendance is optional)
  • Invites to conference meet-ups with options to receive event SWAG  for attending conferences and providing written reports
  • Invitation to an annual in-person moderator meeting
  • Invitation to attend annual All Things Open conference held in Raleigh in October


If you are interested in becoming a monthly contributor or would like to be considered for a community moderator role, contact the team.