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.


When a contributor becomes a Community Moderator, the team will send them a welcome kit that documents how they interact with the team, and will provide resources for them to be successful. The Community Moderators will also receive a SWAG kit for their commitment.

Community Moderator expectations

These are the expectations of Community Moderators, which are not channel or 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 and syndication networks
  • Attend one Community Moderator meeting per quarter (a virtual/conference call)
  • Monthly check-in with team 


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: Help curate originally written posts from a colleagues, students, or other open source community members. [example: "You have a great story to share. You should consider submitting a proposal to"]
  • 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 Gardener 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 LinkedIn recommendation upon fulfillment 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 Community Moderator meetings and calls (attendance is optional)
  • 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.