Recruitment done for now, thanks! (Was: The BC Support team is recruiting)

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Hello,
Lately we feel that it's hard to answer all the questions that pour into the Support system. We seem to be short-handed. At the same time, it's been made clear that there are many members who are eager to help BookCrossing in some way. So maybe it's time to bring these two things together and see what happens?

We are looking for one, two or possibly three new Support volunteers. Here's what we're after:
- People who love BookCrossing, know the site very well, and like to explain stuff.
- People who are pretty good with computers. You don't need to be a programmer, but you do need to know enough not to be confused by terms like URL, cookie and HTTPS. Do you know which browser you are using and how to install a different one? Then you probably know enough to help us.
- People who can spend some time, several times a week, not following any specific schedule (other than your own).
- People who read and write decent English. An extra language would be a big plus.

Here's what you'll get:
- A very real way to help people enjoy BookCrossing, and to help BookCrossing forward.
- Permanent Wings if you want them.
- Extra abilities to do things on the site.
- The responsibilities that come with them! (That's the scary part.)
- More quality time with Google Translate than you ever knew you wanted.
- Our database of information that we gathered over the years, and that will help you give the right answers.
- The feeling that you are not just a spectator/consumer on this site, but also a part of what makes BookCrossing 'tick'.
- In other words, not a whole lot. If you're still interested, you may be the right candidate...

You'd be working in a small team spread out over the globe. You would be choosing your own hours and even picking the tickets you feel you can answer. We would, of course, show you the ropes and help you learn how to use the Support system, and answer your questions. Also, team members can always ask for guidance from other members.

Still interested? Then please send us a message through the Support system (contact form). We promise to get back to you within a week, to let you know whether we think it's a good fit.

Thanks for reading and if you are in any of the non-English forum sections, please help spread the word!

 

I sent you a message, thanks!

 

I sent you a message, thanks!

Ditto!!! ; )

 

as I tend to go travelling, and when travelling I often don't have great internet. In fact, I'm just about to take a long road trip, to parts where some days there might be no internet.
Before I retired (over ten years ago now, so rust does set in), I would assist on the IT desk at work. Not programming or fixing computers; these were left to the IT people, but I would assist by doing simpler tasks, suck as setting up email accounts, installing programs, data entry and the like. However, if I went back I would need a refresher.
If you don't get enough other volunteers, I am willing to assist when I can.

 

... hoping I can help :-)

 

I'm sending in a form in a minute :-)

 

but this is great news, and a great response to what members have been discussing about the last few weeks.

 

- More quality time with Google Translate than you ever knew you wanted.


Just a tipp:
There is a new kid in town with better results although for not so many languages as Google Translate:

https://www.deepl.com/translate

The following languages are available:
German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish


(Note: I am NOT affiliated with this program of the people behind. I just love the results of this - I am using it often at work to correspond with my French-speaking colleagues.)

Cheers,
Wy

 

Just a tipp:
There is a new kid in town with better results although for not so many languages as Google Translate:

https://www.deepl.com/translate
Thanks for sharing this, Wyando!!! : D I wasn't aware of it, have tried it just now for a few random sentences, and I think it does indeed, provide better results. ; )

 

wingGhazghkullwing 6 mos ago
Spain In!
I'm the webmaster on the Spanish mirror (bookcrossing-spain.org)

I'm Full Stack developer (mainly Java and AngularJs/React), if I can help you I will try doing my best

 

That all sounds great. I'd love to help with the French and Spanish, but need to be realistic at the moment with regard to the amount of time I have... Something for the future...!

 

Q: - How much of a time commitment are we talking about?
A: - Checking for issues every day would be ideal. If you can't do that every day, several days of the week is quite helpful too.
You might spend around 15 minutes every time. Sometimes more, sometimes less and of course this depends on the size of the team.

Q: - I'm not all that great with computers. Anything else that I could help with?
A: - We might ask you to help with region management instead, if you are okay with that. Maybe in the future there will be more different tasks on offer. For now, these two things are what we can use help with.

Q: - I'd like to help but I haven't used BookCrossing much yet. A few months or so.
A: - Please stick around, get some more BookCrossing experience under your belt, and by all means do check in again in a year or so. We are mostly looking for people who are very familiar with the site.

Q: - Do I need to install any software or have a fast/modern computer? Do I need to be using Windows?
A: - The Support system runs in your browser. It should run in pretty much whichever browser you prefer, on pretty much any computer and operating system. There is no specific software you'd need to install. But you might want to install the messaging program that we use so you can join the group and talk to other Support volunteers.

Q: - Will people know my BookCrossing name when I answer their questions? Will other members know I'm on the Support team?
A: - Only if you want them to.

 

Sent a message your way. Only speak/read/write English, but comfortable with computers, browsers and the like.

 

A clear case of bad timing. Sorry about that, but don't worry, this is not something we're going to forget about! And thanks to all who applied so far. It's great to see so many people eager to help out.

 

Drumming fingers on desktop...JUST kidding!!! : D Thanks for letting us know. ; )

 

If not, let us know, please!

 

I have not heard anything yet!

 

Thanks for the heads up, I'll look it up...

Nope, seems we did not receive your message, can you please resend?

 

If not, let us know, please!

I didn't think I'd received a response, but when updating security, etc. on the computer I sometimes have access to, I found BC PMs from Support and others...in my SPAM folder!?! Not certain why, and I am still playing "catch up", so I will respond soon...THANK YOU!!! : )

 

Good morning

Translator from English to Portuguese here... let me know if I can help.

 

Translator from English to Portuguese here... let me know if I can help.

Thanks for the offer, but we're not looking for volunteers for that at the moment, and if we did, we'd be looking for people who are familiar with the site.

 

I hope you don't mind me hijacking this thread for a moment:

We do need help with the translation of the site in simplified Chinese. Please pm me if you can help!

 

I hope you don't mind me hijacking this thread

You have our blessing, it's for a good cause :)

 

So in summary:

Thank you! :)

 

 

Is the request still open. If "YES!", then I am interested, and like to know where to send my "CV" ... ;)

I think my e-mail account that I used to sign up ages ago is not actually functioning for e-mail, so I would have to use a private e-ddress.

 

I believe we are OK for now, but thank you for offering.

I think my e-mail account that I used to sign up ages ago is not actually functioning for e-mail, so I would have to use a private e-ddress.

You might want to change that in your profile by using the "Edit Profile" option.

 

….I'm available now and keen to get started.

 

Yes, sorry, I've been busy... you'll hear back during the coming week!

 

No problem. I was just worried that it hadn't been received. Will await your email. :-)

 

Just saying... This BookCrossing idea, and website, and community, are important to many of us, so we'll always be ready to do a little extra to keep this running. Like join the volunteer support or, in this case, open a new OBCZ to reach out to the next generation on readers to let them discover BookCrossing and its benefits... and become BCers.

 

in this case, open a new OBCZ to reach out to the next generation on readers to let them discover BookCrossing and its benefits... and become BCers.

Congratulations!
Long may you live :-)

 

Long may you live :-)

Thank you. We wish the same for both of you!

 

Hello, I'm an italian information technology engineer. I would really like to help building a new website template to make it stylish and responsive, so that mobile navigation would be easier.
Moreover we could also discuss about a cross platform mobile application and about a (BCID-based) QR-code mechanism implementation as an alternative to labels....let me know

 

If you are still looking for help....I am or can.....- "People who are pretty good with computers. You don't need to be a programmer, but you do need to know enough not to be confused by terms like URL, cookie and HTTPS. Do you know which browser you are using and how to install a different one? Then you probably know enough to help us.
- People who can spend some time, several times a week, not following any specific schedule (other than your own).
- People who read and write decent English. "

Thanks!

 

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