Posting this by way of explanation, information and request (a mod's prerogative, you know).
Here's a short list of some of the problems we as the Q&A moderators currently face, and here are some ideas as to how you can help us.
1. We are very short-handed.
Having lost a few hard-working mods lately, and having our time limited, we are struggling to make the ends meet.
Here is how you can help:
a. Having posted a question, do not come back to repost it, or ask: "What, haven't you still figured it out?". As soon as we can, we'll answer it. Remember: blessed is the one who, when having nothing to say, does not put it into words.
b. If you think that you have the skills and the time to research those questions, please apply for moderatorship. Just contact any of the existing mods directly.
The only condition for an application to be accepted is for all the existing mods to feel comfortable with the applicant.
(When we last appealed to the public, we only got 2 applications, and 1 of the candidates joined us; hope to hear from more of you this time.)
2. CS General Manager has forbidden recently any of the moderators from answering here questions on AST or MDST policies. Instead, he told us to refer them to the leaders of those teams for answer. However, the latter have neither the time nor the desire to do so.
As a result, we are stuck with a bunch of "stale" policy questions in the file.
Here is what we are going to do and how you can help:
You are still welcome to be asking those questions.
Whenever we get an AST or MDST policy question, we shall encourage the person who asked it to send it to the appropriate team as a CUQ, and once the answer is provided, to repost it in the thread under his or her own question.
Obviously, it is not a very manpower-efficient way to do it. Alas, at the moment it's the best we have.
By going through the group, and then reposting the response that was given, instead of simply writing a CUQ directly, you help the community to obtain more important information.
3. Many people obviously still did not bother with reading the guidelines of this group. It results in a lot of irrelevant posts falling into people's mail.
Here is how you can help:
Please read the guidelines carefully before you post anything here.
Here are the current outstanding threads with MDST policy related questions (they are for grabs, and not necessarily left for the initial posters, unlike the future ones):
Can ambassadors or group moderators hire people on CS?
What are CS recommendations for visa help requests?
What is the policy regarding negative references left from a deleted profile?
Can a CSer living in several cities have several profiles?
Is writing about drugs a breach of ToU?
Is there an official CS position or recommendation regarding requests for help with obtaining entry visas?
If you are interested in composing a CUQ with one of those questions, please contact me directly (do not post in this thread).
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in this thread. If you have any additional suggestions and ideas, please do not post them here, but rather contact one of the mods privately.
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Good point Joris.
Now I see what Roberto meant (sorry for being slow, Roberto; your point was just as valid, I just didn't understand it as I should have).
When a link to a post in this group does not work, it normally means that the thread has been archived.
In that case, all one has to do is change manually in the browser window the address of the group from 20198 to 20199.
For example, post http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=20198&post=4034473
after being archived becomes http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=20199&post=4034473
Hope that helps.