Would you like to volunteer for WHYS?

Hello everyone. As a new member of the WHYS team Ros has asked me to take over the running of the Talking Points and Blank Pages for the next few weeks and I’m on the hunt for more volunteers….

I’m looking forward to getting to know some of our regular moderators better, but we are always on the look-out for new volunteers who’d like to get even more involved in our global conversation at WHYS.

So if you’ve admired Jessica from NYC’s excellent moderating skills over the weekend and would like to have a go at being a Night Editor on the Talking Points page or Blank Page yourself or would just like to know more about what it would involve please email me. There are just a few guidelines we ask you to bear in mind while moderating, but I’m sure the other moderators will tell you it’s an enjoyable experience!

(A few of the eagle-eyed among you might recognise my name from some recent blog posts – I’m new to the WHYS team but have been a fan of the blog and the show for quite a while. I feel honoured to be now working for the show and I’m looking forward to speaking to many of you around the world in the coming months!)

38 Responses to “Would you like to volunteer for WHYS?”

  1. 1 Sheikh Kafumba Dukuly
    August 25, 2008 at 14:18

    @ Kate. Volunteering to serve as a mod or co-mod for a talking point is inspiring. I am in queue waiting for a pick in this week overnight talking points.

  2. 2 Brett
    August 25, 2008 at 14:28

    As always, I’m game 🙂

  3. 3 nelsoni
    August 25, 2008 at 14:40

    I’m available and ready even at short notice.

  4. 4 katemcgough
    August 25, 2008 at 15:15

    Thanks Brett and Nelsoni we definitely appreciate it!

    @ Sheikh, thanks very much for your interest. I’ve just sent you an email about this week if you get a chance to check?

  5. 5 Venessa
    August 25, 2008 at 15:38

    I’m always ready to help out. I haven’t hosted for awhile but I certainly help out regularly.

  6. 6 1430a
    August 25, 2008 at 16:14

    hello kate,
    nice to have you.
    well i did want to volunteer but my age doest permit me the oportunity to moderate over night.probably after 2 years i will e-mail you to give me this chance.:)

  7. 7 Dennis
    August 25, 2008 at 17:50

    @ KATE:



  8. 8 Jessica in NYC
    August 25, 2008 at 18:58

    I’m with Venessa. I’ll help out for a few hours occasionally when I’m around. I’ll email you if I can host. It think it’s best when a at least two can co-mod, especially for the blank page.

  9. 9 Amy
    August 25, 2008 at 19:23


    I, too, already have moderating “rights” and usually check to see if someone needs help. In another week or so, once school starts for my girls, I should be able to take on night editor for a night. I’ll let you know an exact date soon via email but I’m usually around to help out.

  10. 10 Robert Evans
    August 25, 2008 at 19:34

    Kate I would happily do it if needed and if I am not a work could you email me the guidelines

  11. 11 katemcgough
    August 25, 2008 at 20:00

    Thanks to everyone who has responded so far, we really appreciate everyone who takes the time to help out!

  12. August 25, 2008 at 20:18

    Hi katemcgough,

    Im here in Oregon, and usually available.


  13. 13 nelsoni
    August 25, 2008 at 21:59

    As a Moderator, I can say the the Moderators work as a team to keep the global conversation going. Since we are in different time zones, when one moderator is going to be away, another else where takes over, the moderating baton has never being dropped once. Well done Guys.

  14. 14 Robert Evans
    August 25, 2008 at 22:18

    Kate sorry its so late but welcome to WHYS

  15. 15 nelsoni
    August 25, 2008 at 23:30

    And more one thing, it would be great if a system could integrated to help the moderators communicate with each other regarding moderating issues. without having to post on the blog for everyone to see.

  16. August 25, 2008 at 23:33


    That was mentioned before…Perhaps an easy solution would be for all moderators to get a gmail account. Then we can link on the IM feature that links all gmail users on one’s account.

  17. 17 Brett
    August 25, 2008 at 23:57

    We should get something together for mods, like a YahooGroups group to IM / Communicate. Im definitely with Portland and Nelsoni on that one. Lets get something set up! I wasn’t aware Gmail had a group or IM feature, Ill have to check it out.

  18. 18 Venessa
    August 26, 2008 at 00:07

    I think the IM is a great idea! I know I don’t like to post a comment to other mods on the blog if it’s not necessary; also there are times when I have questioned a comment but had no one to ask about it.

  19. 19 Robert Evans
    August 26, 2008 at 00:56

    Brett it is very easy to set up an msn group

  20. 20 Brett
    August 26, 2008 at 01:07

    I had always strayed from MSN because it was incessantly telling me I had to sign up for msn live or something whenever trying to get a simple MSN handle. I dropped it quick as I’m not a fan of many of Microsoft’s ‘optional’ software. Never bothered with it past that point.

    I’ll suck it up and do what I need to for WHYS though 😛

  21. August 26, 2008 at 01:14

    You don’t have to any more, Brett. When we signed up for this new handle it just asked us if we wanted anything else, we said no, and boom, off to hotmail.

  22. 22 Brett
    August 26, 2008 at 01:16

    Thanks Will, I’ll have to check it out! Where you been? Haven’t seen you around here much!

  23. 23 nelsoni
    August 26, 2008 at 08:32

    Venessa ~ I agree with you on that. There are some dodgy comments that sometimes need a second opinion before approving or deleting. Interacting with other Mod’s on such issues will be a big plus.

  24. 24 Katharina in Ghent
    August 26, 2008 at 08:41

    Hi Kate,

    I’m practically in the same time zone as you, so Night editor is not really an option for me, but I’m regularly checking during the day whether there are comments that need to be moderated and also on the Blank Pages I almost always am there to help out when needed (and I’m looking forward to do another Blank Page, any time!)

  25. 25 Bob in Queensland
    August 26, 2008 at 09:56

    Well, as everybody is replying here I may as well say I’m happy to moderate/help with moderation most days between 0100 GMT and around 1400 or 1500 GMT (and generally do anyway whether my name’s on the list or not).

    I certainly agree that the mods need an offline method for discussion and am happy to try and fit in with whatever system everyone wants.

  26. August 26, 2008 at 15:36

    Volunteering to help as a moderator for WHYS should be interesting. I would be glad to have the guidelines sent to my e-mail account and spare a few hours to help this global forum. It is also good that we can share ideas with one another using a group e-mail account.

  27. 27 selena
    August 26, 2008 at 15:44

    I will continue to do any and everything to contribute to the success of WHYS.

    I have a gmail account…

    That’s a good idea.

    Hello Bekele!

  28. 28 Momar Jasseh; The Gambia
    August 26, 2008 at 16:54

    Hi Kate,
    Never done any journalism/moderation stuff before; but have listened a lot to WHYS. Moderating should not be too difficult for me, considering that I am quite a neutral humanbeing. WHY dont WHYS give me a chance to give it a go? Anytime!

  29. 29 John LaGrua/New York
    August 26, 2008 at 17:57

    I would be pleased to participate in the WHYS moderator effort

  30. August 26, 2008 at 18:38

    Brett –

    Getting the kids ready for back to school. Helping the wife out on photoshoots and generally summer stuff.

    Working through the Canadian healthcare system with the wife’s diagnosis. I will be posting a bit more soon.

    If you do get MSN Messenger let me know and I will add you to ours. I can’t get the Yahoo messenger at the moment, it is wayyyyy too big to download on dial-up.

  31. 31 Amy
    August 26, 2008 at 18:59

    If something gets set up for the moderators to IM each other (or something like a yahoo group, whatever), will someone contact those of us that are moderators to let us know. I echo everyone’s sentiment that it would be great to be able to IM instead of sending an email and waiting for a reply. I have both yahoo and a gmail accounts but am willing to set up a hotmail one if that is the route we go. Just let me know!!

  32. 32 Kelsie
    August 27, 2008 at 05:48

    I would love to help moderate, but I’m new…and because of schedules here (I live in the U.S. Central Standard time zone), I would be tethered to Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday evenings, cutting out parts of the week.

  33. 33 john
    August 27, 2008 at 06:56

    hi, I’m regular listener of your program. this is my first mail to bbc . wish begining will be smooth one.

  34. 34 Gynlee
    August 27, 2008 at 07:38

    Hi Kate
    I’d be honoured to be part of WHYS. Please show me the ropes!

  35. 35 Sadek Boulhaia
    August 27, 2008 at 14:52

    It’s our duty as human beings to serve all mankind, all humanity without any distinction. When it comes to be humane or inhumane; I prefer to be humane.
    So I am ready for any volunteering to serve mankind whenever and wherever.
    For further details email me at: scedecke@yahoo.com

  36. 36 Naeem
    October 12, 2008 at 07:07

    I’m fully prepared to volunteer on any service.
    Thanks & Best Regards

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