Volunteer Response Team/Volunteering

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Volunteer Response Team

For prospective volunteers

The Volunteer Response Team (VRT) always welcomes new volunteers to help with answering tickets. Nonetheless, to ensure the quality of service and given the confidential nature of the work, there is a selective application procedure. The VRTS administrators are a group of highly-trusted and experienced volunteers who assess your application to join the VRT. When assessing an application, they familiarize themselves with your work on the Wikimedia projects to ensure that you are suitable as an addition to the VRT. It therefore takes some time before you receive a response regarding your application.
How do I volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, please read VRT/Recruiting for information about what the job entails. Feel free to join #wikimedia-vrtconnect to ask any questions that you might have with regard to the Wikimedia Volunteer Response Team. Before applying, please ensure that you are: Please review the list of queues prior to submitting your application, and apply for all of those queues where you think you'd be able to help.
Notes
  • The VRT is especially interested in users who are entrusted with any special tools on local projects (sysop, bureaucrat, checkuser, etc.), though this is not an absolute requirement.
  • Please also add links to help desk posts, talk pages, or other discussions you think are relevant.
  • Language skills — other than English — are also highly appreciated. Additional help in language queues is greatly needed and we'd like to know if you are able to help in any other language.
  • If you already have access to VRTS, and you'd like to get access to additional queues, you typically don't need to apply here. Ask on Administrator requests on vrt-wiki instead.
  • Permissions queues: users that already have strong knowledge of and experience with copyright issues, like administrators or license reviewers on Wikimedia Commons, are highly appreciated and invited to volunteer. Users without such skills should apply for info queues instead.
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If you'd like to volunteer for the info-de queue, please apply locally by following the instructions at de:Wikipedia:Support-Team#Mitarbeit im Support-Team.
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If you'd like to volunteer for the info-nl queue, please apply below and send an email to contact-nl(at)lists(dot)wikimedia(dot)org for the team to assess your application.
Envelope-exclamation-mark.svgPlease add your application and also send an e-mail to volunteers-vrt(at)wikimedia(dot)org linking to your application on this page and giving your age. Please do so each time you apply.


Ed6767Edit

A year ago, I applied for the volunteer response team, and would like to resubmit my application now. Whilst admittedly, I have been editing less frequently in the past year due both personal reasons and to lockdown having ended, I feel that in the past year whilst predominantly spending my time reading the English Wikipedia, I have vastly developed my knowledge in both content and policy.

In the past year, I have realised how in many ways Wikipedia is often confusing to newcomers, so I have persevered to make Wikimedia more beginner and newcomer friendly, especially in the counter-vandalism space with RedWarn, a new user-friendly counter-vandalism tool, and continue to work on these visions into the future.

I have also developed my presence and communication within the wider Wikimedia community. I was lucky enough to speak with Chlod at Wikimania 2021, where we addressed counter-vandalism and moderation related topics, and in my own role at my work I have vastly developed my communication skills.

Now, I would like to use my knowledge of English Wikipedia policy to help newcomers, readers and anyone who has queries on policy, content and other issues via email channels, and both help those who bring up those issues and/or correct those issues, where appropriate. Thank you for your consideration. Ed6767 (talk) 19:54, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

  • As before, I would like to state my belief that Ed6767 is excellent at explaining complex issues to those without knowledge in those areas, as well as being highly responsive, experienced at working in a team, and would be a staunch addition to VRT. Nosebagbear (talk) 00:07, 19 September 2021 (UTC)