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Flexible Contributor Career Path

Context

This practice applies mostly in the context of a volunteer-based Collaborative translation initiative.

Problem description

Recruiting and retaining good contributors is difficult.

Solution

Therefore, make sure there are many paths through which people can move from being "passive" readers of the content, to highly active contributors.

Typical levels of involvement are:

  • passive reader
  • one-time contributor
  • occasional contributor
  • frequent contributor
  • "guru", or sub-community leader
  • alumni status


At each level of involvement, there should be many different doors that allow the contributor to move to the next level.

When a contributor finds himself unable to keep his current level of involvement, there should be mechanisms that allow a smooth transition to a lower level of involvement.

Links to related patterns

Real-life examples

  • Kiva.org has found that they needed to pay a lot of attention to supporting Flexible Contributor Career Path, in order to recruit and retain good volunteer translators.

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