This is the thread to discuss where and how new Buddies are recruited.
(a) Applications Thread
A new thread should be created in SUMO: Buddies category of Discourse.
Do you want to become a Buddy? Join us!
**Original Post content:** >A **Buddy**, in SUMO jargon, is a contributor who wants to help new contributors (**
To get a better idea of what a Buddy does please read: Help new contributors - SUMO Buddy Program
For one to apply for a Buddy membership, one has to be an experienced, high quality contributor of SUMO.
If you are interested in joining the Buddy Program please post a reply to this thread and your application will be considered shortly. You will be notified for the success or not of your application after your application has been considered.
(b) Applications Processing
Once a new applicant responds to the “Applications” thread, the current Buddies will study the applicant’s contributions and participation on SUMO and will decide whether the application should be accepted or not. All applications before the day of the Buddies meeting will be included in the meeting agenda for voting by the meeting participants. A simple majority of those present (50% + 1 vote) is considered as an approval of the application. If a majority is not achieved, the application is rejected. A rejected applicant can re-apply for Buddy membership again at least one month after the application rejection.
Admins have the right to veto an Application Approval i.e. An Admin can stop an application from being approved even if the majority of the participants has voted for the application.
Admins do not have the right to veto an Application Rejection i.e. An Admin cannot approve an application if the majority of the participants has rejected it.
The benefits of the above suggestion are:
- The program does not stall in case of Admins overloading.
- The new Buddies will have the approval (and cooperation) of the majority of current buddies.
- If SUMO Management considers an applicant as inappropriate they can block his/her application.
- The current Buddies can help with the approval of new Buddies based on their own experience. The approval of an application will be a result of collective brainstorming.