The volunteer finder is completely useless right now
The reality is that moderators never use the Volunteer Finder. Why? Because it's useless!
For some reason, the only names found there are people who have stopped volunteering ages ago. You painstakingly go to profile after profile, only to see that these people may not even be on viki any longer. It's very discouraging. Moreover, one could be looking for a drama which is only open for Qualified Contributors/Vikipass holders, and to find this info, again, you have to go to each individual profile page.
In the volunteer finder we can only sort people by language. Instead, we should be able to sort them by
- years active on viki (not years since s/he subscribed, but years since they first volunteered)
- last active on
- total number of subs
Are not necessarily criteria, they just help you understand some things. We all know that the total number of subs or years active is not an indication of quality. But if you see four years active but only 5000 subs, you understand this person is not very active. Especially if the last time they did something is two years ago. If you see someone who joined last month but has done 5000, it means they are very dedicated (for now). And to a person who has just started, maybe you will choose to give an older drama first, as a test, rather than a difficult on-air historical.
There should be a way for the subbers to include some additional info near their name: the type of content they like to sub, by country, by genre, if they have any additional expertise (e.g. lawyer, doctor)
Available for work
A very cool feature would be the "available/not available" thing, but the subbers would have to update it often, and they could forget to do it
Now we have some threads in Discussions, "Volunteers for Spanish" and "Volunteers for French". But they are not even pinned, and they are not updated with people no longer available. And it's a hassle to search back, without even knowing if those users who wrote months ago are still available or not.
There could be a database on the Volunteer finder, where potential subbers could go and add their names. They can take their name off if they want when they are flooded with work or when it's exam time and put it back again when they are more free.
Oh yes, make a separate one for subbers and a separate one for segmenters.
In the search criteria, apart of the above filters, there should be two with their qualifications
- Ninja Academy graduate
- The Segmenter 101 Project graduate
In the added info they can put a "preferred source language"