STAFF & REVIEWERS
The Sputnikmusic staff is comprised of our head administrator:
mx, AKA Jeremy Ferwerda
mx's duties are manifold, and are so top secret, we can't tell you what they are, even though they're incredibly sexy.
Our Heads of Staff, who pull double-duty as site mederators:
Splat Out Immense, AKA Dave de Sylvia
Sputnikmusic also has a centralized team of site mederators:
The mederators' jobs include, but are not limited to: approving submissions through the queue (albums/artists to the database, first-time reviews, providing feedback and comments to first-time reviewers, etc.), creating listening parties, addressing problems that are reported in the Sputnikmusic Community Forum, and enforcing site policies.
Our userbase is comprised of different classes of reviewers:
I. Staff reviewers
The Sputnikmusic staff is a small group of writers and reviewers who are acknowledged as the most exemplary reviewers on the site. Staff reviewers are expected to exhibit a high level of reviewing prowess and activity on the site, consistently write at an expert level that is devoid of errors, and review new releases. Staff reviewers also contribute to the site through the "Staff Picks" feature on Sputnikmusic, in which they select recently-released albums (2005 or later) for their genre(s) of interest that they highly recommend to the community. Staff reviewers will receive the bulk of the new promo CDs coming to Sputnikmusic, and many of the staff writers keep in constant contact with record labels, artists, and artist management; in doing so, they receive promo copies and other inside information. Because of their position, the staff is entitled to certain perks that non-staff writers cannot receive (such as reviewing an album and submitting it to the site prior to the album's official release date, especially if they've maintained contact with the artist or someone affiliated with the artist).
Currently, the Sputnikmusic staff is comprised of:
Adam Downer (Electric City, United States)
Alex Silveri (StreetlightRock, Australia)
Andrew Hartwig (br3ad_man, Australia)
Cam Wilson (joshuatree, United States)
Chris Jackson (Zebra, mederator, United States)
Daniel Incognito (Liberi Fatali, New Zealand)
Dave de Sylvia (Splat Out Immense, Head of Staff, mederator, UK/United States)
Jared W. Dillon (pixiesfanyo, United States)
Jens Classen (Damrod, mederator, Germany)
Jeremy Ferwerda (mx, owner/administrator, United States)
John A. Hanson (Iluvatar, United States)
Jom (Head of Staff, mederator, United States)
Kyle Kage (Kage, United States)
Matt Wolfe (MinusTheFlair, United Kingdom)
Nick Butler (Iai, United Kingdom)
Nick Greer (DFelon204409, United States)
Ryan Flatley (IsItLuck?, United States)
Sobhi Adul-Rakhman (kingsoby1, United States)
Derek McArthur III (Neoteric, United Kingdom)
The Katz brothers (The Jungler, United States)
Trey Spencer (Williefisterbut, United States)
Tyler Fisher (FlawedPerfection, United States)
Tyler Munro (Cocaine, Canada)
II. Contributing reviewers
Contributors, in general, are acknowledged as writers who frequently review at a high level, but don't receive the perks and benefits of the staff reviewers. Contributors are recognized for their efforts, and while they may not be as strong of reviewers or are not particularly active, it is possible that these reviewers may become promoted to the Sputnikmusic staff through their continued commitment to the site.
III. New reviewers
New reviewers are users who have not yet submitted reviews or have not submitted many reviews. These users are encouraged to continue to review and improve as writers.
Q: I am a New Reviewer/Contributing Reviewer seeking Contributing/Staff status. How do I go about achieving this new rank?
To be determined thanks to the revamp of the Contributing Reviewer position.