2017 Applications Open

2017-02-17 by SowingSeason STAFF | 88 Comments
Greetings,

It's that wonderful time of year again to vie for the coveted positions of staff and contributing reviewer here at Sputnikmusic. We'll be looking to expand both positions with enthusiastic and talented writers who can contribute in a variety of ways to all of the site's features.

Most long-time users are aware of the general requirements for a promotion, but none of that criteria is set in stone. If you feel as though you could bring value to the staff or contributor position, there is literally no downside to chasing the bait and just seeing where it gets you. After all, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

The deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, February 28th.

Please apply here:

http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-NUFjHBxpCxFZ0sYa8-pjiskD-hKTlswxT90xPEiCiQ/viewform?edit_requested=true

Applying requires a google sign in. It's very easy and we do not see any of your personal info, but if you are apprehensive about it for any reason then shoutbox me and will work out an alternative.

Also, after weeks of discussion and input from all of our staff, we've decided to ghost promote two individuals who have stood out over time to get the ball rolling. Some of you may be aware of their identities already, but if not you'll find out later this afternoon (edit: now you are - a hearty welcome to our newest staff members Arcade and Trebor).

Thank you for your time, and good luck!



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Sinternet
February 17th 2017
11841 Comments


i only have three reviews can i still be admin

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pizzamachine
February 17th 2017
13013 Comments


ghost promotions are awesome

Xenorazr
February 17th 2017
708 Comments


I'm getting a "site can't be reached" error when clicking the link. :/

theBoneyKing
February 17th 2017
7150 Comments


*scours the site to find out who got ghost promoted*

Good luck to those who apply! If I can really get into reviewing this year maybe I'll apply next year but that's probably not gonna happen.

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Xenorazr
February 17th 2017
708 Comments


@Sowing: Ah, misread that part. I blame the caffeine and workout.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2017
22770 Comments


Xenorazr - I thought I'd need to make people copy/paste it but it turns out I was able to fix the hyperlink and get it to work. Click away!

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Sinternet
February 17th 2017
11841 Comments


should i write ten reviews in the next ten days? Sinternet CONTRIBUTOR has a nice ring to it

Xenorazr
February 17th 2017
708 Comments


Now what exactly would be the difference between Contributor and Staff? I assume Staff has more responsibility?

theBoneyKing
February 17th 2017
7150 Comments


Staff reviews get put on Metacritic, their reviews show up in the staff reviews tab, and staff can rate in 0.1 increments. Not sure what else.

zakalwe
February 17th 2017
20274 Comments


(6) Do you bring any unique skills or ideas to the table? (i.e. band interviews, experience in writing news articles, dedication to band edits/site database...anything you feel would be an asset!)


I have a soul which disqualifies me from sput staff.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2017
22770 Comments


Contributors get their reviews featured more often because of name recognition and exposure, they'll also tend to be viewed as "staff in waiting" as long as they continue to write and improve.

Staff get access to promos, the blog, etc. and can feature lists. They also get to rate in 0.1 increments and are eligible to have their material appear on metacritic. All staff reviews are automatically flagged and featured as well.

theBoneyKing
February 17th 2017
7150 Comments


Sowing, is there a rough generally accepted minimum number of reviews within a certain time frame in order to qualify for contributor? Just trying to get a sense of how much I would have to write within a year to have a chance of applying next year.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2017
22770 Comments


No hard line for review numbers and I can't stress that enough. Quality > Quantity. With that said, we do need to see a trend of being able to contribute with relative consistency.

theBoneyKing
February 17th 2017
7150 Comments


Ok cool, that's about what I was thinking. We'll see if I can pump out 20 reviews this year... Probably not.

Sinternet
February 17th 2017
11841 Comments


fuck y'all im doing a review a day for a week now and none of you can stop me

Frippertronics
February 17th 2017
11411 Comments


d i d
i t

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FullOfSounds
February 17th 2017
12533 Comments


Fripp has to be one of the ghost promotions

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MrSirLordGentleman
February 17th 2017
10206 Comments


@Fripper

MrSirLordGentleman
February 17th 2017
10206 Comments


Oh, he already commented

Xenorazr
February 17th 2017
708 Comments


Submitted. Fingers crossed, but good luck to everyone!

macman76
February 17th 2017
1565 Comments


I don't write reviews, but I do other stuff. Can I be:
macman76 THINKFLUENCER

emester
February 17th 2017
7940 Comments


Just submitted my form.

My first time doing so but I feel that I have what it takes at this point. Good luck to everyone!

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kascetcadettt
February 17th 2017
1010 Comments


will this be the year i finally become a moderator

hesperus
February 17th 2017
649 Comments


Submitted. Other applicants: Best of luck, may the Force be with you, may the odds be ever in your favor, etc etc etc

kascetcadettt
February 17th 2017
1010 Comments


once again my application is the best ever

Archelirion
February 17th 2017
4498 Comments


Best of luck to all applicants! ^ ^

kascetcadettt
February 17th 2017
1010 Comments


have you received my application sowing am i staff

elliootsmeuth
February 17th 2017
2496 Comments


Best of luck to you all. I have one review and don't contribute to this site very much, so I'm not submitting an application. Maybe this will inspire me.

Sinternet
February 17th 2017
11841 Comments


promote arch immediately

Archelirion
February 17th 2017
4498 Comments


Awwww ^ ^

Sinternet
February 17th 2017
11841 Comments


seriously though your revies are in the top 1% of reviews posted here and they're always for stuff that otherwise would go ignored

blacklightjer
February 17th 2017
434 Comments


Everybody loves my contributions. How much does this shit pay?

VirtualBlaze
February 17th 2017
352 Comments


I was feeling hopeful, until I saw the comment that said I need to show the trait of writing reviews with a relative consistency. I've gone, like, three months without publishing anything on this site. Damn. I know I'd be pushed to write more reviews (and better reviews!) if I get accepted. And even if I don't, I would think "okay maybe I'll get accepted next time if I write more".
Best of luck to all who applied!

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SteveOffProbation
February 17th 2017
772 Comments


submitted, hope I make it!

Mort.
February 17th 2017
12384 Comments


i submitted. hope frip and arch get promoted

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BlackMalachite
February 17th 2017
5378 Comments


Submitting my application right now, I've never applied before in my seven years on this site and I think it's time I give it a whirl.

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Archelirion
February 17th 2017
4498 Comments


You too Morty. Hope yourself, Frip, Scuro, Gonzo and nelso are considered, should they apply.

ZippaThaRippa
February 17th 2017
8809 Comments


Is Frip not staff already

MercuryToHell
February 17th 2017
1097 Comments


Good luck everyone, keeping my fingers crossed!

BlackMalachite
February 17th 2017
5378 Comments


Seconding everyone in here when I say promote Archelirion [233423]

MercuryToHell
February 17th 2017
1097 Comments


Yeah I'm gonna have to agree with that too. Dude's got taste.

SoccerRiot
February 17th 2017
1246 Comments


Yeah, Archelirion should get a position for sure

FreddieDelaney31
February 17th 2017
2465 Comments


Been looking forward to this ngl
Really hoping I get contrib, and best of luck to all other applicants!

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2017
54669 Comments


Holy FUCK I got ghost promoted

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FreddieDelaney31
February 17th 2017
2465 Comments


Well deserved amigo congrats!

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2017
22770 Comments


Yup, a hearty welcome to Trebor and Arcade, for now. Plenty more to come after applications hopefully.

BlackMalachite
February 17th 2017
5378 Comments


Ayy congrats Trebor and Arcade, y'all both deserve that.

MercuryToHell
February 17th 2017
1097 Comments


Definitely very well deserved to both of you, congratulations!

Archelirion
February 17th 2017
4498 Comments


Congrats! ^ ^

SoccerRiot
February 17th 2017
1246 Comments


I also feel as though Xenorazr deserves a promotion :]

FreddieDelaney31
February 17th 2017
2465 Comments


aaand application submitted, fingers crossed!
big congrats to Arcade as well, amazing writer

Gameofmetal
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2017
9735 Comments


ayyy was wondering when this would happen

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SoccerRiot
February 17th 2017
1246 Comments


I'm about to submit mine in an hour or so. Good luck, everyone :]

FullOfSounds
February 17th 2017
12533 Comments


Awwww yes

SoccerRiot
February 17th 2017
1246 Comments


Just finished. :] Gotta say, I'm liking the Google Docs way of doing things

Calc
February 17th 2017
15322 Comments


congrats new staff peoples

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Spacesh1p
February 17th 2017
5585 Comments


Where's the user mod option I don't see it

Toondude10
February 17th 2017
10614 Comments


Contrib predictions:
Xeno
Frip
Arch
Calc

Staff predictions:
Doofus
mansog
TheSpirit
Insurrection

Good luck to everyone regardless

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SoccerRiot
February 17th 2017
1246 Comments


Yeah, I can see Manosg getting staff

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2017
22770 Comments


He has to apply first ; )

Great turnout so far. Day 1 and already about 25 apps.

Toondude10
February 17th 2017
10614 Comments


just submitted mine, I'm almost certain Doofus is going to get staff.

Dewinged
February 17th 2017
2244 Comments


Grats Trebor and Arcade! I hope Fripper, Manosg and Doofus get the promotion too. Also good reviewers I wasn't familiar with like Mort and Arche. Good luck to everyone!

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MercuryToHell
February 18th 2017
1097 Comments


Toon's predictions seem good to me, just gonna cheekily hope to get my own name in contrib...

wtferrothorn
February 18th 2017
5130 Comments


Submitted!

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manosg
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2017
10069 Comments


Best of luck to everyone. There are definitely many guys on here that I would like to see promoted so keep firing.

Arc and Treb congrats, well deserved!

Also, thank you very much for the love, I really appreciate it.

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AsleepInTheBack
February 18th 2017
2906 Comments


Doof deserves staff for sure. Submitted mine, may as well, good luck fellas

SoccerRiot
February 18th 2017
1246 Comments


Good luck y'all

NewBallistics
February 18th 2017
600 Comments


good luck from a fellow lurker :-)

judasgoat
February 18th 2017
184 Comments


Every time I see applications open I realize that I need to start writing reviews.

Toondude10
February 18th 2017
10614 Comments


[2]

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 18th 2017
22770 Comments


Just for clarity's sake, if you're already signed in to Google, it won't prompt you for a login. Just didn't want anyone worrying about whether or not their submission came through!

AsleepInTheBack
February 18th 2017
2906 Comments


just to clarify, whats the average uptake of new staff and contribs per application season?

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 18th 2017
22770 Comments


It really depends to be honest. Some years it's just 2-3 of each, other times I've seen 5 staff and 7-8 contributors. It's a factor of open spots needing filling and available writers who've earned a more professional role.

The average I'd say though, any given year, is 3 staff and 4-5 contributors.

Kris.
February 18th 2017
13903 Comments


kris 4 mod 2017

AsleepInTheBack
February 18th 2017
2906 Comments


@sowing cheers, good to know

SoccerRiot
February 18th 2017
1246 Comments


I just went straight for staff, lol. Grabbin' life by the horns

AsleepInTheBack
February 18th 2017
2906 Comments


fair play haha, good luck to you

Toondude10
February 18th 2017
10614 Comments


we need more contribs tbh

AsleepInTheBack
February 18th 2017
2906 Comments


yeah it'd be nice if there were like 15-25 staff and 30-35 contrib. so long as they were all qualified

LordePots
February 18th 2017
35853 Comments


can i be promoted from secret mod to super secret mod?

Digging: Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Gyromania
February 18th 2017
21539 Comments


Totally gonna apply

Xenorazr
February 18th 2017
708 Comments


I did the same thing, Soccer lol. Figure I'd aim high for once.

ScuroFantasma
February 18th 2017
9275 Comments


Congrats Arcade and Treb, well deserved. Good luck everybody (:

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MeatSalad
February 18th 2017
16632 Comments


giv frip

MyNameIsPencil
February 19th 2017
4728 Comments


if i can avoid giving up on a writing after an hour of writers block I will become the greatest reviewer the world has ever seen.
or not
probably though

Digging: Ulcerate - Everything Is Fire

MercuryToHell
February 19th 2017
1097 Comments


if i can avoid giving up on a writing after an hour of writers block I will become the greatest reviewer the world has ever seen.
or not
probably though
[2]

The number of half-reviews and bullet points I have saved that I know will never get fleshed out is breathtaking. Might have to revisit some of them!

Confessed2005
February 19th 2017
3488 Comments


I wish I still had contributor status.

It made me feel oh so special!

Calc
February 19th 2017
15322 Comments


submitted my app, way easier doing it this way then how it was done 3-4 years ago the last time I tried.



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