Topic: AAA Volunteers
Voluntary Work Stages
Australian Light Horse Studies Centre
While there may be an induction and learning process to get good at making posts, you will be able to contribute within minutes of becoming a volunteer.
Taking yourself seriously
The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre aims to present an accurate history of early Australian military developments from 1899 to 1920. In so doing, there are no anonymous articles or items signed with a nom de plume. At the end of each item, the individual author is expected to place their true identity as the author. The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre is no different to any other encyclopeadic work and as such, to be of benefit for authentic research and other purposes it is essential that the be properly named. As a byproduct, such a system removes people who wish to be argumentative or destructive in their behaviour, something that is all too common when anonymity is granted to contributors. By using your proper name it gives both you and the site the essential authenticity required to be highly thought of and sought after as a resource. In the end, it is the satisfaction of doing a good job and the world internet community acknowledging it.
At the bottom of each page, the following notice is attached:
The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre is a not for profit and non profit group whose sole aim is to write the early history of the Australian Light Horse from 1900 - 1920. It is privately funded and the information is provided by the individuals within the group and while permission for the use of the material has been given for this site for these items by various donors, the residual and actual copyright for these items, should there be any, resides exclusively with the donors. The information on this site is freely available for private research use only and if used as such, should be appropriately acknowledged. To assist in this process, each item has a citation attached at the bottom for referencing purposes.
As a volunteer, you become a donor when your items appear on this site and thus this notification applies specifically to yourself.
The items that you place on the site are done so on the basis that while you may hold the copyright, it is freely available to the internet for non-commercial purposes on a permanent basis. If you do not want to share your work in this manner, then volunteering is not something for you. However, if you have a story to tell and wish to share it freely with everyone else, then this is the place for you.
Once you are happy to undertake a particular project, you will need to learn the craft of posting on the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre website. This usually takes about ten posts. So while you are learning the techniques and the things required to make a good post, your items will be fully moderated. When it is evident that you have learnt the techniques, then you progress to Stage 2.
When we know each other and understand expectations, then the work subsequently produced will be unmoderated. You will have access to full posting rights. Each item will be available for editing and you will be expected to clear up any items and editor might suggest requires amending on the post.
On each stage you will be given feedback.
While there is a seperate item on volunteer support which goes into greater detail than this note, we have a strong policy of volunteer support. Should you need some help in formulating a direction, some writing technique or source documents, if we are able to help in this matter, we will be happy to do so. The ethos is to allow each contributor to achieve their potential. This should not be constrained by circumstance or loacation.
Can you see yourself as part of the team?
All the above is a fair bit to take in and so requires a lot of deep thought. It is not for everyone. Ask yourself: Can I make a positive contribution to the history of Australia?
This is as easy as clicking on the email link to:
Head your email with the word: "Volunteer"
In your email you might like to give some details about yourself and the areas of interest that you might like to participate in with the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre.
We will get back to you within 48 hours from sending the email.
Citation: Volunteer stages