Welcome to the team!
Thank you so much for joining us as a Facebook Moderator for the Female Artists Unite Facebook group!
We created this page as a space for female artists to share tips, resources, and advice about navigating the art world, running a creative business and art practice. In other words everything female artists need to succeed!
Below we've shared all the information you need to be set up for success as a moderator. It's a fair bit of information so we've broken it up into these sections:
- Getting Set Up
- Roles and Responsibilities of a Moderator
- Group Guidelines and Group Rules
- How To's
Getting Set Up
1. Sign up for your day of the week here!
2. Make sure we've made you into an Admin on the Facebook page. If we haven't please email us at email@example.com and we'll get you set up.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MODERATOR
On your set day each week you will sign in at least once during the day and moderate on the group!
- Accept or decline any new member requests.
- Create a new "Welcome" post for any new members when there are 20 or more new members.
- Look at the latest posts and like and/or comment on 3 posts.
- Create your own post asking a question or sharing a useful/interesting resource with the group.
- As a moderator you will also be responsible for deleting any posts that break the rules and removing any members where needed according to the groups guidelines and rules (listed below).
These are the guidelines listed on the page to keep the group as useful, specific and engaging as possible.
- Please feel free to post your questions and share resources and inspiration about being an artist and all the wonderful things that come with this! Your posts may relate to navigating the art world, your art practice and running a creative business.
- Before you post a question, search the group first because it may have already been answered.
- This group is all about receiving and offering support to your fellow artists so no obnoxious self-promotion, spam or irrelevant links. It’s cool to do the occasional “win” post when something extra cool happens but if you do not honour the no selling rule your post will be removed.
- Being part of this group requires mutual trust. What's shared in the group should stay in the group.
- No jerks allowed! We won’t be jerks to you and you won’t engage in jerk-like behaviour in this group. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
Sound fair? Play nice or you’ll be removed from the group at our discretion.
These are the group rules listed on the page. They should help when weighing up whether a post or a member may need to be deleted.
- Be Kind and Courteous - We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
- No Hate Speech or Bullying - Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
- No Promotions or Spam - Give more than you take to this group. Obnoxious self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed.
- Respect Everyone's Privacy - Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared in the group should stay in the group.
Accept or decline any new member request-
When you sign into the page you will see a box notifying you if there are requests to join the group! It sits below the area you can create a post and above page announcements. Click on it to be able to view the details of the requests.
Each member who requests to join this group is asked three questions (What medium do you make art in? How did you hear about this group? and Why are you interested in joining this group? ) Based on their answers you should easily be able to see if they are a good fit for the group! Click on "approve" or "decline" as appropriate. You also have the option to "approve all" or "decline all" too.
If they haven't answered the questions you can click on the option to send them a prompt to answer them. When they return to the group page, they will see a message telling them the admins want them to answer the questions. If they don't answer the questions then maybe they are a bot or are just not serious about joining and contributing.
Use your best judgement to decide whether to click on Approve or Decline and if you are unsure about whether or not someone should be accepted into the group please do not accept or decline the request. Instead please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Facebook group: Member request" and let us know the name of the member you are unsure about. We will take it from there!
Create a new "Welcome" post for any new members when there are 20 or more new members:
You won't need to do a new "Welcome" post every time you are moderating, only when there are 20 or more new members.
You can see how many new members have joined in the right side of the screen below the areas to add members and the members section and above the suggested members section. When there are enough new members for a welcome post please click on "Write Post."
Facebook will autofill the post and tag a list of the new members in. It says "Let's welcome our new members!" Please add to the post so that it reads "Let's welcome our new members - tell us a little about yourselves in the comments!" or something along those lines. The image above shows how the post should look before you post it!
Delete a post
We appreciate you checking in on the latest posts to see if there are any that may need to be removed. The Group Guidelines and Group Rules have been created to make it easy for you to know when a post is, or isn't, appropriate. You can view the guidelines and rules above this "How To". Below are two of the main reasons a post would require deletion:
Promotions or Spam
Rule 3. No Promotions or Spam - Give more than you take to this group. Obnoxious self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed.
Guideline 3 - This group is all about receiving and offering support to your fellow artists so no obnoxious self-promotion, spam or irrelevant links. It’s cool to do the occasional “win” post when something extra cool happens but if you do not honour the no selling rule your post will be removed.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell what is and isn't "obnoxious self-promotion." As an example, we love "win" posts when people post that they have an exhibition or event coming up and they invite the group or they've finished an artwork they are especially proud of. An example of a post that got deleted based on these rules was one where the member posted something about how much Cannabis Oil helped their creativity and then shared an affiliate link for people to buy the product. Another example of posts to delete is a picture of an artwork with a comment saying "This artwork is for sale. Buy it by heading to my web shop!"
Hate Speech or Bullying
Rule 2. No Hate Speech or Bullying - Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
Guideline 5. No jerks allowed! We won’t be jerks to you and you won’t engage in jerk-like behaviour in this group. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
Thankfully we have not had any issues with the issues of hate speech or bullying and we hope that we never do. We are so grateful that as a moderator you will keep an eye out for any posts that break these rules and delete them immediately.
Use the rules and your best judgement to decide whether to delete a post and if you are unsure at all please email us at email@example.com with the subject line "Facebook group: post to delete?" and let us know the details and a link to the post. We will take it from there!
How to delete a post
First, please take a screen shot of the post and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org use subject line "Facebook Group - deleted post." We want to have a record of the post so that we can be fully informed about the post if it becomes an issue with the original poster or the group.
Then click on the three ... dots on the top right hand corner of the post. You'll see an option to delete the post. You also have the option to delete the post and remove the user.
Remove a Member
First, please email us at email@example.com using the subject line "Facebook Group - member removed." Please share the relevant information about why the member has been removed and include screen shots where appropriate. We want to have a record so that we can be fully informed if it becomes an issue with the member or the group.
The Group Guidelines and Group Rule should help make it clear when a member needs to be removed.
Hate Speech, Bullying or Spamming mean an immediate removal from the group.
Removing a member is a last resort if there have been multiple instances of a member breaking or bending other rules.
Use the rules and your best judgement to decide whether to remove a member and if you are unsure at all please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Facebook group: member to remove?" and let us know the details. We will take it from there!
How to remove a member
There are a couple ways to remove a member.
If you are already deleting a post of theirs and its the kind of post that requires them to be removed as a member you can click on the three dots ... on the top right side of the post. You can then select "Delete Post and Remove User."
Another option is to click on a members name and then on the three dots ... on the right. Select the option to remove them from the group.
If these "How To's" are out of date, unclear or missing any information please email us at info@thriveartstudio and we will update them!
Who created this Facebook group and why? This group was created by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Galuska the co founders of THRIVE Art Studio and cohosts of the THRIVE Talks Podcast. They created this group as a free space for female artists to connect, support and inspire each other!
What does the term "female" mean in this group? We use an inclusive definition of the terms “female” and “woman”. We welcome trans and cis women as well as genderqueer, and non-binary people in the group.
Can I pick my day of the week? Can I change it? Yes, pick and change your days here!
What if I miss a day? If you miss a day now and then that is totally ok! If the commitment does become too much at anytime please just send us an email at email@example.com.
How long would I be signing up for? That is entirely up to you but 3 months at least would be great to start!
How do I stop being a moderator? It's easy to do! From the list that gets displayed on the left side of the page, click on Page Roles and scroll till you see your name. Click on remove and then for security reasons, you will need to enter your password. Please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting us know so we can thank you!
How do I access my free courses?
As a thank you for being a moderator we'd like to offer you free access to three of our courses on Thinkific!
Click the links above to "buy" the courses and use the code 'facebook' at the checkout to receive them for free. Enjoy and thanks again!