Thanks to continued growth and a roster of members nearing 3,600, the Self-Storage Talk online community has added two members to its moderator team. MusicCity Gal and JamestownStorage#8, two facility managers who have belonged to the forum for two years and one year respectively, have joined the ranks of the "mod squad," now 17 strong.
The need for more moderators has arisen as the membership roll of the site, which is the official online forum for Inside Self-Storage, has increased. In late October 2009, the forum was home to 2,200 members. In a year's time, that number has swollen to 3,557, a 62 percent increase. As a result, posting frequency has increased, and so has overall Web traffic, with page views and unique visitors showing steady month-to-month gains. To keep the site a safe and productive place for discussion among industry pros, more pairs of authoritative eyes were needed.
Though there are not further plans to continue to expand the moderator team at this time, as the site grows, so will the moderator roster. Moderators are invited after making significant contributions to the community over a sustained period of time. Candidates for the role post insightful comments, answer questions, provide free resources to others, adhere strictly to site rules, and make others feel welcome on the forum. Having the SST moderator title is a well-respected accolade within the self-storage industry.
In addition to claiming nearly 3,600 members, Self-Storage Talk also boasts 22 topic-based forums, 3,480 discussion threads, and 29,145 total posts. Though anyone can read threads, you must register a username in order to post. Registration is free, though, and takes only a few minutes.