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Subject: Question about PBS helpers...
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:55 PM ET
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I see the little icons by members name that indicate they are PBS helpers in some capacity.  Does PBS compensate in any way for this help?  I couldn't find anything in the help info about it.

 

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:57 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2005
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In general, I believe the answer is no.

I know for sure that the Tour Guides are all volunteers, as well as the folks who help with data edits, images, etc.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2007
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Cindy's right.  We're each of us compensated solely by our own sense of a job well done :)

Sherry -
Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:00 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2005
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No compensation - we do it because we love this site and want to help others who have questions.  It can be a bit confusing in the beginning (and even later), so we just try to help out.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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As a tour guide leader, I am paid a salary of $500,000  per year. 

I wish!

No, we do it because we love this site.  I don't use PBS postage or DC, which a lot of people do use in order to support the site.  So my volunteering is my way of giving back to a great site in order to help it remain free to use.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:28 PM ET
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No, we do it because we love this site.  I don't use PBS postage or DC, which a lot of people do use in order to support the site.  So my volunteering is my way of giving back to a great site in order to help it remain free to use

What a great way to look at it, Lisa. :-) 

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:55 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
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I know what perks the PBS helpers get....they get the little "thingies" that they get to put under their names (plus the satisfaction of making this site so wonderful!!) I send my thanks and gratitude. You guys and this site are wonderful. I've been a member for only a few months but I've already made 20+ trades in each direction and love it!!!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I was just curious.  I know that they give credits to people who help with the booths, so I wondered.  I'm glad that there are so many people willing to help out.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2005
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As a tour guide, getting a thank you from a new member is great reward. :)

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 12:13 AM ET
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I am also a very grateful to the Tour Guides! They have helped me navigate sticky questions and helped me see clearly while "steering" here. I say a great big THANK YOU to each TG.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 6:53 AM ET
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Also, just an FYI, anyone can apply to be a tour guide if you've been here a minimum of six months (I think).  Just send in feedback using the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page.  They may not get back to you right away, but trust me, we can use all the help we can get!

Other ways you can give back to the site if you are so inclined:  Use PBS postage and DC (they get a small part of the fee you are charged), donate credits back to the site, or sign up to be a data or image editor.  I think we all agree that PBS is one of the best sites on the internet, and part of the reason it is so great is because it's free.  Helping in any small way helps it stay that way!

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 7:04 AM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2008
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Two questions:

I know that they give credits to people who help with the booths, so I wondered. What are the booths? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

Also, how does one sign up to be a data or image editor? I can't do it, since I've been a member less than six months (unless that requirement is only for tour guides), and I'm much too busy for it right now anyway, but I'm curious in case I have the time and inclination in the future.