Lutra made us recently revisit Viki’s Volunteer guidelines where it states for mods:
Contribute at least 3000 subtitles, in the Moderator’s language, before becoming a Moderator. (For on-air titles or any title without videos, these subtitles can be created after videos are made available.)
Edit: Now I realize that this refers to total number of subs a volunteer has.
But, seriously, what kind of a moderator doesn’t contribute anything to her project? That means she or he doesn’t even have to know English and their target language because their sole function as a Mod is to find subbers that do know it. By that definition I could be a Mod for Italian, Czech and Arabic.
Primary job of a moderator is to finish a project. Second primary? To ensure the quality of the sub by editing.
The Volunteer Guidelines should be changed. A Moderator should have to contribute at least 1000 subs per series and a 100 subs per movie.
A series usually has 12.000-20.000 subs. That means that a Mod should contribute to the project with about 5-8% of the subs. And that is not really much.
By making it obligatory for the Moderator to participate in the subbing process, we would also reduce hoarding projects.
Just imagine if you have 10 projects (some hoarders have a 100 even). It means you would have to contribute at least 10.000 subs. And that’s definitely not so easy for those that are used to doing the bare minimum.