In today's blog post Introducing “The Loop”: A Foundation in Listening, it is mentioned,
That’s why we’re creating a working group of users made up of people from all corners of the developer community — from folks new to programming, those who don’t participate in Stack Overflow but are passionate about programming, experienced Stack Overflow users, frequent contributors, and more. We’ll hand-select folks of diverse backgrounds who are excited to chat with us regularly about everything from new ideas to features, to how we communicate with the broader Stack Overflow community.
The summary further mentions that,
We’re compiling a small diverse group, including new users, power users, and moderators, to be a constant partner for feedback by Q1 2020.
What is the selection process for this "working group"? From the wording of the post (e.g. using terms like "hand-select", and mentioning that non-Stack Overflow users are expected to be recruited), it sounds like the process is likely to be somewhat opaque, but is there anything a "wannabe" member can do to express interest, market their qualifications, or achieve required prerequisites? That is, is there essentially nothing anyone can do but sit back and see if they are called, or is there anything a person who is interested in being part of this group can do to position themselves as a candidate?
- Are invitations expected to be sent out to people randomly selected out of big data databases?
- Will Stack Overflow be reaching out to specific organizations or programming personalities with requests for individual candidate referrals?
- Is this going to be an in-person recruitment thing, with Stack Overflow employees setting up booths at university campuses, job sites, conventions, etc. and trying to sign people up?
- Will recruitment happen more or less like a job listing, with resumes, interviews, white-board testing, background checks, etc.?
- Will being part of the working group actually be a staff position at the company?
- Is there a specific Stack Overflow site metric that will be considered of primary importance in qualifying for membership (e.g. main site reputation, helpful flag count, number of reviews performed, number of Meta posts, quality of Meta posts, not having been put in timed suspension too many times, etc.)?
- Is there essentially no hope of qualifying if one is not already famous?