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Posted by Zaiduck on 06 December 2017 - 09:42 AM
Any player who fails to post in a roleplay after at least 10 days have passed since their last post is considered to be ghosting. Roleplayers who are ghosting are barred from joining or creating any new roleplays for a duration of time equal to their absence from the roleplay (in other words, a minimum of 10 days). The same rule applies to hosts who fail to keep their own roleplays running by not posting in them. These penalties stack if someone is ghosting in more than one roleplay. Should a player or a host inform the other participants of an unavoidable absence of any length, they are granted leniency, but this can only be extended to an individual once every 30 days. As well, a host may at any time and for any reason grant leniency to an absent player at their discretion. All hosts (or players, if the host is MIA) are required to inform the Roleplaying Section moderator of any ghosting absences, and the section will be kept updated with a list of penalized roleplayers at [insert link here].
Posted by Zaiduck on 02 December 2017 - 10:24 AM
Any player who fails to post in a roleplay after at least 10 days have passed since either their last post or the host’s last post is considered to be ghosting. Roleplayers who are ghosting are barred from joining or creating any new roleplays for a duration of time equal to their absence from the roleplay (in other words, a minimum of 10 days). The same rule applies to hosts who fail to keep their own roleplays running by not posting in them. These penalties stack if someone is ghosting in more than one roleplay. Should a player or a host inform the other participants of an unavoidable absence of any length, they are granted leniency, but this can only be extended to an individual once every 30 days. As well a host may at any time and for any reason grant leniency to an absent player at their discretion. All hosts (or players, if the host is MIA) are required to inform the Roleplaying Section moderator of any ghosting absences, and the section will be kept updated with a list of penalized roleplayers at [insert link here].
Posted by Zaiduck on 29 November 2017 - 12:34 PM
Of course I’ve been reading this, and I have a few things to say.
It's sufficient enough; more/less wanted an idea of what he does in the section because I don't go into RP, despite wanting to at a later date.
If Zai reads this, he can use this to see what needs to be improved with himself.
Disclaimer before I do though. Usually I refrain from posting stream-of-conciousness responses like this to important topics because often i’m either busy with work or i’m not in the right frame of mind to respond objectively and/or politely. I’m making an exception this time, so sorry in advance. Some of this is going to sound angry, maybe even accusatory. And I might be digging my own grave too, but at this point I’d rather say what I feel I need to say and face the consequences anyway.
Anyway, where to start. RP, I guess.
Imma lay it out plainly, for those people who haven’t realized this yet or just plain don’t go into RP. RP does not need a moderator. All it needs is at least one person on the mod team who is a part of the section so that when mod powers are needed, someone who knows what they’re doing is in charge. The reason I say this is, plainly, that RP knows what they’re doing. The whole section is full of intelligent, kind, welcoming people who foster a spirit of collaboration and genuinely work with one another to help everyone improve. It self-moderates, its GROWING (Trust me, I checked) and I’m even going to go as far as to say that you can take just about any one of the regular hosts in RP and make them a YCM moderator. They’ve all got the skill set and the work ethic for the job (though my personal choices are all either on the team or retired from the team, funny how that kinda makes what I just said hold up, ain’t it).
“But then why do we even need you Zai?”
I suppose on the face of things you really don’t, but then again section assignments are simply our areas of expertise. Mods are supposed to help the site as a whole, after all.
“Zai, you don’t do shit. Quit pretending that you’re any help to the site at large and go crawl back into your RP hole.”
The above is probably a bit harsher than the majority of you would phrase it, but I think I’ve got the gist of most people’s opinions. On a related note: for the record, if anyone’s still hung up on HOW I became a moderator, frankly, you can get over it. If the decision that was made almost a year ago, which I personally took no part in other than volunteering to be a moderator, is still coloring your opinion of me (and I mean me specifically), then you need to take a step back and realize that you’re being irrational. The election should no longer (or really have ever, if I’m being honest) have any bearing on your assesment of me as a staff member. I’ll even go out on a limb and refute the claims that I know are coming in response to this that that was never the case, and that I’ve somehow deluded myself into thinking that the community hasn’t been totally objective for the past 10 months. Look guys, gals, and those who identify somewhere in between, We’re all human and this is YCM, a community known for its irrationality. You’re not fooling anyone except maybe yourselves.
Ok back on topic. Matt as a mod. Oh yeah, spoilers, my name’s Matt. Figured I should use my real name to underscore how blunt/honest i’m trying to be, and for the record you can all call me that if Zai doesn’t tickle your fancy. Anyway...
I’ll give you the tl;dr first. Its only two sentences after all.
1. Fuck you, I do help the site.
2. I don’t do as much as I could be doing, and what I do often isn’t visible, or sometimes even tangible.
And I can already sense the incredulity. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
Lets start with some of the things that you guys may or may not be aware of about me. Neither of these are meant as excuses, simply facts of my life that will help explain why I do (or don’t do) what I do and how I do it. The first one’s the simple one. Four days a week I work a hazardous, physically demanding job at a chemical plant. Management there is poor and so often i’m physically and emotionally drained, which means im not going to be doing much on YCM. This is part of why my rps seem to have trouble too, but that’s neither here nor there. Second up is that like a lot of us here I suffer from depression, and there plain and simply some days where I either can’t motivate myself to be here or it is unhealthy for me to be on YCM. Both of those hurt my activity (though for the record I should also say that I’m often checking in on the site at work).
There’s also the fact that a lot of what I do has nothing to do with actually producing site content. As I said above, RP is very low maintenence, and 9/10 times I’m assisting the team with developing ideas in the mod forum or answering PMs from users. I’m not silent, and I certainly don’t neglect to pay attention to what’s going on on YCM, despite what you may think. Simply put i’m just not the most visibly active member of the team. I have no one to discipline and really no big changes to make to my section.
Which brings me to my next point, and spoilers this probably where you’ll see most of my vitriol, because this is much more important to me than actually keeping my job as a moderator. Its also not entirely about me.
YCM, you treat your staff like shit.
You really do, whether its because you dislike some of us or we take actions you don’t agree with, or even maybe because you’re bored and antagonizing us when we make decisions is entertaining. In my ten months on the team, in almost every case, any important announcement of ours is met with vitriol. We’re chastized at every opportunity, to the point that it seems less about improving the site and more about different members trying to control what we do or say. Sometimes its backhanded, other times its downright malicious, and I think its safe for me to say that I speak for all of the staff when I say that how you (yes, you, the members, not the staff) conduct yourselves with us creates an unhealthy, stressful, or even hostile work environment. And before you dismiss this as whining, remember that all of us are unpaid volunteers, who are only here out of a genuine desire to help YCM function. I want to make something perfectly clear about YCM’s staff as I have seen them firsthand: We’re not power-hungry, we’re not abusive (especially lately), we’re not malicious or spiteful, or even misguided, and it appears from my end that a lot of you think otherwise, and act accordingly. Straight up: stop it. You interfere with our ability to remain objective and efficiently do our jobs, all for the sake of “holding us accountable”. Accountable to what? We’re not here to lord power over YCM. We’re to keep it clean and friendly, and 100% of the time that’s what we set out to do.
If you ask me, this is symptomatic of problems that YCM’s community has always had, even waaaay back 9 years ago when I first became a member. All too often we resort to hostility and fingerpointing when we’re dissasitsfied, when in reality what’s actually going to help the community is trust and communication. Speaking of reality, here’s another fact that people seem to conveniently forget when dealing with the staff, and its so true that i’ll even go as far as saying its axiomatic. A member will never be completely satisfied with the site staff unless they themselves are part of it. We can’t make you happy, and its not really even our job to bow to your wishes. Staff are supposed to work toward the good of the site, not check and make sure what they do is ok with a vocal minority of members, who all on at least a very small level are doing what they do in order to exact some measure of control over the site.
Apologies if that turned into a rambling mess. Here’s basically what I want you to take from the above:
Leave the staff the fuck alone and trust them to do their jobs. The crew we have right now are good people with good intentions, and the only thing all this posturing and faux politicking does is stir up feelings of anger and contempt on all sides. We don’t need oversight, because we are the oversight, and the people that came before us thought we were qualified to be that oversight.
Anyways, what does this mean in relation to me?
Well i’m not resigning, for one thing. This is a platform I can use to help people whom I consider friends, colleagues, and associates, and I have no intention of doing otherwise. I’m also going to take the opportunity to say (for the umpteenth fucking time by the way) that my PM inbox, my skype, and my discord are always open. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love to talk, so nut up and come talk to me directly about whatever issues you have with me or the site or anything else. I can be rough and sarcastic, but ask anyone who considers me a friend around here, i’m a nice guy and I don’t mean any harm. I’m totally willing to level with people if they’re willing to come to me and do the same.
The caveat to the above, however, is this: to those who think I shouldn’t be here, i have only one thing to ask of you. Quit dancing around it and mumbling amongst yourselves and bring those concerns directly to the rest of the team. If only to prove with certainty that my coworkers do a way better job than almost any of you give them credit for. They’ll take a long, hard look at me and come to a resonable decision regarding my qualifications. And if the end result is me stepping down, so be it. I’ve got a list of cool people from RP whom i’m sure would do a good job.
EDIT: entirely unrelated to the above, but if birdie wants back on the team i’m all for it.
Posted by Zaiduck on 28 November 2017 - 09:23 PM
Getter shouldn't have been able to come back either. The fact that he was allowed to, however briefly, purely on the grounds of making so many alt accounts the team decided to let him through, was a disgrace on the team's part.
And you realize that he literally had multiple meltdowns over "shut up thar" right? People might act like that toward everyone, but his response shows that him and this community were not healthily compatible.
All valid points, and though I agree with them, i’m still in favor of letting Thar back in.
He’s changed his mind and wants back, and frankly, regardless of the method by which he removed himself from the site (or rather got himself removed), I think he should be allowed the right to rejoin the community. If things go poorly for him again, there’s nothing stopping him from leaving, and having a user who contributed positively to the community back among us can only be a good thing, I think.
Precidents be damned, too. Every situation is different and should be looked at as such.
Posted by Zaiduck on 28 November 2017 - 07:29 PM
Have you finished SRWJ yet? If so, thoughts?
10 missions to go. I fucking love the game tho. Also Festenia is best girl.
When you gonna change your shitty battle.net name? #DownWithDuck
Never, because whatever it is right now is fine. Also ftr i love that that hashtag is a thing now.
Posted by Zaiduck on 25 November 2017 - 12:14 PM
I haven’t really been around for the past few days on account of the holidays, and so i’ve been largely hands-off in regards to pushing the promotion through. I gave my approval for it, as well as a few reservations I had, and afaik the rest of us were more or less of the same mind about it. Furthermore, most of the site seems to have similar opinions about him to the ones we do. I think we were all more or less on the same page.
Not that i’ve seen much protesting going on as of yet, but I’d be super appreciative if everyone sat back and gave Broken a chance to give his ideas a try. I would never have given him my support if I didn’t think he could do a good job, so at least until we go through the trial period lets keep things peacable (did I spell that right?). Thankyou.
As for PR, well, its hard line to walk.
I will not, and in my opinion we cannot justifiably relay every discussion we have in the mod forum to the rest of the site. It wouldn’t be fair to us to not have a place where we can discuss staff matters in private and without the need to choose our words carefully. That, and fankly most of the time we don’t have anything of substance to actually tell the memberbase about. If there’s a feeling that we’re witholding information for whatever reason, we really aren’t. Everything important gets reported publically, (even if its late or its something that we honestly shouldn’t have made public like White’s temp ban), and the rest of the content is either disciplinary stuff or things that are too early in the planning stages to bring to the site at large.
And here’s the other thing. What possible problem could there be with all of us trying to be more personable and communicative? Because thats what Sakura means by “all of us handling the PR role”. Straight up, we’re not trying to hide anything, or ignore members’ opinions. In this particular case things went through a little too quickly and we weren’t on the ball about informing everyone, and for that i apologize, but this shouldn’t be taken as indicative of callousness or favoritism on our part, just a scheduling mistake of sorts.
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