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#community-conversion channel on Discord.
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Recently on Discord we have observed a moderate interest in rebooting the PVP game mode. As it stands, the PVP servers are largely empty collecting dust. This was a result of some admittedly dramatic deviation from our original PVP concept, the one most veteran PVP players were fond of, and lack of enough PVP admin participation. Learning from the PVE admin team, we understand that active admin participation and interaction boosts engagement and community morale.
As many know, SGC is a community-driven platform and if what the community wants is a PVP reboot, then a PVP reboot it shall have. However, in order to prevent us from falling into the same hole again we need a few extra hands to make this work. As such, for the first time ever in Supreme Ark's "history", we will be holding open applications for adminship. Anybody is free to apply but we are looking for motivated individuals that can commit to a fraction of their time to helping the PVP mode and community grow.
Admins are held to a much more stringent code of conduct, especially in PVP where the risk of server reputation slandering is much higher. Outlined below are some expectations, duties, roles, and miscellaneous points that players should consider before applying to determine whether they would make a good fit with the rest of the admin team. No prior admin experience is required.
This is first and foremost an process to seek out potential PVP admins. At certain times, emergency assistance will be requested in the PVE game mode, but because we already have a splendid PVE admin team, the bulk of efforts and responsibilities will be PVP-centric. Current PVE players are welcomed to apply if they believe they can make a graceful transition to PVP.
Selected individuals will begin on a probationary period. During this time, they will receive training and gain hands-on experience with managing the discord PVP community and in-game affairs. No admin rights (god mode, item/dino spawn ability, etc.) will be granted during this period, until an undetermined period of time has elapsed and admins are confident that they can be independently trusted with admin privileges without supervision. However, they will receive an admin badge and will have some authoritative power such as general rule enforcement.
Selected individuals must be willing and be available in-game in order to help and interact with the player base.
Admin responsibilities will bleed onto the Discord platform to ensure that members adhere to the general code of conduct. We strive for a fun, professional, and mature community.
We firmly believe that admins should not have to give up their right to play in order to be a participating admin. There are some caveats to this concept, however, that admins are expected to respect in PVP:
Any personal affiliations with large tribes must be kept to a respectable distance. This is not to say that admins are not allowed to interact and become friends with, but admins are expected to enforce rules evenly across the board. Having a strong personal relationship with any given tribe or individual may cloud judgement and endanger the reputation of the server. It is because of this that we strongly suggest applying only IF a player can enjoy PVP without being in a mega tribe. Having an admin in a mega-tribe is a ticking time bomb.
Admins are held to a more stringent version of the rules. Anything that is on the server rules must be adhered to religiously. Unlike a non-admin player, admins have zero room to express their personal interpretation of the rules. The reason for this is, again, PVP is a much more volatile environment. Any rule bending by admins that is expressed by example will be interpreted as normalization of inaccurate rule definitions. This makes it incredibly challenging to enforce rules because the common, yet valid, counter is, "If an admin can do it, why can't I?".
PVP admins must be more careful about who they choose to raid. We generally recommend reactive action, rather than proactive. For many players, it is very discouraging to see raid-happy admins. A streak of unprovoked raid victories undermine the confidence of the entire admin team.
Admins are expected to play the game legitimately. While at some point, full admin rights will be granted, they are meant to be used solely to assist other players. Admin privileges are not to be used for self-improvement or benefit.
Admins are not expected to slave away at the detriment of their own fun. There are some players that believe that the role of an admin is to assist in the slightest of problems. That is not what we believe is the definition of an admin. Admins are here to foster a strong relationship with the player base, ensure fair game play by enforcing rules, and assist with large technical problems. As an admin, you are just another player, just like anybody else who just so happens to have the ability to deal with some specific issues.
This is a hobby for the entire admin team. Regrettably, there is no monetary compensation for offering your valuable time. The funding that we receive from player donations goes right back into paying for server space and other utilities which allow admins to perform their duties more efficiently. This funding is exactly what has allowed the servers to operate for as long as they have. If you are OK with this, we would love to have you on the PVP team.
The PVE admin team has done an amazing job with establishing occasional community events. Players are very eager to participate, and the end-result is very positive. This is something we'd like to bring over to PVP. While the type of events that we would like to run is unknown at this time, as part of the admin team an additional duty will be to interact with the community and work with other admins to develop occasional events to further strengthen the relationship between admins and players.
A personal note: I always thought applications for these kinds of things were super silly, and you may think so too. However, here we are. The entire admin team has invested thousands of combined personal hours into making SGC into what it is today. We are committed to sticking around, and for that we need to seek out great talent in our very own community members who are just as passionate about improving the platform.
With that said, if you have read the above points and feel like this is something you would like to be a part of, please use the following template to submit your application. It's a straight copy-paste and pre-formatted template. Please be as detailed as you need to be.
Do note: We are not sure what to expect as far as turnout goes. We don't have a set number of applicants we will be interviewing and potentially admitting into the admin team. Whatever our decision is, we'd like to thank participants in advance for taking the time and for considering volunteering your time.
**In-game player and tribe name**: <playerName> (<tribeName>) **Steam ID**: <steamID> **Are you comfortable with voice communication?**: <yes/no> **How many combined hours, to your best approximation, do you have invested on our servers?**: <mapName> **Do you have any previous experience administrating or managing any form of community or organization? If yes, where or what?**: <textHere> **Why do you think you'd make a good addition to the PVP admin team?**: <textHere> **Do you have any experience dealing with difficult people? Do you believe you have the personality to preserve a calm and professional attitude with difficult players?**: <textHere> **What level of daily time commitment do you think you can afford to spare?:** <textHere> **What timezone are you located in?:** <textHere> **Do you have a particular skill (technical or otherwise) which you would be willing to lend for the betterment of the platform? If so, please explain:** <textHere> **Any additional details you would like to include?:** <textHere>