I’ll be the one to bite the hook today.
Transparency and feedback from a community who has a lot of different viewpoints is in my opinion what keeps a management team away from a simple echo chamber. My point here is that I think that to remain unbiased and fair about who gets to manage and moderate this said community is to allow the opinions of the fellow members underneath. Having to DM someone privately doesn’t cut it as your point can be slapped on the side and it removes the whole transparency people has fought for since forever.
Staff members aren’t omnipotent, some of them already admitted to not liking/playing the game as much as before and being out of touch with the playerbase can lead to some rather heavy blunders when the only way of basing your judgement is from a text someone can write and tidy up. To atleast back up my claim, I’ll give some of the recent examples I could witness. There are multiple old ones that could be named but this thread isn’t aimed at pointing all the admin drama that ever happened but rather to make sure those do not happen again by having a true general opinion before choosing people that are apt at having power in their hands. All of the examples will not have any name of the involved people, as I said before, I am not aiming for this thread to be a rock throwing gallery and I’m using those few examples to back my argument.
Recently during a CO application, two well known staff members were calling out the people of the community for denying the said applicant. One of them called the opposing people “silly” and that the applicant should already have the said WL. The other one mentioned how, if they were still with their full power, the applicant would have already gotten the WL only from their judgement. The mention was finally modified once the community pointed out that this applicant had said some very alarming death threat toward other members of the community. I am still unsure if the first mentioned staff knows about it.
A second recent example would be, inside a moderator application, a member of the staff team admitted of having glaring issues before still getting put up as moderator and using that argument stated that it’s only fair that an applicant could also have some. I did some digging as to be sure of the facts before I ramble and the said staff member old application was only accepted because no one was voting and, trusting only their judgement, a higher up got them in. I personally believe that this form of bias isn’t good for any side as it resulted with some eventful moments during which a clear lack of judgement was shown. I will not give more details as to not derail further away, cat got my tongue.
I do not think this corporate larping will do any good, SS13 is a community based game and I think the best people that knows who shouldn’t be over anyone’s head are the members of the population who interact alot with eachothers. There’s already an unhealthy line between staff members and the community, I’d rather have it heal up than worsening. The format of interview isn’t a bad thing, excluding the valid points of the people is. I am all in for obligating people to come up with concise paragraph stating why x person is apt or not instead of memeing. It is infact, very easy to spot who should be reconsidered when their application gets no vote since no one can vouch if they’ve made their proof, or if it’s simply a hot potato. Re-opening those public opinions at a later date still means that there’s a gap in which those mentioned blunders be seen having new repercussions.
I already know that this mere forum post will not achieve much and I don’t even know if it has any chance at staying alive, I atleast wanted to say what I thought about it before it simply gets forgotten. I still demand to anyone replying not to fling garbage at anyone, to not peanut post with useless drama and to simply discuss about your point of view on the matter. No baiting, no insults, stay civil.
This server is of course totally in Frozen’s hands and as such I am willing to retract this thread if the host and only him is the one behind these decisions. The one who pays the bills always has the last word .