Server Moderator Application
Byond Account: Dr. Farson
Character Name(s): Alexander Farson (Main), I have others, but I rarely ever play them.
AI Name(s): None
Discord username + tag: @4th Dimensional Cough#6299
Timezone: Central Time (NORTH AMERICA)
When are you on Aurora?: Around 1400 to 1700 Central Time
How long have you played SS13?: About 3-3.5 years now
How long have you played on Aurora: About 3-3.5 years now
How much do you know about SS13 (Baystation build) game mechanics?: I have a decent understanding of the game mechanics, and have played on both Baystation and Aurora for a long time.
Do you have any experience moderating for an SS13 server?: As a matter of fact, yes. I had experience adminning on NSV13 in 2019, but I ultimately did not pass my trial period due to my eagerness to push buttons, and lack of autonomy in general. I was always asking for things to do, rather than just waiting and watching. I feel like I have overcome this obstacle, however, and feel that working as just a moderator might help me get a feel of things before I try again.
Have you read through the criteria thread; https://forums.aurorastation.org/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=4198 - and believe that you mark off all the criteria?: Yes
Have you ever been banned, and if so, how long and why?: I have been banned twice (I think). Once for a few days for validhunting, and once for behavior that was signifigantly out of RP fashion for my character. The first time I was banned was admittedly a long time ago. I was still new to the game, and I completely missed the text after a vampire had attacked me, saying that I had been hpynotized. I was ultimately uncooperative with staff, as my mother kept coming in and interrupting me during my time with the staff. It was this that led to the staff member ultimately banning me. From there i'd had a pretty rough road, with getting warnings for going SSD as a psychiatrist. It was around this time that I had been going through a move to a new house, but I was also having issues with my parents. They didn't approve of my video game hobby, and consistently interrupted me during my gameplay sessions, sometimes even cutting power to my pc, or internet. This has since been resolved. My second ban, was either in 2018 or 2019, I'm honestly not sure, but it was a build up of bad behavior on my part. I had missed my antipsychotic that day, and I ended up beating my character's head in with his cane. This led to an abrupt bwoink, to which I responded saying, "he did it because he was sad". The build up to this problem however, is rather important. It was during this period that I was going through a rather difficult medication change, and I wasn't at my finest. I was backpedaling alot regarding my character, and all around wasn't the best player. I earned myself a reputation as arrogant, and unteachable. Many of my difficulties were a result of me taking in character situations too seriously, and I even lost sleep over it. There were various incidents that led up to my actions that got me banned. These are all the bans that I remember, and I hope that by being honest, and telling my side of the story, this can be resolved, and put behind me. If this stops me from becoming a mod, so be it. This probably sounds like a load of excuses though.
Why do you play SS13?: I play SS13 because it's fun, and I enjoy the game. I like the atmosphere, the community, and most of all, the joy I get from playing my fictional characters.
Why do you play on Aurora?: Mostly because I owe it my entire experience in the game. It was the first server I played on, and despite my misgivings, someone was always willing to help me learn, whether it be through a hard lesson or not. I feel a sense of nostalgia when playing, and I never would have continued playing if it were not for this server. I am now a huge fan of the game, and play on various servers.
What do moderators do?: Moderators ensure that gameplay runs smoothly. They solve conflicts between players, deal with disputes, and help newcomers to the game. They advise players on what behavior is appropriate in the given setting, and they help to make the game interesting if necessary.
What does it mean to be a moderator for our server?: An Aurora moderator has to be professional, disciplined, and impartial. These are things I have worked on for the past few years, and I hope that I am able to meet the requirements. In addition, it means being active, and knowing how to speak to people. You have to show integrity, and deal with things that may upset you, but still do your job.
Why do you want to be a moderator?: I want to give something back to the community that started me on the path I am today. I never would have discovered how much I enjoy helping other people, if it weren't for this game. It's what inspired me to work to become a psychiatrist. I'm almost graduated high-school now, and I plan on pursing psychology when I get into university. I owe my dreams to this community, so I want to give back.
What qualities do you possess that would make you a good moderator?: I'm eager to help, I always have been. I love the game, am reasonably disciplined, and I am a dedicated worker, sometimes too much so. I'm incredibly willing to learn, and I have been known to be good at resolving conflicts amongst my peers and family. Most importantly, I want to make a difference, and help other people.
How well do you handle stress, anger, or insults?: Reasonably well, given my past. I have gone to therapy since, and learned to control my anger, and even now, things on the internet don't upset me all that much anymore. I'm able to undeerstand that this is the internet, and there will always be people who make a point of being upset. I admit, I used to be one of those people, but I've moved past it.
Anything Else You Want to Add: Despite my past, I feel that my enthusiasm for this position, and my willingness to change for the better, makes me a valid candidate for this position. I haven't had the greatest past, but I hope that I can prove that I am much better than my former self. I would also like to thank any admin for reviewing my application here. Godspeed.
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