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[Accepted] The Abosh Rises Again - Moderator Application

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Byond Account: Aboshehab

Character Name(s):

I crossed out a few names as they are characters I prefer to keep to myself. Staff have access to those names and can display if there's a need.



AI Name(s): Greatness Mk2

Discord username + tag: Aboshehab#0211

Age: 23

Timezone: GMT+4 Dubai

When are you on Aurora?: Hard to say. I'd say that I practically cover all timezones? Sometimes I'm on during the morning since I'm busy the rest of the day. Sometimes when I'm studying late I'd hop on for a round. And so on. The only really important thing to note is that Sundays until Wednesdays I don't have easy access to the server itself as I'm at my dorms and they heavily regulate what can be connected to.


How long have you played SS13?: I'd say maybe as far as 2010? I wasn't an active player, a round there and there.

How long have you played on Aurora: According to the server, 1419 days. 

How much do you know about SS13 (Baystation build) game mechanics?: I'd say 95% familiar. Complex atmospheric configurations are my weakpoint.

Do you have any experience moderating for an SS13 server?: Been a Moderator for two months, Secondary Administrator for three, skipped primary and was a Head Administrator for a long time, don't have the exact dates. Beyond that, I'd say I'm very very familiar with all administration tools and have spent a lot of time both managing the community as an administrator and handling the regular adminhelp affairs on the server. I tend to be more proactive with how I handle things, trying my best not to wait for issues to come my way but rather stopping them from imploding. Outside the scope of SS13, I've had some experience managing different communities. 

If its specifically within SS13, my experience remains solely on Aurora, but I've had a lot of time spent here as staff. My first day of trial was on the 7th of January, 2017 and my resignation from Headadmin was on the 1st of December of last year.

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?: Absolutely. I never asked others on the team when I was around for things I did not do myself. I feel my track record speaks for itself. I'm not saying I'm immune of making mistakes, but I do not shy of admitting fault and attempting to fix it, and as far as I'm aware, they never repeat.

Have you ever been banned, and if so, how long and why?: A seven day ban from antagonist roles. Beyond that, I have four notes. My last entry was on 2017-01-10 08:23:50 which was a note.


aboshehab  garnascus  2016-05-30 14:20:18Banned from Syndicate - As a traitor AI filled science and other areas with plasma. ignited a huge plasma fire and door crushed people with very little build up. almost everyone was killed


Why do you play SS13?: Simple, I enjoy it. It's a game that let's me enjoy Aurora.

Why do you play on Aurora?: I've played briefly on other servers but I enjoyed Aurora the most. Originally it was just for the gameplay, I'd play my rounds with ooc muted or just ignored it. After a while I gradually started interacting with people, some that are still here and others that gone. So I'm here for both the gameplay and the community. Aurora introduced me to the whole concept of roleplay, and even though I felt I was atrocious at it, people were supporting and taught me how to improve, and while we may have had a few rotten apples, I still enjoyed the interaction I've had with the rest. 

What do moderators do?: My expectations of a moderator has always been that they are present, willing and active enough to handle round-to-round matters/forums/discord, be it reactively in the form of questions and admin helps sent and proactively in that they don't wait around for issues to come to them but instead investigate things. They help with maintaining a consistent atmosphere with the game and with the community as a whole. Handling a person that has broken the rules appropriately helps maintain this consistency that others want when spending time on any of the community platforms. They should also be present to help the administrators with their needs, be it assigning them to specific teams or handing our specific tasks like complaints. It's a collaborative effort and moderators act like an integral part of the community.

What does it mean to be a moderator for our server?: To me, I can split its meaning into two. First, that the person applying intends to dedicate time and effort for the maintenance of our hobby here, in the capacity of a moderator. Secondly, it means that individual is entrusted with a level of responsibility and power that should not be misused either maliciously or carelessly. A bad staff member or even a subpar one can drive people away, decide the outcome of rounds in a bad way or in some cases, thankfully rare, abuse for personal use.

Why do you want to be a moderator?: In my last application, I mentioned how I wanted to pitch in. This time, personally satisfied that I have pitched in the past greatly, I apply again because I feel like I can continue doing so again. I won’t say I’ll be able to do as much as I have before, which you’ll understand if you’re familiar with my circumstances. The way I see it, even if it’s still a lesser contribution to before in a role that has less responsibilities as my previous one, I can still pitch in. Aurora is a hobby of mine that I greatly cherish and spend a great time on it both from a gameplay perspective and a community one. And should I see that I’m simply taking up a slot that could be better managed by others, I’ll simply step down, like I have in the past.

What qualities do you possess that would make you a good moderator?: I feel like I’m patient. I feel others know I’m patient as well. I feel like I’m understanding of others. Sometimes rule violations aren’t malicious, a mistake, and I feel like I can understand the difference and handle that according to the circumstances. I’m honest to myself and others. At times this can be seen as curt, I’ve always placed great importance on doing things right and honestly, so this has lead me in the past to telling what I felt as a the truth, even as it may upset them. I’ve handled a lot of staff complaints and if I felt a staff member has been wrong, I have been honest about it. I don’t shy from conflict. I feel like I have the capacity to take on confrontational people without sacrificing the fair handling of an issue that arises. Sometimes tough measures must be made and I’m fine with handling them. While not a suitable metric, I do feel that the amount of actions I’ve done as a good indication that I will punish a person if necessary.

I think my experience on this part speaks for itself. I have shown in the past that I do posses good qualities to be staff.

How well do you handle stress, anger, or insults?: I feel like I handle the three well. There have been time I’ve been angry, and while it’s hard to imagine being angry within the context of Aurora, we have had serious cases that have made me “angry” as a catch all term. That being said, I feel like regardless of my present feelings and even to my dismay, I am able to separate that feeling with being constructive. Why dismay? Because it’s always easier to carry out your urges. I do admit I have in the past snapped at people for a number of reasons, and even though it is most likely influenced by outside circumstances, I have never justified it nor accepted it as an excuse. I believe I’ve apologized to everyone I’ve wronged and I’ve also given a blanket apology to anyone I’ve missed or not realized I’ve wronged. I could go on, but I’ll just say that while I’m human and not without my faults, I have a good control over my emotions.

Anything Else You Want to Add: Nothing right now.

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5 minutes ago, AmoryBlaine said:

Like I said about Nursie, just skip this step. Put him back as Admin. He can handle it, left of his own accord. Add him.

Out of principle and fairness for others. I wouldn't accept it.

No double standards.

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+1. I may have been here before you but I always considered you a mentor in a lot of ways. You were an outstandingly dependable admin and one of the greatest friends I've made here. Your only flaw was how much effort you put into your job because oftentimes when I was a mod I was worried if you were the one who took your position too seriously. But I'm sort of glad you did because all that sacrifice of your time seriously improved things around here.

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The best headmin and one of the reasons why the Golden Age of staff happened. That's irrelevant here since he isn't one now.

However, he's also a fair moderator, in my long time I've never had issues with Abosh in regards to favoritism and whenever he was actually biased he wasn't afraid to admit to it and give the case to someone else.
He's shown he's fair to both players and other staff and I believe he would be a great addition back into the team.

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I don't need to add to the heap of well-deserved praise present in this thread. Abo, you are a dear friend and part of the reason I stayed in this server; I thought the way staff operated and handled problems was brilliant and fair, and I still do.

My only concern is something Joshie raised to you on discord. I remember you being burnt out, talking about how it was hard for you to enjoy playing with your headmin duties, and frankly not being in a good state of health. You like to take on a lot of work and you love this community dearly. I think moderator will be far less stressful for you, but I want you to seriously consider this. I mean, sit down and think. Will this affect how you enjoy rounds? Will you be taking on too much? Is this going to affect your happiness?

You have my biggest +1 and I will support your choices. I would love to see you back on as a moderator, but only if you are sure you will not be stressed out by it. I trust you to judge your own limits. Godspeed.

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The unit left staff because he couldn't dedicate the amount of time he thought was necessary as a Head Admin, yet comes back because even with less amounts of time- that he could spend playing the game he enjoys- he decides to also use it to help out the admin staff and the server that he cares for.


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DolkToday at 1:39 PM Moreso just ooc questions that have been requested. Firstly to start off, in depth can you tell us how you feel you will be able to split up your mod dutys and lore dev dutys, in atleast a paragraph

AboshehabToday at 1:44 PM I'm not a lore master, so I don't need to manage a team. I'm also not an admin, so I won't need to manage a team if accepted as a moderator. I feel like both roles even when added up to the full extent of how busy they can make a person, are not really close to how busy a headmin on a busy day can be. I don't think there's a issue with how I'll divide myself. Super hectic rounds are not often and while a ticket that has a lot needing can still happen even on a calm round, they don't exactly take hours. In theory, I can observe and still write for lore, and vice versa. That's not to say being a lore deputy has me glued to a keyboard writing a lot. I don't feel there's an issue on splitting time for me. Dedicating time to both roles was not something I've been concerned about when applying.

DolkToday at 1:46 PM Alright. For a more bit of indepth question, which if possible can do into abit longer but, how do you feel the transition from head admin to user to moderator will feel or how you expect the experiance to be?

AboshehabToday at 1:52 PM I'll probably need to bite my tongue sometimes. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think I knew better than some. I was particularly bossy and pretty critical of a lot of decisions, intervening with some verdicts and reversing others. So in that context, I'll probably have to stay quiet and raise my issues up with someone else. Though I will probably be vocal if I felt that a moderator/admin was making a huge mistake that enters the realm of negligence. I guess it'll be humbling in a sense? I'm not really sure how to describe it without experiencing it? I haven't exactly been a moderator for long to properly know how it felt, honestly.


Interview with the applicant, keep in mind the questions were kept short to focus more on aspects staff wanted asked instead of the traditional process

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For the sake of transparency. 


I accidentally posted something in AOOC that is rude for a person that was there. When it was brought up, I checked the logs and noticed the error, admitting to it to Paradox.


I bring this up in case people want to change their opinions or have new ones to post.


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