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Server Moderator Application

 

Basic Information

Byond Account: AmoryBlaine

Character Name(s): Daniel Carmichael, Ronald Lartin

AI Name(s):N/A

Preferred means of contact: Discord, slack if we use it. Email is fine as well.

Age: 17

Timezone: EST

When are you on Aurora?: 3:00PM/8:00PM on weekdays, 09:00AM/11:00PM on weekends. I jump on and off within these time frames but usually partake in three or four rounds a day.



Experience

How long have you played SS13?: Started in April 2016. About a year and a half or so.

How long have you played on Aurora: Largely since May or July.

How much do you know about SS13 (Baystation build) game mechanics?: I mainly do Security work but have a basic understanding of every Department and their respective mechanics within reason of someone who mains Cargo and Sec. The exception of this being RnD of which I have zero experience.

Do you have any experience moderating for an SS13 server?: Yes, about six or seven months of Moderator experience.

Have you ever been banned, and if so, how long and why?: No, I have not been banned from Aurora.



Personality


Why do you play SS13?: I play SS13 because I like a lot of the people I've met here, and it offers a level of fun I can't really seem to get anywhere else. The RP appeals to me, and that's why I choose Aurora over any other server.


Why do you play on Aurora?: The RP mainly, the Blue Sec, the friends I have here now and the general feel of things appeals to me. I do think that things are too relaxed though from an enforcement perspective and this allows for LRP behavior and greytide to hide amongst the population long enough to cause issues with the HRP'ers and regulars.


What do moderators do?: Moderators are tasked with enforcing the abidance of rules and removing of griefers. The main priority of Moderators is maintaining order in accordance of the rules as well as acting as a middle-man between the Adimistration and the Playerbase. I think that they ought to also operate as mentors, so I hope I can do that as well.


What does it mean to be a moderator for our server?: It means to uphold the standards of the server as per the written rules, strike without mercy enforce the standard within reason and be a good community member. Activity and communication is a key part of being a good member of staff.


Why do you want to be a moderator?: I appreciate the existence of Aurora as it's the only server I can stomach in terms of RP and Action balance. There's work to be done on it, and I feel as though I can help in this respect. I want to give back to the community as well as hopefully help make Aurora better and enforce the RP.


What qualities do you possess that would make you a good moderator?: I have six or seven months of Moderator experience, I try my best to assist most everyone and explain my actions when they are called into question. I can multitask pretty well. I do have trouble log digging though, so I'd rather focus on Server-side work if I get trial'd. I like to think I handle people well though, this is of course subjective and I'll let my peers answer for that one. I also find that I have a drive to serve in any capacity, and take great joy from working for the benefit of people.


How well do you handle stress, anger, or insults?: Depending on the context. When I am insulted by a random player it does not phase me, if I am insulted or spoken poorly of by someone I consider to be on good terms with or another regular server player I will seek means to clear this up usually via a private conversation- to a fault sometimes, I guess. The only stress and anger I have from Aurora currently is caused by two issues; Greytiders, and LRP- Both of which I hope this position will allow me to deal with accordingly and within the confines of the rules and my authority. I hate having to ahelp and wait for action that never comes or being told to write player complaints on issues that end up boiling over into bannable offenses soon after being given this advice. Anger is something I know well, but I think for the most part it is constructive- to the point that I think my articulation becomes better during bouts. Overall I think I can handle myself, and I have outlets for stress and anger so it should not interfer with my duties as a Moderator.


 



 

Anything Else You Want to Add:

Some of my answers may be lacking, but that's only because I don't really have much to say on it. I'm not a deep thinker or very good at explaining my abstract love for things, all I know is I do enjoy this place and I want to help maintain it.

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I'd like to be the first to personally vouch for the behavior and overall helpfulness of Amory. Note that I can be fairly biased due to friendship, but in this regards I believe that it is this friendship that gives him the merit needed for the moderator duty. Not only is Amory a kind and helpful individual, they will give their honest opinion despite bias. Furthermore, I believe that their helpfulness in both moderating disputes as well as grievances is suitable for helping as a mod. I'll support them. +1 (not that votes matter on moderator apps.)

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Hi Amory!


Generally speaking, I think you mean well, you're friendly, you're active, and you want to encourage a culture of roleplay that I'm in general agreement with. I worry that the position might stress you out a bit, as my previous interactions with you when you thought you were in trouble for something were notably tense. You will be in the spotlight quite a bit when making decisions with players, and I think to be good at it you'll want to be sure you can temper yourself.


Questions incoming:



 

Do you have any experience moderating for an SS13 server?: Yes, about six or seven months of Moderator experience.

 

Where was this, and what were the expectations of you during your time on another team? Why did you leave?



 

Why do you play on Aurora?: The RP mainly, the Blue Sec, the friends I have here now and the general feel of things appeals to me. I do think that things are too relaxed though from an enforcement perspective and this allows for LRP behavior and greytide to hide amongst the population long enough to cause issues with the HRP'ers and regulars.

 

What do you see as correct enforcement of heavy roleplaying? How much should a staff member directly involve themselves with the roleplay of a player, given that experience and writing ability can vary wildy from person to person? Can you describe a time in which you felt that the staff was too relaxed with someone on this point, and what the resolution to that time was?



 

The only stress and anger I have from Aurora currently is caused by two issues; Greytiders, and LRP- Both of which I hope this position will allow me to deal with accordingly and within the confines of the rules and my authority. I hate having to ahelp and wait for action that never comes or being told to write player complaints on issues that end up boiling over into bannable offenses soon after being given this advice.

 

As a player, you already have the tools to address both of your stated issues from the ground up. As a mod, you will (generally) still be expected to follow the same processes as other players when they are applicable. How do you view the position as giving you more of an ability to accomplish your goals?

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Do you have any experience moderating for an SS13 server?: Yes, about six or seven months of Moderator experience.

 

Where was this, and what were the expectations of you during your time on another team? Why did you leave?

 


RESPONSE: I would rather keep this information for the most part between myself and the administration. Those of you who know, know- the rest have no need to.


 

Why do you play on Aurora?: The RP mainly, the Blue Sec, the friends I have here now and the general feel of things appeals to me. I do think that things are too relaxed though from an enforcement perspective and this allows for LRP behavior and greytide to hide amongst the population long enough to cause issues with the HRP'ers and regulars.

 

What do you see as correct enforcement of heavy roleplaying? How much should a staff member directly involve themselves with the roleplay of a player, given that experience and writing ability can vary wildy from person to person? Can you describe a time in which you felt that the staff was too relaxed with someone on this point, and what the resolution to that time was?

 


RESPONSE: For the most part, I agree that each issue has it's variables and that one cannot handle these in a quick fashion- I applaud the current staff's ability to handle this, as they have never failed me and I think with the complexity of the ahelps they receive, seeing as this is HRP, it makes it much more difficult than what I am used to and that's something commendable. However, my issues concerning staff response or relaxed handling has always been with the matter of players who are not RPing or are not attempting to immerse the character they play into the game and instead attempting to cause issues that disrupt the RP of other players.


A specific incident took place during a Cult round where the Cultist had been captured and was attempting to RP with the Warden and myself, this included a hostage taking that I fucked up by cutting short and we had to reset, but then I had to cut short again because we were interrupted by two repeat offender greytiders who had moved up to assault and destruction of property from simple hooliganism. They smashed apart the processing area, tried to kill me as I left Security, tried to kill themselves in their cells and then were confined to Solitary after being treated where they finally crushed their own skulls at which point Medical took them out and I never saw them again. This was over the course of ten minutes or so, and was ahelped a number of times as it progressed worse and worse. This had an impact on the RP taking place as I was forced to handle these two to the best of my ability while having to ignore the actually round-relevant situation taking place with the Warden. Had I been present and informed, the two would have been slept at the point of smashing up Processing, informed that this is not LRP where trying to smash your way out of the brig for a two minute sentence is okay, unslept, watched for what time I was given before the next ahelp, and if they continued as they had with the smashing of their own heads, I would have banned them rather than preoccupy Security players with the matter. I'm not sure on our system of ban times, so I'll just say that they would be receiving the minimum ban along with directions to the wiki and forum.


Now, maybe this is all misinformed on my part, I am just a player, and I lack the ability to see exactly what is going on at their end. In fact, this may be all because they were antags, or that the staff was overwhelmed or that they were misinterpreting the situation or any number of reasons that I could not know. But, no matter the cause, it's something I hope to prevent by myself becoming a moderator.

 

The only stress and anger I have from Aurora currently is caused by two issues; Greytiders, and LRP- Both of which I hope this position will allow me to deal with accordingly and within the confines of the rules and my authority. I hate having to ahelp and wait for action that never comes or being told to write player complaints on issues that end up boiling over into bannable offenses soon after being given this advice.

 

As a player, you already have the tools to address both of your stated issues from the ground up. As a mod, you will (generally) still be expected to follow the same processes as other players when they are applicable. How do you view the position as giving you more of an ability to accomplish your goals?

 

RESPONSE: I think I answered this in the last question to a degree. I see the position as carrying authority, and it has the ability to carry out the punishment. I may come off as sounding like a sociopathic maniac who wants to ban those he despises, but I am very much so in favour of communicating with the players. From my experience, I have dealt out probably tens of dozens of bans, but at the same time I have taught a great deal of players where they went wrong, how to prevent it, sorted out other issues with rules miscommunication and then sent them on their way better than before. We also have to remember where my past experience was- on CM, so the crowd is a lot different. I don't want to pretend I am the second coming of Christ. I will adapt to this environment and do my best in order to bring myself better in line with the server culture.


I hope this answered your questions, I ramble a lot, as you know, and I tend to scatter my thoughts when I try to expand on stuff.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Unfortunate this hasn't gotten a ton of attention.


Gotta say, Amory would definitely be an excellent candidate for a mod based on what I've seen currently. I've not seen them explode in any fantastic capacity and they're a great holder of conversation with a level head on their shoulders. They're an active command staff player and they've done well enough to contribute to a better atmosphere for security players.


I've never seen frustration or anger be a problem for them, it'd be silly to even mention it especially considering the staff members with spotless records will on occasion lose their patience and say something out of turn. So I'm happy at the least to see the applicant rises above mediocrity there.


Not much else to say, I don't enjoy wasting time on paragraph-long tirades just to tell the staff to give this one a shot.

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