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Hello to everyone reading this. Recently there has been a large number of applications for both staff and PAC3 for the Imperial Roleplay server that I have wanted to talk about due to a large number of issues within the applications themselves.

 

The first major issue that I have seen is people posting staff applications as a "funny joke" or because "they said to submit an application at debrief". A staff application is not a joking matter and should only be made by those who are actually wanting to apply for the position properly. It is true that the Imperial Roleplay team is looking to expand, but this does not mean that every player on the server has to put in an application just because they can. These is extremely rude and disrespectful to those who are actually, legitimately, applying for staff as it takes the attention away from their applications as everyone else is too busy reading your shitty application and responding to it instead of looking at the proper ones.

 

The second major issue that I wanted to bring up was the fact that a large percentage of recent applications have been made where the applicant has written, in their application, that they do not believe that they are really good enough to actually get the staffing position whether that is because they have had a mingey past, because they haven't put more than five minutes into the application, haven't even had the time to answer all of the questions within the application template properly or because they are too young, immature or have a low playtime. For a player to submit a staff application, they should truly believe in themselves and they should only post it if they think that they have a good chance at actually succeeding in getting the position. I am tired of seeing shitty ten minute applications for trial moderator when the application has written down one to two sentences per question, puts down "valid" prior staffing positions *cough* minecraft *cough* and then at the end of the application write something along the lines of  "I don't think that this application will be accepted but I thought that I may as well give it a go". NO, if you do not think that will be accepted then do us all a favour and click that red 'x' button at the top right hand corner of your screen and close your web browser. I am more than certain that posting one of these kinds of applications is only going to fuck up your reputation and your image on the server, rather than actually help it.

 

The third major issue I see, and this is mainly for the Event Master applications, is can applicants actually put more than five minutes into an event and come up with new and unique ideas. I personally and sick and tired of reading applications that have one of the following, stock standard, unimaginative, shitty events.

  • Imperial troops head down to *insert name* to go and hunt the Rebel Forces
  • *insert name* attack the Star Destroyer
  • Undercover *insert name* attack the Star Destroyer
  • Imperial troops head down to *insert name* to track down *insert name*
  • The Star Destroyer is damage and crashes into *insert name*, where the survivors are then attacked by *insert name*

These kinds of event ideas have no originality, and if you can not come up with something that isn't one of these five event ideas, you do not deserve to become an Event Master. The only thing that I have seen recently that is worse than one of these five plot points, is someone, on an EVENT MASTER application, stating that they cannot come up with any events at the moment and that if you want some ideas of the events I will run, to go and speak to them in-game. NO, this is not on either. The point of the "write two events that you will run if you get the position" is to allow the community to see easily and clearly what kind of events you are going to run and how you will run them. Events take time to write up, I would know as I was Event Master for at least 5 months. The more detailed you can make your events in your Event Master application, the higher chance you will have for it being accepted.

 

The fourth major issue I have seen in recent times is applicants not proof reading their applications, which would cut down on the number of spelling and grammatical errors, along with making sure that someone else can actually read your application. These things can be as simple as putting full stops and commas down in the correct places, using capital letters in the correct way And Not Typing Your Application Like This, knowing the difference between words such as to, too and two and there, their and they're. I am also tired of seeing lower case I's throughout peoples applications where is should be an upper case. It is these little things that can make or break your application, because people will pick up on it. If you are unable to structure a simple sentence together, you are in so way, shape or form ready to be a staff member on the server. 

 

There are also a few smaller issues that I wanted to bring up. When it says "If you have been staff on previous servers, please list them", it is talking about Garry's Mod servers. Things like Minecraft or Roblox staffing experience doesn't matter one bit here due to the nature of the game. Games like ARMA III or serious roleplay games could, however, matter due to the similarities between the server and them (such as being staff on a well-known ARMA III Life server, as it shows that you are mature and can roleplay well). The last minor issue I wanted to bring up was players on the server deciding to post staff applications after they have either been recently warned, banned or unbanned. If you have been warned on the server recently for a valid reason, it means that another staff member has decided that you do not know the rules of the server well enough and that they need to inform other staff members that you do not know this rule and that you have broken it, so if you do it again in the future, they will know. If you have been recently banned on the server it means that the staff members on the server saw it fit to restrict your ability to play on the server as you have broken the rules too many times or have done something completely in the wrong. If you have been recently unbanned, there is a one-month restriction placed upon you that does not allow you to apply for any position within the community whether that be a moderator, event master or for PAC3 access. You being unbanned was because the higher staff members have decided that you have deserved a second chance to play on the server. In saying this, that does not mean that you can apply for a position the moment you can, one month later. It takes time to build back up your reputation within the community.

 

To those who have actually read this far, thank you. Hopefully, I have addressed all of the issues with recent applications and that this should begin to limit these things in future applications. Have a great day :)

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@pinejack I completely agree with Major Issue Two this looks like it took a lot of time and effort to write this and I believe was worth putting it out there for everyone to state the opinion on this current issue. With the time and effort of the Appilications I believe the minimum time spent on a Appilication should be from half an hour to an hour. Also everyone should try to get good reputation within the community and try their hardest not to get bad reputation because as @pinejack has said it will most likely alter the chances of your App from being accepted. This is like if you have a tendency to disrespect or yell at players this shows what type of person you are and how you will act if your Appilication gets accepted. I don’t believe the Community wants to negative, when I first joined this community it welcomed me with open arms and I like to try and keep it that. And it has stayed this way since I joined it. All and all I believe @pinejack explained very well. Good Job.

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Woah! Cool on the @pinejacks there wombat, jeez. 

We need some quality TL:DR messages like the good ol' days

Pine, I wasn't staff on any rp servers (that were actually legitimate) before this one and I was a mingey mod on a deathrun server (twice) before this. :)

Also, I use grammarly cos I am too lazy to proof read. You can get an extension that works with most text boxes (not google applications)

I spent like 15 minutes on my app. (I mainly copied my very old one from like 5 years ago).

 

Agreed with all points made here, gotta love the ranting pinejack.

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I completely understand what you are coming from Pinejack. I like to scroll through applications on here a few times a day just for something to do, and the amount of spelling and grammatical errors for a Trial Mod Application on a server such as IG is shocking. On a few other servers where I have been part of the Senior Staff Team, I am constantly looking at applications where they use 'i' instead of I, or other grammatical errors like using 'where' or 'were' in the wrong situation. On each one of those applications where they have done that, I have put - This Staff Application must be taken seriously like a job in the real world so put do your best in creating it. But then again, they would be smaller servers than IG, and as they are smaller, the applicants would probably not take the role as seriously as a role on IG. Even though each applicant probably has best intentions in mind, like you said, they do not proofread and as a result of not doing that, it will show how much support they will get on their applications. Even if they do not want to proofread, they could use an error checker like Grammarly, which is used by even respected members like Mauler

If everyone actually took the time and effort to read through this post, they would really understand where you are coming from with the actual seriousness of a role on the server. You have explained this really well so thanks for that.

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@pinejack, you have done excellently in drawing attention to these issues, and I hope that anyone planning to submit an application thoroughly reads your post and edits their application accordingly.

I understand as well where you are coming from with "Issue Three", no disrespect to the Event Masters (you guys are awesome). 

 

 

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Sorry Pinejack, just following in your footsteps to get the rank 'Elite Shitposter'. :)

In other words, I am probably a horrible example for a staff member, and by probably, I mean definitely. I am mingy and didn't spend long on my app but hey, that was like nearly 9 months ago. If you are a dang good staff member, you could probably get away with a little mingeness. This isn't me telling you to minge though. If you aren't a staff member, and you want to be a staff member, you should really clean up your act before you apply for staff. If you have a bad rep, work hard to achieve a good rep. Don't work too hard though as it will just look like you are being a good boy/girl just to apply for staff and get accepted only to return to your old ways. Make it a natural change. It could take weeks or months.

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Can't tell if this post is for real or if Pinejack trying to get them numbers up. But yea I actually read it this time. This raises some very crucial things when creating applications. I spent like 2 hours on my application. 

 

 

 

 

 

- Didn't know what to say just needed the extra post. <3

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5 hours ago, Stephano said:

Can't tell if this post is for real or if Pinejack trying to get them numbers up. But yea I actually read it this time. This raises some very crucial things when creating applications. I spent like 2 hours on my application. 

 

 

 

 

 

- Didn't know what to say just needed the extra post. <3

So pretty much pinejacks intention of making a serious post with serious opinions being spoken just went down the drain, when two very small arguments sorta happen and Stephano wants to get his post count up...

 

I guess it's up to the applicant, it says in the terms "the longer you spend making the app, the better it is for you" think that's right? Whether or not that actually happens if the applicabt is serious on getting the position, he'll put the effort in.

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