Your CKEY (Including any alts you have): BlueScope (Primary), throwaway9114 (Unused)
Your Discord Name (Including any alts you have): Pyramid_Scheme. Lost my password, and it’s a trial to let a Password recovery utility past my firewall, and other security software. It’s been ages since I’ve been on the Discord, so a return is probably in order even if this is denied. Worst case scenario, I’ll just make another Discord.
How often are you online to play/admin? (Timezone): I am available most week days and times during those days, my timezone is EST.
What changes, if any, would you bring?:
- Roleplay Enforcement, mostly on Sage
- Examination of Coding team coordination logistics, and discussing potential improvements
- Examination of the Wiki, and discussing potential improvements
- Major contributions to the Wiki
- Examination of the Forum, and discussing potential improvements
- Improving Staff discussion transparency
How old are you?: I am 26 years old.
Why do you want to be an admin?: I like BeeStation, and want to help improve it. I have the time necessary to volunteer.
How long have you been playing SS13?: More than seven years, I believe.
How long have you been playing BeeStation?: A few months now.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in SS13?: About an 8 to a 9. There’s always more to learn, but I know most positions intimately, including a wealth of knowledge regarding code mechanics. My weakest point is probably Command, if only because herding cats is difficult when they haven’t consistently been expected to be herded.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you as an admin?: In terms of familiarity with the technical aspects of the administrator panel, about a 7. It’s been a few months since my last stint. In terms of general attitude, rule knowledge, and my ability to actively assist players - a 9, easily. Again - there is always room for improvement.
Have you ever been an admin on another server? This is not limited to SS13: Over the years, many. I’ve administrated on quite a few roleplaying servers across various games. For Space Station 13, I endured the harrowing trial of being an administrator on Hippie Station for a few months, abandoning my post when I felt that the constant strain was impacting my ability to interact with players in a positive manner. Most recently I did administration work on Crashpoint, a few months ago.
Do you have any alternate accounts on SS13? If so, could you provide their CKEY?: My unused CKEY was generated after I temporarily lost the password to my main account, years ago.
- Gentleness in approaching players via boinks
- Intimate, deep knowledge of the code
- Intrinsic desire to improve the community, and game
- Fierce dedication to fairness, and logical rules
- Flexibility in changing my perspective if presented with appropriate reasoning
- Burnout. I’d likely need to take semi-frequent breaks to ensure my continued best efforts as an administrator
- I’d likely fumble open wounds regarding rules that I don’t find fair, or logical. If there is logic behind their existence, I’d happily change my perspective. If something is simply a matter of towing the company line, I’m also happy to tow away - though I do think some rules could use revisiting, at the very least
- Initially hesitant in making judgments regarding situations that the rules don’t cover. I’d likely shake this off with a little initial hand-holding.
- I type a lot (too much). Not in boinks, though.
Is there anything that gets you really mad, real fast?: Nothing. My venting slowly releases itself as frustration, and hyperbole.
What do you think is the most important trait for a staff member to have?: Knowledge of the rules. Without that, one cannot enforce the rules. If one cannot enforce the rules, one cannot be an effective member of the administration staff.
What makes a staff team good?: Communication, above all other things. In order to maintain a stable population as a server, evolution of rules and code is absolutely necessary. Administrators should always be able to tell Coders commonly requested features, priority bugs, and so on. More than that, inter-administrator dialogue is vital for maintaining collective sanity, clarifying rules, etc.
What is a staff team’s purpose?: The purpose of the staff is to deliver a positive experience to every player who joins the server with the honest intentions of playing as the rules prescribe. Every facet of the staff should be in pursuit of this overarching goal.
What kind of player are you?: I’ve been many kinds of player over the years. My SS13 career started on Aurora, where I hugely enjoyed the heavy roleplaying elements. A couple years after that, Hippie was my primary station - with all the low-RP shenanigans that entails. Most recently, Bad Deathclaw/Gulch was a favorite - for an excellent mix of combat and RP (I was sad to see it go and replaced by the hugely inferior Desert Rose). My play style bends to the rules and expectations of the server I am currently playing. All that said, my style is a product of my both enjoying action, and roleplaying.
On Bee, I’ve played almost entirely on Sage. I favor roles that require a degree of technical literacy to get the most out of them, or rely heavily on roleplaying (no idea how I managed to rack up some much time as an Assistant ).
The characters I play most often, that people would likely be most familiar with, are Boris Vladof and Maria Petrova.
How do you think you will change once you become a staff member?: I won’t change, or will do my best not to, and I think that’s rather the point. If you’re not walking in the door with your head on straight, you don’t belong on staff.
The clown slips the HoS and steals his gun, spacing it right after. What do you do?: It depends. If there was some kind of IC escalation, nothing. If the Clown did this out of the blue, I’d probably examine what kind of note/ban would be worth giving him on the basis of a Rule 3/5/14 violation, depending on the situation and note/ban history. If this was the first instance of similar behavior, very likely just a note and finger-waving. I’m making careful study of the Ban page, to learn what the usual length of applied bans are. That’s something I’d also gain with Trial experience.
A non-antagonist is sabotaging the Atmospherics loop and pumping plasma into the distro, along with dragging around a canister and releasing it into the atmosphere. Assuming that another admin is cleaning up the after-effects, how do you conduct the ahelp with him?: I believe that the key to an effective resolution of a rule violation is being polite, clear, and direct. I would begin by confirming that the player in question really did do what is described above, before contacting them. Following that, I would ask them why they were doing it, to ensure that there are no mitigating circumstances (though, in this case - unlikely). If the person in question was unable to provide a reasonable answer, I would apply a ban of appropriate severity, based on precedents that I’d pick up while Trialing/study of the Ban page, and the number of notes in that player’s file.
A chemist who is working alone accidentally mixes an explosive mixture inside of his chem dispenser, instantly killing himself and destroying the machine, along with exposing Chemistry to space. Nobody else was injured aside from him as a result of his actions. What do you do?: Nothing. There is no rule against being unfamiliar with a job - just being deliberately incompetent. If he or another party submitted an ahelp, I would direct the Chemist to the appropriate guide on the wiki. If it happened more than once, I’d likely apply a job ban.
Additional: My second attempt, now that I’ve been playing for a while. I was dedicated to another project, but as there hasn’t been a single PR for it on the github since I lost my Discord password, I feel safe in abandoning it for the moment.
I’ve authored a couple hugely extensive guides, and plan on making more - possibly putting them on the wiki as an update - when I learn what the situation with the wiki currently is.
Even without my Discord, I’ve been consistently active on the forum.
I was recently advised by another member of the staff to submit an application - due to my almost non-existent notes and bans.
If this is denied on the grounds of Staff not being familiar enough with me, again - I won’t hold a grudge. I’ll reformat and resubmit as a Mentor application, and get my Discord back up. I don’t think that should be necessary, given that I’ve made who I am and what I’m about pretty clear both on the server, and on the forum.
My eventual intentions are to aspire to a Head Admin/Council role, if the upper management find my contributions to staff discussion to be in line with their vision of what the server should be. I favor player freedom, roleplaying to the degree expected by Sage/Golden, rule enforcement, rational discussion, and honesty.
I would not be an administrator who would be happy to take things as they come, and would be constantly challenging and questioning whether a course of action is the best one, if I had sound objections - which make this application a somewhat risky one for staff to accept. That said, there’s no point in arguing something for argument’s sake.
Finally, if there are incidents of concern, or any questions at all - I am more than pleased to answer them. Be brutally honest, and make your questions as pointed as you like.
EDIT: Elaborated regarding me challenging standing rules.
EDIT 2: Spelling/Grammar. Included most-played characters in “What kind of a player are you?”.
EDIT 3: More Spelling/Grammer. In the spirit of honesty - stated my eventual goals as a member of the staff. If one is jumping into something, one should jump in with both feet. That should do it! Looking forward to seeing some feedback.