This month it will have been a year since we first created the Community Support Officer group on YAMS and Iâ€™m pleased to say itâ€™s worked pretty well so far. So I want to continue to build on that and recruit more CSOâ€™s.
We have been relying heavily on whitelist for the past few months because of all the updates and because it helps us have a more structured community by having them sign up to the forums. However by doing this we are limiting the amount of players we get through our doors... every day I see players try and join the server and get refused, we are in top 1-5 of various Minecraft Searches.
So why not just take whitelist off and try and get them to sign up to the forums? Well itâ€™s the amount of people with authority we have on the server; we still have various time zones in which no member of staff is on! We have of course various protections in place but I like for new players to be shown around and explained everything when they join. Of course this can be done by regular members if no member of staff is on but this doesnâ€™t always happen or happens badly as they are missing the required training or donâ€™t fully understand the rules themselves.
Yesterday whitelist was of for most of the day. Iit got pretty busy with at least 16 new players joining, however not all of them were good and when I woke up I found out we had been griefed, luckily it had already been taken care of but still if we had more staff during them time zones it wouldnâ€™t have happened. You try and be nice by allowing people to come on your server and they treat your server like that â€“ itâ€™s nice for anyone. Safe to say they are now globally banned.
So this has promoted me to recruit more staff so we can have whitelist off more often!
Here's a little information about what a Community Support Officer job entails:
[b]1. Greet new players.[/b]
If you love to meet new people, you are proud to show them around this great server, help them find resources, give building ideas, or just chat them up for company then you already have the most important skills.
[b]2. Reinforce Server Rules.[/b]
Are you familiar with the server rules posted in Spawn Tower? Do you encourage players to read or re-read them when they don't seem to know/remember how to behave? Would you feel comfortable muting players who can't seem to control what their fingers type in public chat? Can you handle the pressure of putting someone in jail when they get caught breaking the rules? Are you willing to investigate the reason behind the behavior and give them a second chance? Do you set a good example for others by just being you?
[b] 3. Report bannable offences to Mods/Admins.[/b]
Occasionally there are times on the server when all the Mods/Admins are offline for a moment. As a CSO, it is important to document griefing by taking screenshots of the damage or the playerlist of people online at the time. Do you mind taking a little personal time to contain/clean up griefed areas? Do you feel comfortable posting in the forums, something along the lines of â€œI saw so-and-so do such-and-such today and here are some screenshots of the damage along with locations."
[b] 4. Enjoy knowing that you are part of the reason YAMS is the best place to spend your Minecraft time![/b]
Think about what you like most about YAMS and how to keep it being a place you visit to get a good dose of community spirit. We have such diversity here with people from many ages, interests, and countries. We might each have differences but the best thing about all of us is that we have so much in common. We just have to get to know each other to find out what those common interests are and to introduce new ideas to share. That's what community is about, so if you would like to support the YAMS community, apply to be a trainee CSO.
[b]5. Acceptable to job role change.[/b]
Understand that from time to time you job role may change and you may be asked to help out on other things that are totally unrelated to what you normally do but that give a benefit towards the community. You may also get the opportunity to be in charge of a public building or specific Job.
To apply, you must be registered on the forums in order to reply to this post. Please give a brief summary of why you think you would be right for the job. Take a moment to look back over previous applications ([url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1047-01092011-october-recruitment-of-csos/"]here[/url] and [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/127-24052011-cso-applications-for-june/"]here[/url] and older one [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/54-12042011-community-support-officers/"]here[/url]) if you need ideas of what to say but be original and bare in mind that a lots changed since them applications. We want to know which assets you will bring to the staff team. Why you and not that other person?
[b]Closing Date:[/b] 1 week from date/time of post.
[b]Amount of positions available:[/b] undisclosed.
I love LEGO..... well as a kid I did!! Am I still allowed to say I love LEGO now?
*Big kid* I wouldnt say no to buying it.... however prices for LEGO now days are stupid! Unless you go to a boot fair of course *cough* Madrad *Cough*... It's a shame becuase things such as Lego, Meccano, Scalextric and Hornby Model railways etc.. are really good fun to play with...
Also unfortunately nowdays Video Games such as "Minecraft" are taking over kids... hehe Minecraft is good but there's other stuff out there too that is fun and isnt a video game.
I generally hit about 100-150fps with spike up to about 250fps (On a self built Windows box)
Any of the MacBook Pros will perform nicely. Either Core i5 or i7 with the dedicated graphics card. The same goes for the Core i5/7 iMacs. Personally I don't see why someone would buy a Apple all in one over a laptop but the choice is there.
Thanks for the support Josh, you're right I dont and neither does any other member of staff, we all put countless hours and effort into this server, I spent most of my evening on here sorting out problems for users when I could be out doing other things, makes me wonder sometimes why I spend hard earned cash on the server when some people don't appreciate it. After all it costs a lot of money to run this server!
Â£52.00 / â‚¬59.80 / $83.20 a month! Slightly cheaper if you buy 3+ months in advance but still very epensive.
I just had this great idea while playing a few days ago when Jenner was talking about the skins he made. I thought this would be a good idea and wanted to know what people would think. Obviously someone else would organize it as A if I did it it would be a disaster and B because it is usually members of staff who organize events.
Wow no one has commenented on this yet! I was waiting for other to reply before I did I'll explain below, but I guess here's my reply:
Sounds like a good idea, kind of weird you posted this when you did becuase only hours before you did I was thinking the same thing too, as it was the closing date for YAMS Logo and I hadent had many people submit their logos, so I was thinking what else could we do they maybe more people could get involved in and yep I thought about a Skin Competition.
We kind of had one before as part of YAMS ComicCon and people seemed to enjoy that.
Maybe we could convert the YAMS Theatre into a place where people could walk down a cat walk? Show of their skins and their moves!
Of course we shall have to set up some prizes and rules and such but I'm sure we can sort that, let me know what you think.
Madrad is of course our Events Organiser so might be worth speaking to him if he's not too busy too.