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darrenstraight

04/01/2014 - January 2014 recruitment of CSO's

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YAMS is nearly 3 years old and we are still alive and growing, while it's not at the same rate as it once was, it's still great seeing both new and long term members come on YAMS and enjoy it for what it is, a community.
 
We loose players for a multitude of reasons: their personal lives are busy, not agreeing with the way I run this community or because they got themselves banned.

We don't always do enough self promoting as I'd like but at the same time I don't like shameless self spam promotion. I know servers that go around spamming everywhere they can think off, I don't agree on this. We mostly rely on these forums and word of mouth. Server lists don't always work and when they do they attract the wrong kind of people, thiefs, griefers, trolls etc...
 
I do want more players to join us and work harder on having more active players instead of players that just come on and then go away for months at a time, we do so many great things on YAMS it’s just such a shame that so much of this is not seen by people out there. Like did you know there's a YAMS adventure out there that can take you hours to complete? Or that we have a test build world?

I try and leave whitelist off as much as possible, but sometimes it has to be on, normally because of a lack of staff on a certain times (that's not saying I want my current staff to have to be on 24/7, it's not fair on them) or because we have had trouble makers.

When I take whitelist off, sometimes it seems like the staff suddenly disappear at no fault of their own (lunch, dinner time, going out etc). It seems whenever I take it off, I end up being the only member of staff on the server and have had to do multiple tours all at once, now I don't mind doing the tours at all but as an admin I have loads of other stuff to do to, do I give a tour to a new person of fix something that’s been annoying current players? Trying to balance it all out can be quite stressful at times, so I end up putting whitelist back on until more staff come back on.

Now most of YAMS is set-up so if there are no staff on new players can still work things out (if they read all the signs) however I like the personal touch, it's not something you see at a lot of servers, someone greeting you and actually helping you around, though some people say things like "what don't you trust me why are you spying on/following me" its not that at all, its more to help them out so they know exactly what to do and wont get in trouble later.

Unfortunately however a lot of players do eventually get themselves in trouble, this is mainly due to there not being enough follow up from staff. Once they have left someone in Sandbox they should regularly keep checking up on this player over the next couple of days or more to ensure they are doing well and understand the approval process, even help them on their houses if need be.

So this should be happening but it doesn’t always happen as there's so many other things that need doing on YAMS too, not to mention the fact that people also like to play (I don't blame them) instead of feeling obligated they have to do yams work all the time.

I know I've said this many times before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but id like to get these things sorted and take whitelist off more, every day I see people join and get refused because of whitelist, we used to be in the top 1-5 of various Minecraft Searches. Searches such as: Family friendly minecraft server, Family friendly minecraft servers, public minecraft server, banned from minecraft and many more but we have now fallen onto page 2, this is not good...

So why not just take whitelist off and try and get them to sign up to the forums? Well as I said above it’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 various protections in place but as I said earlier I like new players to be shown around and explained everything when they join. This can be done by regular members if no member of staff is on but this doesn't always happen or happens badly as they are missing the required training or don’t fully understand the rules themselves.

It's just a shame that when I do take whitelist off we end up putting it back on a lot because of griefers and such. You try and be nice by allowing people to come on your server and they treat you, your staff and the server badly – it’s not nice for anyone. Safe to say these kind of people are always dealt with. It's just such a shame that you give them a 10 - 15 minute tour only to see them banned an hour down the line.

Ok so enough rambling, it's time to recruit more staff so we can have whitelist off more often!

Here's a little information about what being a Community Support Officer entails:
 
1. Greet new players.
If you love to meet new people, you are proud to show them around this great server, help them find resources, give them building ideas, or just chat with them for company then you already have the most important skills.  :)

2. Reinforce server rules.
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 behaviour and give them a second chance? Do you set a good example for others by just being you?  ^_^

3. Report bannable offences to Mods/Admins.
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 “I saw so and-so do such and such today and here are some screenshots of the damage along with locations."  :ph34r:
 
4. Be a part of a team
As a CSO you would become part of our team of staff so you would need to work well in a team, can you work well with others? From time to time I seek advice from all staff on changes I which to implement in YAMS, can you actively take part in these with good feedback?
 
5. Acceptable to job role change.
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. If you are shown to be active and good at what you do, then there's also chance for progression to Moderator.
 
6. Enjoy knowing that you are part of the reason YAMS is the best place to spend your Minecraft time!
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 our 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.
 
To apply, you must be registered on the forums in order to reply to this post (keeps it open and fair). Please give a brief summary of why you think you would be right for the job and what you can offer that others cant. Take a moment to look back over previous applications (August 2013April 2013January 2013August 2012,April 2012October 2011June 2011April 2011) if you need ideas of what to say but please be original and bare in mind that a lots changed since them applications (don't just copy and paste we will know).

Also it doesn't matter if you post now, or wait until someone else posts, your post should be your words not someone else's and anyway your post is not the only part we base your application on, we will also base it on things such as your previous forum activity, severity of past crimes and how much time you have spent in game and when you are on are you helping the community.

We want to know which assets you will bring to the staff team. Why you and not that other person?  B)

 

Don't be afraid to apply.

Good Luck!

Closing Date: 1 week from date/time of post.
Amount of positions available: undisclosed.
 
Past applicants (who were unsuccessful before) and ex staff (who's circumstances have changed) can reapply, hopefully you have taken previous feedback into consideration.
 
This topic is for applicants to post their applications only. Please do not post other posts or like other peoples posts, thanks.

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i may not be the kind of person who is on all the time however i believe i would excel at being a cso (if my computer stops misbehaving) i have had few issues since joining and believe i would be a great asset due to me being very friendly to all people and impartial in judgments. i am a very good learner and feel that i can learn how to be a team player and I have learned from past mistakes

Thank you

Trusin

Edited by Trusin123

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Hey YAMS,

I think I would be the right person for a CSO position because I am willing to greet new players who are ready to get in with the YAMS community! I know how difficult some players can be when they don't listen at spawn and I have no problem with giving them warnings and telling them what the consequences will be. 
 

I will make sure new players to read the rules and I will remind them that if they don't read the rules then they will get punished. If anyone brakes these rules I will without doubt tell them off and put them in their place, if they push the limits I will be happy to jail/mute and question them to why they did it.

I love to play games and help in projects so I will encourage players to get involved and play, even if they are down, to cheer them up!

 

I wish the other players the best of luck,

Thank you,

Dev

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Hi, I'd like to throw my hat into the ring.

 

I enjoy talking to new people on YAMS.  I started the Welcome pack system for Perivale (chests with stone, stone slabs and glass panes in, on vacant plots) as tohelp new people get started with their new homes.

 

When talking to people new to the server, I talk to them, make sure they're ok, and answer any questions they have.  

 

 

Thanks.

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Applications have now closed and we are in the process of reviewing applications.

  • Your application
  • How long you've been on for.
  • How active you are, have you had any long periods away.
  • How involved you are with the community, talking and helping people etc.
  • Forum participation
  • Etc...

You will all be contacted by sometime next week at the latest.

 

Thank you.

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