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Tutorial on how to Vote on Promotions

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This was originally an old post I made for a Division I was leading, but was found again many years later by GhostDog who recommended we make it more public so other leaders and Divisions could use it as well.

 

A link to this topic will be included in the Introductions board (In the "New to OD? Want to learn how the Clan works?" pinned topic). Any Division Leaders can add a link to this topic as well in their forums, or wherever, if they feel it would be helpful.

 

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You can place a vote by clicking the Console button and selecting the Promotions section.

 

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There are two buttons of interest in this section. The top one is the Promotion List, which will take you to the list of members who are already placed up for promotion. The lower one titled "Promote Member" is when you want to place someone up for promotion. Putting a member up for promotion is pretty straight-forward, you just locate them on the list, select their name, and then place your initial vote and reasons (same rules as placing votes in the Promotion List apply). It will then put the member into the Promotion List, where other people may place their votes on whether this member has earned their next rank or not.

 

So let's take a look at the Promotion List. Here is an example.

 

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As one might expect this now provides a list of the members who are up for promotion. From here you can choose which member you want to place a vote for by selecting their name. There is nothing wrong with voting for people who are in other Divisions, however you should be familiar with the people you place votes for, if you go on a voting spree and just start voting for everyone because you can, we are going to be having a talk. And every time Terra needs to have one of "those" kinds of talks with someone, the end of the world draws just a little closer. So try not to do that.

 

Clicking on a name will bring up the person and the list of votes they have already obtained.

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On here you can see who has already placed a vote for this person, and why they have given their vote. A person's probability of being promoted is entirely dependent on the impact they've had on those around them, people who don't associate much with others, or get involved with Clan or Division activities, aren't going to be noticed by many people, and as such not so many people will vote on their right to be promoted. On the other hand, people who are well-connected or exceptionally talented at blackmailing others will often wind up with an abundance of votes. Typically a member only needs to meet the required number of votes before their time on the Promotion List is up, which lasts 5 days. However, members who received substantially more votes than the required amount will have days taken off of their waiting time, making it possible for a member to receive their promotion in 3 days instead of 5 since being placed on the Promotion List.

 

Once a member is promoted, or if a member fails to acquire the minimum amount of votes needed, they must wait 7 days before they can be placed back into the Promotion List. Members of Officer rank must wait 14 days. And members of General rank can only be promoted once every 3 months, and must provide a self-evaluation, but that isn't something you need to worry about right now.

 

Needless to say members of OD tend to take note of people already on the Promotion List, since they are more noticeable. Members can have less of a habit of scanning the list of members eligible for promotion and actually putting them up for promotion. As such, it's possible to put yourself up for promotion, and add yourself to the Promotion List, if you feel you've earned it. But this should only happen if it's been a period of a month or two and you feel as if your hard work has gone somewhat unnoticed. If you are an Officer rank then putting yourself up for promotion is considered severely frowned upon.

Back on the subject of placing votes, once you're inside someone's vote page you can add your own vote using a button at the bottom, which will then bring you to where you write out your vote.

 

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In here you can tailor the type of vote you want to provide for the individual. The "Vote Worth" number determines how many points you want your vote to be worth. Starting at Staff Sergeant your vote is only worth 1, but as you climb into higher ranks, the weight of your vote can be worth increasingly more. Members may not always want to vote with their full strength, they will vote stronger on people they are more impressed by.

 

Once you determine the worth of your vote, next is to determine whether you want to Deny or Approve the promotion (it defaults on Deny, so make sure to adjust this if you are supporting the promotion). If you choose Deny, then your vote will actually subtract from a person's accumulated votes equal to the worth you designated, if it is greater than their accumulated votes then their acquired vote count will even go into negatives. Use this if you feel the member has demonstrated behavior or performance that makes them unworthy of a promotion, such as disrespect or periods of extreme inactivity.

 

Lastly you must provide a reason for your vote. When supporting someone's promotion you must provide at least 3 reasons for why they deserve to be promoted. It doesn't matter what those reasons are, but try to put a little thought into it, and if you don't provide at least three reasons then your vote may be removed by administration. Neg voting only requires one reason, so long as it's a valid reason.

 

When you are finished hit the "Submit my Decision" to get a preview of your Vote, then hit the Approve button to actually place the Vote.

Overdosed is a Clan of karma. If you take time out to acknowledge people's efforts then they in turn will take the time to acknowledge yours when you become eligible for promotion. Only by looking after one another will we be able to grow and develop into an increasingly more sophisticated Division. So every OD member should take time every so often to look over the Promotion List and vote for the people they support!

 

Of course, there are some OD members who take a different approach... 😛

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An addendum to show how to vote for trial members might be useful as the interface is different for trial members.

Edited by GhostDog(OD)

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