Salutations members and welcome to the Overdosed Academy section of the forum. At the time I am writing this the Academy is still very much a work-in-progress, but the hope is that it will someday be a centerpiece of information for members who wish to understand what they can do at their rank and the most appropriate uses of their power. The main objective is to make it easier to teach members about their abilities by simply linking them to a helpful guide that will explain it with easy imagery or perhaps a video. Thereby sparing us from having to walk a member through how voting works while still ensuring they get an opportunity to learn it. (Although you can still personally walk them through if you prefer the personal touch)
At this time there are a total of four boards created. One for Enlisted, Warrant Officer, Officer, and Division Leader. Although the Officer board is only viewable by WO and up, and Division Leader is only viewable by Division Leaders and Officer+. In the future more ranks or positions may be added, but for now this is enough to start with.
Right now each of the boards are filled with placeholder pinned topics by me, but these are only there to outline what Guides we need, what info the Guides should have, and serve as a place for members to offer making them at. I won't be tacking my name onto everything, don't worry. If a member makes a Guide then my pinned topic will be removed and be replaced by the Guide created by that member.
Guides can be written, but any Guides that involve Console or Discord powers should have some imagery included as well. Video recordings are even better. The member that makes a video recording doesn't have to be the same member that does the written version, both can be created separately and included in the same Guide when they are done.
If you want to try writing a Guide on a certain rank power then simply post in its corresponding placeholder topic here in the Academy, this will let other members know that you are currently working on making a Guide for that topic, and that way we don't have to worry about multiple people accidentally working on the same project. As mentioned before a Guide can have both a written form and a recorded video form, and both have their merits. If a member has already volunteered to write a Guide for a topic then you can still volunteer to make a recording of it, and likewise if a member has offered to make a video recording of a Guide then you can still post and offer to make the written version of it if the person recording didn't intend to make a written version too. However once a member has volunteered for both the written and recorded part of a Guide, no other members can volunteer to make it in their place unless their allotted time has expired.
Any member can write a guide or make a recording for any board they can visibly see, regardless of rank, but there are going to be some ground rules.
1. One person can do both the written part and the video recording for a single placeholder, but each member can only work on a Guide for one placeholder at a time. If you're one of those workaholics then you don't get to call dibs on writing all the guides. You must finish writing a Guide for the placeholder you volunteer on first before you can volunteer for another.
2. If a member doesn't show any work towards a Guide they have volunteered for after 30 days since they volunteered, then their claim on the placeholder is forfeit and other members can once again volunteer to write it in their stead.
3. Do your research! Don't be afraid to review the "Guide to Everything" or talk to knowledgeable members to make sure your work covers everything about a topic. No Guide is replacing my placeholders unless they meet with my approval, and if I think a Guide is missing key information or is poorly written then I'll keep sending it back to you for revision until it looks good! (This does count as working on it though so your 30-day limit won't expire)
Terra: If your guide is pretty close then I might just add one or two small commentaries to include any tidbits of info that were missed!
You can submit your written or recorded Guides to me by PM, or as a regular topic in this board. (It just won't be pinned until its approved)
All members can also freely create topics in any of the Academy Boards, but only Guides and Tutorials can become pinned topics!
If you need an example Guide to use as a reference then you can check one out here: https://forum.overdosed.net/topic/67774-tutorial-on-how-to-vote-on-promotions/
I'm sure we can do better than my ancient work, but it might help give you an idea on what a Guide looks like just the same.
If you wanna write a Guide then post in the placeholder topic of the Guide you want to write for to let us know. (Written Guide, Video Guide, or both) When you think your Guide is done post it here, or send it to me by PM, and if it looks good I'll replace my placeholder with your new topic. If it doesn't look good then I'll send it back to you for revision and let you know what it's missing. You only get to write one Guide at a time, so finish your existing work first before taking another!
So, that's what this is all about. This is part of the steps towards Modernizing OD, and although I could have just written every Guide myself like I have often done before, the Modernization of OD is a goal we are striving for together as a community, and I wanted to make sure everyone had an equal opportunity to be a part of it. Writing Guides can be a lot of work, no denying that, but its a great way to visibly contribute and I for one will certainly be adding some points to the next promotion of anyone who helps out, and perhaps a couple medals too.
But more than that it's also a chance to be a part of something big, a monumental addition to our clan created and realized through the joined efforts of our most dedicated members, a true testament of our unity as a community and an opportunity to memorialize your name and your words in a part of OD that will last for years. If your Guide is good then future generations of OD members could be reading and learning from you for ages to come!