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Everything posted by Aerineth(OD)

  1. Long time no see. You probably don't remember me as we didn't interact much. Glad to see you stopped in and felt some nostalgia. You could always rejoin :P
  2. I don't have a lot of time to type a usual post, but if I had to pick my worst issue in the recent months, I'd say it'd have to be my lack of just.. being here the past year. Some due to health issues, some due to work, and others due to real life stuff. As I went up through the ranks, I prided myself on always being here, and being available to people. I know it's not really something like some of the other people m ay have to share, but I feel like to me that's a let down to the community. Regardless, I have been around to help with questions or help with decisions in the community. I think that it's hard to say if it in and of itself hurt the community, but I can't say it's helped the community either. But I can say, that my health has started to slowly recover, and as a result, my activity has picked up (as some of you have noticed recently) and I look forward to continue to be here in the full capacity that I was when I was coming up through the ranks. My worst mistake in OD would be easy. I made a decision as a General way back when I led the Diablo 2 division that I regretted immediately. I'd say this was about 5 years ago. I knew it was wrong by doing it, but I let others around me talk me into doing it. We had a member up for promotion from Master Warrant Officer 5 to Second Lieutenant, and there were some votes on their promotion that were 'hopeful' votes in the hope that he would use the power of Second Lieutenant wisely and be able to put his aibiliyt to use. I had some complaints that that alone wasn't enough to warrant a promotion, and my fellow General at the time refused to side one way or the other and said he'd support whatever decision I felt was right. I made the wrong choice. I demoted him back to MWO5. Of course, immediately I regretted it. I went to bed shortly after and after getting up in the morning I decided there was no other option but to reverse it. I restored their rank and issued a formal apology for the demotion. I of course received many ass chewings by my members who had followed me up till that point, and even potentially damaged the friendship I had with that member. I requested at the time to speak to him after I restored his rank and explained what transpired, why I made that decision, and instantly regretting it. Of course they were pretty upset about it, but accepted my apology. We were friends, and honestly they were one of the first people I made friends with when I joined the D2 division way back in 2012. I look back on that decision a lot and have sworn to myself never to let peer pressure push me into making a decision I didn't and couldn't stomach. If there was ever a position that I couldn't stomach, I would refuse to take any part in it, after voicing my strong discontent with it. I feel like I've learned form this lesson many times over, and I feel as though it taught me more than I can ever teach anyone else. One of the hardest things I try to impress on people when I train them.. is you have to do something sometimes that you don't like. And you have to set friendship aside when making a decision for the betterment of the community as a whole. I told myself that over and over that night, but I just couldn't accept it. I knew it was wrong, not because they were my friend, but because on principle, it was taking something away from someone, that the community agreed they would be a good fit for. It's definitely not something I'm proud of, but it is one of the biggest lessons I learned in this community. Never act rashly, or only at the behest of others. Think for yourself and come to your own decisions with your own conviction, not that of others.
  3. I've answered this earlier in this thread. These can be submitted to any other General or a Commander. They will then be nominated for an evaluation for which they must submit or be demoted by default. The quote from Badboi came from this thread..
  4. This statement is false. Senior Officers can disable as well. Major's can disable anyone below the rank of WO1. Lt. Colonels can disable CWO2, and Colonel's can disable CWO3's. Brigs can disable anyone at or below Major, and each rank above can disable one rank higher. That said, Senior officers have almost never disabled people in the past. With the exception of perhaps resignations, it doesn't happen very often. Generally speaking, they've left that power up to the Generals in their division. Demotions are another power that Officers have. Second Lieutenant's can demote anyone who is an Enlisted member. First Lieutenant's can demote anyone at WO1, and Captains can demote anyone at CWO2. Major's skip a rank and can demote at or below CWO4, Lt. Colonels, MWO5, and Colonel's can demote Second Lieutenants. Brigadier Generals can then demote at Major. Again, this doesn't happen and has been left up to Generals. In the past there used to be a warning on the site, one that I still tell people today. If you're not a General, you must have at least 2 other members agreeing with the demotion, who can also demote. Still though, it's been left up to Generals to handle this responsibility. The set rank comments are correct (basically where someone can say I want this individual to be this rank up or down and as long as it's within their range, they can do it). Set Ranks are a very touchy subject, and as such are reserved for very rare instances.. such as rank restorations, winning a tournament that promises a promotion (usually reserved for enlisted and below), or when we need to demote someone multiple ranks. Here is a list of every power each member has with their console, separated by Rank, from lowest to highest. Anything in green is a new power attained when reaching that rank.
  5. Lieutenant General Triny(OD) demoted Lieutenant Colonel Ray(OD) to Major for Making false accusations in a public setting. on Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:20 PM (This wasn't a full demotion to Captain due to our demote button only demoting one rank at a time. There was a second demotion from Major to Captain to complete the demotion.) You were demoted for falsely accusing someone, in a promotion, something we collectively found to be a serious offence due to you being a Senior Officer. We expect more than that from Senior Officers, and as such, your rank at the time of the transgression factors into the punishment, and that resulted in your demotion to Junior Officer. There's nothing that's going to change the action you did, and as a result, the punishment is final. You will have to re-earn those ranks if you wish to come back. As such, the discussion of getting the demotion overturned is over as you've requested it be overturned by numerous Generals and Commanders, to which we all have said no. You can't commit an offense and not have to suffer a repercussion for your actions. Now, lets stay on the topic this thread is intended for. They system will not allow for an empty vote to be submitted. There will be an error kicked back to the user if they attempt to submit an empty promotion. But one of the biggest issues, especially going along with this thread, would be transparency. By default Generals and Commanders will be required to still see these votes. We need to be able to ensure people aren't falsely accusing someone in a promotion, actually using appropriate reasons for the promotion, and to ensure that there are no shenanigans involved in people's vote habits. We don't expect users to do this, but we still need to police the promotions to some degree, just to ensure they don't happen. Another issue is the development. There would be some scripting changes that need to happen to allow for this feature to become live. And currently, many of the scripters are busy working on upgrading the website as a whole, which is deemed to have a precedence right now, especially since we've officially committed to this. Once the redesign is completed, then we can discuss this feature. I want to reply more, but I have to go back to work.. my lunch got cut short today. :/
  6. Sounds liked something perfect for the Recruitment and Retention Squad to take a look at and make a priority. @Dave(OD) @CompFreak(OD)
  7. This is definitely something within our power to discuss. Whether or not it will be changed can be discussed in a meeting of some kind. This one is largely divisional based. While I think it is a good idea to have the Administration aware of who's coming up and who's got potential is a great idea, there are a lot of members for each General/Commander to know about, and everytime we recruit a new member, that process starts all over again with each new member. As a result, we've tried to compartmentalize it towards letting each division handle it. Another reason for this, is we try to let divisions manage their members as they see fit. As an example, if there's a member outside of my division, as a Commander, sure it's in my right to come in and handle a problem myself. But we as a whole really try not to do that. If there's a problem brought up about a member, or within a division to someone outside of the division, the first step we try to take is to meet with the Division Leaders and either advise how to handle the issue, leave it in their hands, or observe and step in if needed later. We're not against helping resolve problems in a division, quite the opposite. We instead believe that the division is a division leaders responsibility to manage, and we allow that division leader to manage it. We are there to be supportive of that. Any system is worth investigating to seek improvements. And I guarantee there is no perfect system. There's always going to be a flaw, or something that could be better. And to be honest, we haven't made a lot of expansive changes in a while. Little tweaks here and there are really the extent of that. I for one value your opinion, as I do the rest of the community. Because this place isn't just for me. It's more importantly a place for every member to ever join the community, and it's our job as administrators, to ensure it's an enjoyable experience. Thanks for the idea suggestion, we can definitely look into it!
  8. The popularity contest has been around since Overdosed started. And believe me, it's actually a lot better than what it used to be. In the beginning, only Generals could promote someone. So if you didn't know a General, you'd never be promoted. There was no promotion system that we have, only a set rank system where a General could decide 'hey I like this guy' and promote them to Colonel just because they like that individual. I don't have any experience from this time, but perhaps one of the only one who does have a lot of experience with this is R.agnarok, simple because pretty much been here from the beginning. Today, we allow members to put anyone up, except for Major Tier Change promotions (MWO5 to Second Lieutenant and any General promotion). Further, we have modified the promotion to Second Lieutenant to allow for all members of the community to vote on the individual who has been put up by a General, that used to only be something that Senior Officers and Generals could vote on, even after a General put them up for promotion. We allow members to vote positively or negatively on any member that is up for promotion, provided their vote is valid. In the event the vote isn't valid it's reviewed, and subsequently removed. We allow members to vote on every single promotion in this community from Staff Sergeant up to the rank of Commander. As Badboi stated earlier, there have been times that we as Commanders have negged with the full extent of our power (-20) and still were overturned. And that's the beauty of the system. It actually gives voice to the majority of the community, not just a few. If every single member in the D2 community voted on a promotion that all 4 of the Commanders max neg voted, with even just 1 vote power, you'd still have +60 on that promotion. For reference that's STILL enough for a promotion to Colonel from Lt. Colonel (which requires 50 votes). Of course, this is a purely hypothetical situation, as if all Commanders had to -20 someone, there's probably a bigger problem at play. 20 vote positive or negative is a HUGE influence to a promotion. Regardless of who's voted on a promotion, every single member can still vote on a promotion. We encourage every member to voice a concern they have on a promotion. If you disagree with an evaluation that somebody's made, whether positive or negative, then make it known. Cast your vote one way or the other, but remember that the vote must be valid. If you claim someone did something, you must be able to prove it. As far as the popularity contest though, it's a tricky situation, because almost any way you look at it, there's a way to view it as a popularity contest, except maybe every vote was private until the end of the promotion with no indication of if the person was passing or failing. But even that has it's issues. How would you or any other member address the popularity contest in your own views and opinions? Leadership is open to ideas (for any topic, not just this one) on how to improve this. We are here to represent the community, so if there's something to improve on that we haven't ourselves, or if someone has an alternative approach, we need to hear about it. We don't have all the answers to every problem. And any idea is welcomed to provide for discussion on the idea, to either decide it's not a good route, or pick at it to improve any weak points there may be. Consider this a call to arms to the entire community to provide input on how to improve this community. Key point, what do you want Overdosed to do for you that we don't already, and how would we achieve this. Any donation we receive goes towards the upkeep of the community, which includes anything from the domains, teamspeak, security, as well as a few other yearly costs. As a result, any donation is set aside for those costs only, to ensure we keep the lights on for the community. In the event something comes up that costs money or would add to our expenses, we discuss the benefits and the drawbacks to the proposition. If the cost is a big enough benefit, then we potentially implement it. But donations are not a guaranteed thing so we don't spend money unless we know for a fact that it'll benefit the community. Donations are voluntary and not required of any member, hence the ebb and flow tendencies of them, so we aren't going to spend money just because we have a small pool available. We need to ensure the continuity of the community above all else. Not necessarily. Donations in generally are pooled into a fund to allow for payment of the expenses required to run the community. The exception to this, is those requests made on the Donation Emporium. The Donation Emporium is a place for a member to request a feature, such as a theme on the forums, providing how much it would cost, and what the benefit of adding it would be to the community. If there is enough support for this request, a pledge is started, and if the pledge is met by voluntary submission, then the request is purchased and fulfilled. This is the only time there is a guarantee to funnel the donations somewhere other than upkeep of the community. Now, as for the banter, it should stop now. The thread is meant to be educational to the members of this community so that we may answer any questions people have to ensure there's no confusion about where we are going, what we are doing, and why we do what we do in the grand scheme of things. Our position is to review things from the big picture, not just from a divisional perspective.
  9. Aerineth(OD)

    Hello clan!

    Please feel free to contact me in private. I can be found on Teamspeak @ ts3.overdosed.net, or you can email me at aerineth@overdosed.net. Either will be a good contact. I can help you get sorted out. :) Welcome back though :)
  10. That would be incorrect. The only group that Ray is currently in here on the forums is senior Forum Members. And there is no power assigned to that role, it's just a title. None of the officers boards+ are visible to him.
  11. Mine is perhaps very boring. Very empty. But I like a clean desktop. If I put anything on it, I try not to let it stay there very long. I've been debating changing it for a while now actually.
  12. What questions do you feel are unanswered? Now's a good chance to get some from d2 division leaders.
  13. While this is tagged overwatch, battle.net is still battle.net
  14. Given what they set up for themselves this season, it wasn't horrible. But there were so many problems with the plot this season that the whole season was just.. bad with pepper flakes of decent scenes.
  15. Sorry for my delay.. unfortunately for me, this thread was posted on a day that I'm not really available. I'm rarely around on Thursday and Friday to really commit a lot of time due to real life. I still check everything and respond to anyone who's messaged me, but I'm not available for gaming or a lot of these long winded responses on those two days. Further, today was Commencement at the University that I work at, and I needed to attend it, so it's been a long day as a result. Activity has always changed within D2, and varied with different methods used. In my time in OD, the three things that had the biggest effect on D2 activity, were Runs, Events, and Interactions. D2 has been the focus point of the community for a long time as it's housed more than 50% of the entire clan for a great long while. Many of the other divisions, while internally strong, have been very small. 30 people on average at most. None of them have had many things going for it. There are many factors that play into this, but some of it falls within our Website. It was built to provide information for the old style clans, and works amazingly well with Battle.net. Unfortunately, it's not quite as friendly to other division, such as MMO's who house much of that same information internally, such as guilds/clans. Many people can stick with just the centralized, and the website didn't provide them anything beyond an annoyance of logging into another location. There have been instances where people have pushed for change, but it could have negatively affected Diablo 2. It's difficult to enact them when we must consider the majority which was D2. But unfortunately, it makes it just as difficult to move forward into the future. That has been a complaint by many in the past about 'if it's not D2, then it's nearly impossible to see a change'. Quite frankly, until we had enough interested in putting in the work it's been needed to develop a new website, really tackle social media (especially with the new team we have right now), and get our foot in the door for Streaming with Tris's innovations, we had some complications with taking that step, because unless you see any one of these projects to completion, they would pose a risk to the community, and our job is to evaluate, as Terra mentioned, the need, cost, and risk. Quite frankly, it would be poor leadership if we enacted something that would pose a risk, no matter how significant to the community. Sure it could pan out, but we as managers of the community are not going to 'risk' the livelihood of a 20 year old gaming community we all love. That's why, without enough people to man these prospects, it's difficult to support them because projects have a tendency to have a lot of steam in the beginning and just fizzle out towards the end. These are projects on a scale that we cannot allow to just fizzle out and be forgotten. If we are going to do something like this, we need to do it right the first time. This is much the reason for me. I'm almost always in Teamspeak in my channel. Available for anyone who needs me. But the reality is, I could go weeks, and nobody will send me any kind of message. But, I am there if someone does need me. While I may not move from my channel, I do look at Teamspeak every single day, as well as any pm's I may receive, which frankly are far are few in between. What matters though, is that I am available for people. All they have to do is reach out to me. I just don't game on Thursday's or Friday's because I use those two days of the week to attend to real life affairs, and spend time with my mother. There was something else I wanted to comment on but I can't remember what it was by the time I got to the end of my post.. I apologize. If I remember it later, I'll add it on a future post.
  16. I have no idea why this post was edited unless there was a clear rule violation, such as nudity, which i doubt mind you. Perhaps @Triny(OD) could explain her edit for us? Ill respond to the rest after work.
  17. I've enjoyed Malukah for a long time, and really enjoy this version of Jenny of Oldstones. This is the song Podrick sung at the end of episode 2 before The Long Night
  18. I'll answer some of these but I only have enough time for a couple before I have to get ready for work. The only passworded channels in Teamspeak are Donator Channels, Meeting Channels, and Offices. Offices are used to discuss things about the division, a private space for people to speak with members for investigation purposes, or as a place for the division leaders of a division to discuss something in private. That's the only purpose for an Office, and as such, it's locked to grant that privacy. Meeting channels are only used during Admin and General meetings. These meetings are only open to Division Leaders and Officer+. General meetings, such as when we do evaluation meetings, are only eligible for Brigadier General+. These meetings are some of the places we discuss issues in the community and make changes to how the Community is run. Given they're only used once a month and for only specific ranks or members at the time they are used, it has a password on them. But the one you're probably more likely referring to, Donator channels. When a member donates, they're provided with a donator channel as a privilege (not a right) as a thank you from the Community. This donator channel has been provided to them as a channel to do with what they will, as long as they don't break rules of the community. Over time, they've developed into popular hangout locations, specifically in the D2 division, and I can't deny there's been cliques form because of it. There's always been different way's that cliques have formed in this community, but this is one of the most recent ways they form, and perhaps the hardest one to discourage. Being that they're donator channels though, that's why they can have passwords as not all do or will in the future. Demotions are a form of punishment for the member, and as such, punishment is reserved for at the minimum Officer rank. That said, in the case of Brigadier Generals and higher, if members feel a General is incompetent and not upholding their duties, they can request an evaluation through one of the other generals and provide a reason for why they feel the member is not fulfilling their duties. These can be submitted to any other General or a Commander. They will then be nominated for an evaluation for which they must submit or be demoted by default. Perhaps I'm not aware of this instance? Or I'm misunderstanding your question. Could you elaborate further? I'm unsure how to answer this question. Anyone can comment on a resignation post and provide well wishes to the member resigning, so I'm not sure what you mean by 'not the poster'. Disablement is and should be a last resort for any punishment. And there should never be a punishment of any kind before speaking with the individual who is about to be punished. There are always two sides of a story, failure to not get that information leads to uninformed decisions. Bottom line, there should never be a punishment dished out that is not first explained to the member. Everyone deserves their chance to defend themselves from an accusation. Do you have specific situations where this has or is happening? Some people leave for different reasons, some to pursue things in their life, some because they wish to do something different, and some leave because they're unhappy about a circumstance. There are multiple reasons why someone wishes to leave. The latter usually has a lot of emotions tied to a resignation, some are spiteful and resentful. But one thing is true, generally speaking, there's a lot of passion here in Overdosed Gaming. And passion can create a lot of tension when opinions don't match up with those around you. I can't give you an answer as to why 'someone can't leave quietly' because resignation is far to broad to give a single answer. There are many things that factor into a resignation potentially becoming heated such as the individual, the circumstance, or someone else (or multiple people) in the community. Perhaps another General could have a different approach to this question. I for one think this topic is an excellent idea.. because I think for a while now, there's been some malcontent, especially focused at leadership (Brigadier General and up) here in the community. I've wanted to address this multiple times.. to remind everyone that we're here to ensure the continuity of the community.. a place we all love for different reasons. Not everything is smooth and happy. Not every decision is easy. Not every suggestion for a future is clear enough or a good fit for the community. Our primary focus, especially among the Commanders, is the continuity of Overdosed Gaming. We want as much as everyone else in this community for it to be around for 20 more years or longer. As we branch out, grow, and evolve to things we haven't done in our 20 years of existence, there's bound to be growing pains, disagreements, and hurt feelings. Evolution is critical and essential to the future, make no mistake. But we must also deter paths that are unclear and have too much risk involved. We as Commanders are caretakers of the community, and it's our job to keep us around and moving forward. I apologize for the long winded response, and not addressing your question about transparency as I feel that could be just as long winded, and I didn't have time this morning to attempt to tackle them. Other Generals/Commanders are free to offer their take on any of these question as well. One of the benefits to having different people in leadership, is different opinions and perspectives on every occurrence here in the community.
  19. Generally, we wait 48 hours before disabling someone when they post a resignation. It gives you any last chances to decide you don't wish to resign.
  20. Wrong, that board is for the administration of the division. The only reason its private is because its exclusive to how the division is run and makes its decisions and available to irs division leaders and the Generals/Commanders. The information posted attributes to your effectiveness in a team, which like it or not we do work as a team. What you posted is a private message between the two of you that only concerns the two of you, not a whole division or your ability to help manage a division. It was done to spite her justification of her vote that was supposed to remain private.
  21. If this was a pm conversation you need to have her permission to share it since it supposedly is a private conversation between just the two of you. Now, you've targeted someone directly in numerous posts, and it needs to stop. Just because other people need to be respectful to you and your departure, so do you need to do this with dignity. Stop with the sketchy bait posts about and directed at people. Consider yourself warned on both regards.
  22. Nobodies going to be an asshole in a resignation thread and that's final. I don't care who's resigning. Do it and I'll ban you personally. I'm not really sure where this stemmed from 100%, unless it's revolving around the evaluations a few weeks ago. You were demoted because you didn't represent what a Senior Officer should have, and that punishment would have been the same if you did the same thing with anyone else. It had nothing to do with 'defending' someone and everything to do with defending morality and the rules of this community. You can't just accuse someone of something that isn't true and not expect a repercussion for it. Everyone wants accountability for the actions of leaders, but accountability applies to everyone, and a Senior Officer is a leader. So lets keep to the facts in regards to that and not try to justify immorality with lies or even half truths. At the end of the day though, I am sad to see that you're resigning. I had hoped that you would take the criticisms in the evaluation to heart, and use them to grow and evolve into a better leader, because you have the potential. Even after it all, you could still have a future here. If resignation is truly your wish, then we cannot fault you for it. I do hope that your future remains bright and all your future endeavors come to fruition. I am sorry to see you choosing to leave. :(
  23. Dontchya know? It's because you don't know how to tune your tv properly.. xD But yea.. I knew some would die.. but really didn't want one of my favs to die.
  24. It's been a while.. but I believe.. 1) Yes, so long as they are within range of the aura. 2) No, I don't think so. You'll be receiving just the meditation from the weapon. If you use your own (if you're a pally) it should get the synergy. 3) I believe the highest level takes precedence.. so your insight with a lvl 17 med should take precedence until your characters reaches 18+. Again it's been a long time since I played Diablo 2 so if I'm wrong, someone please correct me.
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