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  1. Requesting General rank please, and thankyou!
  2. Hi All, Figured it was about time I put together a solid, step-by-step, clear walkthrough of the correct usage of the Discord Bot for recruitment. Some need-to-know bits before we begin. No doubt these are old news to some around here, but it never hurts to start simple. Always use the approved invites to the Discord Server - you shouldn't be creating your own, and shouldn't be inviting anyone to anywhere except the rules channel. It is likely set up so it is physically impossible to not do this, but it is always safest to check - both invite methods (and the current up-to-date invite link) are fully visible in the rules channel. Always make sure the person you are inviting in through this process wants to be a full OD member. Some people just want to be a guest - and that's cool. We have plenty of members who began their tenure here as guests - and we welcome anyone, regardless of their status. Always make sure you are available for help should they need it. Don't start this process unless you're gonna be available through it. Fastest way to lose someone is for them to find something they don't quite follow, only for their guide to be AFK. So now that we have the groundwork, let's begin! Once you have talked things through with your prospective member, invited them in and they are happy with the rules of our community, you can go ahead and get them started. Begin by locating them in the discord, right clicking them, highlighting "Roles" and locating the "Recruit" role. You can see below I am about to apply this role to myself. (I have no idea why this one image came out so grainy...) When you do, the potential recruit will receive a message from our friendly neighborhood Overdosed Bot asking if they wish to continue the recruitment process. They can Thumbs Up to continue. (Sorry Type, you weren't online otherwise you'd be immortalised forever in these shots) They are then asked to enter their name... ...with a friendly prompt should they forget the all important (OD) tag required! Once they're happy, they can confirm with another thumbs up. If the name is taken, unfortunately they're just going to need to pick another. No clones allowed! Make sure to ask them what their name will be, to ensure there is no risk of mistaken identity with another user - O instead of 0, that sort of thing. Not that it would be malicious, more likely coincidence - but lets try to avoid it if it is likely to cause issue. They will then be asked to provide an email to link.... be sure it is valid! The system will auto-detect and feedback if it sees any problems, and then accept... ...followed by selecting a Division they wish to be a part of. Clearly, the right answer is Halo. They will then be shown a summary screen, which is the last opportunity for any changes that wouldn't require admin support, so get them to double-check! Really important to note (and ask) at this point is to make sure the recruiter information is correct. We don't want your hard work going to waste by it accidentally logging someone else! It should auto-detect who gave them the "Recruit" status, but it is worth being sure. Once they have Thumbs Up'd that message, at this point they will receive a password, be sure to get them to note it down - do not let them copy/paste! Some browsers have difficulty with copy/pasting into password fields, and it is easier to just avoid the issue. ...and once logged in, that's it! The responsibility now shifts to you. This is your new, fresh-faced, innocent member... alright, who am I kidding. This is probably someone who you spent the last 20 minutes blasting your enemies to dust with. Either way, you need to make them feel welcome. Some good tips for member management: Make sure to introduce them to your division - and / or the community. Always good to get some games in quickly. We should really get a sign on the Community door. Personally I vote for "Beware of the Leopard". Show them how to mute channels in the Rules channel. Our Discord is large, and can easily become overwhelming. Help them out! An overwhelmed member is likely to leave. Be sure to check in with them, ideally within their first couple of days. You want to be sure they have a constant contact if they run into any issues. Most Divisions will have plenty of members online and ready to keep games going, but make sure you point them in the direction of the events tab so they know what's coming up. Don't forget about promotions! Recruits are likely not wanting to know about this Day 0, but let them know after a few days about how they are progressing. Give them a nudge the first time their rank comes up, and explain how it all works. Get them involved when a member comes up for promotion from your division - make sure they know their voice is valued. Do not let them into the Politics Channel Above all, have fun. This shouldn't seem like a chore. The day Recruiting becomes tedious is the day you should take a step back. This is designed to make it as easy as possible - so enjoy it and enjoy the growth you are a part of. >end overly sickening community spirit message. Peace, Geordie.
  3. If we did this, I might be persuaded to give it a go.
  4. Spitballing, here... but how complicated could it be to set up / rent a personal server for the PokeMMO? I'm certainly not one for PvP first and foremost - which means I gravitate to collaborative servers rather than combative. Always have done.
  5. It will be a cold day in virtual hell you find me hosting FIFA.
  6. This is your formal invite to Halo OD's Free For All event, taking place SATURDAY JULY 3RD. GEORDIE, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? This is an open invitation to show up, fight, and bag some Glory in Halo. This is a FREE TO ENTER Competitive, FFA tournament, so all entrants will be expected to bring your A-Game. Or B-Game, if your A-Game is simply too glorious for the unwashed masses. Any and all can choose to participate, provided: You own a copy of Halo MCC with Halo 3, 4 and Reach multiplayer installed. Alternatively, you own the above games as standalone items Time will be allotted for people to change games if required Consideration will be made - any matches on the same game will be consecutive, to minimise game changes You are prepared to take names This will require approximately 15 minutes x 6 games, plus changeover time of roughly 5 minutes a piece. As such, theoretically it will require approximately 2-2.5 hours of your time. Please plan accordingly, and allocate extra time for winner's announcements and spare time. This will take place at 10pm BST - this is the usual time slot for Customs evening. Grace periods will be provided of up to 30 minutes at the start of the tournament, and 5-10 minute windows between games. This can be revoked if there are concerns over other entrant's finishing times. Players are expected to signup to this tournament - this is NOT a show-up-and-play deal. Whilst you may be given a spot on the day, priority will be given to those who have signed up already, with wait spots allocated in order. Please indicate you will be attending either through a direct message to myself on Discord (M4RT4RD#5957), or by replying to this thread. Should we end up with more than 15 players, multiple lobbies with roughly equal participants will be randomly created. There will still only be 1 points table and 1 prize set. I'm not made of money. WITHOUT AT LEAST 6 PARTICIPANTS ON THE NIGHT, I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO POSTPONE THIS, BECAUSE I DEMAND SUFFICENT SACRIFICES ATTENTION "FUN". Confirmed Cannon Fodder Entrants (in order of signup): phoenix0fEmbers WHAT WILL WE BE PLAYING? This will be a multi-match tournament, consisting of 6 matches. 2 matches will be played on each game. There will be multiple Map / Gametype combinations available for every round, with old classics mixed in with more light-hearted games - the selections will be randomly generated at the time, in the lobby, from a pre-decided list. You will not be required to download any games or maps, everything will feel familiar and should you be playing modes for the first time, new gametypes will be quick and easy to grasp. There will also be a Veto rule in place. Should 50% or more of players wish to not play the first Map / Gametype combination, a new combination will be generated - but beware, the Veto opportunity is only given once per round. ENOUGH RULES, LAWYER-BOY - HOW DO I WIN? Scores will be awarded according to match position, against how many participants are in the game. For example: In a game of 8 players: 8 points (for 8 players) to 1st place, 7 points to 2nd, 6 points to 3rd... In a game of 12 players: 1st will receive 12 points, 2nd will receive 11 points... Last place will therefore always receive 10 points. No, this is not a participation trophy - it is a thankyou for catching all the bullets. If you have to miss a match, or drop out of either the match or tournament, you will be auto-set to 10 points per match missed, and everyone else's scores will scale as if you were still there. Please note you must play AT LEAST 4 games, one of which MUST be the final game in order to still be eligible for the Wooden Grunt Spoon prize for last place. This is to prevent someone "joining" then forfeiting the next 5 games to guarantee themselves a prize. Anyone suspected of attempting to throw any games for a loss (or for a victory for another player) will be warned. Repeat offences will result in that player being removed from the tournament. In addition, players will receive "Bounties" each game, that will award further points. These will take the form of Good and Bad Luck Bounties, and will be made available to players during those matches only - these will be revealed in the pre-game lobby! THERE HAD BETTER BE SOME SWEET ASS PRIZES - WHAT DO WE GET? "Yeah, and what do we win if we beat Crimson, Commander?" "The respect of your peers, DeMarco. That should be an exciting new experience for you." Just kidding. Some of you will never earn that. Well, I suppose I DID say they would be revealed this week, so... 1st Halo Infinite Pre-Order. If the victor cannot accept this either because of playing on console, or because they already own this, Gift Cards of similar value will be arranged. OD Award - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal Should the recipient already own this accolade, it will be upgraded to ensure they receive the American Campaign Medal 2nd £20 Steam Gift Card If the recipient would prefer this for Xbox or PS4, Gift Cards of similar value will attempt to be arranged. Yes, it is in £. I'm British, deal with it. 3rd £10 Steam Gift Card If the recipient would prefer this for Xbox or PS4, Gift Cards of similar value will attempt to be arranged. CAN I SHOW UP AND THROW INSULTS? WHAT ARE THE SPECTATOR RULES? I personally will NOT be participating - instead, I will be setting up each game, allocating a random player to start the game and leaving. I will be one of you... Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to stream. Everyone has the ability to do so through Discord, and I would love people to come along and watch. Please refrain from heckling and/or abusing your sportspeople of choice during the tournament. Light hearted jibes are welcome, but they are human too (I promise), so please let them concentrate, and limit your heckling to 1 (one) well-thought-out, clever phrase between matches. They obviously have the right to deafen themselves if they wish. NB: heckles do not carry over, are non-transferrable and non-refundable Violators will be shot warned, repeat offenders will be removed Host reserves the right to eject spectators who choose to use puns, dad jokes or similar crass humour It would be appreciated if people could stick around for the awards ceremony afterwards. Following the tournament, there will be refreshments located wherever the hell you store them in your own house. Grudge matches will be hosted following the conclusion of the main tournament, at which point heckling is at yours and the competitor's own discretion. Any questions?
  7. I thought JuJu passed? If I'm mistaken I will happily hold my hand up here and take this back. I'm not aware of any other time a promotion failed. I was told that the one you are mentioning was actually removed, not failed? EDIT Yeah, regarding JuJu's promotion, I'm an idiot, I can't read months. I saw a month beginning with M in the logs against JuJu's last promotion, and in my head went"yes, that's the time when all the neg voting stuff flared up!" May is not March, Geordie. Sorry @JD(OD)
  8. Absolutely not, you're right - but in that instance you should be raising whether that individual has made the right choice, not an open discussion about negative votes in general like here. Which is what we have. I made the point to someone last night that whilst I have been in OD, there have been no instances where someone has been neg voted and failed to pass. In every instance, the person has passed anyway - this is your majority opinion at work. That also in no way devalues the negative aspect the other person has raised. No, I am going to need a specific example. I can't argue against hypotheticals, and I certainly can't be the one to go digging in order to support your argument stance. I stand by what I said - saying "what if this person got neg voted" is a moot point, as they didn't, and I know of no exapmles where someone didn't pass after a negative vote. I can appreciate that - a lot of times it devolves into hostility, and can appreciate that you haven't done. Bottom line, there is no alternative that I can see working, or that has been presented. People need to be able to give negative feedback if it exists, and they need to be able to vote no, otherwise it isn't a vote. Further to that, they need to be able to scale that according to their viewpoint, so if they feel it warrants -5, -10, -15, then they are allowed to do so. Whether that individual has scaled their negative feedback appropriately is a different question than whether a -15 is ever appropriate. General's Evaluations are different - in a regular promotion, administration have access to a lot of tools and data that helps them decide, more as they climb more ranks. Therefore their viewpoint can be given more weight than Enlisted. However, at an Evaluation, Generals and Commanders have already made their decisions, and they need to know how Enlisted ranks feel about this person at a much more personal level, hence the change in voting structure. Exactly the same to you, my friend.
  9. Set against the effort it took them to get to that position, and the support they have to provide to maintain it, I would strongly disagree. Perfectly balanced, if the reason for the negative vote is enough to cause concern. When hiring someone, evaluating someone, choosing a company to work with or pay for a job, you don't ignore a glaring issue just because everything else seems fine. These people have seen an issue that, for them, is a valid reason to vote against promotion. I'm keen to see these examples, though you say "wouldn't have passed", implying hypotheticals and not real cases - where if someone had been neg voted, they wouldn't have got a promotion? Am I reading that right? If so... there are probably hundreds of instances yes, but dealing with hypotheticals doesn't help us here. If you mean there are too many cases where neg voting has stopped a promotion... I am also keen to see those examples. Absolutely not null and void when Skooma hit -34 and still passed. I'm going to try and lay out my thoughts on this in a few points. Firstly, there are a lot of times people have raised a dislike with the negative voting, sure - but it is a rare occasion when it is not at the same time as support of someone whom they support for promotion. I have yet to see an argument against neg votes flare up where the person has not been in support of the person being neg voted. It is even rarer still to see someone present a viable alternative. The only solution I have ever seen presented is "do away with negative voting" - which defeats the whole purpose of trying to evaluate people if you have no avenue to raise criticism. Similar to the above. No-one is ignoring it. This thread is a perfect example of how the issue really isn't being ignored. Quite the opposite. The issue isn't attention. The issue is a viable alternative (and support for it!) On the subject of support - there may well be people against neg votes. However there appears to be a significant number more in support of it, and a lot of those people are those who do take an active role in admin and growth, and are climbing up to help run this place. I also want to raise that there are people who have been promoted that others have been dead set against promoting. Yet you do not see them campaigning to change the voting system in the same way we see campaigns against neg voters - even though people end up getting the promotion anyway!
  10. And there's the problem in your logic. You have the source of the vote sat, right here, wanting to have this all in the open. But no, you want to stick to your other sources. I don't want the info - what I want is for you to realise that my vote is mine. My own. I made my decisions for it, as I have on every other vote I've cast, as did everyone else. Stop spreading this "real info" crap and stop belittling others because you disagree with them. You wanna continue otherwise? Go for it - but don't expect me to sit and take your crap when you insult me. You're the one who takes the stance that people should be backing up their stances, should be going to the people they have issues with before they start mouthing off. Take some of your own advice and deal with it.
  11. So let me see if I have this in order... In previous events, you make a very clear point that people should be dealing with their complaints of another person, but now won't actually deal with your complaint about my voting. You comment on a vote stating clearly that the negative voting is "illegitimate, what kind of gangbangin is goin on here? This one is super petty. actually, especially if my info is right." Yet when I offer you an opportunity to clarify whether your info is right, you shy away from it. You try to call me out, calling my (and others) neg votes petty, claiming you have info why I really voted and how it was some big conspiracy - yet now won't back it up and share this truth, claiming you aren't sure who I am - despite it literally being about me. You claim you're all for neg voting, but as soon as it's done to someone you like, it's all fake and there's some reason why a group of people are doing it? You claim to have info why my vote was false, to have the real info - but when asked to prove it, no, that's personal, I'm not confiding in you. Sorry but no, you don't get to insult me, imply I am conspiring against other members and have secret ganging-up level reasons for neg voting someone... then turn around act act nice.
  12. So enlighten me - being one of the negative voters, what information do you have on my own voting choices that makes you think that I have no valid reasons and am just ganging up?
  13. Yet you're critical of the people "taking the hard route" and negative voting because they see something that they think needs improvement?
  14. The comments regarding negative votes being petty, childish, immature, a deliberate attempt to block a promotion (implying nefarious reasons)... being the person that prompted this with my own negative vote, I feel it epitomizes exactly why people are so reluctant to use the negative voting tool. I have valid reasons for my neg vote - just as I have had valid positive reasons for all the positive support on promotions in the past. A less confident member would be refraining from using the negative votes - or even avoid voting altogether - to avoid this "conflict". More to the point, opinions are being dismissed as wrong and belittled because other people disagree with their opinions. Something that needs to be closely watched. Anything that can encourage people to make a better use of the tools available to them is gonna get a +1 from me.
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