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Welcome to my Commander Evaluation for July 2020

 

As part of the stipulation to return to the community, I was required to put in another eval and see this evaluation through. As such, I find it fitting to explain to the community what problems I actually had to deal with that prevented me from being able to perform my

duties as a Commander, and be around as a friend to everyone who needed me.

 

This journey I had to take was a long and arduous one. Some may say I'll continue this journey for quite some time still. There was a lot of pain and recovery involved, acknowledgement and addressing of my own personal flaws, faults, and problems. Many of which I pent up and refused to show the world or even those I trusted the most for fear of it distancing myself from them, or fear of them wasting their time with my petty problems.

 

First and foremost, I had to deal with alcohol. It's a problem that consumes many individuals all around the world. At first it was a coping mechanism, then it formed into a habit, and finally an addiction. I wanted it and needed it to feel even some what normal. I used it as an escape from the demons in my own mind, whether brought on by stress here in the community, real life, or my past. I lost who I considered to be my true self in that fight. And it wasn't till I realized that it was officially beginning to damage the things I once enjoyed, namely this community by the disservice I was doing, to even my own job, did I realize.. it needed to change, it needed to be fixed.

 

And so, I took the IA initially with the fairy tale hope that I could resolve the problem in a few months. Obviously, that didn't happen, and I refused to remain on IA indefinitely till I addressed my problems. For me, my resignation was a sobering fact that made all the realizations set in. Almost immediately I began accepting my problems and faults and addressing them. I stumbled a few times, but have since significantly reduced my alcohol intake, to a much healthier level, that being practically none outside the occasional drink. I coupled this with confiding in someone who I trusted and offered multiple times before finally succeeding in getting me to open up. We tackled some of my inner demons that haunted me from my childhood that I thought I could just lock away and pretend like they never happened. This journey was my entire focus, because I knew if I didn't beat it, no one would ever do it for me, namely because no one but myself could have done it.

 

Today, I find myself enjoying little things again. Things like gaming or reading a book, I can find joy in again. Life isn't the chore it once was that needed to be coped with. I have greatly missed this community, and as I look forward to the next chapter in my life, I didn't see it happening without being a part of the family I had found here within the community, regardless of what capacity that may be in the future.

 

That brought me to my re-enablement and the decision by Terra, R.agnarok, and Badboi to allow me to retain my rank till at least this evaluation period, by which I would be required to submit myself to the community for judgement. I made the decision accepting full well that I would be coming back at 4* General. It is ultimately up to this evaluation to determine if I retain the 5th star or drop down to a 4* General.

 

Upon returning to the community though, I jumped into the rigorous duty that being a Commander. I formed a committee to look at addressing some of our shortcomings or work towards redesigning certain systems, namely the Donation system. This committee sparked discussions that led to a revamp of the entire process. We redesigned it to include potentially better rewards and remove ones that weren’t popular in the past. The post detailing the new system can be found here:

 

In this discussion the idea of Rank Images came up, and we have ultimately agreed to include a Rank Image to every rank here on the forums. Those of you who have opinions on these now that they're live, I'd love to hear them, both good and bad. We will also be instituting a new plugin for the forums to allow Donators the ability to have both their rank icon and a Donator Group Icon visible on their profile. This process is still in the works though, so it's not quite live just yet. Stay tuned to the immediate future for this feature.

 

Further, I will be convening with a few members to discuss the medal system and hopefully update it and provide a new list of medals for members to be able to learn while potentially retiring some medals in the past. As a note, this does not mean removing them. It simply means that, if there are any, we will retire it. Members who received the medal in the past will keep it, but it will be no longer be able to be distributed.

 

Next, I wanted to revive our name in an MMO, and over the past several weeks, I’ve been familiarizing myself with Final Fantasy XIV. With the help of a few more members, we’ve been in the talks to bring the division back full force for a second attempt. This process is still in the infant stages, but we do have a Squad for the hopeful division and will be creating the Free Company (In Game Guild) this weekend after a name for the Free Company has been decided.

 

These are but a few steps I've partaken in upon my return full time to the community. I welcome any question and will be happy to answer any that come my way.

 

Like Terra this period, I will also waive the limited questions due to the nature of this particular evaluation. I want members to have full reign to be able to hold me accountable and ask me what they feel they need and make a judgement call based on that. I feel this is the right step in that regard. I look forward to everyone's questions.

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Thank you for posting such a heart felt evaluation cookie . 

 

I for one was  so glad that you did go and address these problems because we got you back where you belong because you are a very big part of OD  and long may it continue 

 

Since you’re returning I have seen the hard you have put in for the donation rewards so I won’t be asking you any questions about clan stuff but if I may I’d like to ask you question about you’re recovering . 
 

do you really feel that the drink got that bad it helped you   overcome the Demons that where haunting you 

And do you feel like you have it under so much control Now  that you can just enjoy 1 or 2 drinks and not go berserk to the point where you’re be addicted again 

sorry to ask personal questions cookie 

you get my full support +1 from me and may you recovery from alcohol addiction continue 

much love Sas 💙

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6 minutes ago, Sassy said:

Thank you for posting such a heart felt evaluation cookie . 

 

I for one was  so glad that you did go and address these problems because we got you back where you belong because you are a very big part of OD  and long may it continue 

 

Since you’re returning I have seen the hard you have put in for the donation rewards so I won’t be asking you any questions about clan stuff but if I may I’d like to ask you question about you’re recovering . 
 

do you really feel that the drink got that bad it helped you   overcome the Demons that where haunting you 

And do you feel like you have it under so much control Now  that you can just enjoy 1 or 2 drinks and not go berserk to the point where you’re be addicted again 

sorry to ask personal questions cookie 

you get my full support +1 from me and may you recovery from alcohol addiction continue 

much love Sas 💙

Thanks Sassy for your vote. ❤️ It means a lot.

 

No, it didn't help overcome the demons.. in fact sometimes they made them worse. When you've nothing to do, or incapable of doing something to get your mind doing something, then all you have are the demons. I can definitely say it did not help at all.

 

Fun fact, I actually had a heavy drink a few weeks ago, and after two shots, I was so sick of it. My body essentially rejected the notion of drinking. Beer I can stomach maybe a can/bottle but then it just knocks me out.. so I just don't bother anymore. Turns out the brief time I get from it only grants me an annoyance so I don't feel my money is well spent, so I just don't anymore.

 

57 minutes ago, Aerineth(OD) said:

I formed a committee to look at addressing some of our shortcomings or work towards redesigning certain systems, namely the Donation system.

In re-reading my eval briefly, I realized I didn't actually clarify who I worked with. Compfreak and JD both helped me with the system and by no means do I claim total ownership of the project. We each worked together to come up with what we presented, and I posted in the Clan Information Forum.

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39 minutes ago, Aerineth(OD) said:

Thanks Sassy for your vote. ❤️ It means a lot.

 

No, it didn't help overcome the demons.. in fact sometimes they made them worse. When you've nothing to do, or incapable of doing something to get your mind doing something, then all you have are the demons. I can definitely say it did not help at all.

 

Fun fact, I actually had a heavy drink a few weeks ago, and after two shots, I was so sick of it. My body essentially rejected the notion of drinking. Beer I can stomach maybe a can/bottle but then it just knocks me out.. so I just don't bother anymore. Turns out the brief time I get from it only grants me an annoyance so I don't feel my money is well spent, so I just don't anymore.

 

In re-reading my eval briefly, I realized I didn't actually clarify who I worked with. Compfreak and JD both helped me with the system and by no means do I claim total ownership of the project. We each worked together to come up with what we presented, and I posted in the Clan Information Forum.

Maybe one day you will be able to enjoy nice few beers without it being a waste 🙂 good luck with the rest this eval cookie 🙂 

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Aerineth,

 

You've always been one of my go to commanders when I needed less of a concise/factual answer. But when I'm looking to discuss something on the emotional/cultural impact of things in relation to the community. Your ability to empathize/sympathize with the issues of others goes deep. Due to this you help bring what I feel is a much needed balance to our already incredibly strong leadership team that the commanders create.  


I've always found you've been good at playing things from all sides while not over analyzing things. 

 

Since your return and having the chance to work with you so closely on several projects. I can say that I feel your skill in these areas has only improved over my time here. 

 

Even while you were gone you were happy to bend your ear for the thoughts I had and ideas I was forming. You are a true member and friend through and through to those here in the community. 

 

We're lucky to have someone like you. Whether you stay at your rank of commander or ultimately fall to 4* and work your way back up. 

 

I will be supporting your stay at commander. You have my +1.

 

 

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Aerineth,

 

I have heard many good ideas from you in Admin meetings and you really seemed to have it together.  I would never have guessed your struggles.  The way you took time to talk me through the Reign of Terror install tells me a lot about your character.  I hope moving forward in your personal life continues to be positive.  You have my +1 to remain a Commander.

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Aerineth I am so glad you were able to find your way back to the Clan.  Addictions of any kind are a struggle for so many.  I think about 80 percent of the Clan is addicted to something and we turn to gaming to escape at times.  It's very courageous your sharing your struggles with all of us.  That being said, I think your attention is directed on the right path.

 

I have to applaud you for the work on the medals.  Oftentimes, people overlook the importance the medals play to our general members.  I for one get reminded when a member pms and says how surprised and happy they were to receive a medal.  So they are important and have their place in the Clan.

 

As for the donations, I also believe the general membership doesn't realize that it isn't free to maintain Clan OD so highlighting that area is a bonus as well.  It lets our members take part in keeping Clan OD afloat.

 

You have my plus 1 to remain as Commander.  I look forward to continuing to work and learn along side you.

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On 6/24/2020 at 2:02 PM, Sassy said:

Maybe one day you will be able to enjoy nice few beers without it being a waste 🙂 good luck with the rest this eval cookie 🙂 

We shall see. Though I'm perfectly happy with not drinking anymore at this time.  Thanks! 🙂

 

On 6/24/2020 at 2:17 PM, JD_FKA_Xayj(OD) said:

You've always been one of my go to commanders when I needed less of a concise/factual answer. But when I'm looking to discuss something on the emotional/cultural impact of things in relation to the community. Your ability to empathize/sympathize with the issues of others goes deep. Due to this you help bring what I feel is a much needed balance to our already incredibly strong leadership team that the commanders create.  

At the risk of sounding conceited, I always did feel this was my best attribute when it came to being a Commander (or to being me in general). The ability to empathize with someone is a very useful gift.. and it's something I've overall become very adept with. 

 

On 6/24/2020 at 2:17 PM, JD_FKA_Xayj(OD) said:

I will be supporting your stay at commander. You have my +1.

Thanks JD 🙂 I look forward to continuing to work with you.

 

On 6/24/2020 at 8:59 PM, RadarRick(OD) said:

Aerineth,

 

I have heard many good ideas from you in Admin meetings and you really seemed to have it together.  I would never have guessed your struggles.  The way you took time to talk me through the Reign of Terror install tells me a lot about your character.  I hope moving forward in your personal life continues to be positive.  You have my +1 to remain a Commander.

Normally I wouldn't have posted them public.. but since they directly related to my decline in efficacy and eventual departure, I felt they were necessary to paint the whole story. Without these details I feel any explanation I would have given would have been filled with holes where those personal struggles happened.. and that would have been disingenuous. 

 

I really did enjoy Reign of Terror. I made it to Nightmare but then got distracted with my return to OD and never got a chance to go back to it. How far did you get in it?

 

Thanks man! It means a lot to hear your kind words. 🙂 I look forward to beginning to work with you on a daily basis.

 

On 6/24/2020 at 11:26 PM, Purplez(OD) said:

I have to applaud you for the work on the medals.  Oftentimes, people overlook the importance the medals play to our general members.  I for one get reminded when a member pms and says how surprised and happy they were to receive a medal.  So they are important and have their place in the Clan.

Well, I haven't started yet on the medals.. it's just the very next project on my plate. Though I hope that everyone will like the changes we propose. 🙂I know how much the medals mean to some so that's why we want them to be more applicable and more appreciated by even more people.

 

On 6/24/2020 at 11:26 PM, Purplez(OD) said:

Addictions of any kind are a struggle for so many.

Addictions are the devil.. plain and simple. I wish them on no one. Especially one as detrimental as some of them out there.

 

On 6/24/2020 at 11:26 PM, Purplez(OD) said:

You have my plus 1 to remain as Commander.  I look forward to continuing to work and learn along side you.

Thanks Purplez! I look forward to working with you as well!

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1 hour ago, Aerineth(OD) said:

We shall see. Though I'm perfectly happy with not drinking anymore at this time.  Thanks! 🙂

 

At the risk of sounding conceited, I always did feel this was my best attribute when it came to being a Commander (or to being me in general). The ability to empathize with someone is a very useful gift.. and it's something I've overall become very adept with. 

 

Thanks JD 🙂 I look forward to continuing to work with you.

 

Normally I wouldn't have posted them public.. but since they directly related to my decline in efficacy and eventual departure, I felt they were necessary to paint the whole story. Without these details I feel any explanation I would have given would have been filled with holes where those personal struggles happened.. and that would have been disingenuous. 

 

I really did enjoy Reign of Terror. I made it to Nightmare but then got distracted with my return to OD and never got a chance to go back to it. How far did you get in it?

 

Thanks man! It means a lot to hear your kind words. 🙂 I look forward to beginning to work with you on a daily basis.

 

Well, I haven't started yet on the medals.. it's just the very next project on my plate. Though I hope that everyone will like the changes we propose. 🙂I know how much the medals mean to some so that's why we want them to be more applicable and more appreciated by even more people.

 

Addictions are the devil.. plain and simple. I wish them on no one. Especially one as detrimental as some of them out there.

 

Thanks Purplez! I look forward to working with you as well!

Honestly, with D2 ladder reset, I only made it to Cain in Normal so far.  Lios-Art and his wife have made it through Hell already.  He took me to Cows...it was crazy.  I look forward to checking it out further as this ladder hits it's stride.

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On 6/24/2020 at 12:23 PM, Aerineth(OD) said:

Welcome to my Commander Evaluation for July 2020

 

As part of the stipulation to return to the community, I was required to put in another eval and see this evaluation through. As such, I find it fitting to explain to the community what problems I actually had to deal with that prevented me from being able to perform my

duties as a Commander, and be around as a friend to everyone who needed me.

 

This journey I had to take was a long and arduous one. Some may say I'll continue this journey for quite some time still. There was a lot of pain and recovery involved, acknowledgement and addressing of my own personal flaws, faults, and problems. Many of which I pent up and refused to show the world or even those I trusted the most for fear of it distancing myself from them, or fear of them wasting their time with my petty problems.

 

First and foremost, I had to deal with alcohol. It's a problem that consumes many individuals all around the world. At first it was a coping mechanism, then it formed into a habit, and finally an addiction. I wanted it and needed it to feel even some what normal. I used it as an escape from the demons in my own mind, whether brought on by stress here in the community, real life, or my past. I lost who I considered to be my true self in that fight. And it wasn't till I realized that it was officially beginning to damage the things I once enjoyed, namely this community by the disservice I was doing, to even my own job, did I realize.. it needed to change, it needed to be fixed.

 

And so, I took the IA initially with the fairy tale hope that I could resolve the problem in a few months. Obviously, that didn't happen, and I refused to remain on IA indefinitely till I addressed my problems. For me, my resignation was a sobering fact that made all the realizations set in. Almost immediately I began accepting my problems and faults and addressing them. I stumbled a few times, but have since significantly reduced my alcohol intake, to a much healthier level, that being practically none outside the occasional drink. I coupled this with confiding in someone who I trusted and offered multiple times before finally succeeding in getting me to open up. We tackled some of my inner demons that haunted me from my childhood that I thought I could just lock away and pretend like they never happened. This journey was my entire focus, because I knew if I didn't beat it, no one would ever do it for me, namely because no one but myself could have done it.

 

Today, I find myself enjoying little things again. Things like gaming or reading a book, I can find joy in again. Life isn't the chore it once was that needed to be coped with. I have greatly missed this community, and as I look forward to the next chapter in my life, I didn't see it happening without being a part of the family I had found here within the community, regardless of what capacity that may be in the future.

 

That brought me to my re-enablement and the decision by Terra, R.agnarok, and Badboi to allow me to retain my rank till at least this evaluation period, by which I would be required to submit myself to the community for judgement. I made the decision accepting full well that I would be coming back at 4* General. It is ultimately up to this evaluation to determine if I retain the 5th star or drop down to a 4* General.

 

Upon returning to the community though, I jumped into the rigorous duty that being a Commander. I formed a committee to look at addressing some of our shortcomings or work towards redesigning certain systems, namely the Donation system. This committee sparked discussions that led to a revamp of the entire process. We redesigned it to include potentially better rewards and remove ones that weren’t popular in the past. The post detailing the new system can be found here:

 

In this discussion the idea of Rank Images came up, and we have ultimately agreed to include a Rank Image to every rank here on the forums. Those of you who have opinions on these now that they're live, I'd love to hear them, both good and bad. We will also be instituting a new plugin for the forums to allow Donators the ability to have both their rank icon and a Donator Group Icon visible on their profile. This process is still in the works though, so it's not quite live just yet. Stay tuned to the immediate future for this feature.

 

Further, I will be convening with a few members to discuss the medal system and hopefully update it and provide a new list of medals for members to be able to learn while potentially retiring some medals in the past. As a note, this does not mean removing them. It simply means that, if there are any, we will retire it. Members who received the medal in the past will keep it, but it will be no longer be able to be distributed.

 

Next, I wanted to revive our name in an MMO, and over the past several weeks, I’ve been familiarizing myself with Final Fantasy XIV. With the help of a few more members, we’ve been in the talks to bring the division back full force for a second attempt. This process is still in the infant stages, but we do have a Squad for the hopeful division and will be creating the Free Company (In Game Guild) this weekend after a name for the Free Company has been decided.

 

These are but a few steps I've partaken in upon my return full time to the community. I welcome any question and will be happy to answer any that come my way.

 

Like Terra this period, I will also waive the limited questions due to the nature of this particular evaluation. I want members to have full reign to be able to hold me accountable and ask me what they feel they need and make a judgement call based on that. I feel this is the right step in that regard. I look forward to everyone's questions.

Appreciate you taking the time to explain what the IA was for and the changes that have been made. Just talked to you the other day about a few things in the community and couldn't tell 1 bit that you have went through so much recently. Seems like you are doing pretty good now and hope it continues for you man!!

 

Now onto some questions,

 

What is the 1 main reason you decided to return to the community after resigning??

What influenced the return?

 

Also just wanted to say anytime I have had a problem with anything in the clan or needed assistance you have always been a great help!! Same with the other day when i asked if you could get on discord for a few minutes, you didn't hesitate. You have my vote for 5* whatever it's worth. 

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Hello Aerineth

 

I didn't really see the ins and outs of your work prior to your IA as much as I would have liked to.. But since returning I have seen it full blast and love how much you have been involved. Alsoooo before I ask questions I just want to say congrats on conquering your addiction and getting it under control. It is a huge step for anybody with an addiction and demonstrates your character and resiliency. 

 

 

Being that you were IA for a while, what sort of new (hopefully minty fresh) ideas do you have to push the clan forward further?

 

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On 6/26/2020 at 2:36 PM, RedIce(OD) said:

What is the 1 main reason you decided to return to the community after resigning??

What influenced the return?

 

1)  OD is essentially my family. It's one of the first places that I ever became a part of that let me be who I am without fear of judging. During my time away, there was an emptiness that was left due to the departure. I had always known it was only a temporary time away from the community, but I couldn't ever tell just how long my time away was going to be. I needed to focus on myself and dealing with my problems before I could return.. and I'm confident in saying that I've done so.

 

2) Well, as I mentioned my departure was only temporary. That said, as I began improving, I craved being able to talk to people again while I gamed. Whether that was gaming with someone else, or just playing while chatting about whatever came up. And initially I wanted to come back to be a streamer, but I've found Final Fantasy XIV to be more entertaining than the idea of being a streamer, so for now, it'll be Final Fantasy that has my full attention.

 

16 hours ago, MooMoo(OD) said:

Being that you were IA for a while, what sort of new (hopefully minty fresh) ideas do you have to push the clan forward further?

 

3) As much as I would like to say that yes, I have indeed come back with ideas, I did not think much about betting OD in my time away. I needed to focus on myself, and there wasn't much room left after that. But since returning, as I mentioned, I've undertaken several projects. Each project will be seen through to their completion as I work towards bettering OD as a whole.

 

Thanks everyone who's given me support with my addictions and problems. It's been a rough journey, and it's encouraging seeing all of the support.

 

Good questions guys! Keep them coming!

On 6/26/2020 at 9:33 AM, RadarRick(OD) said:

Honestly, with D2 ladder reset, I only made it to Cain in Normal so far.  Lios-Art and his wife have made it through Hell already.  He took me to Cows...it was crazy.  I look forward to checking it out further as this ladder hits it's stride.

Nice. I need to hop back in sometime and try to get all the way to hell. It definitely was a really good game. Amazing mod!

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As you mentioned @Aerineth(OD) OD is essentially family. We might butt heads from time to time but when it comes down to it the community always has each other's backs when they need it most.

 

How important do you think that the eval process is and what do you think could be done to improve it?

 

You have my support to keep your rank and thanks for your time!

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16 hours ago, MooMoo(OD) said:

How important do you think that the eval process is and what do you think could be done to improve it?

 

I think that Evaluations are pretty critical to how we appoint the highest echelon in the community. It's definitely not perfect.. nothing ever really is. I think the biggest flaw is actually the people themselves, not necessarily the system.

 

For example, Phase 1 is designed so that Administration (1* - 5*) can evaluate our peers. It's designed to push the individual being evaluated. And in that process, there should be a lot of questions, some of them hard, some of them easy. But there should be some kind of interaction. I've noticed a growing trend over the last couple of years, where generally speaking, we have Generals/Commanders putting forth one liners and just approve or denial of the evaluation. There's less and less interaction in the actual evaluation process. 

 

Firstly, I'm using 2 current evaluations; Badboi and MelodicRoses merely as an example and does not reflect on the outcome of either of these evaluations.

 

If we look at Badboi's evaluation for this period at the time of my post. This is an evaluation for Commander and whether he should keep his rank. We have Sassy (2*) and Sunset (Senior Officer going for 1*) both automatically approving the evaluation. While part of me is fine with this.. I find myself disappointed that the actual level of interaction to evaluate a Commander is largely lackluster, especially from our Generals (as a whole). So far, the same could even be said to some degree for my own and Terra's evaluation.

 

Now if we take a look at Roses evaluation at the time of my post. There is a multitude of questions from numerous people. People who want to know more about her, and people who have genuine interest in different perspectives she can provide. The interaction of those in Roses evaluation is nearly the opposite of whats happening in Badbois. Every thing that's mentioned is being highly analyzed and criticized.

 

While my own opinion on each evaluation mentioned is irrelevant in this example, I think it pinpoints the issue at hand. That issue being that we seem to be far more critical of some people, while less critical of others. I don't have an exact answer on how to fix this. Whether this is an issue with the system or again, just with the level of engagement we have. It doesn't explicitly depict a fair and efficient system when we do only so much for some and do an extra level of scrutiny for others.

 

I'm also aware that Badboi has been in the General ranks for a long time. And he's been a Commander for a lot of that time. He has a lot longer of a history to look at and fall back on while Rose doesn't. This is her first attempt. But I would personally like to see more of an interaction with all of our members.. not just those newly attempting to attain their first star.

 

These are somewhat of a rambling of the thoughts in my head because again.. I don't have an answer to this yet and I haven't officially decided if this is what needs to be addressed or something else that will improve this. You always want to address the problem itself, not just address the symptoms of the problem. It's something that I feel could use some work, but to actually improve it, we need to discuss it as a whole to attack the issue from different angles.

 

Part of what we (should) do when we determine our vote for the individual, is not only the questions that we ask an individual, but the responses made to questions from other people to paint a broader picture of the individual themselves.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Aerineth(OD) said:

 

I think that Evaluations are pretty critical to how we appoint the highest echelon in the community. It's definitely not perfect.. nothing ever really is. I think the biggest flaw is actually the people themselves, not necessarily the system.

 

For example, Phase 1 is designed so that Administration (1* - 5*) can evaluate our peers. It's designed to push the individual being evaluated. And in that process, there should be a lot of questions, some of them hard, some of them easy. But there should be some kind of interaction. I've noticed a growing trend over the last couple of years, where generally speaking, we have Generals/Commanders putting forth one liners and just approve or denial of the evaluation. There's less and less interaction in the actual evaluation process. 

 

Firstly, I'm using 2 current evaluations; Badboi and MelodicRoses merely as an example and does not reflect on the outcome of either of these evaluations.

 

If we look at Badboi's evaluation for this period at the time of my post. This is an evaluation for Commander and whether he should keep his rank. We have Sassy (2*) and Sunset (Senior Officer going for 1*) both automatically approving the evaluation. While part of me is fine with this.. I find myself disappointed that the actual level of interaction to evaluate a Commander is largely lackluster, especially from our Generals (as a whole). So far, the same could even be said to some degree for my own and Terra's evaluation.

 

Now if we take a look at Roses evaluation at the time of my post. There is a multitude of questions from numerous people. People who want to know more about her, and people who have genuine interest in different perspectives she can provide. The interaction of those in Roses evaluation is nearly the opposite of whats happening in Badbois. Every thing that's mentioned is being highly analyzed and criticized.

 

While my own opinion on each evaluation mentioned is irrelevant in this example, I think it pinpoints the issue at hand. That issue being that we seem to be far more critical of some people, while less critical of others. I don't have an exact answer on how to fix this. Whether this is an issue with the system or again, just with the level of engagement we have. It doesn't explicitly depict a fair and efficient system when we do only so much for some and do an extra level of scrutiny for others.

 

I'm also aware that Badboi has been in the General ranks for a long time. And he's been a Commander for a lot of that time. He has a lot longer of a history to look at and fall back on while Rose doesn't. This is her first attempt. But I would personally like to see more of an interaction with all of our members.. not just those newly attempting to attain their first star.

 

These are somewhat of a rambling of the thoughts in my head because again.. I don't have an answer to this yet and I haven't officially decided if this is what needs to be addressed or something else that will improve this. You always want to address the problem itself, not just address the symptoms of the problem. It's something that I feel could use some work, but to actually improve it, we need to discuss it as a whole to attack the issue from different angles.

 

Part of what we (should) do when we determine our vote for the individual, is not only the questions that we ask an individual, but the responses made to questions from other people to paint a broader picture of the individual themselves.

 

 

Thanks for your answer. I just want to say that I strongly agree with this. While I will post an easy pass on some evals, overall I try to evaluate what a person has done and give a fair assessment based on that. For me, that means ignoring my relationship with them in the community and attempting to pull information out of them. This can be done several different ways and I try to tailor it to the person as much as possible. For those that I cannot narrow it down so much (such as yourself) I attempt to ask a broader question that will show me how they think and act that will hopefully befit their rank. 

 

One of the things that I would really like to see improved is the eval Q&A's to actually involve the parties and not say something like 'You do good I approve your rank'. It's one thing to do it for a Staff Sergeant and an entirely different thing to post that on a General. Thanks again and gl!

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It is a waste of an evaluation to simply voice approval or disapproval. Evaluations are an opportunity to help a person understand what they do well, and what they need to work on. It is a chance to help someone grow as a person and a leader, not just as a rank. It doesn't necessarily mean we need to ask questions, but we should be giving a reasonable evaluation of a person's performance. All of us, from Brig to Commander, have areas we could improve in, and areas we excel at. We are dependent on our peers to help us identify those areas and keep our progression on the right path. If we are not using someone's evaluation to help them develop, to truly evaluate their performance as is intended, then we are doing them a disservice regardless of how we vote on them.

 

It is the General Evaluations. Not the General voting booth.

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14 hours ago, MooMoo(OD) said:

One of the things that I would really like to see improved is the eval Q&A's to actually involve the parties and not say something like 'You do good I approve your rank'. It's one thing to do it for a Staff Sergeant and an entirely different thing to post that on a General. 

 

It's hypocritical is what it is. When someone progresses to Phase 2, all members are required to put a well thought out vote for the General, regardless of the voters rank. That same expectation should be held for us here in the General Ranks for Phase 1. We have taken votes down because it was a simple 'active, gm, low dsl' type of vote. Generals don't partake in Phase 2, so we should be held to the same level of effort when it comes to Phase 1. 

 

Terra's a bit more eloquent in her comment, and that's well and good, but we don't actively stop Generals doing this.. and that needs to change, sooner than later. I'll likely propose this later in the Generals forum or in our next Evaluation meeting to modify Phase 1.

 

Good questions though! I look forward to questions like this! 

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You've had quite the journey throughout the years in OD, haven't you... You shot your way up the ranks (failing a promotion only once if I'm not mistaken), and made it to the pinnacle of our great community. When you were faced with the tough decision of letting it go when you posted your resignation, I have no doubt that it was one of the most difficult things you could have done at that time. You've since worked on your RL issues, and now returned to our beloved community not missing a beat, by taking on the revamp of our donation system and resolving to bring back FFXIV to OD - even convincing me to start playing it,  which is no small feat in itself 😅.

 

Now, for one of those questions that you've challenged me to "hit you with the hard ones and not pull any punches with"!

 

In reviewing some of your past evaluations, members have commented on you either taking on "too much" at a time, not delegating enough, or letting emotions get the best of your judgement. How do you feel you've done thus far, on these points? Could you provide some examples or instances where you demonstrated that these past issues are no longer the case? Conversely, if these issues do still plague you, what steps have / are you taking to improve on these faults?

 

 

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