Dun dun dun da da da da DUN DUN DUN MAA Report; GO!
If you havent heard, the new DB-wide promotion requirements are out and have been posted to the wiki. You can find them here. I updated them this evening to version 1.1. Most of the changes were simple clarifications but there were also a few substantive changes that youll want to glance over if youre a leader or if youre pursuing a Journeyman promotion.
These requirements are designed to do more than just give you a checklist for promotion. In fact, we rather discourage the checklist mentality youll get more out of the Brotherhood if you avoid gunning for promotion quickly by running through every requirement. Furthermore, some of these requirements cant be completed in a week. Lastly, there are time requirements to get you people to cool your jets on promotions and hopefully earn some merit medals! Remember, Equite promotions take much longer to achieve than Journeyman promotions: get used to it.
I would really like to emphasize that well still be adjusting these requirements periodically to make sure they actually work. If everyone is having problem with one or two of these requirements then well make adjustments. If the time requirements are causing everyone to bottleneck, then well make adjustments. We are not married to these requirements in their current incarnation.
There are two ways you can respond to these requirements and make yourself heard. One is by speaking to your House and Clan leadership and sharing your concerns or comments with them so that they can report to me about systematic problems or, God forbid, praise. The other way is to post on the forum here.
Finally, I want to explain where were going to be going with these promotion requirements. This is not the end state of the promotion system. It is merely an intermediate step towards a much more flexible system that we intend to implement down the line. We decided to introduce these requirements now instead of waiting until we had perfected the new system because we wanted to address our concern on disparate guidelines now instead of in the indefinite future. One needs only think of Rebirth to understand my reasoning :P
I cant even say thank you without getting a snark in. Hah!
Policy Updates and Clarifications
There are just a few quick policy updates this month. Firstly, all competitions that are designed to create a new motto or logo for a unit will be summarily denied. This policy had apparently been implemented under my predecessor but no one mentioned it to me until a week ago. Quite frankly, there are just too many of these. We dont want a units motto and logo changing constantly because the unit leadership wasnt creative enough to come up with a different type of competition. Exceptions can be made for new units or after major events but youll need to contact me and Muz first. Needless to say, exceptions will not be common.
Secondly, weve changed the denial policy. We have been remanding a lot of stuff that should have been denied. From now on, we will deny anything that is insufficient on its own merits. This means that if you arent specific enough in your request for a medal or a promotion then were going to deny it. Were not going to remand it and ask for more information. Remanding is only going to be used for requests that are fundamentally correct but technically incorrect. So, for example, say you request a crescent and forget to use the competition drop-down menu: the crescent is correct but you made a mistake. Well remand that. If you submit a request for a DC and say Wow this member is active, well deny that instead of remanding it and asking you to give us more information. Considering that a lot of people are still having trouble resubmitting remanded requests, I dont think this will impose a large burden on people who want to resubmit it may make it easier. Additionally, I like to deny things. The word DENIED is big on the screen when I deny things. So yay for denying things.
The Next Big Project: dun dun DUUUUN
Actually, this isnt that big of a project. Our next target will be the medal system. We need to revise the medals before we can begin work on the final promotion system. Our first step in revising the medal system is to go through the current descriptions of the medals and make sure they are consistent with what they are actually being used for. In other words, I want to make it clear when you should award someone a DC or a GC or whatever. Weve already started working on this and I will release the update as soon as its completed.
Super AWOL Check: Will be done after the new CSes are implemented. They are currently in beta testing.
Promotion Requirements: Released updated to version 1.1
Tarax was elevated to Arbiter Magistrate finally after much grappling with the database. It apparently was also shocked at the thought of him having more power. Regardless, Tarax can now see most of the requests but he will not actually be processing anything. Sklib fails.
Speaking of Sklib, its time for another installment of SKLIB SAYS! Here, pasted verbatim, are the inane musings of my failure of a Praetor. Enjoy.
_Sklib Says! #2: Attention to Detail
Todays topic is an important one; one that is quite underestimated but greatly significant. If youve ever been denied a promotion/medal/competition from the MAAs Office, theres a more than likely chance it was due to a lack of specifics. We dont know what youre thinking and cannot guess or give you the benefit of the doubt. What is attention to detail, specifically? Put clearly, its essentially being thorough in accomplishing a task with concern for all areas involved, no matter how small.
Read that again.
No matter how insignificant a detail may be, when in doubt whip it out (settle down, Shad). Things like shadow academy passing dates will aid greatly in speeding up the approval process because it saves us that much time to having to go look at their dossier instead. However, dont try to slip by false dates. If we catch you there will be consequences, namely me shitting on your soul. The absolutely WORST thing I hate about approving/denying anything that comes through is when people simply have too many generalities. It really serves no purpose whatsoever other than making the person whos receiving the award feel nice and fuzzy on the inside. If you can include specifics WITH those generalities, be my guest. However, dont have a tantrum when something gets denied because all you had in your rec was theyre active and a friendly member of the Clan.
The goal here is efficiency. Think of submitting a rec like turning in a paper at school. If you spend time on it, make sure you meet the criteria for a good grade, and hell, maybe had a peer read over it, then you should never ever fail. Same applies for a recommendation it will almost never get denied unless there are extenuating circumstances that arent under your control. Were cutting down on the remanding of medals/promos because that function should be for fixing things like spelling/grammar, maybe a typo on the level of crescent whatever. We arent going to remand things anymore when a person is clearly short on requirements. Dont expect us to look at a persons dossier and say oh well that wasnt in the rec, but they obviously did it. If its not in the rec than it aint my consernnn! Bottom line is: know what youre doing, ask help from your next step up in the chain of command if necessary, and use common sense. Medals and promotions have been exponentially better than say six months ago, but there is always room for improvement._
I agree with Sklib. Take note.
I moved Ask Kaek up because it seems stupid to have Ask Kaek after the Closing Remarks section. This months first question sucks but what can I do? Im a mere servant of the people.
_Dear Kaek, how can I be as awesome and as cool as you?
<3 Shikyo _
I didnt have an answer readily available for our lovable Herald. Its really difficult to imagine how someone could possibly become as awesome and as cool as I am. But then: inspiration struck. Here is my response:
I am at a loss to explain to you how to become as awesome and as cool as I am. However, I am reminded of the Great Stickhatbootman. I quote from his wiki page:
**Question: Can I have sex with Stickhatbootman?
Answer: Unfortunately, Stickhatbootman is too good for you. Get a life you sick bastard.**
While this doesnt answer your question, I think its an important thing to remember. Im not as awesome as SHB but Im pretty sure that answer is illuminating somehow.
This months second question is much better.
Kaek: what happens if a noob gets their trials done long before the time prescription in the trials? Love, Muz
Aww I love the promotion requirement question. This is much too serious for Ask Kaek though. Ill answer it anyway because its Muz and hes my boss.
If a n00b finishes their trials before the time requirement, they have to wait until the time requirement has been completed. They can use their extra time to do anything they please and can be given merit medals for any extra work they complete. Yay for merit medals!
And thats enough from the mailbag for this month.
This months closing rant is on cloning. Im actually going to keep it pretty short and simple. Cloning: dont do it.
Kir and I arent stupid and the database tells us when your IP is being used in multiple locations. Its very easy for us to detect when someone is cloning. In fact, I find it rather fun to track you down, build up evidence and then watch you squirm as Kir emails you and you either attempt to deny it stupidly or accept it. Seriously: dont do it. You will be caught.
Oh I almost forgot: my obligatory shout out to the MOVE4POWER family: the dTanas. Seriously: this family sucks. If they ask you to join, you by all means should not. I mean Pho is a member. Come on. That is complete and utter failure. I think this family measures close to 300 SK on the Chaosometer. Watch out.
Be Safe. Be Smart. Watch out for Chaos failure.
Dark Jedi Master Syn Kaek
Master At Arms
DJM Syn Kaek (Sith)/MAA-P:SCL/Dark Council [ACC: JUD]
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