Rank UpdateWhat? Another Rank Change???
Assistant/Lead Builder Merger
Assistant/Lead Builder Merger
That's right! The Valar held a meeting (Sunday, November 11th) wherein we discussed several topics. One of these topics was the current state of the Assistant and Lead Builder Ranks. As you all know, the ranks caused quite a bit of controversy this year as they are unprecedented in the traditional MCME Rank System. So, during the meeting, in an attempt to simplify the Build Team a bit (As per requested by several staff members) we analyzed the Assistants/Lead Builders and their role/niche on MCME.
We've came to the conclusion that:
1. The two ranks on the server have too few people to constitute an individual rank alone.
2. The Assistants and Lead Builders (While diverse in responsibility) share a similar niche on the server.
3. It is more beneficial for this group to join into one Assistant Team.
4. The Assistant's Local chat is abysmal.
What this means is, instead of Artist Lead Builder, Foreman Lead Builder, and Designer Lead Builder, we will now have Artist/Foreman/Designer Assistants. Just as Raffyyy is Guide Assistant and Toti is Media Assistant. All in all, the permissions, status, and responsibilities of each person currently with holding the Assistant/Lead Builder Rank will remain the same - this is all just a means to organize our rank system better.
Getting to this Point:
In reflection on the history of these two ranks: Upon their creation there was much upset due to the oddly specific nature of the roles of the Assistants and Lead Builders. It didn't rest well with the community, and as many of you know, caused a lot of backlash. I guarantee to all of you that the Valar heard and understood clearly the points and anger that revolved around the creation of this new rank. That said, we made the decision to create these ranks and we weren't going to go back without first analyzing their use and ability on the server.
Flash forward several months and here we are reevaluating the two ranks' value and purpose on the server. We (the Valar) of course met this past Sunday. Then we brought this discussion to the Assistants and Lead Builders themselves. Once we got approval there, we discussed the decision with the Staff. Finally, we bring ourselves to this public announcement.
I understand that this decision was made without first consulting the community as a whole and for that I am deeply sorry. It has been the trend recently that any change or update such as this is met with animosity and offense which is why I address it now. This change is made in response to the dissatisfaction of the community and doesn't really change or affect the gameplay of any member save for the Assistants/Lead Builders. It is a decision made to increase the productivity of the now Assistants and help them become a more collaborative unit.
What is the Duty of an Assistant?
Before I end this announcement off, I'd like to reiterate the duties and responsibilities of each of the Assistants as this is something people have a hard time grasping. Indeed, it took me a while to give an overarching definition to the rank and I was one myself!
In short: The Assistants are a group on the server who aid and assist the management of the community.
They are each representative and responsible for a unique aspect of this management whilst also holding the duties of their underlying rank/position on the server.
@TotiGonzales Is the Media Assistant. His duties lay within managing the Media Team, Developing MCME Videos, and *GENERALLY* helping in YouTube Collaborations and Events.
@Raffyyy Is the Guide Assistant. His duties revolve around managing the Guide Rank. Updating Guide Documentation, Reviewing Guide/Badge Applications, and offering as a Second-in-Command to the Guide Team.
@Lindolas Is the Artist Assistant. His duties involve managing Artist Applications, Assigning Trial Builds, and Monitoring Artist's Projects.
@QuantaCube Is the Foreman Assistant. His duties consist of reviewing Foreman Applications, attending Trial Jobs, Managing the Foreman Rank.
@ooitsbirdo Is the Designer Assistant. His duties involve managing Designer/Build Projects on MCME. This includes checking concepts and monitoring progress and activity on projects.
Thank you all for being understanding of the new change. If there are questions or concerns myself and all the Valar would appreciate hearing and addressing them. Till our next!