Two New Ranks Coming to MCME!

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~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ Assistant and Lead Builder Rank ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

Hello all, **MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT** , we have two NEW RANKS coming to MCME!!!

Introduction:
Okay before we get into descriptions, who gets the ranks and etc...
This idea was brought into the Valar discussions and passed. Once passed it was talked, debated and had an entire meeting discussion for three hours by staff. It then went back to Valar to be finalized and presented to you. It was leaked in the process and people questioned the representation they get, but we (Valar) assure you: these roles are only to represent non-staff ranks more and connect the community even tighter.

These ranks have the duty of supporting to ensure efficient operation of the MCME Community and to support Admin and Staff through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. These ranks will be part of the Staff Team and will be based on roles non-fundamental to the project and enforcement operations on the server.

The reason for making new Roles was fairly undisputed. However the reason primarily that displaying these roles through new Ranks than perhaps Badges was due to that these Roles are the primary role to which the bestowed player will be carrying out and not their previous or other role to the server. The Valar also felt that these players should be recognized for their contributions in and out of game. The decision for having two ranks instead of just releasing one, is that the roles could easily be categorized into two but being able to put them under one banner was confusing.

The Bigger Picture:
The bigger picture in making these roles a reality is MCME has got to the point where it “can” be more than just about the fundamentals: (projects and enforcement) with the occasional events. With things new things coming along soon, MCME has to decide whether or not to take a more business structure: which comes with more work, management but also with the benefits of more potential and expansion.

Assistant Rank:
A division in the community which focuses on shaping the operations in the community more efficient in the fields of communication and organization. The Assistant Rank is rank given to those within the Staff Team who's roles are to aid the Valar or are not part of the fundamentals (Project Leading and Enforcement). The candidates are chosen by the Valar and the roles within the rank are dependent on the time and necessity of the role.

Currently we will have 4 different assistant roles. They will all be shown in-game as Assistant. However, will have different perms on discord and forums.

Operations Assistant
The Operations Assistant role will be managing the Valar files, as well as the basic structure of the other rank files. This Assistant will be responsible for updating the promotions and demotions records and the MCME timeline. This Assistant will also be responsible for the upcoming MCME Calendar in forums and scheduling, organizing, recording the Staff meetings, Valar meetings, and Public meetings. This Assistant is also responsible for starting-off server-wide/community events and allocating a leader to them. This Assistant will also be working with the Media Assistant to look for new server partnerships and guest YouTubers, which would benefit the server.

Our canadite for this role: @lizzy_

Builder Assistant
The Builder Assistant is the personal assistant and aid to the Head Builder. The roles of this Assistant will vary depending on what the Head Builder needs at that time. This Assistant will not be influencing decisions on projects, promotions and etc, but purely helping in organization and communication. A few main tasks which the Assistant will be responsible for are: scheduling, planning Designer meetings, managing results and publishing to the public the project polls, updating documents like server wide status, the project supervision document with the results from the polls, updating the designer information lists: emails, who does what project and etc. This Assistant is also responsible for the organizing and updating the building rank folders: artist, foreman, and designer.

Our candidiae for this role: @superlolster

Guide Assistant
The Guide Assistant is an aid to the Head Guide, who is experienced and can fill in temporarily for the Head Guide when needed. This connects the guides to the rest of staff community even more as currently there is only one link and that is through Valar: all other guides are non-staff. This Assistant is responsible for maintaining the ever extensive Guidebook files, organizing and planning guide meetings, organizing guide files as a whole and representing the Guides in server wide events. This provides fewer distractions to the Head Guide and allows the Head Guide to focus on the rank and make new programs and ideas to benefit not only the guides but the entire community.

Our candidate for this role: @Arkengard

Media Assistant
The Media Assistant is the center of all MCME Media. This Assistant is in charge of a properly established Media Team and will lead this team to manage and update MCME media outlets on a regular basis. This Assistant will also be in-charge of the promotion and server partner program. The Assistant will be working closely with the Head Builder to produce a season of building tutorial videos and will work to have sneak-peaks for beginning projects and to have showcases of finished areas. Also will organize regular cinematics, time-lapses, and other media types for our server.

Our candidate for this role: @TotiGonzales


Lead Builder Rank:
A division in the community which focuses on shaping the operations in the building ranks (artist, foreman, and designer) more efficient in the fields of communication and organization. The Lead Builder Rank is rank given to those within the Staff Team who's roles are to aid the Head Builder. The candidates are chosen by the Head Builder. As well as doing their average building roles, they will also take on a more senior leading role, which will manage along with the Head Builder all three ranks respectively.

We will have 3 different Lead Builder roles. They will all be shown in-game as Lead Builder. However, the corresponding role will focus on that building rank more than the others and each Lead Builder will have some different individual responsibilities.

Artisan Lead Builder
The Artisan Lead Builder is the first member of the Lead Builder Team. As part of this team, they will work together with the other two Lead Builders and have independent responsibilities.
The duties which the whole Build Leadership Team has but the Artisan Lead Builder is responsible for pushing forward are: to manage the builder ranks as a whole: especially Artist. They will respond to applications: especially artist, alert the Head Builder for people to move to watchlist, hand-out artist challenges by working with Designers and finding them. Then once the applicant is ready they will alert the Head Builder to come and do a final evaluation and either promote them or determine they are not read yet. They will also try to improve the different build rank roles: especially of Artist and resolve conflicts within the roles.
The personal duties the Artisan Lead Builder will have is being in-charge of the Realism Guide Program, and ever developing it. Also to organize, plan Artist Meetings and Artist Workshops.

Our candidate for this role: @Lindolas

Foreman Lead Builder
The Foreman Lead Builder is the second member of the Lead Builder Team. As part of this team, they will work together with the other two Lead Builders and have independent responsibilities.
The duties which the whole Build Leadership Team has but the Foreman Lead Builder is responsible for pushing forward are: to manage the builder ranks as a whole: especially Foreman. They will respond to applications: especially foreman, alert the Head Builder for people to move to the Foreman Trial Phase, give the Foreman Applicant an experienced Foreman to work with. Then once the applicant is ready they will alert the Head Builder to come and do a final evaluation and either promote them or determine they are not read yet. They will also try to improve the different build rank roles: especially of Foreman and resolve conflicts within the roles.
The personal duties the Foreman Lead Builder will have is being back-up for the Theme builds, as currently, Ivan cannot do all of them. Also to organize, plan big jobs and work closely with whoever will be in-charge of (one of the three main projects going on in the server, but more orientated for lots of jobs) the job project. Also to work with the Operations Assistant when big events are coming to make sure there are enough jobs running and to try to schedule jobs in advance on the coming MCME calendar. Also responsible for when there is a building event on another server (like builder’s refuge) to organize an official team to go there and represent MCME and work with the Media Assistant to have people to record it.

Our candidate for this role: @QuantaCube

Designer Lead Builder
The Designer Lead Builder is the third and last member of the Lead Builder Team. As part of this team, they will work together with the other two Lead Builders and have independent responsibilities. However, even though pretty much equal in say, he will be responsible for the productivity of the team and making sure they have set tasks.
The duties which the whole Build Leadership Team has but the Designer Lead Builder is responsible for pushing forward are: to manage the builder ranks as a whole: especially Designer and Building Badges. They will respond to applications: especially Designer and Building Badges, spark new discussions in staff considerations thread on applicants for these. Once the applicant is ready for the building badge they will alert the Head Builder to come and do a final evaluation and either promote them or determine they are not read yet. They will also try to improve the different build rank roles: especially of Designer and resolve conflicts within the roles.
The personal duties the Designer Lead Builder will have is, just as the Guide Assistant represents guides in server-wide events, the Designer Lead Builder represents the building portion, so they will work closely with the Operations Assistant to ensure to have big building events when there are community-wide events. Also to organize, plan Contests and Build days and alert the Operations Assistant to record them on the coming MCME calendar. To organize and plan Designer Meetings on projects and to make sure Designers in particular but all building ranks post on the forums updates in build projects.

Our candidate for this role: @Thijs1801

Not Done Just Yet:
Another change you might have noticed is a name change from Head Designer to Head Builder, as the Valar felt it represented the role better.

P.S:
As like the Head Developer Rank, the in-game and technical aspect will come out soon.
 
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lizzy_

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#42
I know a lot of people think these ranks are mundane, unnecessary etc. Just want to add my two cents in.
I personally had no input and therefore am saying I have no opinion of the new build related ranks. If it helps it helps, and that's great. If it doesn't the rank will eventually get removed as previous ranks have been. I'm personally here to assist any build ranks with document organisation as needed so for example I hope I helped Darki with his To do list and BWOT with a project progress sheet :)

In regards to the rank bestowed upon myself (Assistant Operations) I want to say the following:
I have always been the one organising Events and Staff documents since they first became a thing with Iru.
Guides only started running Events when I was a Guide. I simply asked for other guides help and it was never part of our job description on the server. If anyone remembers I helped Iru with the Summer Events and Anniversary Events in 2014-2016.
During that time I also jumped between Foreman and Enforcer. Regardless of my rank I helped organise these events and had help from both guides and staff.
My understanding is Guides were purely designed to provide tours and help new players with the addition of Mini-Games.

I'm sure a lot of people still don't feel like this should be a rank for myself and that's fine. I honestly didn't mind either way and made it clear during any consultation of this rank. I was still going to help plan this year's Summer Events, I was still going to help maintain and update staff documents, I was still going to be involved with this server in organising any way I felt I could.

Some people weren't too happy that I was involved in Staff docs now I was no longer staff (having retired from Enforcer) but I didn't feel like I should be re promoted to a rank such as Designer or Foreman just so I can help with some organisation. Additionally, being able to help with server meetings and plan Events within the Staff Forums is mighty useful.
If you guys really want to destroy this rank I am more than happy to be demoted back to commoner again as long as you can accept that I will and am involved with staff organisation and have been for many years and that being commoner makes my job harder.

If you guys want to ask questions or argue about my particular rank bestowed upon myself I am more than happy to answer any and all conversations over PM or discord (this thread is already getting pretty long) but I would like to hope and promise some more awesome and frequent events throughout the year (planned and executed at a high standard) and get us more involved in other servers and promotions. Thank you!!
 

HeartseekerDK

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#43
I think the real problem here, as I mentioned in Discord is that these ranks or whatever you want to call them will be confusing and bloated. There's no denying that fact, regardless of if opinions are shifted positively towards creating them, they are confusing.

Look, I used this example in Discord yesterday. If I'm a line cook at a restaurant and also specialize in making salads I'm not a Salad Assistant Line Cook, I'm a Line Cook. If Im a designer that can do really well with Voxel, In not a Voxel Lead Designer, I'm a designer. My full title I hope to achieve in my career is Core Architect and Systems Specialist, but if Im asked what I do, I'm a Network Tech. It's simple and it works. These aren't ranks, these are job descriptions.
 

lizzy_

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#45
If I'm a line cook at a restaurant and also specialize in making salads I'm not a Salad Assistant Line Cook, I'm a Line Cook.
And I completely understand in regards to the build ranks, I'm only saying that with my rank I was not going to act as a designer or an enforcer just to organise events and files.
Should I just be the rank commoner but go to staff meetings? Like do you get where I'm coming from?
If someone wants to help with server publicity I feel that my role and Media Assistant are fantastic new ranks that help make it visible that its our main focus and they can come to us to help with it.
 

superlolster

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#46
I feel like I need to justify myself now, after everything I have read I can tell some of you are not impressed that I'm BWOT's assistant, I'm BWOT's assistant because he asked me to be his assistant, no other reason, no bias, nothing, I know how to organise everything and Liz and I have been working behind the scenes for quite a while now helping BWOT out and now its 'official' It really can't come as much of a surprise as I've been called an assistant for months now.

As stated, I will not be having any influence on the building aspect of MCME, as you are all aware I am not the best builder so I should not and will not affect any decisions due to my poor building skills.

I am helping to organise their projects and meetings, not leading any projects as I am not a builder.

That is for the Lead builders, Designers and Vala to handle. It could lead to bias if I was able to influence promotions, which I am not by the way, and I could suggest the promotions of my friends, which would not be fair on anyone else on MCME, therefore I will not be influencing promotions whatsoever.

I'm an assistant, I'm helping BWOT but not with the building aspect, that is for the Lead Builders, Designers etc to handle. I do not wish to help with any building projects as I'm not interested in building as much anymore, so it would be a waste of time and resources if I was to become a new 'Head builder/Head Designer' like some have suggested.

I'm basically there to manage google docs, and schedule meetings, all that means is more progress, so I don't know why anyone would want to oppose progress ad a lot of people on MCME complain about the lack of progress in recent weeks.
I'm not a builder as previously stated I am pretty poor at building, when I was an artist I produced just about Ok designs and I questioned why I was an artist for a long time, so again I reiterate, due to this and many factors I will not lead projects!

I hope this answers some of the questions surrounding my Assistant portion of the rank, and I just want us all to let this have a chance. if it doesn't work, then we can always revert to the old system we had. Also I cannot speak about the Lead Builder rank or any of the other Assistant ranks but this is my personal view on my own rank.
 

HeartseekerDK

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#47
Now, I don't doubt that there are a few with intent to insult/question the people who recieve these ranks and badges. So I do apologize if my comment came off that way. Ifsomeone has earned these ranks, fair enough. But a lot of these ranks are attributed to players in game, and reflect processes that are done mainly outside the game. Are we all certain these ranks, titles, badges, whatever you call them are entirely necessary as an in game reward and part of the in-game ranking system? I think most of these objections are to that point. Thanks to everyone who has at least tried to adress them.
 

Kjolsen

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#48
You guys disagree very much, and so do many staffmembers as well. I think we can agree on that it's nice to have some things organized, but as I read through these arguments and comments, I get the understanding of that several of these people already did these tasks from before, so this is only adding titles to their names, as some reward. Well, some new tasks have also been implemented, like the Lead Builder ranks; perhaps they are needed, maybe not. Personally, I would just have 1-2 Designer(s) to do these, without making 3 completely new ranks for them.
Now, for the assistants: it appears to me that they do not do anything different now from what they did before. The only change is that they got their own rank, and staffmembership ontop of that. If they do such a great job, thats cool, and all thanks to them, but I personally think making personal ranks and giving out staffmemberships just like that is not helping them do their rasks; its just giving them credits (yes, I know you say you didnt ask for it). Therefor I support the argument that they shouldnt be own ranks in-game, as they dont do anything ingame, they're just there as titles.
Staffmembership is also really not needed tbh, as when non-staffmembers have been invited to staffmeeting before without any problems.
So perhaps an "Assistant" rank on the forums would be the only thing needed (with access to staff documents/files) as this is the only platform where they will be doing their rank's tasks.
(Nothing personal against the people of these ranks).
 

ooitsbirdo

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#49
out of interest what happens when a assistant like super steps down, who will recive the rank after to help bwot sort stuff out, will he go looking for a new assistant or what? Cause organizing stuff like that isnt seems to be a job not many would do.
 

BWOT

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#50
I guess if there was someone else to fill the position then yeah, but if there wasn't we would just not have the role (still the rank). And I would be forced to do more work again for a period till there is someone who can fill in.