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    silencer_pl - Moderator Application

    Moderator Application

    Personal Information

    Byond ID?
    Silencer_pl

    CM Character?
    Cassandra Reed

    Are you 16 or older?
    Yes

    Timezone
    EST (GMT -5)

    On average, how many hours are you available per week to moderate?
    Conservatively around 20, possibly more depending on availability.

    Qualifications

    Do you have any previous experience in being staff (not just SS13)?
    I was a mod, admin then head admin of a HRP Ultima Online server a good 10+ years ago, probably for around 5 years total. I handled everything from player complaints/player application help to a global plot line for the server.

    Do you play any servers aside from CM-SS13?
    Bee Station, Aurora Station

    Provide links to any previous Colonial Marines applications that you've made:
    Are you currently a staff member elsewhere (not just SS13)? If so, where?
    No

    Have you ever been banned for more than 24 hours on Colonial Marines?
    No

    Have you ever been banned for more than 24 hours on ANY server? If so, which server, when, and what for?
    Yes. I have a perma ban on Paradise Station for self antaging (I blew up a welder tank) and then missing a mod prompt.
    Paradise permas everyone be default, I could probably have it removed if I just applied for it and said I'm sorry, but I didn't bother.

    Are you familiar with the chat program Discord (its use is required)?
    Yes

    Communication is a vital part of being a Moderator. Are you willing to actively do so with the team?
    Yes

    Common Staff Situations

    A player randomly shoots someone at round start and MPs have detained him.
    This seems mostly like an IC issue that was already handled ICly.

    The offending player here should be reminded of proper escalation and roundstart shenanigans rule and warned for lrp behavior, but as long as this issue was handled properly IC and the player is not a repeat offender, I'd stop at that.

    A player ahelps that a predator has violated the honor code when killing him, what should you do?
    The player in question needs to put this as a formal report for the Pred WL Council, so I'd direct them to that and the Honor Code so they can make the report well. No other action is necessary unless the Pred player in question is obviously breaking server rules.

    You see a player walking around the ship naked and clearly lost at roundstart.
    If the player is obviously lost, I'd PM him and make sure they have at least the basics down, and/or direct them towards mentorhelp and/or throw a SEA at them if one is available through msay.

    A player is being very rude to you in adminhelps, calling you names and arguing everything you say. He is requesting to speak to an Admin+ staff member.
    I'd inform the player they are being rude and ask them to stop. I'd also inform them that unless this issue actually requires admin involvement, he does not get to pick who handles the matter at hand.

    If they persist, depending on the issue I was handling with the player, I'd either just stop talking to them outright and deny their request, or assume that the player is unwilling to cooperate in a mod inquiry and assume they are guilty of whatever I was handling with them.

    A player ahelps that a marine is named 'John Doe', how do you deal with this?
    First, I would check notes to make sure that this is not a veteran player being an ass, if that is the case then its a player that should know better breaking a basic rule and could potentially warrant a warning depending on how the player reacts.

    Regardless, afterwards I'd contact the player, explain why their name is not appropriate and ask them to change it, offering to give feedback of their new name if they'd like.

    You see a Maintenance Tech running around in armor and carrying a rifle. The security level is green and there has been no threat to the ship in the round at this point.
    I would watch them if I can (or throw a quick line to other mods to watch him if I'm in game) to make sure they aren't selfantaging or using the gear to break the rules, but not take any actual action as this is an IC issue that should be handled ICly.

    A Marine ahelps that they were killed by a survivor. It is early round, the Marines have just landed, and the survivor claims that they were outright hostile to all Marines from the get-go and openly stated their intentions. How do you deal with this?
    I would check the survivors notes and make sure this is not a persistent issue for them, then PM them and inform them that while Survivors are allowed to be less mentally stable/neutral in their stance towards the USCM, they cannot be outright hostile (or antag) without admin permission/outside of an event. Warn them if this was the first instance/I feel it was a genuine mistake or worse if this was not the first time they did this exact thing.

    I would inform the ahelping marine that it was taken care off and unless he was permad somehow that I could help with a heal or something (as he was taken out of the round unfairly), I'd let it be resolved IC via medic healing etc.

    You receive an ahelp from a player stating that an MP has locked them up in permanent confinement for running into Requisitions and taking an attachment that was laying around.
    First, I'd PM the ahelping player and make sure I have their side, then I'd check with the MP player who arrested him/The CMP via PMs to find out their side of the story. I'd need to know what the charges actually were and why were they applied, then make sure all arrest procedure was properly followed.
    Basically what I'd be looking for is a timeline of what happened and what steps were taken before making a decision.

    Obviously a case of Theft (and one could argue that grabbing a loose attachment from Req is not actually theft, but that is an IC matter and context dependent) should not lead to perma and IC wise the player should be able to successfully appeal that sentence. It would be on the MP players to fix this ICly as fast as possible should this indeed be a case when someone was given a sentence not matching the crime and possibly even warn/note (or worse if repeat offense) the MP player that put him in perma should they have blatantly broken/ignored ML and Arrest Procedure.

    This would be a good moment to see if a smod/admin wants to spawn in a Provost ERT to make the MPs sweat a bit if the messed the sentencing up.
    If I found the MPs to be on the right, I'd explain to the player what they did to earn them perma but still make sure they are aware of the IC steps they can take if they feel they have been treated unfairly.

    The round is stagnating. There are 30 marines and 4 aliens. The marines won't leave the ship, and the aliens won't attack. What would you do, to "encourage" the sides to engage each other?
    Depending on the situation I'd try to somehow motivate both sides to make that final push.

    Xenos could be scolded by the QM, implying that its now or never and the tallhosts are clearly afraid of them and that if they die to them, they deserved the defeat or something similarly threatening. I'd remind them that they will get reinforced once the dropship is hijacked and direct them towards that.

    The Marines command could get a subtle message from HC somehow, demanding a progress report and reminding the Marines that they are there to do a job and chickening out on it is clear dereliction of duty that will be punished to try and push them to make more decisive commands/try to redeploy and take groundside.

    Either way, both sides should be "pushed" towards their leader figures towards either hijack or a marine major.

    You are playing as a medic, and another medic overdoses all your patients and prevent marines from being revived. It seems like it may be on purpose. How do you deal with this situation?
    Report it to other staff as I'm directly involved, try to deal with it ICly, mention that the player is ODing people in LOOC if it persists.

    The round ends, a Marine starts shooting a hostile CLF member and the CLF member ahelps about being killed after the round ended.
    Since the player was a hostile CLF member, round end does not stop IC hostilities and is not encompassed by the no EORG rule. I'd inform the player of this after making sure they were in fact hostile and not just randomly DMed and take no further action.

    A Marine is running around disarming, punching and stealing gear at round start. You receive an ahelp from one of the victims.
    I'd pm the offending player first and make sure they aren't a confused baldie, if so then direct them towards RP guidelines and/or a SEA and explain the basics as needed.

    If this is a repeat offender or a veteran player, I'd ask them why did they do the actions they are accused off to make sure there wasn't some sort of misunderstanding and apply for a warning/ban depending on their history if there is nothing that would make me think this does not warrant punishment.

    You receive an ahelp from a Marine saying that he was killed by another Marine. When you ask the murderer why, he said it was because the other Marine had punched him.
    I'd make sure there were no circumstances warranting a harsh response by the offending marine - this could have been a fight that had already escalated, they may have been punched on the frontline and reacted instinctively, they may have been in a RP situation where they were allowed such a response.

    I'd make sure the offending player is aware of escalation rules and apply a warning/ban should this be a repeat offense or a veteran player with no good reason to act they way they did and should have known better.

    You find out that there is an improper mutiny occuring. The mutineers are rallying together and preparing to storm the CIC. How would you attempt to resolve this situation?
    I'd find and PM the leader(s) of the mutiny and remind them that a unauthorized mutiny is against the rules which will result in warnings/bans if is they chose to continue with it. I'd explain the proper mutiny procedure/direct them towards the rules clarifying them if needed.

    If things continue to get out of hand, I'd try to mooc it (normally I'd avoid mooc for mod matters as it tends to rile up the player base/can be distracting)as well and reaffirm the warning and ask them to deescalate.

    There are minor racist comments going on IC. 9 of the 10 people are laughing and RPing but one player gets offended and Adminhelps about it.
    I'd find who was the person that started the comments and PM them asking them to tone it down because no everyone is enjoying this and/or not do it in the future as its borderline offensive and is affecting other players enjoyment of the server. This is probably not a rulebreak, so I wouldn't actually action it (unless obviously the instigator was clearly memeing/being ooc) but just ask the player(s) doing it to tone it down a notch.

    I'd tell the offended player that it's been handled but to ahelp it again should it persist/resume, in which case I'd be sterner and note the offending player for purposefully ruining other players' enjoyment of the server

    I do understand that some characters can be racists ICly, but that is no excuse to make other players miserable by being persistently obnoxious so if the offending party refused/continued to be obnoxious like this, I would have no reservations to lower the hammer on them as harshly as possible, within moderator rules and limits of course.

    A marine opens fire at round start in briefing killing multiple marines and instantly logs off.
    Ban for the offending marine if possible, seems like obvious griefing and being new does not justify just logging out afterwards. aheal on the dead marines to keep the flow of the round going and not dealy first drop.

    You see a player playing a Xeno larva/chestburster run towards the frontlines straight from the Xeno hive the second they burst and die.
    PM the offending player and ask them to explain themselves.

    If player is a veteran or has a series of notes that clearly indicates this was not a first offense/they should know better, warn or worse if this was obvious griefing depending on past records.
    If player is new, explain some xeno basics especially per how the larvas start/evolve and direct them to mhelp and the wiki as needed.

    You see a Xeno memeing, saying AYYLMAO, REEEEEE etc in hivemind chat, as well as insulting the Queen.
    Check notes. If this is repeat behavior, apply applicable punishment (warn or ban if repeat offender), if not then just PM them and remind them that we are a MRP server that they are breaking the rules by both the memes and breaking basic xeno behavior rules and direct them towards the wiki as needed.

    A Xeno player calls the shuttle a "dropship". A different Xeno player ahelps that it's low role play to call it a "dropship".
    The xeno hive mind is supposed to be psychic communication, so speaking in terms understandable by other players but perhaps unknown to xenos (like deropship) is acceptable as the hivemind is not actual speech. I'd explain this to the ahelping player.

    A Command staff player at briefing near round-start mentions there are aliens on the planet. You receive an ahelp from a marine regarding this.
    PM the command player and remind them that the Marines are not supposed to know what they are encountering on the mission at round start, suggest they fix it somehow by adding other possibilities or saying they made a mistake or something, depending on the situation.

    You find a Marine killing another Marine on the EVAC Pod to take the last spot and claims it was RP as he was saving himself. There are two other marines in the pod along with him.
    Durng evac/Conditon Delta all bets are off. The Almayer is almost certainly doomed as a hostile xeno force that has already defeated the marines once is finishing the job.

    As such, marines have an acceptable RP reason to be less reasonable when it comes to racing for the pods and as long as the offending marine seemed to have no other choice (with 2 other marines in the pod, he could be both afraid he'd get tossed out/miss the pod, or even worse, blow up if the pod gets launched with 4 players in it) and in this situation, it seems like the marine was within his RP rights to go lethal (IC dick move or not, this is not something that moderation handles obviously).

    As such no action was warranted, I'd clarify this to the other player.

    A player insults you after you warn them for a minor issue and begins ranting in LOOC or dchat about staff and mentions you specifically, referring to you as an 'idiot' and a 'retard'.
    I'd inform the player that they can always staff report me, but flinging insults at anyone like that is not tolerated and they should stop. Ban if this persists after a reasonable warning.

    A player ahelps saying he was hugged by a Xeno when he was ssd, and wants the larva be removed from him via admin powers. How do you handle the ahelp?
    It is not reasonable to have xeno players have to worry about if a player they are capping is SSD or not and regardless, going SSD should not be a get out of xeno-related things free card.

    Tell them they need to have it removed ICly and going SSD does not stop the flow of time and as much as it sucks to get disconnected, they have to resolve it IC via surgery.

    You see a fellow staff member give wrong information in an Adminhelp or incorrectly enforce a rule.
    I'd just leave them a polite remark explaining that I think they may have made a bad/wrong call and leave it at that unless they ask for more information.

    Two staff are arguing in msay if an ahelp is breaking a rule. Because the staff who took the ahelp thinks the player broke a rule, they ban the player based on their interpretation of the rules, with others thinking the person was fine. What would you do?
    Nothing, not my call. Bad staff calls should be reported using the proper channels so they can be investigated by senior staff members. If the arguing continues to the point its disruptive to mod/game stuff, I'd politely ask them to stop/take it elsewhere and/or alert a manager or someone else that could force them to cut it out.

    Why would you like to become a moderator?
    Staff Harassment to do so.

    No, wait, not that one.

    I genuinely enjoy moderating/administrating and generally helping out in places I'm involved with and I enjoy CM enough for me to want to help here too. I'm not going to lie that my end goal here is to advance toward more event oriented staff roles, but well this is the reasonable first step towards that.

    In your opinion, what is the most important quality for a moderator?
    Being willing and ready to help players have a good time on the server. Its basically a customer service position and a moderator needs to remember that typically players coming to them will already be upset and their role is to help them as much as possible as long as their complaint is justified.

    Anything else you
    Any else I what? I could write a 500 page essay on this, but I wont. Know my heart.

    As a CMP main with 500+ CMP hours I'm basically a mini moderator already. Not that this necessarily indicates if I'd be a good or bad mod, but at least I have some daily experience in harvesting the salt that being an arbiter of rules implies on any server really.

    Somehow doing typical Customer Service stuff is enjoyable to me and dare I say, I have been good at it in the past.

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    Hey, a superreallycoolguy here, overall this is definitely a good app though I do have some qualms:

    First off with the munity response:
    if there is an invalid mutiny, there is no real way to find the leader unless you happen to see it as they will not actually have mutineer icons. What you want to do is prevent the most damage as possible, go right to MOOC if they are doing a straight improper mutiny

    Second:
    Racism is a never ok thing, it's not tolerated here even on the IC level
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    That's really it honestly, I don't see other responses that really are wrong or like that are worth like talking about, honestly most of them were pretty good and on the money. You could definitely buffer out any issue within your trial period!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superreallycoolguy View Post
    Hey, a superreallycoolguy here, overall this is definitely a good app though I do have some qualms:

    First off with the munity response:
    if there is an invalid mutiny, there is no real way to find the leader unless you happen to see it as they will not actually have mutineer icons. What you want to do is prevent the most damage as possible, go right to MOOC if they are doing a straight improper mutiny
    I meant it in the sense that I'd try finding whoever was yelling at it, but upon reflection when I read your feedback I realized that spending time trying to work that out would probably mean that things go worse in the meantime, so I'll remember this one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Superreallycoolguy View Post
    Second:
    Racism is a never ok thing, it's not tolerated here even on the IC level
    Honestly that was my gut reaction, but I didn't want to seem to banhammer happy without being through. This makes sense though and I fully approve. Mentally noted I can go straight to smacking.

    Thank you for the feedback!

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    Seen this character name around quite a bit. I don't know if they have a different CO name.

    I like their answers and yea.. What supercool said. Pretty good

    You got my moderate-sized

    +1

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    Ok I didn't actually think you'd apply after I suggested it, which I did cuz I saw your 500 CMP hours, so you might as well become an OOC moderator anyway.

    App is good, very detailed answers. Just some things:

    no racism at all is permitted, in regards to the racism question. Mods don't really get any powers to speed up the round outside of Queen Mother announcements, you can't speak for HC etc. Player shooting someone at roundstart might be simply a misclcik and no other action needs to be warranted.

    Mutniy leader can usually be found if you ask around or check logs (uncoolguy)

    +1, cuz app is good, and I don't think (can't find at least) any recent notes. 500 hours as CMP with no jban... whew... (also +1 cuz you're Polish)
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    +1
    this person is really dedicated.

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    +1 . Decent app and most dedicated mp player currently active in the line of duty.

    There are absolutely 0 self severing interests here such as removing the competition form the cmp slot, nor there is an effort being made in making the mp players de-facto whitelisted as some players have suggested.

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    You main CMP, so you'll do fine as a moderator. Most stuff you'll learn once you get accepted not from this application. +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumdor View Post
    You main CMP, so you'll do fine as a moderator.
    Wrong.

    However, you're OK enough, so I'll +1
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    Not gonna repeat what has already been said +1

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