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Welcome Board / Re: the rumor does come out: I exist again?
« on: December 17, 2020, 03:54:13 PM »
hi lmao
I need to update my profile
finally make it Giovanni like I planned to forever ago

Welcome Board / the rumor does come out: I exist again?
« on: December 17, 2020, 02:57:11 PM »
Hi so I'm back but not really? It's just for a bit bc once classes start again ya girl will be swamped all over
BUT I'm vibing. I had a lil visit thread in FL and stuff. so anyway hi
if anyone wants threads or short term plots hmu

« on: September 15, 2020, 11:08:08 AM »
Alright guys, gals and nonbinary pals! It's the long awaited announcement about who will be taking over as admin.

I'm not gonna beat around the bush and keep you in suspense, @truce. and @cygnus will be Bearbones' new admins!

The decision was a difficult one, but we believe that they have the dedication and vision necessary for the job. I have the utmost faith in them, and I will rest easy tonight knowing they're backed up by some truly phenomenal people that will help them steer this site to greatness.

While initially I had said that only Crows and I would see the votes for the direction of the site, we realized that doing so would go against all we've promised and set the new administration up for failure. We promise you transparency, change, and a voice, but by not revealing the votes we make this whole thing theater at best and a betrayal at worst. Who voted for who will still remain confidential - voters were promised privacy, and we still want to honor that. But the results from the votes of nine individuals preferred, in this order, A, C, and B.

Bearbones has a new administration, a new upper staff, and while there are only two admins I have no doubt that those who voted for Finny will not be disappointed by where the site goes, because there is no reason why all of the ideas cannot be implemented.

Uhhh ok personal section I guess? in the "what's going on" section of this post I outlined why I was wanting to step down, and that's really what you need to know. I'm leaving bearbones, though both myself and Crows will be available to the current team if they require ye olde farte's guidance. All staff-related concerns should be sent to Cygnus, Truce and their team. For the first time in three years my inbox is closed to staff/bb things.
Chatting or plotting on discord though? Hell yeah!

Announcements / Re: VOTE: What direction do you want to see the site go?
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:01:04 AM »
Hey y'all, the vote is now closed! Thank you to everyone that voted, it is much appreciated.
Crows and I still have to discuss and make our final decision, so keep an eye out for that in the coming days!

Announcements / Re: VOTE: What direction do you want to see the site go?
« on: September 10, 2020, 11:03:47 PM »
yeah it's getting added along w a couple other things
I meant to get that up there too, but had to leave abruptly for fire prevention tings

Announcements / Re: VOTE: What direction do you want to see the site go?
« on: September 10, 2020, 10:31:23 PM »
OH and since I was a hurry when I posted this, I forget to mention this closes on Sunday night!

Announcements / VOTE: What direction do you want to see the site go?
« on: September 10, 2020, 08:18:27 PM »
Okay, so by now most/all of you are probably aware that Crows and I have the intention of stepping down from Admin. At the time we made the announcement, the staff team looked quite different than it did today, and there was no clear successor. So Crows and I devised a plan: an admin application form that would help us determine whether someone would be a good fit for the role, and to get an idea of what they would bring to the site. Last weekend, we opened it up to the staff team with a Wednesday deadline to apply. If we got 1-2 applicants, that'd be it! But since we got three applicants, Crows and I think it would be invaluable to know what the community wants when we're making our decision. This isn't directly voting for admin, but knowing what you guys want will certainly play a big role.

So how is voting going to work?
This isn't a popularity contest, the applicants' names won't be specified. They'll be referred to as A, B, and C. I'm going to be re-writing what they put into the form in the ideas section as well, but I will take care to convey their thoughts and ideas as accurately as possible. Once you read through their ideas here in this thread, head on over to the Google Survey linked at the bottom of the post! You'll be asked for your email and username, to ensure no double voting. Then, select two options from A, B, C, or write in. Yep, we're including a member write-in spot, which can only be used for voting for members (or Scully, since she didn't get the chance to fill out the form). Please note that this is a rare poll that will only be viewed by Crows and I.

Ideas for the Bearbones Staff team
Candidate A: Bearbones needs a larger staff team, something that should be made known to members. A would seek new members of the team that have skills and experience. There need to be guidelines and rules for what is expected of staff members, such as activity, inclusiveness, and being the backbone of the site. The staff team needs to be more efficient, and step one to making that happen is by better delegation and time management before posting responses. More advertising for the site.

Candidate B: Questions about rules should be answered within 24-48 hours, and questions about plots should be answered within 24-72. There should be at least 6-8 members on the team, and if time runs out and there are still opinions needed before reaching a majority of the team chimes in, then the majority of those who have spoken will be used. The staff team would be encouraged to share their schedules with other staffers. All staffers will be highly encouraged to have a presence onsite, be it in ooc boards like the welcoming hub, tnw or the other roleplay section, and no member will be promoted without a presence onsite. Repercussions for staff members will be taken much more seriously, and while things will be handled case-by-case, but staff are to be professional. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action, and more severe rulebreaks would incur more severe response. If members are uncomfortable around a certain staff member, that staffer should not be the one to engage with said member in any staff-related matter.

Candidate C: More transparency with members and letting them in on some of our discussions, giving them a voice and insight. Team building exercises, stuff to help staff get to know each other, to lead to better understanding when there are discussions.

Ideas for the OOC community
Candidate A: A would like to work on making the site more welcoming to new members, without removing the closeness of BB's current community. Staff especially should work on engaging with members more, leading by example, making each of them feel welcomed and wanted. More plotting and discussion should be done onsite, with members taking more of a lead in discussions and decisions and being more vocal. Staff should ensure all member opinions are heard and acknowledged, and show support, appreciation and encouragement to everyone. There should be activity requirements for staff to engage with members.

Candidate B: There should be total transparency between members and staff. The ooc community should be flourishing, a place people can have fun in and want to be in. B would like to run contests with bones or ic rewards as prizes, the contests being in things such as writing, art and coding.

Candidate C: Building on C's ideas for staff, there should be more a more open and welcoming community between staff and members alike. C supports more ooc activities like game and movie nights (which they credit those that brought it up for), rather than keeping interaction as just chatting and plotting.

Ideas for TNW
Candidate A: A new change to the game, new development, perhaps steam engines. Whatever it may be, members should be leading and influencing that discussion. They are the ones that play there, so it should be up to them. A will supervise and help set things in stone. Staff should run a monthly event with optional participation that could inspire some muse.

Candidate B: B did not have many ideas for TNW when they responded.

Candidate C: C Adding more locations in the loner lands such as markets, bars, shelters, an auction house, a hospital, etc. Creating some NPC groups. Having more storms and/or natural disaster plots.

Ideas for the Other Roleplay section
Candidate A: There is little to be done here with the level of interest, other than encourage people to use it for their non-TNW roleplaying.

Candidate B: It should be revamped and become active again, with unique plot threads posted to each board for members and staffers to plot together onsite.

Candidate C: C Having events that are aus of TNW's characters, such as modern aus and theme weeks to generate more activity.

« on: September 10, 2020, 03:01:35 PM »
congrats !!

Helping Hub / Re: c. can staff do me a favor
« on: September 10, 2020, 09:46:10 AM »
when I went to put my password in to access the admin panel I put in my email
in other words done

Announcements / Re: Staff Discussion Updates & Member Input
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:12:39 PM »
you're welcome and ty <3

Announcements / Re: Staff Discussion Updates & Member Input
« on: September 09, 2020, 09:08:39 PM »
Small FYI for y'all - there are wildfires raging throughout the western side of the US, which is where half the team lives. We're safe as of now, but if things don't go as scheduled like promised, this would be why.

General OOC / Re: online game - what date works the best for you?
« on: September 05, 2020, 11:12:35 AM »
slides in for bc RT played it and I remembered how fun it is

Announcements / Re: Staff Discussion Updates & Member Input
« on: September 04, 2020, 05:12:39 PM »
First of all, thank you for the offers to step in! It's good to know that if there was an emergency, there'd be people there. However, Crows and I have devised a plan for vetting a new set of admins. I've already been working on a google form to serve as the application, which will be open for each member of staff to take. It's very long and detailed, with questions I hope will prepare the future admin for what lays ahead. Depending on how many members of the team decide to apply, there will be a thread on bearbones with their ideas for the site and another form that members can vote in. I'd compare it more to an electoral college that will help inform me and Crows than a popular vote, though. There's a lot that goes into deciding who will be the next admin, and we definitely want community support to be one of them.

When will all this happen? Well, we'd like to give everyone a chance to settle into their new roles before dramatically shaking things up again, but I expect it to be within the next few weeks. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chance by telling everyone my intentions to step down, it feels like before I was hiding something and now I'm not. It's given me something of a second wind for bb, enough that I can ensure a smooth transition and tie up lose ends. I still have every intention of stepping down, however, this is not to say I've changed my mind about that. I haven't, and I look forward to seeing what the new admins do with the site as I have the utmost faith in all of our potential candidates.

Also, @venus. , I know I said we'd be getting back to you asap, but Cygnus has been having a lot of wifi issues and is in the middle of moving. She should be able to respond in the next week and a half, or if you'd prefer someone else, we might be able to reply quicker. It's up to you, but either way, you'll get a response.

Finally, the other staff members are gonna chime in and respond to different parts of the discussion. I'm sorry this took so long, it's been a busy week for everyone but we have not been ignoring you.

General OOC / Re: online game - what date works the best for you?
« on: August 30, 2020, 03:54:16 PM »
tracking for rn!

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