CannibalCrow~'s Headmin Application

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  1. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    Byond Key:
    Preferred Username:
    CannibalCrow~, Mr. Blue Sky~
    Time with the LLA community:
    Roughly 3 and a half years, I believe.
    Time as Administrator:
    Since December 2011. Nearly 2 years and eight months
    Current administrator rank:
    Senior Administrator
    Have you ever been banned, if so why?
    I have never been banned.
    Have you ever been terminated from the admin team, if so why?
    Yes, I believe it was earlier this year, or late last year due to inactivity.
    Tell me about yourself?
    This is a really broad question that I find somewhat difficult to answer. It could be answered in many ways, and it could go on for hours. I suppose I can try something short though. My names is Sky, and I'm 19 years old. 20 in a few months. While not currently attending school at the moment, I have been and my main focus and interest is Psychology, though that will probably change to something more..Practical. As for what I'm like.. I'm generally a relatively calm person Despite this, I can get excited and rather passionate about some things, something which isn't always a good thing. I uh.. I really don't know what to answer here, honestly. This is one of the questions I've failed most every time.
    What are your strengths?
    In a role of authority, I've always been able to keep my cool and deal with situations in a respectable and appropriate manner. By this I mean, I've always been able to handle players well as an administrator, for example. When it comes to making decisions I believe I can have a level head, and I do my best to see any arguments from both sides. I feel my compassion for simple decency towards other people has served me well when in any sort of authoritative roll, or even in simple debates.
    What are your weaknesses?
    I can get overly emotional and compassionate in debates and arguments where such an attitude doesn't belong. A bad attitude in arguments has for a long time been my problem during my time on this team. When it's gone on for a long time and I've gotten frustrated to an extreme, I can get unnecessarily disrespectful and rude.This is generally when I've been going through a particularly rough time in my life though, and I feel I've improved upon it greatly. Another problem is my penchant for going inactive in something I've done for a very long time. Even something I enjoy, the repetitiveness can sometimes drive me away.
    Why do you want this position?
    I simply want someone I believe can be competent in the position and make fair and mature decisions. This is not to say that I think I'm the only one capable of doing so, as there are others I would lend my support to. However I do believe I could do this, so I see no reason not to try.
    What can you bring to this position that other candidates cannot?
    I believe something I have that the other candidates might lack is a fair deal of experience. Experience with the players, the rules, the team, and the job as a whole. I've been in the role of senior administrator for a fair period of time, advising and discussion changes about our server. The experience in dealing with problems that are deemed inappropriate for the whole team to deal with and are sent to the headmin or the senior admins instead.
    What is the LLA to you?
    LLA at its core, to me, is simply a bunch of friends who get together to play games, talk about things, and just hang out to have fun. A group where we do our best to keep things friendly and enjoyable. If we're talking about LS13 specifically however..The answer isn't much different. A group of people whom the majority of which are friends to some degree getting together to put the effort and time into creating a place that's fun and enjoyable. The admin team and the players alike. A community of people simply trying to have fun. As for the admin team, we've always been about creating a place of liberty and freedom of how to act, as well as a place as free from admin abuse as possible.
    Have you ever been in a position of leadership in the past outside of SS13 administration, explain?
    Other than the occasional school project which I can honestly barely remember any details about at this point, not particularly. Those were years ago and my memory of the time isn't the best.
    Give me an example of a time you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty as an administrator?
    This is a difficult question for me, as I feel the admins should be striving to do this at most points. Where above and beyond is considered the call of duty, and I feel many of us reach that any time we actually take the time to talk and do our best to get players to explain when something wrong happens. I've always tried my best when administrating, so it's difficult for me to remember a time where I've done any further, honestly.
    Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
    I have several times, and its usually not too difficult a problem to resolve. Simply taking the time out to talk with them is usually all it takes to fix it. Ask them if they're aware they're not pulling their weight, ask why they aren't if so. Even a simple request of "Hey, I know it can be kind of a pain in the ass, but the rest of us would really appreciate it if you could pitch in a little more." and if there's any extenuating circumstances that are preventing them from contributing, offer your support in helping to resolve them. I've never had to go beyond that point.
    Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
    This is something that I encounter frequently when administrating on the server, as well as with my position as a senior administrator on our team. Times when an admin or a player does something damaging to their reputation, or to the server. It can be difficult for them to take the criticism well, or to accept it at all. Basically, never come off as though you're pinning them with an accusation. This isn't about them being wrong in some way, it's about you helping them change this part of them. Show them that you understand that you're not out to get them, and that you simply want to help them improve. For most people, this is all it takes to help get it across.
    What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
    I don't have many 'Great' failures that have affected my life to any significant degree so far. One that I can think of though? One not too recently where I nearly lost one of my closest and dearest friends by not being there when I should have been. I learned that, even if being absent was unintentional, I still need to be more attentive to the things I care about. Something like LS13 included.
    What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
    The unwillingness to see past flaws, and allowing that to cloud their ability to see that people can improve themselves. When I end up dealing with this, I try to point out someone's good traits, or the fact that they have improved even in the area that they're being targeted for.
    If I were your supervisor and I asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
    It depends on the kind of thing you were asking me to do. If as my direct superior you told me to get on the server and ban everyone willy-nilly, I'd say no, that's not the type of thing we do. Considering I don't believe you'd ask me something that unreasonable, however.. I'd try to discuss it with you and attempt to either understand your reasoning, or help you understand mine for why it shouldn't be done. Bottom line though, is that you're the boss. I've had to deal with decisions I disagree with already, and it'd be no different there. So long as it wasn't anything absurdly extreme, I'd most likely go through with it.
    Have you ever had an assignment that was too difficult for you, how did you resolve the issue?
    I honestly can't think of an assignment that I was simply incapable of performing. Not because I'm skilled at everything or something like that, but simply because I don't think anyone has made the attempt to give me an assignment outside of my skillset. If they gave it to me, they usually knew I could perform it.
    How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
    I'd want to quite transparent with my goals and what I'm currently working on. I would want the team to know that I am taking an active interest and I have the intent to make changes, and not simply dilly-dally.
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  2. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution to the team?
    I feel weird giving any sort of rough ETAs on any significant changes when it's something that I haven't even begun doing yet, but I doubt it would take me any longer than the first two weeks to implement a change that I feel could effect the team and server to a noticeable degree.
    What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
    In the first month, reviewing the state of the admin team and the specific admins. This means things like how long they've been an admin for, past offenses, histories, points where they shine. I already know many of these to some degree, but as a head admin, I need to be quite familiar with them. The net would be hearing feedback from the team about where they believe things need to be changed. As a headmin, it's not about just my desire for change, its about the team as a whole. The most pressing matter they and I feel would be the first change I'd make. Otherwise, I don't feel I can give any particular specifics.
    If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?
    For the first three months, I'd review..Pretty much everything that falls under my jurisdiction. This includes our current team, their ranks, things like the admin application format, abuse report formats, our written rules, our policies. I'd review as much as I could within this time. This isn't to say everything we have in place now is bad, far from it. However, these things were all implemented by people with different viewpoints, and a new couldn't hurt. This doesn't mean everything I review would get changed. Just a look to see if they need a change. So an overall reassessment of our server and team, essentially.
    If you were an animal, which one would you want to be and why?
    A dog. Breed doesn't particularly matter, though I do love Siberian huskies. Other than dogs who are abused, they tend to live some of the happiest lives I've ever seen. Even the laziest dogs I know would always perk up happily when someone were to give them attention. Cherished, loved, and happy. Sounds like a wonderful existence.
    If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
    The ability to teleport to any location on demand. Maybe to get away when I need some privacy, maybe just to make transportation more efficient, maybe to help people out of the occasional treacherous situation. It sounds incredibly convenient and useful.
    Where is waldo?
    With us, forever in our hearts. You just have to believe.
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  3. Welp, I guess my support will even itself out because I find myself supporting every headmin app today, but...

    I have to give you credit, because there have been times when I have seen you disagree with the positions/decisions of the majority or entirety of the admin team, and you have done so in a respectful and professional manner and have good, logical reasons for doing so. That is leadership, right there, doing what is right and not necessarily what is popular, having principles, convictions and opinions and not being a yes man even though that is usually the path of least resistance to the top. Support for that reason.
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  4. Legato_frio

    Legato_frio Public Relations

    I have known crow for quite a while. He is a logical thinker and will take the time to convince you of why he made a decision. He would be detailed with his reasons why he makes judgement calls. I fully sponsor +1 Cannibal Crow as Head-min. I do not always get along with him but he is extremely active and he is perfect for this position. He understands the coding of the game at a rudimentary level. He has worked on special projects before and we succeeded even though we disagree on many topics. This shows his ability to work even beside his worst enemies to achieve a common goal. All my support!
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  5. PoliticalPikachu

    PoliticalPikachu Well-Known Member

    You know what? I came to this thread expecting to say no to Crow. But... I've got to admit.. I really like this application.. Ugh. I feel like I'm totally going to regret this. +1
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  6. Keyword22

    Keyword22 Well-Known Member

    I was mistaken.
    That means you have my support! Really like the Application and I think Cannibal Crow is truly a mature individual and I have respect for him. +1
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  7. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    I've never been the headmin before. Honk.
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  8. Legato_frio

    Legato_frio Public Relations

    Your so right for the position that people have made rumors of you being head-admin. I would take that as a good sign.
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  9. Cody522

    Cody522 Well-Known Member

    Here's my support. I would mainly ask that you pop up more on the server or something.

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  10. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    Nori's was better, but I'll accept it.
  11. Cody522

    Cody522 Well-Known Member

    I don't have nori's :(
  12. Infernus44

    Infernus44 Well-Known Member

    I dunno. I see you as a guy who will dully follow LLA's standards and rules and ignore what others think of them.
  13. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    What gives you that sort of impression?

    Generally, I argue and fight for what I think is both right, and in line with the set of philosophies that LS13 has always been guided by. However, that doesn't mean I'm content with every policy, or rule. Over the years I've been engaged in countless discussions and arguments about what should or shouldn't happen, namely whether something is fair towards the players or not. I don't believe I've ever been one to simply blindly enforce what's already written.
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  14. Legato_frio

    Legato_frio Public Relations

    That is my exact reason why I have put majority of my support behind crow. He has also worked on different aspects of development. He isn't afraid to work with people he isn't comfortable with either. He is always willing to give everyone a chance when it comes to asking things of them.
  15. Infernus44

    Infernus44 Well-Known Member

    Well, that is my problem with you. You are looking in the wrong direction. There is no current balance in the LLA's policy of freedom, and you, Rebel and few others never tried to even search for that problem.

    When ever someone suggested to restore the balance of some sort, you always replied that you (senior league) wont change the policy that is falling apart.
  16. Kokojo

    Kokojo Active Member

    Althought I have to admit I had very few interactions with Crow, the feeling that he was a leader never emerged. Rarely discussing with ''lowermins'' and often using the ''/me sigh'' emotes when we expressed an opinion that was contrary to what was asked of us, I only got the feeling you were feeling lowermins should't have a say in anything and you rare appeareance in games were when you were summoned, I never got the feeling you cared for the administrators beyond their abilities to adminitrate. While some may see this in a good way, I simply cannot.

    Not only that, but from what I personnaly saw, what you wrote (Quoted underneath) about what you would do is not what I saw at all, personnaly.

    With this, I will have to say
    - 1 Support.

  17. Legato_frio

    Legato_frio Public Relations

    This post on Flavored Cactus's Application touched my heart. Also while I was reading it I can see the type of communication skills and ability to give bad news in a nice way that I expect from a member of leadership. Crow shows us that he is actively able to give good criticism on situations. This means its criticism that helps an individual improve and not baseless criticism that only harms. I cannot stress how much I enjoy seeing crow handle these types of situations.
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  18. IMVader

    IMVader Well-Known Member

    1) Have you played lately, besides admining? If not, why?
    2) Which IC names do you regularly use?
    3) Which jobs do you pick, and why?
    4) What activities usually take most of your time while playing (chasing criminal scum, breeding slimes, greytiding, drinking fuel...)?
    5) Have you been antag lately?
    6) How do you feel with the current rules and what would you change?
    7) How far will a player have to go to get banned or job-banned?
    8) What is the minimal responsibility of someone picking an important job in the station (AI, Captain, CE, Sec Officer...)?
  19. CannibalCrow

    CannibalCrow LS13 Admin Staff Member

    1) Have you played lately, besides admining? If not, why?

    I have not. I've played SS13 for a long time, and I've kinda grown slightly tired of the game itself. When I join the server it's generally to admin, but I do occasionally join a game. It's still fun, it just might take a little while for me to sink back into the game itself again.

    2) Which IC names do you regularly use?
    Vladilen Borzakov
    3) Which jobs do you pick, and why?
    I often play as assistant. No responsibilities, and I can generally do what I want.

    4) What activities usually take most of your time while playing (chasing criminal scum, breeding slimes, greytiding, drinking fuel...)?
    A lot of my time is kinda just spent wandering, looking for things of interest. I don't particularly go after any sort of action, just whatever I find/comes to me.

    5) Have you been antag lately?
    Nope. Haven't had the luck to be selected.

    6) How do you feel with the current rules and what would you change?

    I'm happy with our rule set. Perhaps they could be rewritten for better understanding, but overall I'm content. We know what sort of place we want LS13 to be and we've implemented rules to help make it that way. This isn't to say that I don't think they should ever change, but at the moment, I am content with them.

    7) How far will a player have to go to get banned or job-banned?

    A player will generally get banned when either they show a continued inability to abide by the rules(second offense is usually when any punishments start getting dished out. On third a ban is commonplace, and so on after that), or that they have no intent to play the game other than to maliciously attack other player's enjoyment. This includes people who exploit the code to grief, people who log in just to say..Spam our OOC with porn. Coordinated grief attacks. Things which can under no circumstances be misunderstood as a mistake. Pure, outright malevolence.

    On the other side though, I've always been a fairly lenient admin. If I feel someone is genuinely apologetic, I'm very willing to let it slide. I'm not going to kick someone while they're down if it seems to me like they're in the process of trying to improve. I want to nurture that improvement, not hinder it. A major part of whether people get banned or not is their intent. If we can improve the player without banning them, we should.

    8) What is the minimal responsibility of someone picking an important job in the station (AI, Captain, CE, Sec Officer...)?

    I'm a little unsure of what you mean by this question, unfortunately. Do you mean "What are they required to know to be able to play the role, ICly?" Do you mean "What shouldn't they do in general, IC or OOCly?". Could just use a little clarification.
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  20. IMVader

    IMVader Well-Known Member

    1) Well, this is a bad mark on the IMVader scale. Admins that don't play don't get the feel of the players, and eventually become a separate and isolated entity. -1

    2) I haven't really seen you play, so no comments or points here. 0

    3) Good for a player. For an admin, though, you'll tend to get only a small and partial view of the crew's life, and players' experience. -1

    4) Same as point 3. -1

    5) Not trying to be rude or sound aggressive, but if you haven't been picked at all it must be because you are really not playing lately. -1

    6) The general feeling I'm having of you is this content atmosphere. I think you may make a very good admin, but I'd look for someone more "proactive" as a Headmin. -1

    7) This is a fair answer and a very good philosophy. I support it. +1

    8) Basically I'm asking what do they have to know and do not to get in trouble in the server, and your feelings about it. Can the captain give everyone all-access for fun? Can the AI insult crew members and silently ignore their orders not answering them whenever it feels like? Can the CE loot EVA/Engie/Atmosia to have space adventures and build his own personal project in the derelict without starting the engine? Can security stand idly while someone is getting murdered or abused, for not wanting to confront their superiors or fear of the antagonist in question?

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