Aurora Update 3.3

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  1. Clay

    Clay Ice Demon shhh Donator 4

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    Today, we are introducing some rank changes that have been in discussion for a while. We're making these changes to help create a more welcoming and friendly environment for our players.

    Right now, we have an [Operator] rank and a [Moderator] rank, both of which act as staff members on our server. There's long been a sense of confusion about which ranks are supposed to take which roles on the server, so we're looking to clarify that with the following changes.

    To start with, we are merging the [Operator] rank with the [Moderator] rank, which means you will no longer see the [Operator] rank in-game.

    R.I.P. [Grief Watch]/[Operator] 2013-2016

    Next, we are introducing a rank called [Helper]. This rank is a non-staff rank that players can volunteer for. Players with the [Helper] rank will be active community managers- err, community supporters that will have access to a variety of commands such as /mob, /boss, /region, and others which will enable them to help others without acting in any official staff capacity. All server operations such as grief management and player moderating will be handled by [Moderators] and above.

    Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that haven't actually been asked and are being made up on the spot:

    Why is this change being made?
    The Operator and Moderator ranks were nearly identical in function, leading to confusion about the purpose of each rank and which roles they played on the server. This change will allow us to have one clearly defined "normal" staff rank (Moderator) and one clearly defined "volunteer" rank (Helper) for players.
    What will happen to current Operators?
    Current Operators will be demoted to Helpers once this change takes place. Operators will be given a chance to apply for Moderator before this change happens.
    When will this change take place?
    The Operator rank will be permanently removed in approximately two weeks. Current Operators that wish to remain staff will need to complete their Moderator application within this time.
    Moderator Application?!?
    That's not a real question.
    What do you mean by Moderator application?
    Since we will no longer have a group of pseudo-staff (Operators) to promote directly, we will be opening up Moderator applications once again. However, all Moderator applications will be done in a private section of the forum and will be decided on by the current staff members.
    How does one get the Helper rank?
    To get the [Helper] rank, players may submit an "application" on the forum (similar to our current Operator application). However, there will not be a poll on the application. The community will be able to comment on Helper applications, but as with Moderator applications, only the staff will decide on whether or not to approve new Helpers.
    TL;DR: We're removing Operator rank. We're replacing it with a [Helper] rank that is not staff and is designed to be active and support the community from within. Players can apply for [Helper] on the forum, and Helpers will be able to apply for [Moderator].
     
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  2. SPYHUNTER299

    SPYHUNTER299 Elite Infiltrator Donator 2

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    And I would've applied for Operator if I didn't have a lump of wood for a computer...

    Well, I was a moderator before on a different game, soo maybe I'll apply for that once I get a computer worth using for games.

    Also, what differences were there between Operator and Moderator prior to the change?


    Edit: Realized Operator/Moderator applications have replaced with helper applications (obviously, why I didn't make out such a simple connection in my brain I will never know)
    Silly Me :oops:
     
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  3. Pyro240

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    But will Hlepers (this is a reference to a thing that happened about 3 hours ago on slack and ingame) have /disable?

    (i hope not)
     
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  4. Hayley

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    The main difference was that Operators weren't able to kick or ban, but Moderators could. However, most of the two ranks' kits were generally the same otherwise, which compelled this change.
    Helpers will not have any staff-related commands since they aren't staff. This means that they will not have /history, /rollback or /disable, or any other grief management/player moderation commands.
     
  5. Pyro240

    Pyro240 Watermelon Lover

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    That's a relief.
     
  6. Daghostyguy

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    Us builders are safe for now lul. But great update I really like the idea of people doing volunteer work for the server. I just hope that the rank isn't a breeze to get.
     
  7. -Kyle-

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    So will the applications have different requirements aside from the general approval of the staff? Or does the staff look for particular qualities in the people applying?
     
  8. Hayley

    Hayley Dimensional Witch ✨ Donator 2 Retired

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    Both of these coincide with each other. If you're suitable for the job, the staff will naturally also be supportive of your application. The qualities that the staff are looking out for are exactly what you'd expect - Helpers need to be helpful, friendly and generally be good at interacting with the community and catering to its needs.
     
  9. Joshua274

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    rip Operator
     
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  10. RedCreeper07

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    Oh there she is. *Sees the moderator app tab.* Now stop running away!! *Tapes the tab to the ground.*

    Ok Clay. Let's begin. Oh, and make sure I get moderator first. It's for testing purposes... ;)
     
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  11. dog-moon

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    i am simple man, i see update, i am joy
     
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  12. Ominethious

    Ominethious Auroran Trusted User

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    Hm.. About Trusted User:

    Is it escencially similar to moderator or builder command kits?
     
  13. Azura

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    New ranks ey? :D
     
  14. CubeGuySquared

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    Is there a length of time we need to be on everyday to be a helper? because I only get 3 hours of video games on a non-school day, 2 on a school day.
     
  15. Clay

    Clay Ice Demon shhh Donator 4

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    We're not going to require you to be online a certain amount each day (we all have lives and know things happen IRL). As long as you can be active somewhat consistently (and preferably tell us if something does come up), there shouldn't be any related issues.
     
  16. CubeGuySquared

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    Yay. But, I may have to tell some things after they happen, like I couldn't play in the evening yesterday.
     
  17. Pro2008player

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    Helper Application

    Time: 5 hours

    User: pro2008player

    Idk what else
     
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  18. Thomas

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    If you are wishing to apply for Helper, you can apply here: https://aurora-terraria.org/forum/helper-applications.72/. Make sure to thoroughly read through the Rules and Regulations before writing an application.
     

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