veritius

In-game Username: veritius
Discord username: veritius
Characters you play: Levi Davies, Sophia Martins, Arms-the-Bomb, Shah-Chalaree (probably spelled wrong) among others whose names I forget

On average, how many hours do you expect to admin per week: 2-3

Days you are available to admin on: Mostly weekends

How old are you? Age of majority in my jurisdiction (>=18)

Do you have any SS14 experience outside of Wizard’s Den servers, or any SS13 experience? I played on Paradise for a while before SS14, I’ve done a bit of Nyanotrasen pre-that whole thing, and DeltaV afterwards. Mostly Wizard’s Den, though.

Do you have prior administration experience (SS13/SS14 experience preferred, please also post a way for us to verify this)? No prior admin experience.

Have you ever been banned from any SS14 or SS13 servers? No prior bans or rolebans.

What are you primarily interested in doing as an admin? In-game rule enforcement, maybe ban appeals. While I might be interested in events, I do gimmicks very sparingly since I only act on really good ideas which I think will be entertaining for others.

What are you least interested in doing as an admin? There isn’t anything I don’t want to do. My interest lies in improving the game, and I’m willing to do tasks that are laborious or otherwise tedious. Though, I simply cannot deal with ambiguous situations where things are unclear, like he said/she said stuff. I’ll defer to other admins in those situations.

Detail Questions

What role do you think game admins serve on our servers?

I see admins as a role that exists to maintain the quality of the game in a way that can’t be done mechanically. A major part of this is human judgement - a machine can’t be trusted to read ban appeals and discern the intricacies of social interaction, etc etc. This is the vast majority of work: moderating player interactions to ensure everyone is happy and comfortable, and it’s critical to ensuring the game is enjoyable to everyone.

Also, admin-run events. They’re fun, interesting, and they break up the game between new content. I love these events, they’re great fun, but they also must be utilized carefully, otherwise events become the norm and that’s no good.

Why do you want to become an administrator for SS14?

I see bad things, I want to help fix bad things. And, more hands make lighter work. There aren’t a lot of admins in my timezone, so I primarily intend to be of help there. I’m really grateful for the experience that past admins have allowed me to enjoy, and I want to allow future players to enjoy the game just like I did.

Also, I get ideas sometimes. Usually bad ones, but I’m good at picking out the ones that work. I intend to occasionally run events. I can’t really say any more than that, as my ideas vary quite wildly in complexity, impact, and theming.

and i get a funny yellow name :slight_smile:

How do you feel about the current roleplay status on the servers?

Alright. Well, kinda. Salamander is in an okay state (most of the time) but Lizard and friends are not fantastic. Things could improve, but they certainly could be worse. Things like metagaming and metaknowledge definitely need improvement, especially on LRP servers.

Other than banning problematic players, what admin actions do you believe have the biggest positive impact?

Unbanning people. Reviewing ban appeals and letting people have a second chance is really important to the quality of the game. I personally started out as a massive shitter and slowly improved to where I am now. While, yes, I wasn’t great for the game then, I am good for the game now. That slow improvement is essential to keeping the game alive - if you just ban people and forget about them, your community will die out, and I really don’t want to see that happen here.

Have you ever had a negative experience in the game or with a game admin? If so what, if anything, would you do to prevent other players from experiencing this?

Just miscommunications that were resolved quickly. I already try to communicate clearly so I don’t imagine I’ll have any similar problems, and if I do, they’ll be resolved just as fast.

Have you ever had a good experience with the game or a game admin? If so, what was it?

If I didn’t have a single good experience in the game in over 1000 hours, I would be seriously considering what is wrong with me for wasting all that time.

Scenario Questions

Scenario 1

It is the start of the round. There are 60 players on the server. The game mode is traitors, traitors have not been selected yet. There are three players who decided to observe the round instead of join it orbiting you. Two of them are encouraging you to “do something funny”.

I shall take the honorable path of ‘fuck off’ where I leave. I’ll just despawn my ghost so they can’t follow me anymore. It’s that simple, kids. Though, behavior like that may be indicative of further undesirable behavior, like self-antagging because they’re bored. When that happens, it’ll be dealt with. I’m not particularly worried.

Scenario 2

This scenario takes place on LRP. The Head of Security has decided to coup the Captain. The Head of Personnel agrees with the Head of Security and has taken up arms in case it is necessary to aid in effecting the arrest of the Captain. The Captain is hiding with the Quartermaster in the cargo shuttle to avoid the Clown who has stolen the captains saber as a non-antag. There are five people named in this scenario. Please describe what actions, if any, you would take in relation to each, and why.

First off, checking logs and collecting information. I need to know as much as possible to make an informed decision. If it’s actively going on, I’ll skim rather than going into detail so I can respond quickly. If it’s post-round, I’ll take my time to understand what happened and ensure the best possible response.

Scenario 2.1: Insane Captain
Let’s say the Captain has lost it and is now doing something like giving out all-access, cooking meth, and stabbing station pets. In this case, the Head of Security and the Head of Personnel are doing the right thing, and doing their jobs. No punishment needed!

Now, for the Captain. This is blatant self-antagonism. When you pick captain, you take a role that is intended to maintain order and manage crises, not cause problems. If they wanted to be an antagonist, they should have picked something else. There’s no excuse for this, and so I’d handle it swiftly - a shorter account ban, and a longer command ban. This punishment is intended to give them some time to reflect, and come back to the game with a fresh mind, where they’ll hopefully improve. When their command ban expires, they can get another shot. Though, this is based on no previous issues - if they’ve done this before, I imagine the punishment would be harsher.

And the Quartermaster - well, since he’s with the captain, he’s probably on his side. My first thought is an equal punishment, but… it could be more nuanced than this. Maybe the quartermaster was easily swayed, or afraid of retaliation. While yeah, siding with the serial killer wreathed in blue and gold was stupid, people do stupid stuff, and if they didn’t hurt anyone, this isn’t the end of the world. Talking to them might guide them towards making better decisions in future, and that’s the best you can hope for. Though, if he was stabbing the shit out of people as well, yeah, they’re getting booted.

And for the clown… the clown’s probably fine. Most likely, they took the sword to stop the captain stabbing random botanists or something. I’d still look into it, of course, and handle it appropriately. If they took it with malicious intent, or as a shitty prank, then I’d probably talk to them post-incident and say “hey, please don’t steal random shit from people, it’s not funny” and maybe give them pointers on how to be a good clown. It’s good advice, since it’s coming from the Best Clown (me).

Scenario 2.2: Insubordination
Let’s say that the captain is completely fine and the Head of Security and the Head of Personnel just decided to do that. Well… the logic is the same as Scenario 2.1. You picked a command role, you’re supposed to lead, not lead the station to ruin. Both the Head of Security and the Head of Personnel would be dealt with in much the same way as the previous Captain. Again, if they want to do antag shit, they should be an antag. No excuses, they should know better.

The clown would be dealt with in much the same way as to how the clown was dealt with in 2.1. A good stern talking to and a hope they learn and improve.

Scenario 3

You are ahelping a player about an issue. The player has no prior noted issues. A few days earlier, an admin had told you that this type of situation should result in a temporary ban for a first offense, and you are confident that this situation is not substantially different from the type that admin was describing. During the ahelp, another admin pings you on Discord with a link to the ongoing ahelp and tells you to just indefinitely ban them and make them appeal. Excluding trialmins and headmins, all admins are equally “ranked”. A headmin is not currently available.

Ahhh, ambiguity, my old enemy. In a situation like this, I would likely opt for a more lenient solution. If the situation isn’t that different, there isn’t a need for an indefinite ban. That wouldn’t really benefit anything. And besides, it can be amended or extended later based on the response of headmins.

To amend this: I just rechecked adminremarks, and I do have a past ban, which was initially permanent, but was appealed after a month. I can’t for the life of me remember this happening, since it was in 2022. Something about self-antag as chemist. I used to be a pretty big shitter at this point in time, so yeah, that fits. I can’t find the appeal, though.