Perrin, S.O.B. Superhero wrote:
Why am I still up and not playing games... and why am I on ZAM reading about games I could and should be playing...
Lady Jinte wrote:
You make it sound as though I'd have any form of a chance at getting hired, despite lack of employment history (a current and aggravating issue perpetuating my lack of employment history, as I need a history to get hired, but I've not been able to get hired so as to have a history), and despite my general lack of being nice. If I applied for a position on the FFXI team, what do you think my chances would be?
Well, around here, your forum posting history IS your employment history in many cases. If we had any openings there, which we don't currently and they just got hit with cuts recently, given past admins we have hired, you would probably have a better shot than some, and worse than others. Other admins do get a say in who is hired. Its not a popularity contest so much as it is a "will this person interact well with the team, and will they do the work". contest. Sometime very active posters make excellent admins. Sometimes they actually end up making horrible admins because suddenly, their free time place to vent and blow off steam becomes work. It changes your perspective on the site. Suddenly there are restrictions on your posting habits. You can't necessarily just tear into people because you feel like it like you may have in the past. You may find yourself worrying that too many posts by yourself feels like "hijacking" a forum, where before admin it never once concerned you. Not to mention the actual job part of the job which usually consists of lots of data entry, etc.
Kao: Would you still play Skyrim knowing there are those gigantic nasty hairy spiders in game ready to spit poison at you?
I don't mind spiders in game so long as I get to kill the sh*t out of them and I know about them in advance. Prefferably killing the sh*t out of them from a safe ranged attack distance. With fire. Lots of fire. Or rocks. and the rocks are also on fire.
Any Admin: How many reported posts do you average a day?
I'd say we get maybe on average of 30-40 a day if you discount the multiple people reporting the same post. Some days are more.
Are there any super secret admin powers we don't know about?
Admin powers, available in several different levels, and not including manager powers which I don't have include:
Ban (limited to few individuals, myself included)
unban and unmute
Un-nuke all posts and reset to 3.00 base karma (very few admins have that one - also known as the master karma reset switch)
remove user avatar
view all posts by user
view all wiki entries by user
view all rates by and all rates on user
Varous super sneaky sockpuppet tracking tools which I will not be disclosing
various reminder toggles (unmute user X in 24 hours, etc)
Various enhanced thread notification tools,
Ability to order pizza speedily and accuratly.
Duke Lubriderm wrote:
April 1, 2012: will the ball be dropped again?
Part of the problem is the Devs most instrumental to the april fools day pranks no longer work here. We'll see.
I thought of some more questions which aren't sarcastic and silly! Let me know if you're sick of me yet.
Is there a schedule which the Admins follow to make sure that at least one Judge Dredd is around during the slow hours?
If the above is true, is it considered taboo to game/watch a movie/have intimate time with significant other/etc. if you're 'on duty' while the site is slow?
Do Content Managers do a lot of moderating in sites other than the one they're specifically staffed for?
How do Admins typically communicate with each other on a regular basis? IRC or is there some sort of Admin webchat thing?
On average, how many pageloads per day for the entire ZAM network? How about for individual sites within the network (numbers or percentage)? I'm just curious how they stack against each other.
Which generates more revenue for ZAM; advertisements or premium memberships? I'm guessing advertisements, since premium doesn't really apply to some sites like Wowhead.
We all have general availability patterns, though there is no set schedule at this time.
Depends on the day. I for one tend to read news and other sites in between scanning forums. I have a dedicated "work" pc next to the gaming rig, so i've always got notifications up even when you don't necessarily see me in the user list. That being said, when people aren't doing things, its pretty obvious. The recent cutbacks have reduced hours for many of us though too.
Most of the content managers stay within their respective game areas mainly out of familiarity. Some of them venture into other areas as well. there certanly is no rule against them moderating other areas, and we all jump on reported spammers as soon as they are reported regardless of area. Where the seperation tends to be more pronounced is with game specific reported threads "User X said ____ about the game, and thats not true because the unicorn of deciet is actually purple ban him!!!" in those cases, even I will usually defer to the content manager unless I happen to play that game myself.
IRC chat, e-mail, sometimes phone are the usual admin communication tools. IRC actually ends up being pretty effective for the most part overall.
Pageviews I don't have figures on at the moment. Angsty or one of the devs might know that. Wowhead does more pagevies than most everything else. The game sites themselves tend to get about 80% more traffic than the forum sections for those same games, or more.
Revenues vary. In the past it was Premium. These days, its ads. will it stay that way? I have no clue.