New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements

By the way, one last point: you have never withheld funds, not your own because you don't donate your own.

Want to explain why you have never donated to any events yourself? Your own personal money like I have?

morax said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

I built a M&M council channel from the ground up and can easily apply that knowledge to the FAF main discord.

I was going to bring this up as part of my “list of questions” that I didn’t post, mainly because the questions were redundant.

But I wanted to clarify this because it came up again, you do remember that there was a M&M server before yours right? The second one was mostly a clone.

I wanted to make sure because you said this earlier:

For nearly 2 years I was the maps and modifications community councilor where I spent a majority of the time helping people and creating a learning tool. My best achievements - in my opinion - were creating a series of documents that had a list of all the references and tutorials possible. This was a necessary step in figuring out what the community knows - together - so that we can move forward and improve.

If you look at the #mapping-resources channel in the primary discord, this has been updated from my own list and improved by biass (thanks for doing that! Looks great!)..

You are aware that the links in that document, as well as the layout from the first server are mine, right? I still have the original resources page on my test server from when I made them in 2018. Even the links - which cannot be duplicated - are the same.

That’s not to say you didn’t make any of your document because I’m sure you added some links. But I didn’t like how my work was being used in an application. I was originally going to suggest choosing something else? I’m sure there is something you could use to sell yourself.

Let me first say again, im not trying to support anybodys run on a potential split up positon here. There would of course have to be a new election for that, because it could interest people that are not interested at all in the current PC position.

@ftxcommando said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

Brutus has more responsibilities to manage than I, but Brutus has a team of several developers putting tons of their own hours to maintain various areas of the client and so he can freely delegate several responsibilities to said individuals. He is still ultimately the final voice on large scale development decisions.

Not really. Brutus is trying to keep the maintenance workload as low as possible, because he is responsible for keeping stuff running. And the other developers tend to understand that, and therefore ask Brutus if stuff they want to do is a good idea ("read: has acceptable maintenance burden").

Thats not "ultimately being the final voice on large scale development decisions". Brutus was neither the last voice on the client, nor on ICE nor is he the last voice on TMM, because its not necessary for him to be that in general.

Anyway, the argument that "PC should do a lot because Admin does a lot" makes no sense anyway, there is no logic here that i can see.

Likewise, instead of magically hoping that splitting the role will lead to more activity, you could, you know, actually help out now.

If that is your honest opinion, we should just remove the PC position entirely. Because you know, you could do the things you do as well without holding an official title.

Which of course makes no sense, because the title does in fact give you something. It allows you to represent a part or function of FAF officially and with authority, and it adds a tiny bit of transparency for less involved people.

@FtXCommando and @Morax i have one last question on this topic. One of u will lose, of you are that one will you still contribute in these areas even if u are not PC? Are you willing to commit to any specific responsibilities?

@spikeynoob said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

@FtXCommando and @Morax i have one last question on this topic. One of u will lose, of you are that one will you still contribute in these areas even if u are not PC? Are you willing to commit to any specific responsibilities?

I have been contributing my own time and efforts to the community since 2014. I do not plan to stop making maps, hosting events, helping people when needed, and plenty more.

As long as FAF exists I will enjoy playing the game with people here and building it. And as someone with a family and tough job as an engineer, I think that says a lot.

@biass said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

katharsas said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:


We already have a councilor role for this?

Which one are you talking about?

@katharsas said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

@biass said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

katharsas said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:


We already have a councilor role for this?

Which one are you talking about?

You’re talking about the role that needs to keep track of events in faf and promote them to a wider audience?

No im talking about stuff happening inside FAF and between FAF people. Promotion councillor is for outwards communication.

FTX, you have been dismissive and shut me (and numerous others) down so many times that it almost baffles me that you would think it happened 'just one time.' You've shut people down so many times that there have already been several examples of you being dismissive and shutting people down in this thread alone... I brought up my 'polling in the news' idea as an example of an idea that you derailed with your influence as PC (with your typical toxic dismissiveness), despite it not being something that you had the overt power to stop.

As shown in the public news-posts-requests channel on the FAF Promotions Community Discord: alt text

FTX, in regards to your tournament system being frustrating, you can say what you want, but there is still an unattractive amount of bureaucracy/hassle involved, and I know people (myself included) who wanted to host tournaments but didn't because they'd have to deal with you and your system to do so (and your attitude is very undesirable for a lot of people). With an easier system or a nicer more cooperative PC, the idea of organizing tournaments is a lot more appealing.

FTX, I am normally active on FAF/FAF-related things most days; I actually play FAF and make things for FAF (code/maps/etc) in addition to using forums/discord/etc. By comparison, it looks like you post on discord/forums more (but also more rudely/dismissively), and it looks like you haven't even played FAF in the last 3 months... Further, I am not one of YOUR trainers, but I do train people. As I've said, dealing with you is often unpleasant.

In regards to an example of power abuse and censorship:
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@ftxcommando said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

Now, does that mean polling to gather input is bad? No. But it also doesn't mean it's the solution to every problem. Nor does it mean you need a Council position entirely devoted to it, particularly when there is no real authority to give out to the role that makes any sense.

Does a councilor position need to have authority? I don't think so.
I view a councilor as a dedicated role that has responsibilities it must uphold, if that means the councilor needs authority to fulfill the responsibilities then sure give them authority, if not then don't.

I don't see harm in introducing a position that focuses entirely on gathering information from players, whether it be polling, chatting, or whatever means necessary.
This councilor would be the pulse of the FAF player base and provide valuable input to other councilors to drive their decision making. I don't think this will take away from any singular vision of FAF the current PC has.

It's like any company, there are positions for gathering information from customers, there are positions for executing on that information to deliver a product customers want. It's just a matter of how we want to define a councilor.

Go gather information without being a councilor.

I won't comment on the details about things that FtX did or did not to the liking of some people, but it seems to me that there are two key areas that people are unhappy about:

  1. Lack of tournaments

The bottleneck is obviously manpower in the form of TDs. I encourage everyone that wants to improve the problem, to explain how they want to acquire more TDs. Or even better, to just start doing it. If you want to host some yourself that is also great. Generally I have read a lot of more or less vague statements that people want to improve the tournament scene, but I have read no feasible solutions.
I don't see why LoTS would have an impact on what other tournaments get hosted. I also don't see how electing a chief TD would change anything. Also I don't understand what benefit voting on this bring? Just pick any with decent TD experience, if you want to appoint one.

  1. Reaction to ideas and concerns of new players

Splitting this off of the PC was already mentioned, but we need a concrete proposal what exactly that guy would do, to see if it is feasible. Also I am not sure who would be suitable and able to explain to people why their idea is not ripe to be implement. Because let's face it, that's the vast majority of new ideas. Most of the balance takes of lower rated players will not be considered, because they fail to consider the drawbacks of their ideas and most other suggestions are either already known/worked on, technically not possible, or made without considering the drawbacks again.
So this position would all in all not be really rewarding to do.

(Also anyone can start doing both of these anytime. It has been said so often, but I will say it again, because nobody seems to bother adressing this point.)

@thomashiatt said in New Player Councilor Discussion + Removal Announcements:

Go gather information without being a councilor.

Let me iterate on my definition.
The new position would be expected to maintain a pulse on the FAF player base so the other councilors can rely on them for accurate and useful information. So from this I would say my councilor definition is slightly different, someone who doesn't necessarily have authority, but has responsibilities they MUST fulfill.

The issue here is people don't think FTX are fulfilling that well enough, he's being dismissive, he's a brick wall to talk to, etc. I'm sure you've read it all.
So either he steps up addresses these complaints, someone else is voted in, or that responsibility is delegated to someone else via either a councilor position or via FTX (which I don't think he will, correct me if I'm wrong here FTX)

Now, am I going to do that? No, I'm not interested nor will I have the time. Is someone else willing to do that? Sure why not.

Does that give you enough detail for you to provide a less snarky and more constructive response?

I don't know what more information there is to gather. Seems like FtX has gathered a lot of information about what map pools people want, what tournaments people want, and figured out how to increase activity at all levels with league and division systems. Most people have bad ideas so they should simply be dismissed. Most people just play FAF and don't think about how it can be improved and do not have the knowledge to know what should be done, so there is no reason to ask them. Even if you did ask them the developers only work on what they want anyway.

There is a lot more information to gather... With you being 1 of the 23 total people with 1800+ 1v1 ladder rating, I can understand how you can feel well taken care of by FTX, ThomasHiatt. He focuses too disproportionately on select parts of FAF while disvaluing much of the much larger community, with its thousands of lower and mid-rated players. Also, low rating does not automatically mean disinterest or low-quality opinion in what's desirable for playing FAF. In fact, the 13 1v1 ladder players with the most 1v1 ladder games are all below 1300 rating and have more than 6500 ladder games each, according to the leaderboards. The vast majority of FAF players have <1300 rating.

In regards to what more information is there to gather, there can be surveys/polls/open-minded discussions on tons of things beyond what FTX does. I literally just made a post about 2 hours ago in this very thread that listed some dated poll ideas. There are numerous other things to poll and otherwise gather more data on, such as more holistic map pool preferences, tournament desires, transparency issues, and player retention-related ideas, among many others...

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that's simple.
Morax : make more tournaments for average players!
FtX : no, need more tournaments for top players with new rules!

And how did you come to that conclusion?

@randomwheelchair because morax is interested to sponsor noob tournaments. FtX most of his time spends on the top player tournaments.

Yea stupid ftx WASTES his time on boring top lvl tourneys.

Good to know that only othe player councillor can host tournaments