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DISCUSSION OF THE MONTH: Activity Defined

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DISCUSSION OF THE MONTH

✦ Activity Defined ✦

Every month, Performance Operations would like to hear from members of the community - as well as leaders - about their opinions surrounding a certain aspect of KSI. The hope is that we can have some meaningful discussions as well as some enlightenment and possibly some reflections on how we operate as a community. Code of Conduct applies - be respectful of the opinions of others and be open to new ways of thinking. We all come from different backgrounds in life and have different levels of experience within KSI. Some of us have been here for years and others only weeks - but all voices are valid. This topic will remain open for 1 month before it's closed and a new discussion is started. These topics will not be archived but instead used as a reference point in the future.

Activity is the lifeblood of the community, it’s what keeps us going. Without activity, our members would become stagnant. Our squads would dwindle and morale would diminish. We know activity is the basis of all operations within the community, but what does activity actually look like? What SHOULD it look like? This January, we encourage you to think about the definition of activity and what it means to you.

Please share your thoughts! As always, you're welcome to reply to the Discussion of the Month in any way. Be as detailed as you wish and don't hesitate to respond to other members' posts in the topic. Please copy and paste the template below.

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  • What would you define as "activity"? -
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? -
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? -
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant:
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT):
    • General:
    • Divisional Leadership:
    • Director:

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Gamertag: KSI Gollow

Clan Ops Rank:3rd LT

  • What would you define as "activity"? - I would define activity as being active on the forums, Weekend warfares, and other activities to show support to their division.
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? -Yes, officers have more expectations then non officers because we should set a example to non officers to participate in activity.
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - yes
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Participate in weekend warfars
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): Should promote things in the communty.
    • General: should be the ones to push us for the activitys in the community.
    • Director: And to oversee if we are active in the activities in the communtiy.

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Gamertag: KSI Hatter 7

Clan Ops Rank: 1st Captain, Banshee ES

  • What would you define as "activity"? - Activity has a wide range of meaning when being defined by the community. By standards, activity is considered attending community wide events, as well as within your squad and division. This could be broken down even more into gamenights, hangouts, meetings, tournaments, and workshops hosted by your squad. Community events would be considered Weekend Warfares, Spirit Week, Spring Break, Forums challenges, attending live streams for Awards Ceremonies, and even participating in the community activities like trivia night and Thursday Night Throwdowns. 
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - I would say that expectations vary the higher up within ranks. As a squad level officer, you're asked to attend weekly events hosted for your squad to bring in activity within the members core. The higher you go, the more of an expectation is there for you to be around so members know who you are. 
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - I feel that we have the same standards for all members across the board, but we don't hold them the way we should. 
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Associates with all members of a squad/division. Participates in weekly squad activities, as well as community events.
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): Everything as a SGT, plus promotes Squad and Community events through discord, forums, and messages. 
    • General: All from officers, and focuses on sending out messages on the Squad Tag, as well as making sure events are being hosted/attended. 
    • Divisional Leadership: Attending a few gamenights from their divisional squads, as well as promoting activities within the community
    • Director: Associating with members via gamenights that are set up within the Divisions they are over

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Gamertag: KSI Jynxie

Clan Ops Rank: 1st Lieutenant

  • What would you define as "activity"? - To me activity isnt just showing up for a single thing once in a blue moon. Its having a squad and division full of people who love gaming with one another. You have recruited people that you enjoy gaming with already so that the rest of things fall into place such as game nights, Weekend Warfares, any of the challenges on the forums or writings, watching streams and so on. Hell something you can do over a cup of coffee is just pop in and talk and catch up with your fellow members. We all have different schedules and frankly even reaching out like that can help people amp up their activity as they feel included and no longer alienated.
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - I would say that your expectations vary in according to your strengths. Personally I know some people are stronger at reminding people to sign up and remind people that events are happening while others are better at wrangling people to get them there. There is in fact expectations but you should always play to someones strengths.
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? -We should, but I think at times we all can get wrapped up in a game or a group of friends we are enjoying playing with at this time. We can all reach out to people and try harder to amp up activity no matter if  you are a PVT or a Director.
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Be present. Be there in activities, hop in parties and play with your fellow members and get to know people. Branch out and break down barriers of games by trying new ones together and making new friends together. Join in on squad meetings to be aware of all the fun things you can be part of and look forward to and take part in them.
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): Everything a Sergent does as well as pushing more Activities that the squad does and come up with fun new ways to keep the squad active and fun. Utilize the forums as well as the other communication forums to keep people informed of what is happening and when as well as leading by example. Dont ask people to do what you yourself dont.
    • General: Keep tabs on what events are being hosted and that they are in fact being hosted as well as making sure that the Squad is informed in its entirety of these event through their own making of announcements on the squad tag or delegating lower officers to send out reminders on each  type of activity.
    • Divisional Leadership: Be aware and be present. While they are busy, at least be aware what is going on and communicate with the lower staff as well as hop in a game night and let people interact with you, meet you, game with you, and enjoy fun with you as well.
    • Director: Popping in with members and associating with them during game nights or even weekend warfare events. Set aside a little time for your division and let them know you are in fact approachable to both game and talk with.

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Gamertag: KSI Greenday 7

Clan Ops Rank: Sergeant (SGT)

  • What would you define as "activity"? - When you see someone online and talking to others or even as minimum talking in chats or on the forums. BUT the level of activity is different for every rank because when you're a recruit to a Corporal most aren't expected to be as active because they haven't changed their name they aren't looked at as potential officers most of the time but they are still a good chunk of Corporals who are super active! Another factor is when you become a Staff Sergeant or higher you are expected to talk to people and it only goes up from there.
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - Kinda explained this in my last point but as you go up the ranks you're going to be expected to do more, either play with more members in your squad or just to be more around officers and 7's because you're getting ready for a split, etc.
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - No of course everyone will have their standards for Activity and it varies, but we should have a defined standard that is a middle ground for everyone because while some expect more some expect not a lot. 
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Should be going to gamenights and squad meetings, if interested in becoming a officer then they should be getting tips and advice from their officers and General on what to do or how to do something.
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): Any officer rank under General is expected to hang out and get to know their squad so they have a easier time to talk to them when things happen as well as a bond with their General since that is who they are taking lead from. There is no excuse why if a officer has time they can not make time for either squad meetings, or gamenights, and helping the members of their squad with say how to recruit.
    • General: Generals are expected to be more social that the previous ranks because they are the responsible person for everything in their squad if they don't handle something right the leadership looks to them for answers and they should be able to answer them. Generals should be close to the members of their squad as well as their divisional leadership, they are future 7's so they are going to be looking for guidance on most problems or with situations that are on a divisional level
    • Divisional Leadership: So personally I stand by the statement of a divisional 7 should not be favoring hanging out with 1 squad because thats where they came from but they should make time and be very approachable to ALL THEIR MEMBERS not just a group that they knew going up the ranks or only 7's.
    • Director: Kinda the same as Divisional Leadership but because Directors have so much to do they at least should be around the divisional staff that they are over and with senior leadership above them.

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Gamertag:  KSI ApexWolf

Clan Ops Rank: 4th LT

  • What would you define as "activity"? -  this would be Events like Weekend Warfare and when on Events such as Turkey Bowl and Spirit week, Div and Squad game nights put on throughout the week, hanging out with your squad and Div as well as branching out to other Divs and Squads, gaming with people "never leave another KSI member behind" when your on if your on the same game, messaging on discord and doing Roll Call. 
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - Yes, as a member you need to be active and hanging out with members and Officers but you can also attend meetings, squad game nights as well as events if interested and refer people if they want to join, Officers is the above and Workshops to help member improve, running meetings for the week, posting events both by message on Xbox and on discord to inform people as well as taking part too, checking on members and dealing with situations if they arise correctly, recruiting and training members and keeping all accessible documents up to date (depending on the rank). 
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - Yes and No. Yes, because everyone needs to understand and abide by the CoC even none officers, No because Officer have a higher duty compared to none Officers with the duties, none Officer are not irrelevant because rank does not speak for people, going up the ranks you have a choice to take on more responsibility and representing the community the rank just implies the responsibility depending on the level at which you stand. 
  • What should the expected activity be for these various ranks - 
    • Sergeant: Being active and attending events, game nights, meetings, referring people.
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): all the above & Hosting meetings, Workshops, Game nights. Posting events such as WW, Season Events such as Spirit Week, being active on Discord and Forums and helping Department out if in one
    • General: all the above & checking the Squad tag and Omega are up to date, attending/sitting in on meetings for the squad.
    • Divisional Leadership: all the above & attending meeting for the Squads and 7s meetings, active on the Forums and doing applications.
    • Director: attending the 7's meeting, evaluating the performance of the Div itself and 7s and as well as the squads and members, checking the forums and relaying information to the senior leadership.

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Gamertag:  KSI VENUM 7

Clan Ops Rank:  Divine Warriors CoFounder

  • What would you define as "activity"? - Getting online an actively hanging out/gaming with your squad members coming to events whether it’s squad or division or community wide. There is a huge difference between getting on an associating with the community an just getting online.
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - Yes it does because to some leaders officers an above should be held to a higher standard but regardless of rank in my opinion no matter the rank members should be active.
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - No 
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Actively gaming an coming to events within the community an Division an Squads
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): same as above but also incorporation of the officer responsibilities 
    • General: same as above but maintaining general duties
    • Divisional Leadership: same as above but also doing there duties
    • Director: same as SGT but also doing there duties
 

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Gamertag: KSI Barb130

Clan Ops Rank: Gen in Succubus ES

  • What would you define as "activity"? - Activity is participating in any squad activities, like game nights, workshops, and squad meetings. It can also be just hanging out with members of the squad.
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so?  Absolutely! Officers and SGTS have gone as far as changing their gamertag, so I would expect more from them.
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? I think we should have consistent standards that we hold everyone to, but these standards should take into account that people have different schedules and needs. For example, I have squad members from the UK and they find it difficult to attend all of our events because they happen very late for them. However, they are around playing with members during the day.  So if our standards only recognize "official" activities these member might be considered inactive 
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks 
    • Sergeant: Attending most game nights, co-hosting on a regular basis, encouraging others to join. 
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): hosting at least one game night and attending at least one other. Host ,co-host attend workshops and seek out "off-time" squad members, attend officer meetings
    • General: Attend as many activities as duties allow and seek out less active members
    • Divisional Leadership: Come to game nights occasionally
    • Director: Come to game nights occasionally

One of the things not talked about here is how to measure the activity, so you can be fair about it. In my squad, I started keeping a separate attendance for each event and in fact could be extended to just show dates. It is a table in google sheets that has squad members name at the beginning of the row and the event/dates at the top of the column. If anything is written in that cell it turns green. So It is very easy to spot the amount of activity. Each of my officers have access to the sheet and can update it

In addition we implemented an in-squad currency that awards "chips" to squad members based on activity and  they can be turned in for awards. The effectiveness of this is still to be determined, since it is still relatively new.

 

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Gamertag: KSI bubbakat

Clan Ops Rank:gen

  • What would you define as "activity"?  Someone who comes to gamenights plays with the sqaud . someone who communicates with everyone within the community at least the division and Squad
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - no but I really think it should cuz you have these officers that get online become officers and then appear offline so that they don't have to deal with issues and that is a big issue with in KSI
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? We try to but it doesn't always happen and that they're poses an issue for potential recruits as well as upcoming officers
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant:
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT):allow one day able to be seen offline unless loa or special circumstances
    • General: online as much as possible appearing online except for probably one day a week and even then it is always good to be online and active within the squad
    • Divisional Leadership:
    • Director:

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Gamertag: KSI Folkstyle

Clan Ops Rank: 2CPT

What would you define as "activity"? - Participating in activities with your squad, wether it be just gaming with members or attending gamenights and tournaments. Attending at least one meeting every two weeks, more often is better. 

Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? - They do, as you move up in the ranks you demonstrate that you want to be here, else you wouldn't be moving up in the ranks, and the higher your rank the bigger if a role model you usually are so your more expected to be attending activities and trying to get others to participate.

Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - No, some people just don't have as much time as others, and we generally hold officers to a higher standard than others. Furthermore, when people join they set a standard of expectation among their peers, they're expected to stay as active as they were in the beginning, if not usually more.

What should expected activity be for these various ranks -

  • Sergeant: attending and possibly co-hosting gamenights, attending a squad meet each week, going to the occasional workshop.
  • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT): hosting and attending a steady amount of workshops, hosting at least one Gamenight each week, attending and helping other officers and SGTs with their gamenights, attending every squad meeting.
  • General: gaming with as many members of the squad as possible and getting to know them, helping officers host gamenights, meetings, and workshops.
  • Divisional Leadership: gaming with members of all squads, assisting with divisional teams, starting parties for members of the whole division.
  • Director: floating between the two divisions and going to an event or two from the divisions, seeing how well the squads play with each other.

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Gamertag:KSI Taywick 77

Clan Ops Rank: 3CPT

  • What would you define as "activity"? - come to squad meeting, any ksi event such as weekend warfare or just gaming with fellow squad member
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? -yes when you go up the rank it cause you to be more do to have responsibility to do for your squad or div
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? -no
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: showing up to game night and co hosting a game night with a officer, coming to squad meeting and participating in ksi event
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT):hosting game night , workshop attending squad meeting. gaming with lower ranking member and posting on the forums  at lest  3 post week along with a check in
    • General:hosting squad and officer meeting going to gen meeting doing workshop and gaming with fellow member also posting on the forums
    • Divisional Leadership:same as above and plus 7 responsibility 
    • Director:hosting meeting be available for all there div and also posting on the forums

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Gamertag:  KSI RabidWraith 

Clan Ops Rank: SSGT

  • What would you define as "activity"? - Gaming with others, Aiding others, and all around being a family without politics 
  • Do the expectations of activity vary by rank? How so? -Yes,  Its hard to explain I guess. The higher you go the more you have to do and deal with.. that makes it hard to be as social with everyone. just a squad is easy or it was for me.  
  • Do we hold everyone to the same standards? - No.
  • What should expected activity be for these various ranks -
    • Sergeant: Be there, talk, help with games, recruit
    • Officers (SSGT, LT, CPT):I cannot do these all at the same time
    • SSGT: Recruiting, but also being the first face for all recruits. Someone that introduces everyone but not all at once. As that can be overwhelming
    • LT: recruits but also helps the lower ranking members find the area that they can recruit with confidence in the game their sqd is in or if its a gameless. one that is not necessarily the norm for the squad
    • captain: not immediately but when able to have party chat with the SSGT and LT about not only new members but current ones as well. To get their preferences on when to be invited or if they are ok with getting party invites. They should also set aside a day if not each week; every other week for it to be a relaxing night.LT and CPT and GEN may not always be able to do this on that day but atleast one of them should be able to stay  
    • General: Gens should handle it what ever it is. but they should understand  being mad and upset isn't always the way
    • Divisional Leadership: Have a game night with each squad once per month
    • Director: 
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