CORP! You've spoken and we're listening. Recent discussion of shortcomings of CORP (lack of contact with support staff, need for more day to day activity, need for more inclusiveness) have prompted the moderation staff to create a new position in CORP: COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS!
This is your chance to get involved and give back to your fellow RPers. The role of Community Organizers will be to foster an atmosphere of friendliness and inclusivity. Any member of CORP can apply for this position if they feel they will be able to do the following:
1) Help welcome and integrate new/returning/existing members into the game/RP/community. The biggest complaint we saw was people feeling that the community had segregated itself into cliques or that they didn't feel involved with CORP as a whole. People feeling 'out of the loop' need only contact a community organizer who will take them under their wing and help them out with what they need to do to get the most fun out of CO, RP and CORP. This can range from discussing character concepts, help with learning lore, help with builds/game mechanics, help organizing or finding RP and just help making friends!
2) Maintain a presence in CORP (and related channels) on a consistent basis. This doesn't mean you need to be online 24/7 or put in X amount of hours a day/week/whatever. It only means you need to be available in-game/via XMPP chat for your fellow CORPers to stay in touch with consistently. For myself personally, the times I've felt most included in CORP have been when I can log in and see all the regulars chatting. Community Organizers will be there to provide that level of regular contact.
3) Set an example for RP and behavior in CORP. Community Organizers need to be open and friendly. Your attitude should reflect what you want CORP to be: Active, fun and available to everyone. Throw events, create random RP, call people together for IC/OOC gatherings.
4) Keep in touch with the moderation staff. CORP mods try their best to keep an eye on the channel and make sure everyone is abiding by the code of conduct but they're only human and have lives that distract them from this. If there's a problem in the channels that concerns people and requires moderation, just give the mods a poke or document the incident for the mods to deal with when the get back. While this part sounds kind of Big Brother-ish, that's far from the intent. A lot of the time the mods miss the beginning or ALL of an incident and are forced to fall back on second or third hand accounts of the problem. This makes it extremely difficult to track and resolve these issues for us. Community Organizers will react as a reliable source of unbiased and neutral information on these incidents so that they can be resolved easily and with respect to all parties involved.
5) Community Organizers to be positive and patient. This is perhaps the most important trait of all. In the course of this new job, you will likely be forced to deal with people or problems that aren't necessarily your cup of tea. You need to be able to take this in stride and help in spite of that. Remember that everyone has to start from somewhere, help your fellow CORPers get to that sweet spot where they can feel included and they they raise the level of discourse in the community. No playing of favorites here, you need to be available to everyone.
If you feel you can do all this and want sincerely to help alleviate the problems we all see in CORP rather than simply point them out, reply here saying so or send me a private message. There's no obligation to stay on for any set amount of time, whenever you feel like you don't have the time or energy to do this you may bow out without incident.
In addition to the new Community Organizer roles, we are still taking applications for CORP moderators and plan to appoint at least 1-3 new mods. The rest of this thread is open to replies about applying to be an organizer or further suggestions to make this new initiative more helpful/more of what YOU want.