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PostSubject: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Thu May 03, 2018 9:09 am

Hello GUNners and GUNnettes!

I hope you have noticed all the amazing mods we have to offer.
A lot of the review videos or screenshots which attracted you here may show some mods you won't find on the first search of the forums.

The majority of the mods here are now public downloads, meaning anyone can register and have immediate access to most and some of the very best mods on this site.

However,
CERTAIN MOD AUTHORS HAVE REQUESTED
A PRIVATE SUBFORUM FOR CERTAIN RELEASES.

MOD AUTHORS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CHOOSE
WHETHER THEIR MODS SHOULD BE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE.
IT'S ENTIRELY THEIR CHOICE TO DO SO. RESPECT IT.

THE SITE STAFF DOES NOT DECIDE
WHICH MODS ARE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE,
BUT ONLY PROVIDES THE SAFE SPACE
THAT WAS REQUESTED FROM THEM.

SHOULD WE NOT HAVE A PRIVATE SECTION, THESE
MOD AUTHORS WOULD GO TO A SITE THAT HAS ONE!


Make no mistake: should the private section be dismantled/removed, the private mods would not suddenly become public, and most future private mods would not be released at all, or if they would, it would be far later than it would've been through the private section, because it often functions as a closed beta area for upcoming public releases. Okay?


So, with that out of the way, you can understand how the few "exclusive" mods that mod authors have posted in the "exclusive" sections are offered access to as a sort of perk for people who've earned it, by contributing to the community.

Contributing how? Easily! That can mean feedback on the mods you download, helping someone with a problem if you know the answer, or just finding a discussion about something you like and adding to it. Be an active, valuable member of the site, and you will earn our trust and with it, full access, in time.

Why don't we allow access to everyone?
The mod authors asked us to give them that choice.

Who do we allow access to?
We give it to people who bother being involved in the community because that encourages members to give real feedback and that encourages modders to keep modding and to improve their work. It also gives a safe place for modders whose mods were stolen before and it keeps some modders safe from infringement liability.


I'll also allow
@dragbody to explain it in his own way:

@dragbody wrote:
There are a few reasons. Let me explain...

1. We want to protect the mod authors from dishonest users. Bandwidth leeching is not an issue anymore; however, mod leaking is.

2.  The GUNetwork has always been about the community and friendship. Anonymous users soaking up our mods and never saying thanks or sharing a screenshot of the mods in action aren't who we want to be part of a community with.

3. We also need to protect the CONTENT of the mods. It's no secret that our mods frequently use ported content. As a result, there is a need to ensure our members are responsible people who will respect the fact that even the modders don't really "own" the mods. Thus the approval process is our way of screening users to help us share the mods in a controlled manner.

I think this pretty well sums it up. We want everyone to get approval so we can all maximize our modding fun! But it's up to the individual users to determine if that happens.
If you're still not convinced, read my more elaborate response here:
Warning:
 

Now, to gain said access to the private mods that our talented modders release you'll have to be admitted to one of the following groups:

Your best and safest bet is to go for
Colonials
To become a Colonial, you'll have to earn our TRUST and RESPECT.
Convince us you're a decent community member. Socialize with the modders, with other members, make friends, get comfortable. Be active and, if possible, productive.
To start off, you may attempt to:

1. Make a consistent amount of non-spam posts:
- a consistent introduction could make up for 5 posts
(allowing people to get to know and understand you)
- good, consistent replies which enrich an existing topic
will also be appreciated more so than 5 or 10 shallow posts, based on the "quality over quantity" principle.
- posting screenshots or videos is advisable, but not necessary.
They represent content, and content is encouraged.

2. Be a decent human being, without a history of leaking other ppl's mods or products without permission and without acting like a self-entitled prick.

3. Be mindful of the Rules & Guidelines about how this forum functions.


Some of you are already Veterans and know very well what that means. For those of you who just registered, Veterans are members of the Old VGUnetwork (2009-2013) who have been very active and valuable there, who we remember very well and who have stuck with us through thick and thin. They're literally <Veteran> members, we have a long history together and they should be regarded as OG Smile (Original GUNners)
If you believe you deserve the rank of Veteran, apply to the group and we'll take it in consideration.
Possible outcomes to that:

1. most of us are gonna say "Oh right! I know him/her! He/she used to post a lot and was a nice guy/gal!"
in which case you're set and promoted. This is the case with most current Veterans.

2. some of us say
"Sounds familiar! I think she/he was around!
Not sure how active, though, it's very vague.
We should wait for him/her to post some more"

OR
one of us could say "oh I remember him/her well!"
while others would say "no, I don't recall seeing them"
which is the case for most people who already applied but weren't promoted yet.

3. most of us would say "I don't really remember him/her. maybe they should go for Colonial instead" which is the situation for... well... not sure. but could be.

Veterans still should be active, but a bit more leeway is granted in lieu of their past activity on the old site.

Ergo, it's a weird complicated system closed eyes smile
Now I must beg of you: DO NOT be kiss-asses!
Don't try to suck up past your promotion.
But don't be a prick, be benevolent, open and interactive.
Be honest, decent and post lots of pictures  tongue

Don't aim for
Paladin. Only very few remarkable (near legendary) modders and the highest esteemed old VGU members will be awarded this rank. If you're registered to the site, we probably already know and have promoted you on the spot. If you went under our radar, feel free to message me, asking about it, but it'll save us both an awkward conversation if you just post on the forums and allow us to pick up on your presence first. Paladins are the most renown and accomplished members of the modding scene and those who have been great, loyal friends of the community.

However, if your current and future activity, as well as fantastic mod releases, stand out among the rest like a blinding beacon of light, we will nominate you to this member group when we consider it appropriate.

For
Sentinel & Overseer you have to have forum managing experience or honest willingness, free time and a good reputation. There's a greater chance you become Sentinel before Overseer, but just so it's clear, anybody can strive to become Staff. It's an administrative position, so it comes with a lot of responsibility but with a few perks too. Applications will be considered.
Sentinels go through a 2 week trial period after which they may be asked to step down.

I hope this is sufficiently explained, as a preliminary breakdown.
Other additions or changes will be posted and updated here.


More details on Procedure:

You don't really get to apply for promotion, you'll be nominated.

You may ask Staff if you've been nominated, and how the votes are going, but there's no application necessary on your part, other than being active on the forums.

Only Overseers and Paladins nominate members for Promotion.
DO NOT bother Paladins to nominate you, you may be banned.
You may, however, ask an Overseer or Sentinel about your status,
but don't be annoying and don't be an ass kisser.

Only Overseers, Sentinels and Paladins vote for or against members nominated for Promotion. Each vote has the same value.

Do not offer money for promotion. We neither have the interest, nor the means to accept donations.

Do not beg for their favor, do not be needy and exasperating.
Earn your status like an intelligent adult, not like a leech.
A proper activity and patience will always be rewarded.
Show trust and respect and we'll reciprocate  Thumbs Up


Types of Votes
NO when the member hasn't earned promotion.
YES when the member has earned promotion.
WAIT when the member has potential, but hasn't quite earned it yet


I've included all the current Member Groups here for quick reference:
 

Nominations may be for:
Colonial, Veteran, Purple Hearts, Chatbox Moderator, Sentinel, Overseer, Paladin or Demotion from any of those ranks.

For
GFX Specialists they will be voted on by the Graphic Effects Team in their Head-Quarters here, by a similar but more simplified process:
http://www.gunetwork.org/t5634-gfx-specialists-hq

Every nomination has to be motivated.
Every time we nominate somebody we note our impressions and a direct link to their posts or simply by tagging them. So a nomination would look like this:

@UserExample <http://www.gunetwork.org/spa/UserExample>
Colonial. Mostly decent activity. Had some short posts in the beginning but he improved content after a while. Has been friendly, helpful and mindful of the rules.


Demotions and Overseer Nominations have to reach 5 votes of the same kind to finalize.
All other Nominations only need 3 votes of the same kind to pass through.
Once at least 3 (or 5) votes are met in the member's favor, there will be a 48 hour Pending Period in which anyone who hasn't voted can formulate objections, and those who've voted can change their vote based on proper justification. If no objections arise within the given time, the Nomination will be executed and announced here.

I trust this is pretty straight-forward. If you've wondered how things work, this is it. For any other questions, address them here. Any topics created about this in the future will be redirected here and locked.

Thank you for being part of the Gaming Underground Network!
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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Fri May 04, 2018 1:06 am

Um... goody goody new thread... Smile

Best wishes to those who wish to work towards being promoted. It is really easy to do. Simple post in the welcome thread, some thank you post for a mod that you liked (also some screen captures of the mod in action is greatly appreciated) and / or some support post and you would be well on your way.

Maintenance of the promotion is easy as well. I just did that Very Happy Posting here! Bunny
Just make a few good post every once in a while while on the site. ( I believe once every 3 months, could be wrong... I always post more than that... lol)

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Fri May 11, 2018 6:10 pm

Great guide thanks! Very helpful to us newer folks looking to earn those promotions.
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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Sat May 12, 2018 3:04 pm

@Callen151 wrote:
Great guide thanks! Very helpful to us newer folks looking to earn those promotions.

And you are now well on your way TongueTril

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Sun May 13, 2018 10:36 pm

Yeeeee-haw, GUNners and GUNnettes!
cowboy
We've come ridin' in from yonder prairies of the good ol' GUN lands full of the lawful and the lawless
and have nabbed ourselves a bit of both!

First bit of great news, coming to us by telegram,
is that on May 10th we've surpassed the 90000 members mark!

(banner by @darkstyler Thumbs Up )

Secondly, we've recognized and rewarded the following members of our westward town now, some returning while others geting their first spitshine in the Saloon:
@ahyuser001
@Dextrose
@Sonichu_fanboy
and our great veteran friend and collaborator: @ncrvet Hugging
Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

sadly, this is also a day of 13th
so we've tracked down a couple of lurkers and... well, we stripped them of their access
the lurkers are:
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We're terribly mournful over these demotions but they are necessary and impassionate.

That being said, let's get a proper ho-down going and commence la fiesta de los caballeros (cowboy party) in this town square!

Just remember, high noon duel and sundown face-offs are still a possibility Dancey

Don't forget to participate in the ongoing Screenshot Contest !
And share your favorite western tunes as well Wink
Link at the top of the page, under the buttons Thumbs Up

My best regards and the tip of my hat to y'all!
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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Sun May 13, 2018 11:51 pm

Congratulations to all those who have passed through the crucible of GUN and ascended to the rank of colonial! @DVAted And a yeehaw to you! cowboy

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 12:08 am

Congrats for all those that were promoted.
@DVAted Where's the hoe down? Very Happy Lets get this party started!

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 2:18 am

Thank you very much sir! cowboy

Edit: typo


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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 4:18 am

Congra-tu-lations to the new deputies of this here town! Enjoy yer new ranks and all the perks it entails. Yeeeehawwwww! Rounds of sarsaparilla are on me, boys!
@Dextrose, @ahyuser001, @Sonichu_fanboy

Aw, shucks... demotion time again already? Man, that's quite a few significant losses. Pardners, you gotta stay active. You can't expect to just earn the badge and keep it forever, you got responsibilities to uphold.

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 4:24 am

Guys, its time to Promote me, been here for 6 months.

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 4:53 am

@ViruzZ wrote:
Guys, its time to Promote me, been here for 6 months.

Whether you're qualified or not for promotion isn't determined by how long you've been here or even how much you post. It's determined by how active you are and the quality of the posts you've made in the time you've spent here. A bunch of short, one-lined posts don't really come across as high quality posts to most. Here especially, they come across as posts someone makes in a desperate attempt to get promoted. I'm sure your time for promotion will come eventually, Virus, but until then just makes some posts with a modicum of effort and thought put into them. Contribute to the community in any way you can. Don't complain about mod authors "disappearing" because they haven't released anything in a while. Don't do it

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 6:47 am

Congratulations @ahyuser001, @Dextrose, @Sonichu_fanboy, always glad to welcome new colonials. I'm waiting these moments with impatience each time.

@ncrvet, congratulations too Wink

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That being said, let's get a proper ho-down going and commence la fiesta de los caballeros (cowboy party) in this town square !

@DVAted Uh, I can not stay for the fiesta, sorry, it would have been with pleasure, but since the new cowboy theme, my head is priced and sought by the bounty hunters and I would be a target in the middle of the park. They could have made an effort anyway, 200 dollars is not much ^^

PS : About the banner, I just saw that I posted the pics with the limitation of 800 pixels servimg, (I forget it each time,  I have trouble with this option.) that's probably why you've chosen the png. BrickWall Headbutt

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 8:05 am

Hey congrats to the brand new promoted ones. Good banner Darky, not bad at all! Thumbs Up

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Mon May 14, 2018 10:23 pm

@DVAted @Timeseeker @darkstyler oh woah, nice! thank you!! 'grats everyone :)
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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Thu May 17, 2018 9:21 pm

Glad to have the opportunity. Thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Thu May 17, 2018 9:39 pm

Congratulation to you @Dextrose, @ahyuser001, @Sonichu_fanboy and welcome back to the green team, well deserved guys Thumbs Up Also congratulations for @ncrvet, it`s good to see that you received a veteran rank, I wish you many subs on your channels and great vievers community Smile Greetings from Poland everyone, cheers Beer

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PostSubject: Re: Promotions - How to get Mod Access   Thu May 17, 2018 11:08 pm

I think it should be "La fiesta de los vaqueros" (the cowboys party) and not " La fiesta de los caballeros" (gentleman's party).

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