• How to be a Productive Community Member


    Shadows

     

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    My name is Shadows, and recently I have noticed a common trend within this community. There is so much drama and other unnecessary things that happen here that people forget about being productive! Therefore, I have taken it upon myself from you to go from….

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    To…

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    I have broken this guide down into the following sections which are labeled as such:

     

    Forum Behavior

    Forum Activity

    General Attitude

    Game Activity

    Community Interviews

    Overview

     

     

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    The first thing you need to know about forum behavior is to read the rules.

    Specifically, the following:

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    While all rules are important, these are the forum specific rules. Now, while most of them are grey and black on this page, there are a few more obscure rules that are not found here. Such as:

     No usage of the following words in any form

    nibba, faggot

    Excessive memes even on your own profile

     

    If you follow the rules in the screenshot and the few listed above, you should be on your way to a clean sheet on the forums. Remember that this is the internet and if people say something you don’t agree with, you always have the option of ignoring them and keep yourself from receiving a punishment. Or, you can keep responding to them in a civil manner and work things out.

     

     

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    It is no secret that those who are more productive within the community tend to be someone that appears again and again on the forums. For example:

     

    Does anybody know who this guy is?

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    How about this guy?

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    Guess what? They’re both me! As someone who is productive like myself, nobody knew who I was with so few posts because I hadn’t yet become productive. In the second picture, we can see that my posts have increased by a very large margin and you probably recognize and see myself in many threads creating greats posts.

     

    This is not to see that you need to post a lot to be constructive, however. It is very feasible to post once or twice a week and provide very valid points in well thought-out content. For example:

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    He has a much smaller post count, however his posts tend to contain very strong arguments and contribute a lot to the thread he posts on.

     

    Remember this basic formula for forum activity:

     

    Productivity = Quality^2 * postLength

     

    Either post a lot with average quality posts, or post less frequently with much longer posts to maximize your positive contributions!

     

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    Now this comes from many different things and is not very concrete. There are very productive members with poor attitudes and some with great ones. The main thing here is, be one that can see two sides of an argument and know when the other side of the debate won. This is the main forum issue that needs to be taught and just comes with practice and accepting that you’re wrong, and not backing down when you’re right.

     

    From an in-game perspective, it is very important to know the difference between the game and the forums/teamspeak. If you die from one of the PVP gods like @Hebee, don’t post on his profile or make a report upset that he killed you unless you want to be the target of the next week’s memes. Reporting if you feel a rule was broken is always an option, but very commonly there is just a misunderstanding between two parties and the conflict can be resolved verbally on teamspeak or through the private message function on the website.

     

    Remember that someone who is productive is consistent and continues to push for what they want to get done. Work towards your goal and prepare to get hate but remember that it is part of the journey towards getting the results you want.

     

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    Which member looks more productive?

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    Or…

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    While one has more time on the game, one clearly plays much more often (recently) than the other. The second picture shows a lot of time spent in-game in two weeks and can be impossible for some due to their busy lives. Here is a basic guideline for 2 week activity:

     

    0 Hours - Very Unproductive

    .1 -> 4.9 Hours - Unproductive

    5 -> 9.9 Hours - Almost Productive

    10 -> 19.9 Hours - Moderately Productive

    20 -> 39.9 Hours - Productive (This is ideal)

    40 -> 59.9 Hours - Very productive

    Over 60 Hours - Excessive playtime, needs to distribute with the forums

     

    One thing to remember with this community is that both the forums and the game are important, but if you have to choose one choose the game because that’s what this place was made for.

     

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    I have created an all-star lineup of productive community members that will be interview on their thoughts and tips on being so productive.

     

    @Will

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    1. Give us a three sentence introduction of who you are. Community wise, or in real life.
      1. My name is Will and I'm from the US. I joined the community about a year ago and I've been on the website everyday since then. I'm not much of a gamer as DayZ is pretty much the only game I play.
    2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very productive) how productive do you consider yourself?
      1. Obvi a 10
    3. Who was your inspiration for being so productive?
      1. My inspiration right now is that I'm currently a staff member and I need to 'set an example'.
    4. What is your basic rule of thumb for personal productivity?
      1. Throw in meaningful thoughts during discussions. You're thoughts may be retarded but at least your showing effort.
    5. What is something nobody should do if they want to be productive?
      1. Barely ever post.
    6. Any other comments?
      1. Being a productive member means that you're maintaining a somewhat decent level of respect for others. You don't have to love everyone in the community, just dont get too many points. I'm gonna be honest, sometimes it's healthy to get your thoughts out, but just dont make it too flamey. Please.

     

      

    @evanm23

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    1. Give us a three sentence introduction of who you are. Community wise, or in real life.
      1. How you doing, My name is evan miller and im from scotland. i have been gaming since i was 3 years old ever since i played Super mario land and gta san andreas at kindergarten (Woops). I like to go on my quad, working on computers and learning about cars.
    2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very productive) how productive do you consider yourself?
      1. about a 5-6. It honestly depends on the mood.
    3. Who was your inspiration for being so productive?
      1. i dont really have an inspiration to be honest, It just comes and goes.
    4. What is your basic rule of thumb for personal productivity?
      1. always have a good breakfast and ignore other people causing distractions
    5. What is something nobody should do if they want to be productive?
      1. it was  you need to stop working overtime and continue to improve your productivity
    6. Any other comments?
      1. i dont have any other comments

     

     

    @Keira

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    1. Give us a three sentence introduction of who you are. Community wise, or in real life.
      1. I am a new Mommy to a cute 4 month old boy. I am ex-staff, previously held the positions of Moderator and PR Manager. I love being creative and have a passion for art and art history.
    2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very productive) how productive do you consider yourself?
      1. 11 - I get shit done.
    3. Who was your inspiration for being so productive?
      1. @Terra - who has to be THE most productive person ever.
    4. What is your basic rule of thumb for personal productivity?
      1. Start small and work your way up, one step at a time. If don't start, it'll never get done!
    5. What is something nobody should do if they want to be productive?
      1. Most people think procrastination is a lazy trait, however its been shown that perfectionists tend to be procrastinators and their quality of work does not suffer from putting things off until last minute. But really, if you want to be productive, you shouldn't involve yourself in drama. Ignore the shit.
    6. Any other comments?
      1. Don't let your personal opinions get in the way of seeing the full picture. Always keep the full picture in mind (A better community) and try to leave people better than when you found them. We don't need anymore assholes.

     

     

    @Randle

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    1. Give us a three sentence introduction of who you are. Community wise, or in real life.
      1. I'm Randle/Final Randle /Dom the communitys resident PVPRPER and greatest moderator since ever. I am an avid roleplayer who enjoys developing his character around the fire. With some cold ones and the boys.
    2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very productive) how productive do you consider yourself?
      1. 10
    3. Who was your inspiration for being so productive?
      1. Pado
    4. What is your basic rule of thumb for personal productivity?
      1. Report everything if you think its a rulebreak.
    5. What is something nobody should do if they want to be productive?
      1. Become a support member in the community, I feel that it really lowers productivity levels.

     

     

    @Rolle

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    1. Give us a three sentence introduction of who you are. Community wise, or in real life.
      1. Mostly self-learned computer guy, community leader, a father. Very average person in real life, pretending to be a bad ass on the Internet. Have been captain of this ship for 5 years now and I have gotten exceptionally good at it.
    2. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very productive) how productive do you consider yourself?
      1. 6
    3. Who was your inspiration for being so productive?
      1. @Terra
    4. What is your basic rule of thumb for personal productivity?
      1. Learning new things and improving QoL for my members on the website
    5. What is something nobody should do if they want to be productive?
      1. Procrastinate
    6. Any other comments?
      1. I like trains

     

     

     

     

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    Now you may be thinking gee, this entire guide has been your tips why do you need a separate section? Well the answer is simple. As you all saw above, every person we interviewed has their own opinions on how to be productive. Here I will tell you all my own personal tips and how I am I as productive as I am. 

    The first thing I do, is become familiar with the current dynamic on the community. What’s the scene like? Are there a lot of PVPers, a lot of campfire RPers?

    Know the situation of the community to make yourself aware of what’s going on. If there is a large presence of PVPers (the best kind of roleplayers) then know that each thread will have more people bias to that side of the argument and vice-versa. Use this to leverage yourself.

    Another tip for being productive is to find others with similar goals. You can’t be productive if people don’t side with you. Find them through the forums, teamspeak, the game, and work together to make change and spread the good vibes around the forums. One person promoting something isn’t as powerful as a group that can provide their own opinions and work together to get change done.

    There are also a couple of things that you should avoid if you want to be productive. The first thing is something called Erotic Roleplay, or ERP for short. This is a very unproductive style in roleplay and should be avoided.

    Some things that you should make sure you do is take advantage of where you can post. The “Whose Roleplay did you Enjoy” thread is a place you should always post in to maximize your posts and get some free beanz. Also, make sure to post PVP videos and images in your own media thread to show people how active you are and why you are important.

    And finally the last step of mine is a bit ballsy. Basically, don’t pussy out. People will get upset at you, disagree with you, it’s all part of the challenge and what comes with being such a productive member of the community. Just remember your arguments and don’t back down. Remember, as long as you follow the things I discussed in the first section, you will prevent yourself from getting any points unless Rolle steps in.

     

    Fortunately that doesn’t happen too often ;)

     

     

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    The big thing about being a productive community member, is that there is not one way to doing it. Make sure that you following the community rules and put the betterment of DayZRP at the forefront of your concerns and you’re already on your way. It takes a long time to become as productive as I am, but I assure you after reading this guide you will be one step closer to achieving your goals and one day may be almost as productive as I am.

     

    Remember folks, nobody wants to be this guy:

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    So let’s keep being this guy:

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    If you enjoyed this remember to drop some beanz and follow my profile.

    xoxo

     

    Thanks to all those that participated in the interviews.

    Special shoutout to @Flash for the artwork, a very productive community member who would make a great LM :x

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    2 hours ago, Randle said:

    I would agree engaging in ERP or Erotic Roleplay is very counter-productive and should not be done under any circumstances.

    Indeed it is counter-productive

    Erotic roleplay is incredibly vile and should not be mention what so ever

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    Phoenix

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    That's a very neat guide productive community member @Shadows

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    Sin

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    On 6/15/2017 at 5:28 PM, evanm23 said:

    Erotic roleplay is incredibly vile and should not be mention what so ever

    Wow, I guess I'll just leave then.

    Seriously though, ERP has its place, and if done properly, can be an extremely powerful and positive experience for everyone involved.  Eros is an integral part of life, especially the playful aspects of life.  We are here to play, and play out second lives in game; banning eroticism from that second life makes it far less compelling for some.

    That said, don't force it, just let it happen.  If it arises organically through multiple scenes, and everyone involved are consenting adults, then why not engage in ERP?  Just give it the weight it carries and keep it tasteful.  There should be no need to graphically describe specific sex acts nor use explicit language.  And of course, no power-gaming.

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    42 minutes ago, Sin said:

    Wow, I guess I'll just leave then.

    Seriously though, ERP has its place, and if done properly, can be an extremely powerful and positive experience for everyone involved.  Eros is an integral part of life, especially the playful aspects of life.  We are here to play, and play out second lives in game; banning eroticism from that second life makes it far less compelling for some.

    That said, don't force it, just let it happen.  If it arises organically through multiple scenes, and everyone involved are consenting adults, then why not engage in ERP?  Just give it the weight it carries and keep it tasteful.  There should be no need to graphically describe specific sex acts nor use explicit language.  And of course, no power-gaming.

    I think what ended up giving ERP such a bad name were the people that did it in a blatantly troll manner and the people that basically reinacted the plot of a shirty porno in a public area. I personally find it weird as fuck but if people want to do it in a private area go ahead. You have the right to do it, I have the right to have an opinion on it. 

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    Sin

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    It should go without saying that if you haven't had sex in real life, you'll never bring it off in game.

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    22 minutes ago, Nihoolious said:

    I think what ended up giving ERP such a bad name were the people that did it in a blatantly troll manner and the people that basically reinacted the plot of a shirty porno in a public area. I personally find it weird as fuck but if people want to do it in a private area go ahead. You have the right to do it, I have the right to have an opinion on it. 

    I think the reason why ERP has such a bad name is because having sex on a video game is pretty fucked up to some people. And my some I mean a good amount

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    Sin

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    When it comes right down to it, sex is pretty fucked up.  Even straight whitebread missionary position sex within the confines of marriage.  Exploring that fucked-up-ness is what ERP is all about.  Sex is 90% in the mind, and that's where we go when we role play.  We're all fucked up people in one way or another, and exploring how two fucked up people create a fucked up relationship together is ... fascinating and often a great deal of fun.  ERP should be about that relationship, not the sex.

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