Mike Donner's Server Manager Application

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rewording my vote: 


The only real negative of mike IMO is that he is young, and lacks staffing experience compared to all the other candidates. 

I don't really know mike that well so I can't exactly speak on how he acts or thinks, but knowing how some of the other applicants act make me think that Mike would be a good candidate for the position. 

I don't want to +1 multiple apps, but if the candidates are narrowed down I'll change my vote.

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#22
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Mike has since damn near as soon as he joined the team displayed numerous times his leadership abilities. Even as a young mod would give me advice and be honest with me when I was doing too much whether it be fs on an unarrestable or talk shit about co-owners on the forums.

Mike (although he may not know it) is 1 of the reasons I would be vocal about my concerns during staff meetings. I had a friend that I respected and that I knew was level-headed and if he agreed with what I said, I know I had a solid argument about improvements we as a staff team could make. Mike was never afraid to tell me when I was wrong, Mike gave great advice, he's chill on server, he's professional on the forums, and from pretty much the beginning he was one of the reasons why I would be so active and try my best to be the best staff member I could be (so I could call him a shitbag and tell him I was better LUL )

Like many have said he always hosts meetings if the managers r preoccupied, he always has answers, he's always real, the one time I saw him make a large mistake he immediately apologized and I saw him make vast improvements to better himself. Pretty much all mods (b4 I resigned) were racing to be a Mike Donner (whether they knew it or not) Bc mod Mike is exactly what I believe the admins are/were looking for.

To end off, Mike is the perfect guy for the position, and even though I trained him, I was always trying to be like him/beat him in the "mod do good" contest/looked up to him (don't tell him I said that) since basically when he joined the team.

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I trust no one else as much as I trust Mike. 

The only advice I'd give is don't stress yourself out too much if you do end up getting this position.

GL on your app good sir
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#23
I understand that since you have joined the staff team you have worked hard to get where you are now, however the fact you have been staff for only a year is a little concerning as I feel like the server manager position is one that is always judged upon because people never really see what you are doing behind the scenes. Also I feel like maybe some of the other applicant's who have more time in the server may fit this position a little better due to staffing experience on this server. 

I also would like to say that if you had, had more time on the server as staff I feel like this would of been a really good position for you as I have staffed with you previously and I know you do work hard in the position you are in currently. I feel like with time in the future maybe you could get this position and do great with it I just feel like for now it may be too soon.

I wish you the best of luck with your app 

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#24
I keep starting and deleting my feedback for this applicant. 

Here is the crux of what I want to say: he is a very black and white candidate when it comes to team decisions on player enforcement, and usually sides with harsher punishments rather than a middle ground, but when it comes to staff issues he seems to be the opposite- wanting to come to a mutual conclusion. This has resulted in him getting in the middle of things where he otherwise shouldn't, though likely has to do with him being forced to be the point person at times (or possibly, volunteering to be the point person). This comes across as a bit two-faced, though it's certainly not his intention to be. At face value, he's a very good and proactive candidate, but he rarely makes his own stance on things known. This unknown factor puts him closer to wildcard territory as we won't know how he will act on certain things when he settles into the position. He wants to keep the peace, even if it means becoming a peacekeeper himself and bashing a few heads in. Be careful of bias influencing decision-making or priority on tasks in the future. 

He has a highly inquisitive mind and is always working to improve himself, whether the feedback comes from a new player or a veteran he is always considering it and applying it rather than letting it roll off his back and deflecting like others do. I do appreciate a lot of what you do, though it can be frustrating at times.

One of the biggest positives about this candidate is the value he puts on feedback: he is good at receiving, processing/digesting it, and handling it in very good ways. Mike also has good work ethic and has been seen to be quick to respond to player threads, though he has been called out as unhelpful in some without attempting to redress the issue. I could expect more and more topics and feedback to be answered and resolved rather than left in limbo for all eternity in this community that already has a lot of unrest in these matters due to the predecessor. 

I do have concerns over his lack of depth in understanding certain rules- as server manager you need to understand why certain rules and rulesets exist, or you won't be able to conceptualize balance. This makes me uncertain on how you would do when introducing new rules and explaining them to staff and players, and if you would even bother to work with Guy at all on introducing new rules. 

Of all the applicants, he's been on the team the least amount of time, but has left the largest impression in this amount of time. I believe everyone is 2-5 years, while Mike is only on it for 1 year. Still, over the course of this last year he's done great and attempted to be nothing but helpful. He would probably do good in any managerial position for this server, his decisionmaking is rarely grounded solely bias (he's always open to discussion) and his feelings don't get hurt easily, which would lead to more impulsive decisions if they were. Mike Donner also has his shit together and has remained active over this last year- he doesn't really make excuses for lack of activity, and keeps a presence even when on LOA. I am confident that a lot of the issues with the previous manager won't be repeated with Mike, and my concern over his lack of depth in understanding will probably resolve itself over time if we bear with him and remain communicative if he gets the position. Expect a period of exponential growth if this happens.

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#25
You are always professional both ingame and on the forums especially on ban appeals which is where I see you the most here on the forums

You help ingame if someone has a doubt, I remember I had a doubt and you clarified it for me. You are impartial never saw you being disrespectful with any player no matter if they are max prestige or not.

Also you don't pretend to be all-knowing regarding the rules and you admit when you make a mistake. That for me is what a server manager needs: being humble and knowing when to be serious or not

I trust either you or Gina with a server manager position

Good luck with your application man!
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#26
Mike has always been a super active and super approachable person! It would be a crime not to make him server manager 
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#27
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Sorry Mike, I think you are a good individual overall, but I believe there is a better applicant up right now. However, I do see you fit if that other applicant gets denied, best of luck Mike.
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I wasn't going to vote on any of these apps, but I feel like people voting deserve to know about things.  

There was times in the past when Mike would leak us videos from people reporting us on the server.  One specific occasion I can remember is when @Carl Lockhart-Carlson was reporting me and others for harassment or something like that.  Carl was very adamant about us not knowing that he had reported us.  However, directly after Carl's sit Mike teleported to Joey Rigatoni and I, to not only tell us Carl had reported us but then also proceeded to laugh about it and then leak us the video from admin chat. 





Sure you can make the argument that this is almost a year ago now.  I agree that people can change over time and have seen it happen.  However I don't feel that argument holds very much weight in this situation since this position holds as much authority as it does.

My vote will be a -1.  I don't want a server manager who flip flops his stances on things.

Edit: This will be my only reply to this.  You are welcome to deny that you are the one who sent us this clip, as I don't have a clip of it happening.  Whether it be that you don't remember or are simply choosing to lie about it now to save face I do not know.  However, you are indeed the person who sent us the video.  Joey and I were standing on the side gate of the outer courtyard talking about the situation, you then you teleported to us and laughed then linked the video above and told us to enjoy or something to that effect.  As I said you can deny these claims all you want, but in my eyes that only makes you look worse because I know what actually happened.

The fact that you are now denying this(whether you forgot or are lying), as well as some of your recent responses on This Thread are other HUGE flags for me and only reaffirms my belief that you would not be a good choice for SM.
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#29
(08-02-2021, 02:00 PM)Reggie Riptide Wrote: I wasn't going to vote on any of these apps, but I feel like people voting deserve to know about things.  

There was times in the past when Mike would leak us videos from people reporting us on the server.  One specific occasion I can remember is when @Carl Lockhart-Carlson was reporting me and others for harassment or something like that.  Carl was very adamant about us not knowing that he had reported us.  However, directly after Carl's sit Mike teleported to Joey Rigatoni and I, to not only tell us Carl had reported us but then also proceeded to laugh about it and then leak us the video from admin chat. 





Sure you can make the argument that this is almost a year ago now.  I agree that people can change over time and have seen it happen.  However I don't feel that argument holds very much weight in this situation since this position holds as much authority as it does.

My vote will be a -1.  I don't want a server manager who flip flops his stances on things.

Hey, so I'm going to start off by addressing the main concern that instantly strikes me from this response, which is the claim that I leaked to you, and have done so on multiple occasions. This never happened, I never sent you the video that was used in the report nor have I ever leaked anything else to any of you. In terms of reporting the two of you, I never outright stated that he reported you, it's more a case of a realisation that you guys came to when I had you in the sit. I will admit that I did come to you after and said that you guys made me laugh, however that's all that happened in that instance.

Additionally, you say that the claim of 'people can change' doesn't hold much weight but as you said this happened about a year ago, which was right back when I had just started staffing. Looking back on the situation now I acknowledge the fact that there shouldn't have been any discussion of the situation after it happened at all, and I'm in the wrong for coming to you guys and initiating that conversation. However, I'm sure that I never leaked that video to either to you, nor have I ever leaked anything to you in the past.

As far as my stance on things go, I know that you're referring to my recent response on the thread about snatching off of cooldown, however the main two differences there are the situation itself and the time frame between the two incidents. The one in the video that you sent wasn't relating to target snatching and was around a year ago, whereas the more recent situation was just today and also did relate to target snatching, which is the thing that I gave my opinion on on that thread.

Overall, I feel like using a situation that occurred back towards the start of my time staffing to judge whether I'm suitable for the position now isn't the best way of looking at things, however I definitely recognise your concern and I'm willing to admit that I didn't handle that situation as I should have when it happened.
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