Mock Trial Suggestions

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Hey guys, I asked staff the same question, now I wanna ask the community: 

Do you guys have any suggestions with times or how pairings are done for mock trials each month? 

One suggestion I had was to have a span of time instead of one specific instance( for example instead of 11am CST it would be 11am-2pm) 

If there’s any other suggestions, especially time slots for different time zones I’d love to hear and get any feedback. 

I enjoy hosting mock trials each month so I’d like to improve it to help players better who are possibly interested in the positions and want to participate in them.

Thanks! 

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I personally think the mock trials are handled really well and done really well from staff members.

My only criticism would be to have more on Fridays / Saturdays as they are usually late or early morning on days people have school / work.
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So I'm thinking pair community members with staff members who they don't get along with and vice versa, so that they can get to know each other better and overcome their differences
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(05-02-2022, 12:37 PM)Mike Donner Wrote: So I'm thinking pair community members with staff members who they don't get along with and vice versa, so that they can get to know each other better and overcome their differences

Yeah that’s what I’m thinkin’, oh wait..
    
 
                  
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if only you actually had overnight staff to do mock trials too Kappa
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(05-06-2022, 12:55 AM)Luke Sisca Wrote: if only you actually had overnight staff to do mock trials too Kappa

We have a couple of people over night that I’m aware of now? Maybe not to do mock trials lol. But I’d like a better suggestion for a time that  I could possibly set instead of this lol

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let people just put in a name, let staff decide the time. a mock trial with Gina and Miro, but they're only available during 3:20 and 3:23 AM EST. People would sign up for that shit. 

It's more efficient to do a bunch of people signing up at once, to ensure that all calls are taken care of and therefore all participants are being looked after, but with all the sit rooms crammed up or one person doing a mock trial for three people, there's gonna be issues. 

Have you exhausted admin resources in organizing this? This seems right up Marlene or Ariel's alley to help you with, as it's been going on for a year, they can help shoulder the burden.

(also Mike's not entirely wrong with his suggestion, but it might be problematic to match up two people who don't get along on purpose, as it could be based off a rumor or irreconcilable differences. additionally, the staff member needs to WANT to sign up for that time slot)
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I haven’t exhausted resources from doing this- however I like to gather feedback from those who participate and help conduct trials to see what they would like to see or what could be more useful. 

I have tried that idea about picking a staff member and letting them know time zones etc, but that unfortunately did not work and the pairings I do myself work better in reality.

I’m always open if other staff want to help organize mock trials however it’s been mainly my responsibility and I haven’t had anyone step up (besides Marlene with helping with pairings) which is fine.

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My post mostly pertains to the GM mock trials. 

I haven't participated recently for obvious reasons, but a year ago my largest qualm (I wouldn't quite call it a complaint as I was happy enough to participate) was that if i didn't specify a staff member, it'd sometimes get cancelled or i'd just get contacted by someone I did it with already. I was always on top of participating and took up as many slots as I could and looked forward to it. When I did manage to get staff and helped out a bit, the best trials were definitely when there was a moderator collab (could have done admin as well but wasn't close with any as staff) and because of this collab I could block out my entire chat and fully show what I could do with the tools while having the moderator get an introduction to what I was doing by seeing my stream and observing their own client- staying there on standby and notifying me of any calls meant for me and for them to do their moderator duties (periodically, I would black out my stream and see if any GM-related calls were sent through DM, staff chat was never compromised). 

It really was a good experience for the moderators and the players I did this with, some of the events that were made possible were great and we built up the applicants to creating fun for others, exchanging ideas, and creating content. 

This can backfire though (not what I was doing, but a collab mock trial when i was looking to apply), I remember doing a mock with an now ex-staff member and their best-friend (at the time) ex-staff member who I had already done a MT with- names/rank blocked out seeing as how an argument happens each time i bring up a name, I have no intention of responding more than a year later, and we kind of sped through what we were doing, a current person on the roster who was interested was there as well with me but I think arrived a little late. I remember the mock trials getting merged like quarter way through and we were like- fuck it, let's do a an event- all while things were being re-explained- and so we did, but it seemed more fun for the people who had the power, not the people trying to get experience in any sense. I don't remember how much I took out of that mock trial, just another set of definitions for what a small event vs a medium and large event was, I guess (this has always been a different answer depending on who you ask). 

I don't know if you'd be willing to do the way I demonstrated, as depending on the staff member team you get, it can quickly become the staff member's getting a license to fuck around. What's important is keeping the focus on the applicant- no applicant is boring, they just haven't opened themselves up yet. The problem with the more raucous mock trial is that there was less structure, but I was still in good company. 

When I had the opportunity I had a lot of structure hosting the mock trial- I covered everything that was covered for my mock trials (the good parts, anyways) and then some after comprehension was understood. When I included mods, I even had some of the most organic team building experiences with the moderating staff who assisted with the trial and would communicate messages as needed. 


For GM mocks- 

I don't know what you are looking for these days or if you're willing to accept this suggestion from me of all people, but know this comes from a place of sincerity. Making it a great experience for the player while doing some team building between the moderating staff and creative staff (it could be an admin-gm, gm-gm, gm-mod, admin-mod, or even admin-admin) seems as if will end in a two birds-one stone scenario, where you can work on team building and communication/listening skills between the staff members and build up the potential applicant, so long as the moderating staff sticks with active listening (potentially even learning things they didn't know while ensuring calls are taken and the GM isn't being called for in staff chat) and the creative staff sticks with showing how the tools work, what you can do with them, and educating them on potential commands they can carry with them into an application, and event building. (I'm putting this in as a post-script, but I haven't even considered temp-mods also helping out with this format, taking sits while watching staff chat for calls, this is completely viable and may help them decide what they want to do in the future as they participate). Edit: after the recent events (a few months ago), this would be a perfect time to clear/train each interested staff member on leaking if this has not already been done, and establish standards. Three birds with one stone. 


I know you've done many of the current ones, sometimes even multiple at once, these events can be great for players to participate and get their feet wet, but once it becomes two or even three people to one admin, and one of them wants to be a moderator, I think the questions seem all over the place and seem a bit disorganized despite you doing your best to keep it together and have them learn from eachother. As an example, I remember when Satia had me and someone else to work with, and we did some building. This other player had a lot of questions, so much so that I didn't want to bother asking because the questions themselves seemed overbearing. The experience was so much different when I did another mock trial again with Satia. She was able to focus on me and give me more personalized answers- and she even went around showing how she enhances RP which wasn't far off from how I used to do it. Then we did another one as I worked on my application again, and just her insight alone was enough to show that despite some of my ideas being *what i perceived to be original*, she was able to enhance them with some easy to implement suggestions that just worked for the server, where I didn't see it before. It showed me how collab can be important even in the planning stages if you left yourself open to it. 

 I don't think you need to stretch yourself so thin if you still are. If a staff volunteer would like to accommodate an interested person and meet up with them on their agreed schedule, they should be able to work it out instead of a specified time frame. As a special mention, Pierre or Jacob  and even the admin team might also be working with some privileged info and they might be able to help see Mike's vision become a possibility, but I don't think route is fully thought out yet. I'll be honest, it been seeming like an audition/interview/information session/competition (depending on the personalities) when more than one person is matched with a a staff member, and we all know that's not the intention of a MT. There is value to having a "classmate" so-to-speak, as they can describe what they just heard in more relatable ways, but I think everyone's able to re-explain in simpler terms if offered the chance to ask questions. 


My personal opinion is that more time with the applicant with more staff members (at least a creative 1-1 ratio for staff:player, if not 2:1 mod-creativestaff:player if it's available) can result in positive engagement with team members and with the community participants. 


So far as moderator mock trials goes, there's been criticism of GMs giving them, but as you know I gave some moderator mock trials and in many ways I was more equip as I let players know via text screens above the words on the wall and naming rules that someone was on an event/mock trial and was not a mod (this was an issue as a former staff member brought a moderator mock into a sit room for a fail name and it was a total disaster, but from the POV of the video is just seemed like the mock was an actual moderator who reflected bad on the team. It's kind of the same criticism as saying a GM shouldn't host a prefect meeting if they have the time and aren't in the middle of building- some of mine were asked for as I would cover up the hatespeech on the wall, and post the topic reminders of


Prefect Meeting Topics:
Job Function and Purpose, which classes are mandatory, Freetime, Warnings, DOS/UNDOS, RD
PTS, When to enforce PTS, OP, RFD,  Micspam, Disrespect,  ERP, FS, RDM, hatespeech
Teacher's Orders, Restricted Section, Door Blocking, Lockdown Rules, Dorms, AFKing on job
Freespelling, Head Prefects, When and when not to contact staff, Field Trips,  Prefect Law


I know I've seen you give prefect meetings and you know these by heart, so something like this might not be the most useful or even cross your mind- but players who attended were able to ask about these things if they were not covered, sometimes testing knowledge of the host and the host in turn impressing staff present with their answers. 

People can say that GMs shouldn't give mod mock trials, but they're doing things according to protocol 90% of the time or passing it on to other staff. They know how to write in the logs, they can get other staff involved when unsure about a punishment, and they aren't the first pick for moderator trials any more than moderators aren't first picks for GM trials (Heck, Pierre was able to entertain half a server by having people reading Shrek, that's an event of its own kind). The potential "complaint" (it's not really a problem) of GMs doing moderator mock trials disappear if you have people getting matched then meeting on their own schedule (doesn't this already kinda happen on an individual basis?)- if you could, as a policy, match them, and then they decide on a time, it might be preferable and you'll put the responsibility on the staff member rather than on your shoulders. 

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