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Intro: MadCast Membership Levels

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When you first arrive in the MadCast community, it can be a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated. This thread seeks to introduce visitors to our site and our community.

MadCast Associates:

The folks in this group are not MadCast members. This group typically includes friends of members, extremely new people feeling out the community, members of other communities, or folks that for whatever reason are not MadCast members. Folks in this group are considered guests and will be treated as such. MadCast is a very close-knit group with folks that care about this community a lot. MadCast Associates are treated as friends that are simply hanging out and should govern themselves accordingly. This is our community, when you first arrive please treat it with the respect that you would treat an IRL visit to someone's house whom you don't know very well. We love that people come to hang out here, even if they never join MadCast, so please don't be shy about hanging out and inviting others to do the same, but always remember that you are a guest in our community.

On the website MadCast Associates are fairly easy to spot because their forum names do not contain the title "MadCast:" preceding their names. MadCast Associates do not get avatars or signatures, this privilege is reserved for Full Members and above. In fact, until relatively recently MadCast Associates were not even given the opportunity to send private messages on our website. This last privilege was awarded to MadCast Associates in 2012.

On TS3, MadCast Associates have no real privileges other than being allowed on our TS3 in the first place. Moreover, they have no right to be in a channel by themselves, they have no right to ask an member or admin to leave a channel, whatever privacy Associates are given comes from the benevolence of a particular member or admin, not from any entitlement. MadCast Associates play no role in the decision making process, policy discussions, or Official MadCast business of any kind.

MadCast Candidates:

The folks in this group are not MadCast members but are undergoing candidacy periods to become MadCast members. The candidacy period begins by posting an introduction in our forums indicated the unequivocal desire to become a MadCast Member. The candidacy period is 30 days long. Relatively quickly after posting a desire to become a MadCast member, you will be assigned the Candidate Role in Discord, and you will be able to use the #candidates-chat to ask questions and introduce yourself to Full Members.

Folks in this group are considered guests and should behave as such. Moreover, this particular group, as opposed to the MadCast Associates discussed above, is comprised of folks that are trying to become Members. There are folks that are great MadCast Associates, but who for one reason or another, would not make good members. Besides not being an administrative burden, the expectations of non-members are virtually non-existent. Candidates (sometimes referred to as [C]s or Cs) are expected to demonstrate the qualities we demand of members.

When you become a candidate, a thread is created for you in the private, member-only forums. The point of this private thread is to allow our Members to honestly opine about your fitness for membership. Every game you play, every interaction you have, will probably make its way into those threads. If an admin has to correct you doing something, all admins will be put on notice via the same thread. It is imperative that you interact with as many people as possible because you must have at least 5 people leave a (good or bad) comment in your thread to move to the next step in the process. If you do not get those 5 comments, your candidacy will auto-fail and you will be given the option of starting all over or remaining an Associate indefinitely. The contents of your comment thread are considered private. If disclosed to you, your candidacy could end and the offending member will be expelled. However, the general tone of your comment thread and any issues (without identifying information behind them) can be communicated to you by any admin on request.

If you have the necessary posts in your comments thread, not your intro thread, you move on to be voted on by the Senior Full Members of the community. If your vote is successful, you become a MadCast Full Member. If not, you begin the cycle again or can remain a MadCast Associate indefinitely.

On Discord, MadCast Candidates, as non-members, have no real privileges other than being allowed on our Discord in the first place. Moreover, they have no right to be in a channel by themselves, they have no right to ask a member or admin to leave a channel; whatever privacy Candidates are given comes from the benevolence of a particular member or admin, not from any entitlement. MadCast Candidates play no role in the decision-making process, policy discussions, or Official MadCast Business of any kind.

On the website, MadCast Candidates are fairly easy to spot because their forum names do not contain the title "MadCast:" preceding their names. Like Associates, Candidates do not get avatars or signatures; this privilege is reserved for Full Members and above. Candidates can send and receive private messages on our website.

MadCast Full Members or FMs:

This is the first level of actual membership in MadCast. Folks in this group have been associates, then candidates, and are now Full Members. When a "Welcome" thread is posted letting a candidate know that they successfully passed Senior Full Member review, every candidate is given 10 days to read our Full Membership Terms and to agree to them BEFORE their forum permissions are updated. Until permissions are updated, the person is not considered a Full Member.

Full Members on TS3 can create temporary sub channels for themselves and their friends. FMs can expect some level of consideration by other Full Members and Admins if they seek to have a private chat with someone else on TS3. The best way to describe FMs is to say that they "live" here. This is "their" house (as opposed to candidates and associates who are considered guests).

Full Members on the website are clearly identifiable because of the presence of the title "MadCast:" preceding their names on the forums. Moreover, when you become a Full Member your handle-name color transforms from black to a blue color. FMs can have avatars and signatures. FMs can upload images directly onto this website (as well as files) for storage. FMs are considered the Rank and File members of our community and the "voting bloc" of the community. Most major decisions require FM approval, either directly or through their representatives, the SFMs.

MadCast Ranking Full Members or RFMs:

This is the first rung of admins at MadCast. When an FM has been an FM for at least 60 days and has a daily posting average of at least .40 they are allowed to apply to become an RFM. A thread is then created in the SFM / Staff forum where the FM has to get at least 75% approval from that entire group. This is a difficult achievement because the admins of this community pride themselves on the quality of our admins and jealously defend our reputation. Only very solid FMs should consider applying to become RFMs. RFMs are the front-line admins of this community and operate most of the day-to-day administrative activities of this community. While they do a lot, their activities will become known to you more and more with the day-to-day experience of associating with our community and are outside the scope of this intro post.

Ranking Full Members are "FULL" admins and should be treated as such. They have the authority to ban you from this website, our TS3 server, or any of game servers. The goal is to have 1 RFM for every 4 FMs

MadCast Senior Full Members or SFMs:

The next rung of admins are the Senior Full Members (SFMs). SFMs are elected every four to five months by the FMs. A thread is put up for two weeks and all of the FMs vote to elect the SFMs. The SFMs are day-to-day admins and the main POLICY admins. SFMs have a unique role in the community: they are the only rank that votes to transform candidates to Full Members, the only rank. Like the RFMs above, the SFMs have many duties, but for the purposes of this intro post, you now know enough to get rolling.

MadCast Staff:

There are FOUR Staff members. MadCast Maday, MadCast: LTTelamon, MadCast: Munsa and myself. MadCast Maday and myself are the two Founders and MadCast: LTTelamon joined the Staff ranks within the last year. Our job is not day-to-day, but rather long-term policy discussions. The three of us are constant presences on the website and TS3. We interact with the community on a 1 and 1 basis commonly and are very accessible to those that want to talk to us. We engage with the SFMs to set the global course for the community in the long-term. We are involved in large projects, new projects, and generally expanding MadCast into new ventures.

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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