I have been apart of the staff team of Revo for just under two years now. I have taken one break of 7 weeks at the start of this year due to personal issues, but otherwise have spent a good majority of my spare time (sometimes even work hours) helping out this community. A few months ago, it wasn’t the dev team under fire, it was the admin team, so I feel I speak from experience when I express my feelings about the way people have been speaking about the dev team. Back in December/January, as an admin team, no matter what we did or how we approached things, there was always someone in the community unhappy with our efforts. This is now what is happening to the dev team. It gets to the point were you no longer enjoy the place you work so hard for because you no longer get to RP. For every hour spent in the server, in the TS or on the forums, there is 30 messages from people asking questions and not following the chain of command for support.
All of us are human, we aren’t robots, we don’t have hours in the day that don’t exist. Just because things can’t be pushed immediately, doesn’t mean there isn’t a dev trying their hardest to figure it our. While everyone has the right to criticize, think about the people who are working day and night to provide a free place for you to come and hangout and how your criticisms could be affecting them. Think about the support staff who are putting in LOA’s because of the way they are being jumped on in TS channels. Think about the amount of effort people have been putting into this community over the past few weeks, months and years that many people are just dismissing.
Amelia left, and while unfortunate, it was her decision to leave in the end. We have a dev team who is trying their best, and producing some amazing shit. I joined the dev team as a junior dev back in February as I am a graphic designer who wanted to help with HTML/CSS stuff. Even though I have to have my hand held with everything I try, at least I am giving it a go. I know I can’t code, but any time Jasmine or one of our other devs asks me to help test, I’m there in the server immediately. We all have different levels of skill, we all have different abilities, doesn’t mean we aren’t trying.
We have weathered so much as a community. We have some new people, we have some people who have been here from the start of GTA RP and we have some who have been here since the ARMA days. The people who are still here after all this time and have stuck through so much shit are here for the community. When something is broken, they put in a bug report and they work around it. When a dev needs help testing, or needs suggestions, they put their hand up. They don’t just sit back and expect, expect, expect. I would like to say that Darcy is the example here. Darcy saw people requesting hair cuts that other servers had and people in our server wanted and EMS uniforms that make the department look more uniform and rather than demanding it from a dev, she went out, figured it out and then asked if a dev could implement it after she developed the uniforms and code. Darcy isn’t a dev, she doesn’t want to be, but she wanted something, saw other people wanting it and she did an awesome job of getting it in. If you think you know how to get something server ready, or you think you know someone who does know how, then send them our way, because as much as I might sound like a bitch writing this, if you are not willing to help, if you are not willing to learn, why are you so willing to criticize when this is a community that is provided to you for no cost to your money, and no cost to your time?
I know I typed a lot. I know it might not all make sense. But I personally am angry because we have staff who are quite upset about the way they have been spoken to over the past few days. We have staff taking breaks because they just want to enjoy this community and people are blaming them for issues that they are no way responsible for. Maybe take a look at what caused us to lose so much and blame the people responsible for tearing things down rather than blaming the people trying to put it back together. I will repeat this for the billionth time. We are all volunteers who are here because we love this community, don’t ruin our efforts. http://forums.rmog.us/index.php?/forum/93-staff-application/ http://forums.rmog.us/index.php?/forum/96-developer-application/