what do you mean "what exactly you want to do after you buy the server?" ?? .. i'd try to grow it obviously. I'm not going to put money into something for no reason.
I mean, how buying the server depends on your possibility to grow it?
Last time you made a page (or group) on facebook, ok, you are the owner and your conflict with our admin team didn't have influence on your project, right?
Burnt makes streaming videos, tournaments, festivals, partys for war2 and he requested to remove his admin from site and server, though we asked him to stay. I mean, Burnt is not an admin officially, but that's not a problem for him to grow up a community. He still makes more than all the other members for our game.
I take care of this game and community, i'm for everything good and against everything bad.
If i trust someone can do something good, i don't need money to give him what he need.
As i gave most access to mousey, because she is experienced admin and webmaster, she makes things perfect i think.
You are not an IT specialist, so how that access can help us to make things better?
If you mean to buy the server to let you give orders to other admins - i don't think that is a way to cooperation. I also don't trust that your ideas are really better than ours. We discuss everything together before implementing things. Several guys are smarter than 1. You also feel free to talk to us, to discuss your ideas and to convince us. That is how we make things.
Our conversatinos (before you exited) showed me you don't accept that way of cooperation.
But ... i've said it before and i'll say it again.. if blid/iL want to jumpstart some life back into this server .. treat the admin as staff members with duties.
The problem is: we have no money to pay for that as for a job. Do you have an idea where to find money to pay to good admin/moderator monthly? And how much money to pay? I think, blid/mousey do their moderation job good. (I mean, this forum)
advertise at least 10 different places a month (youtube channels, gaming forums, facebook...)
be logged on as admin at least 20 hours a month (blid doesn't even do 1 hour a month) so users can identify them and ask for assistance if needed
play a minimum of 50 games a month (encourages admins to engage in community)
stream a minimum of 20 games a month (also advertisement for the server)
Do you mean everything of this have to be done by each staff member or by all of them?
Now these duties are shared to several persons. 2-3 make streaming videos, 2-3 make tournaments, 2-3 are being logged as admins...
I don't see how to find more active members: people do what they want and what they like to do. We can't pay them monthly and i don't think hired man can do that better.
pretty basic shit that admins should already be doing imo... if they don't meet expectations, demote them ... if they go above and beyond expectations, give them other perks .. like access to database or forum admin etc.. maybe some sort of recognition ...
Things happen the way you talking about: i tried to moderate, i understood that i'm not good in that job, i stopped my moderation. Mousey made some good stuff, and now she has access and manages all the subdomains. Burnt tried moderating and tried streaming, tounaments, he turned down his mod job.
Our admin team choose roles for every member according to his desires.
Burnt would be given responsibilities/come level of power again.
We asked him. He disagree.
Foonat would be demoted unless he decided he wanted to be actively engaged in the community again
Never saw him on the server last years. Is that a problem if someone have some powers and never join to use them? Nobody even know about that power them. I think not a problem to demote if he never use that.
Also, I reconfig software from time to time, admins passwords becomes broken until the request. Then i restore access for those who request. Never got any requests from foonat. I even didn't see his aka in any credentials last years.
Lightbringer's access to database would be removed, but still have the option of being admin if he wanted to perform the duties i described
Last time he made some job for catching dellam's smurfs as i remember... Just checked: he still have no access right now. Since last time i reconfigured servers. Only me, blid and mousey.
oh.. and if i owned it i would definitely want to have some sort of communication with you iL and keep you as involved as possible because you have a ton of experience with the server.
Yes, and i don't see any alternative to me here. Even if i'd want to go away, i don't see a successor. Most likely mousey, for most questions, but the project still needs me i think.
the way i would run/operate the server should be no secret. it would be ran like a business. Staff (admins) perform basic duties and assist players.. promotions and recognition are given to staff that meet/exceed expectations. demotions for those who do not meet expectations .. but ultimately the position is always available to anyone and everyone who wants it whenever they want it.
The question is how much money you can spend to the project. I'd say, you need several hundred $ every month for everything you said. And no ideas how you plan to return that money back to you.
How about start a kickstarter for paying to fix the hosting issue tk? Ripe says he will pay money, other people interested in war2 and the server might as well. Once funds are in hand then it will make sense and there will be much more incentive to proceed with the next steps.
Agree: you can try to gather the money to make some kind of hosting fix. If you plan to be a leader, it will be your task. But i have no idea how to implement that technically.
The hosting problem is wide. We already made uPNP loader for make auot-port forwarding via router. We (lance) made a hostbot. We made instructions about port forwarding. If your ip is gray, there's no way to host games instead to changing your ISP or buy VPN for about $5/month.
We can make an instruction about VPN if needed.
There's no way to resolve other situations. I have no idea how to resolve other even if you hire a programmer for $10000 or $100000.